ARRIS Lowell Facility Delivers on Commitment to Sustainability

Recently, our Cross Point Towers office and lab in Lowell, Massachusetts, underwent a major Lowell pic outsideconsolidation to reduce not only our physical footprint in the area, but also our environmental impact.

The project, spearheaded by the ARRIS Global Real Estate and Workplace Services team and Jones Lang LaSalle, in partnership with ARRIS Lowell-based Engineering teams, ultimately reduced the facility’s real estate footprint by more than 26 percent in only three months. With the unique needs of the Engineering teams in mind, a program was developed to ensure that the space design and infrastructure provided flexibility to accommodate lab changes and growth.

The project team partnered with leading environmental sustainability vendors to reduce the project’s carbon footprint, VOC (volatile organic compound) building materials, and overall waste.

Contractors hired for the project followed strict eco-sustainable practices, reused and repurposed more than half a million dollars in materials for use in local schools and the community, raised thousands of dollars in a silent auction for Cystic Fibrosis, and worked with specialized recyclers to divert more than 320,000 pounds of materials from landfill. New, zero-landfill furniture packaging enabled the team to recycle 100 percent (or 1,000 pounds) of its packaging materials, while construction demolition and waste management diversion initiatives recycled over 70 percent of construction waste, and diverted nearly 125 tons of it from landfill.

The responsibility initiatives also saved tens of thousands in energy rebates and freight costs while laying the groundwork for the facility to save thousands of dollars each year in energy costs.

In total, the project team’s corporate, social, and environmental responsibility initiatives achieved more than $232,000 in savings, diverted more than 636,000 pounds of waste, and contributed more than $526,000 in value to the community—showing that a commitment to doing the right thing can be good for business as well.

Find out more about ARRIS company-wide corporate, social, and environmental initiatives on our Corporate Responsibility site.

Living up to the challenge of environmental sustainability

Every day, we have discussions around how we can improve communications and entertainment via speed, range, resolution or reliability.  And every day we consider the impact of what we do on our environment. Sustainability is ingrained in how we work at ARRIS.

Our challenge is to design products and processes that reduce our impact on the environment. We call this ‘Conservation through Innovation,’ and not only does it result in greater efficiency, it reduces consumption of materials and power.

Since taking up this challenge, we’ve made some significant advances – and in some cases, halved the energy consumption of our set-tops since 2005.

  • We collaborate and provide technical leadership in numerous global initiatives – such as the Australian, European, Canadian and US energy efficiency voluntary agreements for set-tops, as well as small network equipment.
  • As a result of the US agreement, energy consumption has been reduced by an estimated 16.8 TWh – that’s equivalent to the energy used by all of the homes in both Washington, DC, and Chicago combined, for one year!
  • Our teams contribute to and chair working groups for the SCTE Energy 2020 initiatives to reduce power, energy and grid dependency.

We’re therefore proud to take our experience with these initiatives and our existing ways of working into the KPN Circular Manifesto. As a signatory, ARRIS has committed to working with the Dutch service provider to implement processes that are more energy efficient for both KPN and its customers and produce hardware that is circular by design – meaning it lasts longer, is produced using fewer virgin raw materials and is built in such a way that by 2025 close to 100% of the parts and resources can be reused or recycled.

Damien O'Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) with Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row  third from left)

Damien O’Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) and Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row third from left)

Steve McCaffery, President, International at ARRIS said of the partnership: “We are proud to enhance the digital lives of consumers in the Netherlands, while continually ensuring a sustainable future for the environment, and its precious and limited resources.”

We want everyone to take on the challenge we created for ourselves: sure, we can make it faster, smarter, smaller and more reliable; but can we make it more environmentally sustainable?

 

 

ARRIS Receives Gold EcoVadis Rating

GOLD STATUS BADGEIn line with our guiding values to put our customers first, for two years in a row, ARRIS has achieved a Gold status rating from sustainability firm EcoVadis for our efforts in corporate responsibility. Seventeen of our major customers use the EcoVadis assessment to score their suppliers.

This year’s rating places us within the top 3 percent of communications equipment manufacturers and within 1 percent of all businesses assessed by EcoVadis.

We are proud of our progress to date and will continue to build upon our efforts.  For more information regarding our ARRIS Corporate Responsibility initiatives, please check out our Corporate Responsibility Report.

ARRIS’s Corporate Responsibility Report

Picture1Corporate responsibility is our promise to ensure that our business has a positive impact on our people, our society, and our environment.

Today, we’re publishing our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report highlights what we’re doing around the world to carry out our business ethically and responsibly. That includes everything from building more inclusive workplaces to streamlining our supply chain and making more energy-efficient devices.

You’ll see in our report that corporate responsibility is at the center of our decision-making process at every level of the organization, around the world. That’s because it’s part of who we are. It’s one of the main reasons why ARRIS continues to be a worldwide leader: we’re invested in building a better future.

We’re excited to share what we’ve accomplished so far. Check out the report, here.

ARRIS to Acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch Business

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Bruce McClelland, ARRIS CEO

In the shifting, converging worlds of cable, telco, and wireless, we’ve always been an expert partner to our customers. As we work together to enable the next era of connected experiences, we are beginning to see the lines blur; not just between wireless technologies, but between wired and wireless networking. Five years from now, every service provider will also be a wireless operator.

That’s why today we’re excited to announce that we’re planning to acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX campus switching from Broadcom.

We’ve set an aggressive growth strategy for ARRIS that includes expanding our technology breadth and depth with a focus on wireless broadband. This strategy will also take us beyond the home – and into new, adjacent markets. The acquisition accomplishes all of these goals, expanding our focus into the enterprise networking and wireless spaces, as well as augmenting our portfolio of products serving our existing and emerging customers.

Ruckus is leading the industry in the development of an exciting new approach for delivering very high-bandwidth cellular service – areas that are of high interest to both mobile and fixed Service Providers.  Combining the strengths of ARRIS and Ruckus will allow us to be agile, innovative and evolve our services as those lines blur between wireline and wireless operators.

As you’ve seen from our Motorola and Pace acquisitions, we have a fantastic track record of making investments that significantly grow our business and create value for all of our stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders and partners.

Through our existing collaborations with the Ruckus team, we are very familiar with the amazing talent and innovation that have created this world-class brand. We plan to introduce Ruckus as a dedicated business unit within ARRIS, led by current Ruckus COO and industry veteran, Dan Rabinovitsj. Under Dan’s exceptional leadership, the team’s focus will remain on technological innovation, channel and partner ecosystems and vertical market development.

We look forward to welcoming Ruckus to the ARRIS family – and are excited by the future strides we will take together – as ARRIS continues to power the digital world.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication regarding the transaction contain forward-looking statements concerning the transaction, the expected benefits, and the timing of closing. Forward-looking statements generally may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “targets,” “forecasts,” “outlook,” “impact,” “potential,” “confidence,” “improve,” “optimistic,” “deliver,” “comfortable,” “trend” and “seeks,” or the negative of such terms or other variations on such terms or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that proposed acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom will not be completed and the possibility that the proposed acquisition of the Ruckus Wireless broadband and ICX Switch business by ARRIS will not be completed, whether as a result of the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, to satisfy any of the other conditions to the transactions or otherwise; adverse effects on the market price of ARRIS shares and on ARRIS’s operating results because of a failure to complete the acquisition; failure of ARRIS to realize the expected benefits of the acquisition; negative effects relating to the announcement of the possible acquisition or any further announcements relating to the acquisition or the consummation of the acquisition on the market price of ARRIS shares; significant transaction costs and/or unknown liabilities; customer reaction to the announcement of the proposed acquisition; possible litigation relating to the acquisition; general economic and business conditions that affect the combined companies following the consummation of the acquisition; commercial acceptance and use of the Shared Spectrum Small Cell market by ARRIS’s customers; changes in global, political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory forces, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax laws or their interpretation or application, regulations, rates and policies; future business acquisitions or disposals; and competitive developments. These factors are not intended to be an all-encompassing list of risks and uncertainties. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in ARRIS’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. The factors described in the context of such forward-looking statements in this release could cause ARRIS’s plans with respect to the business acquired from Broadcom, ARRIS’s actual results, performance or achievements, industry results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although it is believed that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove correct and persons reading this document are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as at the date hereof. ARRIS expressly disclaims any obligation to update or correct these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Announcing ARRIS’s New R&D Center in Bangalore, India

Today, we opened a new, multi-million dollar R&D and Operations center in Bangalore, India, dedicated to innovation for our customers worldwide.

The Ulsoor, Bangalore site – which houses a state-of-the-art lab and testing facilities – becomes ARRIS’s largest global development center outside of the US. It’s an IP creation hub that unites world-class engineers from the former ARRIS and Pace sites in the region (following ARRIS’s January 2016 acquisition of Pace). Now, they can more easily collaborate on the technology to drive the next era of broadband and video experiences—from Gigabit Internet to 4K TV, and Wi-Fi.

Our Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bob Stanzione, inaugurated the facility with Kiran Gadi, Country Head and VP, Engineering for ARRIS India, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

Take a look at our photos from the ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

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