HUBER+SUHNER acquires Polatis and further strengthens its position as the leading innovator in fiber optics
On 30 May 2016 HUBER+SUHNER signed the contracts to take over Polatis, a group headquartered
in Bedford, MA (USA) and Cambridge,UK with 110 employees. Polatis develops, produces and sells
all-optical network switches. This innovative technology enables improved capacity utilization in
data centers and advanced data management in large telecommunication networks. Both
applications are strategic growth areas of HUBER+SUHNER. The closing of the acquisition is
expected in June. The parties agreed not to disclose the financial terms. The purchase will be
financed entirely from company funds.
Polatis is the most technologically advanced provider of purely optical switches which, in contrast to
conventional electrical/optical switches, do not convert the signals but control them purely optically and
offer much higher performance. Polatis switches allow for faster switching speeds, outstanding reliability
and the industry's lowest optical loss. These innovative solutions are unique in the market and promise a
large potential for the future. The products allow the efficient management of ever-increasing data volumes
and are a key building block in the evolution towards software defined networks. The Polatis product
portfolio thus represents a perfect addition to the existing product range of HUBER+SUHNER. Polatis will
form a business unit within the Fiber Optics division.
Founded in the year 2000, Polatis now has some 110 employees at its sites in Bedford, MA/USA,
Cambridge/UK and Krakow/Poland. Product management, research, development, prototyping and low-
volume production are all performed in England whilst high volume production takes place in Poland. The
arm of the company based in the USA concentrates on sales.
Urs Kaufmann, CEO of HUBER+SUHNER, explains that the Polatis portfolio represents an excellent
strategic complement to the HUBER+SUHNER product range: "Polatis' pioneering technology strengthens
our position as the leading innovator in the field of fiber optics. In our interconnected world, digitalization
continues at a furious pace, and volumes of data are growing exponentially. The Polatis technology enables
these huge data streams to be managed speedily, efficiently and securely. HUBER+SUHNER will
further invest into Polatis and we expect to see a breakthrough in the data center market and a positive
financial contribution within the next 2 to 3 years. We are pleased that we can count on the full commitment
of the complete Polatis management team as we continue to develop the company."
Gerald Wesel, CEO of Polatis, elaborates: "We recently launched the 384x384 switch, which is the largest
available optical circuit switch; in so doing Polatis has confirmed its leading position in the field of optical
switches. After years of development work and successful deployment in a range of different applications,
we are now poised for a breakthrough in the data center market. Thanks to the global presence, the size
and excellent reputation of HUBER+SUHNER, we are now able to position our technology more widely in
the market. In strategic terms, Polatis and HUBER+SUHNER represent a perfect fit. Joining forces will
mean a decisive step forward for all of us."
Polatis delivers the world's lowest loss all-optical switching solutions for remote fiber-layer provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test, with over 3 billion port-hours accumulated in service to date. Dependable, field-proven DirectLight™ optical matrix switch technology scales from 4x4 to 384x384 ports, applying class-leading performance to provide dynamic connectivity for telecommunications, data center, government, test and video networks. For more information, please visit www.polatis.com
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HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland which develops and manufactures components and system
solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. With cables, connectors and systems – developed from the three core technologies of
radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial
sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. Our global
production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers.
Further information on the company can be found at www.hubersuhner.com
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