Molex, the global connectivity and electronics solutions provider, is acquiring Fiberguide Industries, a manufacturer of customised optical fibre solutions based in Caldwell, Idaho.

Fiberguide will join Molex’s Polymicro business, a Phoenix-based provider of specialty optical fibre and fluidic-based products tailored for medical, industrial and data-com applications.

Commenting Jim Clarkin, GM of Polymicro, said, “Our combined capabilities give global customers a full array of products and complete solutions to meet emerging requirements for innovative laser-based optical systems.”

Fiberguide is positioned to help Molex address the stringent needs of medical applications, including high-power laser surgery, DNA sequencing and flow cytometry.

Both Molex and Fiberguide bring extensive expertise in optical fibres, analytical probes and fully packaged assemblies to support increasing demands for minimally invasive medical procedures. In addition, a complementary portfolio of design capabilities provides solutions for industrial monitoring and sensing as well as data-com applications that require reliable performance in extremely harsh environments.

“Fiberguide contributes more than 40 years of technological innovation to Molex,” said Devinder Saini, Ph.D., VP of Technology for Fiberguide. “We share similar cultures and are united in our focus to deliver the most powerful, vertically integrated fiber solutions available.”

In addition to taking advantage of the enhanced design prowess, intelligent digital supply chain and global manufacturing footprint, Molex said that it will also look to develop centres of optical fiber excellence in Phoenix and Caldwell to support new business opportunities from concept to production.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.