AFL Acquires Optimal Cable Services

  AFL Acquires Optimal Cable Services

     Acquisition Provides Manufacturing Capabilities in the South Pacific

Business Wire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- February 4, 2013

AFL announces it has acquired Optimal Cable Services, a leading manufacturer
of fiber optic cable and provider of connectivity products based in Melbourne,
Australia. Optimal will join the AFL portfolio expanding the company’s global
offering of solutions to the telecommunications, mining and general
distribution markets.

“AFL’s products and services are now in use in over 120 countries around the
world. We currently manufacture our products in multiple locations, and adding
Optimal greatly extends our manufacturing capabilities in the South Pacific,”
said Kurt Dallas, vice president and general manager, global cable systems,
for AFL. “The team at Optimal has an excellent track record of taking care of
customers and we look forward to working with this group to further grow our
business and customer base across Asia.”

Optimal’s product portfolio is an exceptional complement to AFL’s current
offering. At its facility in Melbourne, Optimal manufactures uni-tube,
stranded loose tube, armored loose tube, high count loose tube, riser and
all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cables in addition to composite, cords
and ancillary products. Optimal also provides patchcords, pigtails,
connectors, adaptors, tooling, test equipment and media converters.

“In the cable business particularly, AFL has a rich history of blending
technology, business acumen and customer service. We were immediately
impressed with AFL, its products and services, and the leadership team,”
stated Paul Cross, sales & marketing director and general manager for Optimal
Cable Services. “With the combined strengths of AFL and Optimal, the growth
opportunity is tremendous. Additionally, the value proposition for our current
and future customers is very compelling.”

Optical Cable Services will continue operations in its existing facility in
Melbourne, Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. For
additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit
www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL

AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility,
broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets
as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics,
medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product
portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories,
outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and
training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the
foremost communications companies supporting both the central office and
outside plant areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional
products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical
and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe,
South Pacific and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information,
visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About Optical Cable Services

Founded in 1986, Optimal Cable Services provides fiber optic cable and
connectivity solutions to customers around the world. Optimal Cable Services
supports and supplies a wide ranging customer base which covers a variety of
industries and sectors including distributors and wholesalers, government
agencies, infrastructure and construction, property developers, security and
protection, telecommunications, IT and transport. For more information, visit
http://www.optimal.com.au.

Contact:

AFL
Corie Culp, 864-433-5409
PR Manager
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com
 
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