HUBER+SUHNER to buy optical switch vendor Polatis

Swiss communications infrastructure provider HUBER+SUHNER says it agreed May 30, 2016, to acquire optical switch vendor Polatis. Terms of the deal, expected to close in June, were not disclosed. However, HUBER+SUHNER said it would pay for its new assets from company funds.

Privately held Polatis, headquartered in Bedford, MA, and Cambridge, UK, has 110 employees. It has specialized in all-optic switches since its founding (see, for example, “Polatis Series 7000 optical circuit switch offers 384×384 ports”) and has seen success breaking into the data center market as well as aligning its products to the trend toward software-defined networks.

The company’s product management, research, development, prototyping, and low-volume production reside in England, while high-volume production takes place in Poland. The U.S. arm of the company focuses on sales. Polatis will form a business unit within HUBER+SUHNER’s Fiber Optics division.

Polatis’s pioneering technology strengthens our position as the leading innovator in the field of fiber optics,” asserted Urs Kaufmann, CEO of HUBER+SUHNER. “In our interconnected world, digitalization continues at a furious pace, and volumes of data

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,Kaufmann concluded.

This is not HUBER+SUHNER’s first foray into expansion by acquisition. For example, the company bought WDM technology supplier Cube Optics in 2014 (see “Huber+Suhner buys Cube Optics”).