Koch buys maker of optical communications components

Koch Optics, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is acquiring Oplink, a company that produces optical components and systems, in an all-cash transaction for about $445 million.

Oplink, based in Fremont, Calif., makes optical communication components, intelligent modules and subsystems. It supplies telecommunications, data communications and cable TV equipment companies around the world, and it owns multiple research and manufacturing facilities in Asia.

Oplink will be managed by Molex, a global electronics components company and Koch Industries subsidiary.

“Oplink will significantly expand Molex’s fiber optic capabilities for technology development and new product innovation,” Tim Ruff, Molex’s senior vice president, business development and corporate strategy, said in statement.