Dartcom Fibre Solutions has unveiled its new optical fibre factory in Tshwane.
Funded by FNB and shareholders, the project is expected to create 90 jobs, with 90% of the staff coming from nearby areas.
Graham Gamble, CEO of Dartcom South Africa, said the factory is a crowning achievement in a decade-long journey. They built the business from R10 million in turnover, mainly servicing small military contracts, to the R100-million investment in the factory, he said.
Dartcom said its partnership with OFS, which is part of the Furukawa Electric Company, has been extended to the new factory.
Fibre optic equipment manufactured under licence from OFS includes cabling, and FTTx and speciality photonic solutions for the telecommunications industry.
The first products manufactured at the facility are expected to be available in February 2018.