Thirty years ago, two entrepreneurs — one a specialist in chemical distribution and the other an expert in aerosol packaging — joined forces to form MicroCare, a company specialising in aerosols to clean electronics. Founders Chris Jones and Peter Clapp soon cemented their position in the industry with the development of the patented TriggerGrip dispensing system, which reduced the environmental impact of printed circuit board cleaning while minimising both labour and cost.
Though Coriant officially came into being just a year ago, after its spin-out from Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), plans were already in place to separate the optical network business several years back.
Chief technical officer Uwe Fischer tells Fibre Systems: ‘About two years back NSN decided to focus on mobile and mobile broadband – and, despite the fact that we saw a tremendously good and positive business opportunity around the optical business, the company was not willing to make the necessary investments to really develop this field.
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