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12:00 - 12:30
Words of welcome

Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

12:30 - 14:00
Optical Fibre and Cable Leadership Panel

The world’s leading producers of optical fibre and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.

  • What market trends are being seen?
  • Is further vertical integration planned?
  • In which regions are the greatest growth expected?
  • What products show potential growth?
  • Where are companies investing to maintain competitive advantage?
  • Where is innovation being focused?

Zhuang Dan, Executive Director and President, YOFC
Bernhard Deutsch, Vice President and General Manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning
Philippe Vanhille, Executive Vice President Telecom, Prysmian

14:00 - 15:00
CRU View on Optical Fibre and Cable Market Outlook

CRU view on supply and demand balance and forward outlook, including discussion of:

  • What have been the market drivers for increased demand? Are they sustainable?
  • Are we seeing market divergence between the US and Europe? Is there also decoupling between fibre and cable prices?
  • How might European trade action take shape? Will it be enough to discourage imports and for how long will the respite last?
  • Are we approaching peak demand in China? What insights can be drawn from the tenders from China’s leading network operators?
  • Will facilities shut down in recent years come back? Could the return of mothballed excess capacity act as a ceiling for raising prices?

Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU
Chenfei Wang, Senior Analyst, Wire & Cable, CRU

15:00 - 15:30
Speed Networking Reception

Your chance to meet face to face and network with your peers from across the wire & cable community.

15:30 - 17:00
Telecommunication Industry Trends

Market experts and industry leaders share their insights on telecommunication industry developments:

  • How might government stimulus and infrastructure plans impact the industry?
  • How are FTTH roll outs advancing in the US, Europe and Asia? What is the forecast for next year?
  • How is rural connectivity advancing in the US? Who were the big winners in the US Rural Digital Opportunity Fund?
  • What has been the impact of the pandemic on network deployment costs?
  • Will 5G really represent the next wave of cable demand or will it come from somewhere else?
  • What are the latest trends in datacenter development? Will a move from hyperscale to localised edge computing impact cable demand?

Rahul Puri, Business Head - Europe, STL - Sterlite Technologies Ltd
Roland Montagne, Business Development Director, Broadband & FTTx Principal Analyst, IDATE DigiWorld
Seán Adam, Vice President, Market Strategy and Innovation, AFL

12:30 - 13:00
Understanding production costs and supply constraints

A session that will explore how production costs have risen for fibre and cable producers, what materials are in short supply and how supply chains are responding to more complex and less reliable transport and logistics.

  • What is causing materials inflation?
  • How are sea freight issues being managed?
  • Will this lead to increased production localization?

Veronica Iliescu, CEO, Cablescom - Hengtong Group

14:00 - 15:30
Live Site Visit to Rosendahl Nextrom facility in Vantaa, Finland

Rosendahl Nextrom have been chosen by CRU to showcase their Nextrom facility in Vantaa, Finland. The company will be giving an insider view into their production capabilities and state-of-the-art R&D facilities ranging from preform manufacturing to fibre optic cable production and pretty much everything in between.

Make sure you join this live factory virtual tour. Rosendahl Nextrom will be proud to show you the facilities and people behind their leading global optical fibers and fiber optic cables technologies.

15:30 - 16:30
Growth Market Spotlights

A session exploring smaller markets that are showing growth and may represent opportunities for the future of the industry. Market spotlights may include:

  • Multimode fibre market trends
  • Specialty photonics insights
  • Sensor applications discussion
  • Subsea cables

Jan Vydra, President, Heraeus Comvance
John Kamino, Product Manager, OFS

16:30 - 17:00
Highlight presentation: US Telecom Markets View

A leading US telecom markets analyst will provide insights on the major telecom network operators and how the sector is currently viewed in the investment community.

Jonathan Chaplin, Managing Partner, New Street Research

07:30 - 08:30
APAC Fibre and Cable Deign Innovation

Hiroshi Nakamura, Senior Manager, Optical Fibre and Cable Engineering, Furukawa Electric
Zelin Zhang, R&D Engineer, ZTT

08:30 - 09:00
China Market Perspectives

A chance to her from key players and industry experts on the latest developments in the Chinese optical fibre and cable manufacturing sector.

Yunbo Li, Professor Level Senior Engineer, China Mobile Research Institute
Shikui Shen, Professor Level Senior Engineer, China Unicom Research Institute

09:00 - 09:30
Highlight presentation: Indonesia Optical Network Development

Kartiko Sagitoro, Chairman for Technology & Industry, APNATEL (Indonesian Telecommunications Association)

09:30 - 10:00
Speed Networking Reception

Your chance to meet face to face and network with your peers from across the wire & cable community.

11:00 - 12:30
Solutions for increased sustainability in the optical fibre and cable supply chain

  • Understanding what global zero carbon goals mean for telecommunications sector and what steps each member of the supply chain need to take to achieve it.
  • What zero waste principals have been applied to operations around the world?
  • How can the recyclability of cable be increased to be a part of the circular economy?
  • How can energy efficiency and latest equipment reduce the environmental footprint of production?

Pieter Arickx, Commercial Manager for Germanium Products in Europe and Asia, Umicore
Enrique Mendez, Global Market Manager, Teijin Aramid
Scott SangGeun Yoo, Managing Director (SEA, MEA, India), Inno Instrument

13:00 - 14:30
Fibre and Cable Design Innovation

  • A review of technical innovations in fibre and new designs in communication cable
  • Have advances been made in multicore or hollow core fibres?
  • What are the latest cable designs that decrease size and increase fibre density?
  • How are assemblies being adapted to increase strength and quick connectivity?

Raadj Matai, Chief Optical Fibre Scientist, YOFC
Sharon Bois, Division Vice President, Product Line Management & Marketing, Optical Fiber & Cable, Corning
Adrian Amezcua Correa, Global Technical Sales Support Manager, Prysmian Group