CALIENT Switches To Chinese Ownership

Created August 29, 2017
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Optical switch specialist CALIENT Technologies has entered into an agreement with Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co Ltd, whereby the Chinese enterprise will buy a controlling stake in the US company. The Chinese firm will also provide manufacturing services to help CALIENT scale its growth efforts.

According to CALIENT, the company’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches are gaining customer acceptance in fast-growing data centre, compute cluster and communication service provider applications. The switches are based on CALIENT’s proprietary 3D microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology that uses silicon micro mirrors with unique structures to switch fibre-optic signals from port to port.

CALIENT says it is expanding production to meet the growth in demand, and will leverage Chunxing’s expertise in precision manufacturing, giving CALIENT added capabilities for fabricating its core technology. Additional synergy is claimed to exist between Chunxing and CALIENT, both of which share a common base of existing and target global customers. Improved manufacturing capability and broader global presence is intended to allow the company to provide better customer support and to more effectively increase global sales.

In a joint statement, Atiq Raza, CEO of CALIENT, and Carvin Chen, EVP of Chunxing, said that Chunxing and CALIENT shared very similar management philosophies, cultures and values. This would lay the foundation for the two companies to join together and meet the demands and challenges of keeping pace with a fast-growing new generation of optical switching technology.

The company will continue to operate from its Goleta, CA, headquarters under the CALIENT brand.


John Williamson

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.