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Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Japan's Furukawa Elec, Fujikura negotiate to merge power conductor businesses

"Furukawa Electric Co Ltd and Fujikura Ltd, major makers of electric wire and cable, have started negotiations to merge their electric power line operations, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, without citing sources."

The two companies already merged their underground cable businesses several years ago; this rumored new agreement would add the two companies' overhead conductor businesses to the joint venture.

Both companies also make specialty aerial fiber cables such as ADSS (all-dielectric self-supporting) fiber cable and OPGW (optical groundwire) for use on electric utility systems; it's unclear whether these products would also be added into the mix.


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