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Global Fiber Optic Cleaver and Stripper - Market Forecast and Analysis 2016 - 2026; New Report Launched

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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2017 -- This Publisher report presents the findings of our extensive study of the use of selected fiber optic cleavers and strippers for the purpose of optical fiber preparation processing. This report provides our market forecast of the consumption (use) of selected fiber optic cleavers and strippers, segmented by several different devices and tools and by geographic region.

During the course of this project, Publisher studied over 30-companies involved in producing and/or selling fiber optic cleavers or strippers. We also investigated over 40-US Patents directly related to fiber optic cleavers or strippers used in optical fiber preparation processing. This report provides a thorough presentation of the different types and techniques currently used in fiber optic cleaving and stripping and market drivers looking forward to the year 2026.

A cleave in an optical fiber is a deliberate, controlled break, intended to create a perfectly flat/smooth end-face, perpendicular or angle to the longitudinal axis of the fiber. The process of cleaving an optical fiber forms one of the steps in the preparation for a fiber splice operation regardless of the subsequent splice being a fusion splice or a mechanical splice; the other steps in the preparation being those of stripping and fiber alignment. A good cleave is required for a successful low loss splice of an optical fiber, often it is the case that fibers spliced by identical methods tend to have different losses, this difference can often be attributed to the quality of their initial cleaves.

In a fiber optic cable, a buffer coating is one type of component used to encapsulate one or more optical fibers for the purpose of providing such functions as mechanical isolation, protection from physical damage and fiber identification. The buffer may take the form of a miniature conduit, contained within the cable and called a "loose buffer", or "loose buffer tube". A loose buffer may contain more than one fiber, and sometimes contains a lubricating gel. A "tight buffer" consists of a polymer coating in intimate contact with the primary coating applied to the fiber during manufacture.

Fiber optic stripping removes the protective polymer coating around optical fiber in preparation for fusion splicing. The splicing process begins by preparing both fiber ends for fusion, which requires that all protective coating is removed or stripped from the ends of each fiber. Fiber optical stripping can be done using a special stripping and preparation unit that uses thermal, chemicals, plasma or blades to remove the coating. There are also mechanical tools used for stripping fiber, which are similar to wire copper strippers.

There are two classes of devices, which fall under the boundaries of this Publisher study: instrument/machines (stripper, cleaver, and combination); and tools. The instrument/machine categories are segment further by the weight of the device. The average selling price differences between instrument/machines and tools is substantial. Fiber optic cleaver and stripper product categories are segmented as shown in Table 1.

Table 1

Fiber Optic Cleaver and Stripper Market Forecast

Product Category List
- Strippers (Instrument/Machine)
- Bench Top / Portable (weight: 0.5 kg, but less than 8 kg)
- Handheld or Lightweight (weight: less than 0.5 kg)
- Cleavers (Instrument/Machine)
- Bench Top / Portable (weight: 0.5 kg, but less than 8 kg)
- Handheld or Lightweight (weight: less than 0.5 kg)

Combination (Cleaver/Stripper – Instrument/Machine)
- Stripper / Cleaver Tools
- Tools (shears, nippers and scissors)
- Tools ("Pen" Scribes)

This Publisher report provides the review of last year (2016) and a 10-year market forecast (2017-2026) of the use of fiber optic cleavers and strippers, segmented into the following geographic regions:
- America
- Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
- Asia Pacific Region (APAC)

This report presents the Publisher market forecast of the use of fiber optic cleavers and strippers.

This report provides the consumption by the following functions:
- Value (US$, million)
- Quantity (number/units in thousands)
- Average Selling Prices (ASP $, each)

The value is determined by multiplying the number of units by the average selling price. The average selling prices are based on the price of the connector at the initial factory level. Also, the consumption values presented in the market forecast are based on the geographic location/region of the initial use of the fiber optic cleaver or stripper.

The primary uses of fiber cleavers and strippers are in the optical fiber preparation process in original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and devices, as well as in mechanical splice- and fusion splice-based field-installable optical fiber connectors, mechanical splices and fusion splices.

The most critical aspects of optical fiber implementation are the joining of fibers with minimal signal loss and reflections as well as providing mechanically stable connections. The conventional methods include using mechanical connectors, mechanical splice and fusion. Historically, for multimode systems with adequate Power Budget and few connections, mechanical connectors and splices are the preferred methods. Fusion splicing, although results in higher labor and capital costs, especially when relatively few splices are needed, is chosen to provide ultra low loss joints (on the order of 0.05 dB average), particularly in single-mode applications.

Competition – Company profiles of competitors and market share estimates of the major competition are provided.

Information Base for the Market Forecast

Primary Research

This study is based on analysis of information obtained continually since January 2015 through the beginning of February 2017. During this period, Publisher analysts performed interviews with authoritative and representative individuals in the fiber optics industry plus telecommunications, datacom, military/aerospace and other communication industries, instrumentation/laboratory – R&D and factory/manufacturing, from the standpoint of both suppliers and users of fiber optic connectors, mechanical splices, fusion splice, cleavers and strippers. The interviews were conducted principally with:

Engineers, marketing personnel and management at manufacturers of fiber optic termination devices – strippers/cleavers, fusion splice equipment, mechanical splice, connectors, transceivers, as well as laser diodes and photodiodes, application-specific ICs, packages, ferrules and cables, substrate materials, optical waveguide and other components used in the fabrication of optoelectronic transceivers, cable assemblies and installation apparatus

Design group leaders, engineers, marketing personnel and market planners at major users and potential users of cable, cable assemblies, connectors, installation apparatus, passive devices and transceivers, such as telecommunication transmission, switching and distribution equipment producers, data communications equipment producers (switches, hubs, routers), computer and workstation producers, weapon system, aircraft and spacecraft electronic equipment producers, optical instrumentation system producers and others

Other industry experts, including those focused on standards activities, trade associations, and investments.

The interviews covered issues of technology, R&D support, pricing, contract size, reliability, documentation, installation/maintenance crafts, standards, supplier competition and other topics. Customers also were interviewed, to obtain their estimates of quantities received and average prices paid, as a crosscheck of vendor estimates. Customer estimates of historical and expected near term future growth of their application are obtained. Their views of use of new technology products were obtained.

The analyst then considered customer expectations of near term growth in their application, plus forecasted economic payback of investment, technology trends and changes in government regulations in each geographical region, to derive estimated growth rates of quantity and price of each product subset in each application. These forecasted growth rates are combined with the estimated baseline data to obtain the long-range forecasts at the lowest detailed level of each product and application.

Secondary Research

A full review of published information was also performed to supplement information obtained through interviews. The following sources were reviewed:

- Professional technical journals and papers
- Trade press articles
- Technical conference proceedings
- Product literature
- Company profile and financial information
- Additional information based on previous Publisher market studies
- Personal knowledge of the research team

In analyzing and forecasting the complexities of the world region markets for fiber optic test and measurement products, it is essential that the market research team have a good and a deep understanding of the technology and of the industry. Publisher members who participated in this report were qualified.

Bottom-up Methodology Publisher forecasts are developed initially at the lowest detail level, then summed to successively higher levels. The background market research focuses on the amount of each type of product used in each application in the base year (2015), and the prices paid at the first transaction from the manufacturer. This forms the base year data. Publisher analysts then forecast the growth rates in component quantity use in each application, along with price trends, based on competitive, economic and technology forecast trends, and apply these to derive long term forecasts at the lowest application levels. The usage growth rate forecasts depend heavily on analysis of overall end user trends toward optical communication equipment usage and economic payback.

Cross-Correlation Increases Accuracy The quantities of fiber optic cleavers, strippers, fusion splice devices/equipment, fiber cable, connectors, transceivers, transport terminals, optical add/drop MUX, photonic switches and other products used in a particular application are interrelated. Since Publisher conducts annual analysis and forecast updates in each fiber optic related product field, accurate current quantity estimates in each application are part of this corporate database. These quantities are cross-correlated as a "sanity check."

Publisher, each year since 1985, has conducted extensive research and updated our multiple-client forecasts of each fiber optic component category. As technology and applications have advanced, the number of component subsets covered by the forecasts has expanded impressively.

As an independent consultancy we offer multi-client and custom market research studies to the world's leading companies based on comprehensive, in- depth analysis of quantitative and qualitative factors. This includes technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning, competitive analysis, customer-satisfaction surveys and marketing/sales consultation. Publisher, founded as a technology-based independent consulting firm, meets the information needs of the investment community, industry planners and related suppliers.

Director of Study

Stephen Montgomery, MBA in Technology Management, President at Publisher Consultants. He joined Publisher in 1990 and has specialized in photonics and fiber optic components market & technology forecasting at Publisher for over 25-years. He has given numerous presentations and published a number of articles on optical communication markets, technology, applications and installations. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of LIGHTWAVE magazine (PennWell Publishing) and writes a monthly article covering the optical communication industry for OPTCOM Magazine in Japan (Kogyo Tsushin Co., Ltd.).

Proprietary Statement

All data and other information contained in this data base are proprietary to Publisher and may not be distributed or provided in either original or reproduced form to anyone outside the client's internal employee organization, without prior written permission of Publisher.

Publisher, in addition to multiple-client programs, conducts proprietary custom studies for single clients in all areas of management planning and interest. Other independent consultants, therefore, are considered directly competitive. Publisher proprietary information may not be provided to such consultants without written permission from Publisher Consultants.

Spanning over 568 pages "Fiber Optic Cleaver and Stripper - Global Market Forecast & Analysis 2016 - 2026" report covers Executive Summary, Fiber Optic Cleaver & Stripper Market Forecast, Selected U.S. Patent Summaries, Competitive Environment, Optical Communication Trends, Market Research Methodology, Definitions: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and General Terms, Market Forecast Data Base.

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