The Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS) is situated in Lublin, in the eastern part of Poland and consists of 10 faculties. The Laboratory of Optical Fibre Technology (LOFT), representing UMCS in ACTPHAST, belongs to the Faculty of Chemistry. In 1979 the first optical cable manufactured in the UMCS laboratories was incorporated into the telecommunication network in Lublin. The optical fibre fabrication technology developed at UMCS was put into practice in the factory of optical fibres and cables built in Lublin. The production of the second generation fibres on an industrial scale started in 1983. The Optical Fibre research group received the State Award for the elaboration of Polish fibre technology. Currently research focuses on the technology of micro-structured and photonic crystal fibres.