Dr. Steve Norman from Pirelli joins startup to lead manufacturing and commercialization drive

March 12, 2001

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SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. -- Dr Steve Norman has left Pirelli, where he wasDirector of Engineering and Quality, to head up UK operations at SouthamptonPhotonics, the expanding fibre-optic components start-up. He brings to thecompany over 20 years of experience in the volume manufacturing of fibreoptics products at Pirelli. Southampton Photonics was formed in mid-2000with initial funding of $55 million and is currently building up design andproduction facilities in Chilworth, near Southampton, as well as in the USA.

"The proven ability to scale manufacturing operations to volume productionwill be critical to the company’s success," said Don Spalinger, Presidentand co-founder of Southampton Photonics. "Steve brings enormous experienceand an established track record in the successful commercialisation ofspecialty fibre technology."


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