Sterlite Technologies Limited (formerly, Sterlite Optical Technologies Ltd), India’s only global provider and integrated manufacturer of optical fiber today announced that it has decided to double its Optical Fiber annual manufacturing capacity to 12 Million-km from its current capacity of 6 Million-Km. This brownfield expansion at the Company’s existing facilities at Aurangabad, India is estimated to incur a CapEx of INR 140 Crores (US$ 35 Million) and commercial production is expected to commence by June 2009.
This state-of-the-art facility would be capable of manufacturing the Company’s existing range of Optical Fiber Products as well as have the intrinsic capability to manufacture products as per evolving international telecom standards that are being introduced to cater to high bandwidth applications required by global markets.
Sterlite is in advanced stages of discussion with leading global manufacturing equipment and raw material suppliers to streamline its efforts towards the expansion project milestones.
Sterlite is a market leader in India and currently supplies over 45% of the country’s demand and over 4% of the global demand for Optical Fiber. In H1 2007-08, the Company’s export sales for its Optical Fibers accounted for about 55% of total revenues from sale of its Optical Fibers. The expanded capacity would primarily cater to the growing demand from the Indian market and also enable the Company to grow its global market share.
Says Dr Anand Agarwal, CEO & Director, “Over the past several business quarters we have achieved tremendous success in key high-demand markets in several geographies and have established a loyal customer base. With the strong outlook by the Indian & Global Optical Fiber Industry, we are poised to take our place within the Top 5 manufacturers in the world and we believe that this capacity expansion would give us the strategic advantage to capitalize on the available opportunities.“
About Sterlite Technologies Limited
Sterlite Technologies Limited (sterlitetechnologies.com) is India’s only and leading global provider of Optical Fibers, Telecommunication Cables and Power Transmission Conductors. It is India's only fully integrated Optical Fiber producer and one of the largest suppliers of Optical Fibers to overseas markets in China, Europe and South East Asia.
Deloitte has nominated Sterlite as the 6th Fastest Growing Technology Company in India in 2006. The Company is among the winners of the 'Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India & Fast 500 Asia Pacific awards for 2005 & 2006.
Sterlite is the only company to be awarded the 'Top Telecom Cables Company' in India, five times in the past six years, as per the annual V&D 100 Survey and is a winner of the ‘Amity Award for Corporate Excellence’ and ‘ELCINA Award for R&D’ in 2006.
Sterlite Technologies Limited is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Stock Exchanges at Mumbai and Kolkatta.
The Company has a world class Optical Fiber manufacturing plant located at Aurangabad, India and Telecom Cable & Power Transmission Conductor plants at Silvassa, Haridwar & Pune, India.