The Swiss cabling specialist, R&M, announces the acquisition of the Czech company Transportkabel, headquartered in Děčín, Czech Republic. The company, founded in 1996, is a developer and manufacturer of fibre optic and metallic cables for power and communication applications in data centres, broadband networks, enterprise buildings and other infrastructure projects.
With this acquisition, R&M say they will receive fibre optic cable design and production know-how. Fibre optic cables are an important part of R&M’s high-end network solutions for the LAN, data centre and public network market. Transportkabel is said to offer a broad range of cable constructions suited to complete R&M’s three strategic market segments. The portfolio includes specialties such as flame-retardant and fire-resistant loose-tube constructions as well as constructions with increased resistance to mechanical damage suitable for direct burial installation.
“Fibre optic cables are strategically important to our end-to-end offering. We are excited about this technology extension and are convinced that we complete our offering at the right time” says Andreas Rüsseler, chief marketing officer of R&M. “Transportkabel has a tremendous know-how in cable production and its location in Děčín is ideally suited to serve the European market”.
Transportkabel has been over 20 years in the cable business and professes to be a key player in the Czech metallic cable market. In 2014, Transportkabel entered the growing fibre optics cable market, started a brand-new production unit in Děčín and currently sells its fibre optic cables to OEMs, distributors and end-users throughout Europe.
Luděk Bednář, co-owner and managing director of Transportkabel says, “Transportkabel has built up an excellent reputation in offering high quality and often customised cables with short lead time. There is an excellent fit between Transportkabel’s and R&M’s approach to the market. With R&M’s global sales network we can accelerate our growth story and take the company to the next level”.