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AMP, Pirelli form fiber venture

Sept. 1, 2003
AMP Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., and Pirelli Cables and Systems North America, Columbia, S.C., have joined forces to offer a one-stop source of fiber-optic

AMP Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., and Pirelli Cables and Systems North America, Columbia, S.C., have joined forces to offer a one-stop source of fiber-optic cable and connectors for the U.S. premises wiring market. The alliance makes AMP the exclusive source in the U.S. for Pirelli fiber-optic premises-cabling products while giving Pirelli much broader coverage in that segment of the market.

AMP will take over all marketing and sales activities for Pirelli's fiber-optic cable for indoor premises-cabling applications. The cable will be marketed as "AMP/Pirelli" cable through AMP's existing distributor base.

AMP will discontinue manufacturing its own fiber-optic cabling at a plant in Greensboro, N.C. AMP sought a new partner to capture volume efficiencies and larger capacity to improve on-time delivery consistency. The Greensboro plant also makes copper premises cabling and will continue operation.

Pirelli will still market its outside-plant fiber-optic cable to the telephony and cable television markets through its own marketing and sales units.

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Doug has been reporting and writing on the electrical industry for Electrical Wholesaling and Electrical Marketing since 1992 and still finds the industry’s evolution and the characters who inhabit its companies endlessly fascinating. That was true even before e-commerce, LED lighting and distributed generation began to disrupt so many of the electrical industry’s traditional practices.

Doug earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas after spending a few years in KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism, then deciding he absolutely did not want to be a journalist. In the company of his wife, two kids, two dogs and two cats, he spends a lot of time in the garden and the kitchen – growing food, cooking, brewing beer – and helping to run the family coffee shop.

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