Emtelle acquires Dubai-based microduct firm Afripipes

Created December 20, 2021
News and Business

Emtelle Group has announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Afripipes Middle East Operations. It says the transaction will bring together two complementary businesses to increase access to their solutions portfolio and provide broader access to their global manufacturing capacity, delivering a synergistic product as a global leader in the FTTx industry. The expansion is part of Emtelle’s ongoing investment to sustain its presence as a global leader in the FTTx industry. It will see Emtelle’s manufacturing capability expanded by 15 manufacturing lines and, in total, exceed 75 globally, increasing its manufacturing capacity to improve the security of supply to customers worldwide.

Tony Rodgers, CEO, Emtelle Group, said, “The purchase of Afripipes, based in the UAE, further increases Emtelle’s presence in the FTTx solutions market. The additional capacity married with Emtelle’s long-standing excellence in product innovation and customer service strengthens our position in the global arena, improves efficiencies and better positions us to continue to deliver on excellence worldwide. The team and I at Emtelle look forward to welcoming Sanjay Nischal, the current Director at Afripipes, to the Group Senior Management Team.”

Founded in July 2007, Afripipes currently manufacture high-quality HDPE Duct, Sub-duct and Microduct for the FTTx market. The two leading brands share common values and vision with outstanding talent and a strong focus on people. Upon completion, the Emtelle group will have over 600 employees and an additional 9,000m² of manufacturing space globally from five manufacturing sites, providing a solid platform for future growth within the FTTx Industry.

Afripipes will continue to operate as a standalone business and brand whilst the integration process takes place.

Sanjay Nischal, director at Afripipes, said of the acquisition, “AfriPipes Middle East Team is very excited about the new product and market opportunities presented by this acquisition. We plan to leverage this strength and provide even more value to our customers. It is an ideal platform to extend Emtelle’s reach to customers worldwide, and we look forward to learning from one another to continue to deliver exceptional products to the FTTX industry.”

Emtelle says that in the current environment of unprecedented demand for passive network solutions, the deal is the first in a series of announcements that will expand its global footprint and enhance its capability to guarantee its global customers security of supply. The company recently made new appointments to it’s FTTx management team.

For more information, visit Emtelle.com


This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.