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30th Anniversary

AFL celebrates 30 years of connecting with a yearlong celebration

AFL's Origins
AFL was formed as a joint venture on November 28, 1984 by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), and Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. AFL was formed to initially manufacture fiber optic ground wire (OPGW) at our Duncan, SC facility. In 2005, Fujikura, with global sales of approximately $6 billion, assumed 100% ownership of AFL and moved AFL's headquarters to Duncan, SC.

As part of the Fujikura family of companies, AFL is part of a company with a long history and record of success. Fujikura has been in business for nearly 130 years and is one of the oldest manufacturers of cables and wires in Japan. In Fujikura's history, telecommunications has been a core business with significant contributions made to Fujikura's growth.

Where we are going

Since then, we’ve added products and services that have fueled our growth and positioned us to provide truly integrated solutions. Today, we offer thousands of products and services to our customers worldwide. More importantly, we are dedicated to making a difference.

Our exceptional products, innovative solutions, and engineering expertise make connections possible

AFL provides industry-leading solutions, products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid.

We manufacture, engineer and install fiber optic products and associated equipment. This includes:
  • fiber optic cable
  • transmission and substation accessories
  • fiber outside plant equipment
  • fiber inside plant equipment
  • connectors and accessories
  • fusion splicers
  • test and inspection equipment
  • training
AFL's service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting central office, outside plant, wireless and enterprise areas.

Whether you need to build a network, upgrade your broadband system, expand a central office or connect a campus through fiber optics, AFL connects you with the solutions that fit your every need.

Vision and Values

AFL’s mission is to connect our customers around the world with innovative technologies, exceptional products and high quality services.

Our vision is to positively impact communities by delivering superior solutions.

Our core values are shared among all AFL employees. These values drive our culture and priorities and provide a framework in which decisions are made.
  • Customers First
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration & Accountability
  • Environment, Health & Safety
  • Community Engagement
AFL is a group of talented individuals with extensive industry knowledgebase. We encourage our associates to maintain memberships in various trade organizations including OSA, IEEE, SPIE and many others. Participation in these organizations keeps our associates on the forefront of technology and engaged in the industry. Their knowledge is an asset to AFL as research and development is a necessity to remain competitive in our markets.

From the manufacturing floor to administrative offices, AFL empowers associates to make suggestions that improve processes, reduce costs or increase productivity. We believe all associates are invested in the company’s operation and rewards employees if their suggested idea is implemented.

As a subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan, AFL employs nearly 4,000 people worldwide.


Regional and long distance telephone carriers, electric utilities, cable television operators, wireless service providers, data communication providers, private network operators and equipment manufacturers.

With its corporate headquarters located in Duncan, South Carolina, AFL also has operations in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia, and sells its solutions, products and services around the world.
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