Optical fiber preform, playing an important role in the optical fiber and cable industry chain, seizes about 70% profits of optical fiber. Global demand for optical fiber preform stood at 16.2kt in 2018, a mere 5.5% growth, far lower than in 2017, as optical fiber market slowed down, but is projected to hit 25kt in 2025 with the growing demand from large-scale 5G construction, among others.
Optical fiber preform is still in short supply in China, a large supplier worldwide. Yet, as more optical fiber preform projects become operational, the supply gap in the country will be narrowed, and over 85% will be self-sufficient in 2025, compared with 81.9% in 2018
China’s imports of optical fiber preform slumped in 2018, and the gloomy picture continues to 2019. That’s because China still carries out the optical fiber preform anti-dumping policy (on July 10, 2018, the Chinese government announced to continue imposing anti-dumping duties on optical fiber preform from Japan and the United States for 5 years), and furthermore, trade tensions between China and the US have yet to be eased.
Global optical fiber preform industry features a high concentration. There are just around 20 manufacturers, largely in Japan, the United States and China and typically Corning, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Shin-Etsu Chemical, YOFC and Hengtong Optic-electric. By capacity, YOFC boasts the largest share in the global market, followed by Corning.
Both of the two giants had optical fiber preform capacity expansion projects in recent two years. In YOFC’s case, in late 2018, Phase II of YOFC Qianjiang Co., Ltd.’s 500 t/a OVD optical fiber preform capacity expansion project went into production, sending YOFC’s total capacity to 3,500t/a; YOFC also has such projects under construction as YOFC Qianjiang Phase III and Shin-Etsu YOFC (Hubei) Optical Preform Co., Ltd.’s Phase II and YOFC SDG (Hubei) Optical Preform Co., Ltd.’s new project. As for Corning, following operation of its optical fiber preform technological upgrading project in Hainan province in 2018, it pushed on with the construction of optical fiber preform technological upgrading and capacity expansion project which drew to an end in August 2019, with a capacity of 1,066 t/a.
A combination of factors like anti-dumping policy are at play in the rapid growth of Chinese optical fiber preform companies which already have stronger competence in research and development and enlarge their capacity. As with large manufacturers YOFC, Hengtong Optic-electric, Futong Group and Corning (Hainan) Optical Communication, in 2019 other main optical fiber preform suppliers in China, like Jiangsu Etern, Tianjin Futong Xinmao Science & Technology, Hangzhou Cable, STL-Sterlite Technologies and Hebei Far East Communication System Engineering (HBFEC), also have deployed optical fiber preform projects. According to the disclosed projects, it is predicted that China’s optical fiber preform capacity will outstrip 25kt/a in 2025, a sign of excess capacity.
In 2019, the price of optical fiber preform products has dropped a bit in China due to higher risk of overcapacity, smaller supply gap and fiercer competition in the market.
Global and China Optical Fiber Preform Industry Report, 2019-2025 highlights the following:
- Global optical fiber preform market (supply & demand, regional distribution, price, competitive pattern, and development trend)
- Chinese optical fiber preform market (policy, patents, supply & demand, import & export, competitive pattern, price, and development trend)
- Developments of global and China optical fiber & cable markets;
- 13 global and Chinese optical fiber preform companies (operation, optical fiber preform business, etc.).
1. Overview of Optical Fiber Preform
1.2 Production Technology
1.3 Industry Chain
2. Global Optical Fiber Preform Industry
2.1 Status Quo
2.2 Supply & Demand
2.3 Regional Structure
2.5 Competitive Landscape
3. Optical Fiber Preform Industry in China
3.1 Policy Environment
3.1.1 Major Policies
3.1.2 Anti-Dumping Investigation
3.2 Development History
3.2.1 Development Overview
3.3 Supply & Demand
3.4 Import & Export
3.5 Price Trend
3.5.1 Raw Materials
3.5.2 Optical Fiber Preform
3.6 Competitive Landscape
4. Global and Chinese Optical Fiber & Cable Market
4.1.1 Market Development
4.1.2 Regional Structure
4.2.1 Market Development
4.2.3 Competitive Landscape
5. Major Global Optical Fiber Preform Companies
5.1.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.1.4 Development in China
5.1.5 Corning Optical Fiber Cable Chengdu Co. Ltd.
5.1.6 Corning (Hainan) Optical Communication Co., Ltd.
5.2 Sumitomo Electric Industries
5.2.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.2.4 Development in China
5.2.5 Chengdu SEI Optical Fiber
5.3 Shin-Etsu Chemical
5.3.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.3.4 Development in China
5.4.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.4.4 Development in China
5.4.5 Fujikura FiberHome Opto-Electronic Material Technology
5.5.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.5.4 Development in China
5.6 Furukawa Electric
5.6.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.6.4 Development in China
5.7 TwentscheKabel Holding (TKH)
5.7.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
5.7.4 Development in China
5.7.5 Twentsche (Nanjing) Fibre Optics
6. Major Chinese Optical Fiber Preform Companies
6.1.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
6.2 Hengtong Optic-electric
6.2.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
6.3 Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology (ZTT)
6.3.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
6.4 FiberHome Technologies
6.4.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
6.5 Futong Group
6.5.3 Projects under Construction
6.5.4 Optical Fiber Preform Business
6.6 Potevio Fasten Optical Communication
6.6.3 Optical Fiber Preform Business
7. Summary and Forecast
- Chengdu SEI Optical Fiber
- Corning (Hainan) Optical Communication Co., Ltd.
- Corning Optical Fiber Cable Chengdu Co. Ltd.
- FiberHome Technologies
- Fujikura FiberHome Opto-Electronic Material Technology
- Furukawa Electric
- Futong Group
- Hengtong Optic-electric
- Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology (ZTT)
- Potevio Fasten Optical Communication
- Shin-Etsu Chemical
- Sumitomo Electric Industries
- Twentsche (Nanjing) Fibre Optics
- TwentscheKabel Holding (TKH)