OneChip Photonics announced that is has named Dan Meerovich its Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations.
The company also announced that it has reached an agreement with Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) to manufacture OneChip’s Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC)-based Passive Optical Network (PON) transceivers.
Meerovich is responsible for building OneChip’s volume manufacturing capabilities and ensuring cost-effective and efficient operations across its supply chain. “Dan has a wealth of optical communications industry experience and a successful track record of growing and streamlining operations, while exceeding sales and profit targets,” said Jim Hjartarson, CEO of OneChip Photonics. “He will play a key role in the introduction and volume manufacture of our unique optical transceiver product line.”
Before joining OneChip, Meerovich served as VP of Operations at Xtellus, which was acquired by Oclaro Inc. in 2009. One year after the acquisition, he was instrumental in increasing revenue by 50 percent, while increasing labor efficiency by 70 percent. He also expanded the company’s R&D and manufacturing capabilities in Korea and Thailand. Previously, Meerovich was VP of Manufacturing Operations at Multiplex Inc., where he established and managed a wholly owned manufacturing subsidiary in China. He also held senior-level operations positions at Asip Inc./Apogee Photonics Inc., JDS Uniphase and Tyco/Laser Diode Inc.
According to Meerovich, OneChip selected Fabrinet as its contract manufacturer “because of Fabrinet’s strong global footprint and its ability to get our manufacturing line up and running quickly.” “Fabrinet has extensive experience manufacturing optical components and systems and will help OneChip meet the high demand for our integrated optical transceivers,” Meerovich said. Fabrinet will provide a range of manufacturing services for OneChip, including optical component attachment for OneChip’s Bi-directional Optical Sub Assemblies (BOSAs) and final integration and testing of its fully packaged optical transceivers.
Fabrinet, a vertically integrated manufacturer, will provide manufacturing services for OneChip at its Pinehurst campus in Thailand. On a global basis, Fabrinet has more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing space at its facilities in Thailand, the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Greg Reny, Senior Director of Business Development at Fabrinet, said, “We look forward to helping OneChip bring its breakthrough solutions to market globally. We are known for the quality and precision of our optical manufacturing, assembly and test processes, and we are excited to put our expertise to work for OneChip.”