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Alcoa, Inc., formerly the Aluminum Company of America, joins forces with Fujikura Ltd. of Japan to form Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. Two divisions emerge – AFL and AFL Automotive.

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, AFL initially focused on manufacturing Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) and accessories for the electric utility communication networks.


First reel of OPGW ships from Spartanburg, South Carolina. 


AFL acquires Superior Optics, now offering ADSS and premise cable product line.


AFL provides optical and electrical splicing of the Fujikura Ltd. cable used for TV coverage of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.


AFL enters services business with acquisition of SixR.


AFL acquires MinTel and Quality Control Systems (QCS) service companies.


AFL acquires Tele-Tech service company and establishes Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing plant.


AFL acquires Noyes Fiber Systems, expanding product base to include test and inspection equipment. Aerial cable systems division manufactures 50,000 km of OPGW. AFL acquires Aster division of Thomas & Betts and AtPac service company. AFL acquires FOCAS, expanding cable operations to Alpharetta, GA, and Swindon, United Kingdom.


AFL acquires ISAC service company. AFL also acquires Laser Armor Tech to support growth of OPGW. AFL enters the wireless market through the acquisition of Pacific 17.


AFL acquires Independent Venture Communications, Inc. (IVCI) service companies; Keptel Division of Arris, expanding fiber management systems and broadband product offering; and the assets of Telco Service, Inc.


Fujikura assumes 100% ownership of AFL, aka America Fujikura Ltd., and moves AFL headquarters to Duncan, SC. 


AFL Network Services acquires Northstar, expanding its outside plant engineering capabilities. ACA Conductor Accessories, an AFL division, acquires Dossert Corporation. AFL acquires The Light Brigade, a fiber optic training company.


AFL acquires Draka's OPGW division, strengthening its position as the #1 producer of OPGW.


AFL acquires Verrillon, adding specialty optical fiber to its portfolio and enhancing access to other specialty fiber markets including industrial and sensing. AFL opens new fiber optic assembly facility in Swindon, United Kingdom.


AFL opens new R&D facility in Lowell, MA. AFL acquires TCC Group and expands global reach to the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) markets.


AFL acquires ALTA Group based in Atlanta, GA. Its 1,000 associates join the AFL family in supporting services business in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.


AFL acquires Optimal Cable Services, expanding AFL's manufacturing capabilities to the South Pacific.


AFL acquires Tier2 Technologies, an Alberta, Canada-based fiber construction services firm, expanding AFL's offering of telecommunications services. AFL associates around the world celebrates the company's 30th anniverary


BlueStream Professional Services, a KGP Company, purchases select assets of AFL Network Services, Inc.'s EF&I business. AFL acquires AFC, expanding AFL's global offering of solutions to the telecommunications, utility, enterprise and industrial markets.


AFL expands portfolio of products utilizing spider web ribbon technology.

Fujikura Timeline


Fujikura Ltd. is established as an electrical wiring company when founder Zenpachi Fujikura discovers how to create wires insulated by silk and cotton windings for use in electrical generators, cutting-edge technology at the time.

Mr. Fujikura often visited electricity exhibitions and recognizes that the mesh stranding technique for shielded cable is very similar to the manufacturing of hair ornaments he was already producing. The first cables Fujikura Ltd. manufactures are shielded cables with silk or cotton for electrical machines and equipment. The cables are manufactured by hand, a method similar to hair ornament manufacturing.


A major turning point for Fujikura's cable business, Toyko Electric begins supplying electric power and selected Fujikura as its supplier of power cables.


Fujikura builds a new, larger facility incorporating sophisticated equipment imported from the United States into Japan. The supply of power to factories was delivered through water wheels to the new facility which was strategically constructed near rivers so that Fujikura could mass produce product. Fiber cable manufacturing is automated. Business is booming.


Fujikura expands into another facility, increasing manufacturing capacity and is now developing rubber-insulated cables.


Fujikura completes the manufacturing line for new rubber-insulated cables and is now known as one of the most modern cable manufacturers.


Fujikura is established as a corporation and is now called "Fujikura Cable and Rubber Co."


Alcoa, Inc., formerly the Aluminum Company of America, joins forces with Fujikura Ltd. of Japan to form Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. Two divisions emerge – AFL and AFL Automotive.