Optical fiber preform is the core materials to make quartz optical fiber. Restricted by production technology, most manufacturers in the global optical fiber preform market are concentrated in Japan, the United States and Europe, while other countries mainly produce optical fiber and cable through imports of optical fiber preform.
In 2012 China's self-sufficiency rate of optical fiber preform was approximately 53.96%. Promoted by "Broadband China" strategy and other favorable policies, domestic optical fiber preform industry has been in a rapid development period; major manufacturers such as Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Company Ltd. (YOFC), Jiangsu Hengtong Photoelectric Stock Co., Ltd. And Futong Group have actively increased capacity via acquisitions, joint ventures or new construction so as to enhance competitiveness. The capacity is expected to reach 4,200 tons or so in 2013.
In 2012 the global demand for optical fiber and cable was approximately 279 million core kilometers, with corresponding demand for optical fiber preform up to 9,200 tons, mainly distributed in the Asia-Pacific region, of which, China contributed about 4,753 tons, accounting for 51.66% of the world's total demand.
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