Sunday, January 6, 2008

JDSU Acquires Westover Scientific for Fiber Inspection Tech.

JDSU has acquired the fiber division of Westover Scientific Inc., a provider of fiber optic inspection and cleaning solutions, for $50 million in cash. JDSU also intends to acquire Westover Scientific's affiliated manufacturing company in Fuzhou, China, which remains subject to certain regulatory approvals. JDSU expects to complete this second acquisition in the second half of the 2008 fiscal year.

Westover Scientific, based near Seattle, Washington, designs and manufactures specialized field and lab microscopes necessary to detect dirt and other contaminants that are considered the leading cause of costly faults in fiber optic networks.

JDSU said Westover Scientific's products complement its existing fiber field and lab and production test portfolio and will be integrated with JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement (CommTest) business. JDSU currently integrates high-performance Westover Scientific products in many of its advanced test platforms, including fiber characterization solutions in the MTS/T-BERD 8000 and MTS/T-BERD 6000 product lines.

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