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DSM and Prysmian Group sign multi-year agreement for DeSolite® Supercoatings

Elgin IL , US, 30 Jul 2012 11:00 CEST

DSM and Prysmian Group today announced the signing of a multi-year agreement for the use of DSM’s latest-generation optical fiber coating technology, DeSolite® Supercoatings, in Prysmian Group’s line of bend-insensitive optical fiber products. The agreement extends cooperation between the two companies, combining DeSolite Supercoatings with Prysmian Group’s BendBright-XS fiber technology to create high-performance fiber and cable solutions for enhanced deployment and network performance.

Prysmian Group’s BendBright-XS technology, in its regular 250-micron size as well as its miniaturized 200-micron form, is produced using DeSolite Supercoatings. Engineered for best-in-class signal attenuation performance via low microbend sensitivity, DeSolite Supercoatings optimize optical fiber’s deployment in today’s demanding indoor and outdoor access environments, enabling increased stress tolerance as well as providing the highest levels of processing and field robustness.

More than 7 million kilometers of BendBright-XS fiber have been sold since its introduction in 2006, expanding fiber’s accessibility in the most demanding indoor and outdoor environments despite various types of network challenges. In 2009, Prysmian Group introduced a new higher-density, high-performance fiber optic cable utilizing 200-micron BendBright-XS optical fibers, made possible using DeSolite Supercoatings technology. These miniaturized cable designs allow for a 50% increase in fiber count within the same size duct, improving ease of installation, reducing overall maintenance, and allowing broadband service providers to lower capital and operational expenses related to fiber optic deployment.

“The advanced DeSolite Supercoatings that DSM supplies for the production of BendBright-XS bend-insensitive fibers are important components for the performance of these products,” said Alain Bertaina, Optical Fiber Product Line Manager, Prysmian Group. “When combined with Prysmian Group’s advanced PCVD process technology, DeSolite Supercoating formulations help secure the enhanced bending attributes of BendBright-XS. We are pleased to extend our strategic supplier relationship with DSM on this key matter.”

As telecommunications trends identify an ever-increasing demand for higher-bandwidth applications, DSM and Prysmian Group continue to work together to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate optical fiber network deployment by lowering fiber deployment costs and increasing ease of installation.

“We have a close, collaborative relationship that centers around a shared vision,” said Ad Abel, Sales Director Europe for DSM Functional Materials. “Our passion is providing unique, high-performance solutions for today’s telecommunications providers—and, ultimately, giving them confidence that their networks are ‘future-proofed.’”

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™

DSM Functional Materials is a business unit of Royal DSM N.V., a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. In the telecommunications market, DSM is the world’s leading developer of UV-curable fiber optic coatings, inks and matrix materials for the production of optical fiber and cable. More information about these products, including DSM's latest-generation DeSolite Supercoatings technology, can be found at DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about €9 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

About Prysmian Group:

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With sales of some €8 billion in 2011, about 22,000 employees across 50 countries and 97 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and provides the widest range of products, services, technologies and know-how. In the Energy sector, Prysmian Group operates in the business of underground and submarine power transmission cables and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. In the Telecom sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry, offering a complete range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange in the Blue Chip index.