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Emcore Reaches Pre-Flood Capacity
Jul 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 19, 2012 — Compound semiconductor-based product supplier Emcore Corp. announced that it expects to be fully recovered from the impact of the Thailand floods on its manufacturing operations, and able to achieve pre-flood production levels on all of its continuing product lines by October.

Emcore also expects increased shipments for its fiber optics segment in the coming quarters as manufacturing volume ramps to normal levels.

The company announced in October 2011 that floodwaters had severely impacted the inventory and production operations of its primary Thailand contract manufacturer. (See: Emcore Still Assessing Damage from Thailand Flood) The areas affected included certain product lines for its telecom and cable television (CATV) market segments. Its photovoltaics segment was unharmed. (See: Thailand Flood’s Impact on Optics Will Continue Well into 2012)

Since its announcement, the company has developed and implemented a plan to rebuild the impacted production lines at other locations, including an alternate facility of its contract manufacturer in Thailand; its own manufacturing facilities in China and the US are also part of the strategy. The plan is progressing on schedule.

Its ITLAs (integrable tunable laser assemblies) production line for 40- and 100-Gb/s coherent telecom applications has been up and running at the contract manufacturer’s Thailand facility since March, which is ahead of schedule. As of this quarter, the ITLA line is operating at pre-flood capacity run rates.

The CATV laser module and transmitter production lines at the company’s China facility reached pre-flood capacity levels mid-July. The company expects the tunable XFP (TXFP) transceiver line to reach volume production levels by October. In the meantime, TXFP manufacturing is continuing in the US at its Newark, Calif., facility.

“Emcore would like to thank our customers and manufacturing partners for their cooperation and assistance during this difficult period,” said Dr. Hong Hou, CEO. “We are happy to report that we are almost fully recovered from the flood disaster with a renewed focus and operational rigor.”

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