IWCS Appoints Xiong Zhuang of Yangtze OFC to Symposium Committee

Xiong Zhuang

IWCS – International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, the premier worldwide conference for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes and applications, has appointed Xiong Zhuang of Yangtze OFC (YOFC) to the IWCS Symposium Committee. This committee is crucial to the success of the conference, establishing the full content of the program and carefully selecting the papers to be presented.

“YOFC has contributed strong content/papers to the IWCS for over 20 years and Xiong Zhuang alone has published 26 at IWCS since 2004,” said Eric Lawrence of Nexans and Symposium Committee Chairman. “We look forward to having Zhuang’s invaluable Chinese perspective, vision and content on the IWCS Symposium Committee,” continued Lawrence, “particularly in light of the IWCS evolution that includes the UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium.”

Xiong Zhuang received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2000. Since then, he has been working with Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company, engaged in the research and development of optical fibre cables. He has participated in IWCS activities since 2004 and was one of the first Chinese speakers at IWCS from Mainland China. He has obtained over 70 patents and published more than 60 technical papers, of which 26 are published at IWCS.

He currently is the Cable CTO of the YOFC Manufacturing Center and the Deputy General Manager of their R&D Center. He is the associate rapporteur of Q17 in ITU-T SG15 and an expert in IEC SC86A as well as the member of academic committee of the Chinese State Key Laboratory of Optical Fibre and Cable Manufacturing Technology. He is also the vice chairman of Communication Line Committee of the China Institute of Communications, a member of the expert panel of Optical and Electrical Cable and Wire Committee in China Electronic Components Industry Association and a member of technical committee of the TELL Certification Center in China.

“It is my great honor to join the IWCS team as its first Chinese member,” said Mr. Xiong. “Chinese companies and professionals are increasingly more involved in IWCS activities in recent years. YOFC, as the leader in the Chinese Optical Fiber and Cable industry for more than 20 years, would like to make more contributions to this highly valued Technical Cable & Connectivity Symposium, with such a long and successful history. China has become the largest cable & connectivity market in the world. Therefore, YOFC commits to be a beneficial contributor as a representative of the Chinese industry on the IWCS Symposium Committee,” continued Xiong.

David Kiddoo, IWCS Executive Director, agrees. “It is important that IWCS have strong representation, leadership and contribution from China. This will ensure continued growth and relevance of IWCS throughout our global industry” stated Kiddoo. “Zhuang’s expertise and knowledge of the technical strengths and needs of the Chinese market will be vital to IWCS going forward. We are very fortunate to have him join the IWCS team.”

IWCS 2017, the 66th annual International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, will be held this year in Orlando, Florida on October 8-11, 2017. For more information, go to


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The IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium is the premier venue for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes and applications. For over 65 years, the IWCS Symposium has been the leading worldwide conference for peer reviewed papers and presentations on technologies and trends in wire, cable and connectivity for the communications, data, electronics, power, industrial, automotive and aerospace industries.

The IWCS Symposium Committee generates an extremely high caliber program for each year’s conference, with over 100 papers and presentations in 20 compelling sessions over three full days. The International Cable & Connectivity Symposium is an opportunity to explore discussions on topical issues, learn about new technologies and network with global industry colleagues.

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