BICC, the construction and cable company, is to create around 200 jobs at its Deeside optical fibre plant in Wales, bringing total staff numbers to 550.
The company will take on the extra production staff to match the recent factory expansion that has seen the 405m2 site double in size.
Optical Fibres, the North Wales factory which is half owned with Corning of the US, is to take a share of a BICC global capital investment of £165m, 75% of which will go on optical fibres.
BICC would not disclose how much of this sum would be spent on the Deeside plant.
Corning is paying for half the investment.
`The factory is already built,’ said Neil Wallis, director of personnel and environmental services at Optical Fibres.
`We’re now installing equipment, and expect to ramp up production at the end of the year.’
BICC needs to invest in its global optical fibre production facilities to match accelerating demand for telecommunications and information exchange.
Optical fibre provides faster, higher capacity and more robust links than traditional copper, and carries signals further without distortion.
The market is being driven by plans to open European telecommunications to commercial interests separate from the state-owned telecommunications operations.