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Top 10 News Of The International Lighting Industry In 2017
- Sep 26, 2018 -

Top 10 News Of The International Lighting Industry In 2017

1, Philips Lighting "group complaints" Chinese lighting companies

In April 2017, news about the patent litigation of Philips Lighting attracted a lot of attention in the domestic lighting industry. 

According to some people in charge of China's lighting companies, Philips Lighting concentrated on patent litigation involving hundreds of domestic lighting companies selling in overseas markets, and Philips lighting patents cover a wide range, so that the heads of domestic lighting companies complained that "it is very wrong." ".

As early as 2008, Philips launched a patent licensing program based on LED luminaires and light sources. 

The plan shows the summary of Philips premium payments: 1. LED-based luminaires: 3% of the net price of monochrome lamps, adjustable white light lamps for sale 4% of the price, 5% of the net price of the color-changing lamps; 2. LED-based retrofit bulbs, 5% of net income, minimum of 0.25 euros each. 

Philips Lighting has signed licensing agreements with a number of global companies such as Amerlux in the United States and iGuzzini Lighting, a well-known Italian lighting manufacturer. Philips Lighting licensees companies to use Philips lighting related patents.

These patents of Philips are mainly embodied in three aspects: 1. Product structure, for example, all LED products with lenses, and a cover-pressed installation mode are in violation of Philips patents; 2. Dimming functions, such as LED products with dimming function Both violate the Philips patent; 3. Power scheme, which is mainly reflected in the drive violation of Philips patents.

It is reported that for the patent rights protection, Philips organized a team of about 200 lawyers to be responsible for the patent infringement of Philips patents. The companies involved were faced with the possibility of claiming patent fees or being sued. Obviously, Philips plans and implements a large-scale patent activism behavior, which is almost "one catch and one standard."

The process of developing from a large lighting country to a strong country in China is also an international process. Lighting companies must have a comprehensive and profound understanding of the intellectual property system and continuously improve the use of patented technology and the maintenance of intellectual property rights.


2, the US General Motors announced the sale of lighting business

June 9 news, US General (GE) CEO Bill Lacey before lighting one day send internal email to employees of GE Lighting, GE Lighting announced the news of the sale, began formal discussions with potential buyers to sell GE Lighting business. Bill Lacey stressed that the negotiations are still in the early stages and GE Lighting "can consider several strategic options." For example, it can sell different business units of GE Lighting to different buyers. He said that there will be no definitive answer yet. In November, GE's new CEO, John Flannery, announced that GE will undergo a major restructuring, and the company is now focusing on only three major businesses – electricity, aviation and healthcare.


3, the EU imposed a fine of 27 million euros on cartel companies involved in automotive lighting systems

According to the EU business website on the evening of June 21, the participation in the price of cartels (cartel monopoly) automotive lighting companies Automotive Lighting (Hella) and Hera (Hella) were alleged by the European Commission A fine of 27 million euros (about 210 million yuan). A total of three companies admitted to participating in the price cartel and accepting the penalty decision. The two companies were mitigated for cooperating with the European Commission investigation; another company, Valeo, was excused for reporting to the European Commission.


4. Osram's continuous mergers and acquisitions accelerate the deployment of the global industrial chain

In 2017, Osram, the world-famous electric light source manufacturer, merged and expanded. It has successively acquired a number of companies and signed cooperation agreements with related companies to accelerate the deployment of the global intelligent lighting high-tech industrial chain.

On August 2, it was reported that Osram bought a 25% stake in LeddarTech, a Quebec laser radar company in Canada, to enter the autopilot market.

On October 17, OSRAM strategically acquired a portion of the shares of Swiss Beaconsmind AG through its venture capital division, providing intelligent positioning lighting software to retailers.


OSRAM acquires Digital Lumens, a US software platform provider, to strengthen its portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) applications based on industrial building interconnected lighting systems.

Osram acquires a stake in agrilution, a startup based in Munich, Germany, through its venture capital firm Fluxunit. The company has developed a smart indoor planting box (plantCube) that provides plant light for family salads, vegetables and herbal plantations.

OSRAM acquired Maneri-Agraz, a lighting service provider based in Houston, Texas, USA, which provides energy-efficient lighting solutions for commercial and industrial facilities.

OSRAM has signed two strategic agreements with HexaTech, a supplier of AlN single crystal substrates. These agreements include long-term supply agreements and several HexaTech intellectual property (IP) licenses, the former involving aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates that are directly supported by HexaTech's 2-inch (diameter) substrate development project. Establishing a long-term strategic relationship with HexaTech, a recognized industry leader in AlN, will enable OSRAM to develop efficient, reliable deep-UV equipment and become a leading provider of high-performance optoelectronic technology, offering products ranging from deep ultraviolet wavelengths to infrared wavelengths.


5. Asia International Lighting Conference was held in Shanghai

From August 17th to 18th, the 10th Asia Lighting Conference was held in Shanghai. The conference was organized by the China Lighting Society, the Japan Lighting Society and the Korea Lighting Electrical Equipment Society, and hosted by the China Lighting Society. More than 300 representatives from 10 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, India, Russia and Brunei attended the conference.

It is understood that the Asian Lighting Conference, formerly known as the “China-Japan-Korea Lighting Conference”, is an international academic conference jointly organized by the China Lighting Society, the Japan Lighting Society and the Korea Lighting Electrical Equipment Society. The conference began in 2008 and is held annually, and is hosted by the three countries of China, Japan and Korea. Professor Hao Luoxi, the rotating chairman of the 10th Asian Lighting Conference, said that the purpose of this year’s renaming is to hope that not only China, Japan and South Korea, but also more Asian countries and more people will participate, giving Asian lighting a brighter future. future.


6. Siemens announced 9.4 billion yuan to sell Osram 17.34% shareholding

On October 4th, Siemens announced in Germany that it decided to sell 17.34% of the shares of OSRAM, ending the relationship between the two sides for many years. Siemens holds a total of 18.155 million shares of Osram, according to Reuters, which will be sold at a price of 65.05 euros per share, with a total selling price of about 1.2 billion euros (about 9.4 billion yuan).

According to Siemens, the proceeds from the sale will be used for general corporate purposes, and only a small amount of Osram shares will be retained after the above shares are held. These shares are the company's debt-bearing corporate bonds due in 2019.


7. The US ITC officially launched "337 investigation" on LED lighting and power supply.

On November 3, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to initiate a 337 investigation on LED lighting equipment, LED power supplies and their components (survey code: 337-TA-1081). The investigation involved LED lighting equipment (such as lighting equipment and light bulbs using LEDs as light sources) and their components, LED power supplies, reflectors and optics. The essence of the "337 investigation" is a means of market competition. Some experts bluntly say that it is a way for the United States to crowd out competitors. "Reviewing the "337 Survey", no matter what method is adopted, an important basis is that it must have sufficient intellectual property rights. Chinese enterprises should further attach great importance to intellectual property rights, build their own intellectual property base, and carry out overseas distribution with good intellectual property rights. .


8. Philips Lighting released a global eye health survey report

According to a report on November 9, recently, Philips Lighting announced the results of a survey on “High-quality LED lighting to alleviate eye fatigue”. The survey shows that adults face an average of more than 6 hours a day, only 42% of them. The user has chosen a lighting method that is less harmful to the eyes. At the same time, only one-third (32%) of the world's users consider the effects of light on the eye when purchasing a light bulb. The survey also found that eye health did not receive the attention it deserved when conducting a comprehensive personal health assessment.

Currently, more than two-thirds of the world's weight (68%) and fitness (57%) are included in comprehensive health indicators, but only one-third (34%) see vision health as a comprehensive health indicator. one. Only half of the respondents included vision protection as the top three concerns for personal health promotion, and only 43% regularly performed eye exams.

The survey collected feedback from more than 8,000 people from 11 countries including China.


9. Osram's most modern LED chip factory in operation is put into operation

On November 23, OSRAM announced that the new LED chip factory in Kulim, Malaysia, is on schedule. It is understood that the blue LED chip produced by the OSRAM Gulin plant can produce white light through the conversion layer. The chip can be used for general lighting, as well as for specialty applications such as building facade lighting, private and commercial interior and exterior lighting, billboard lighting, and plant lighting.

The world's most modern LED chip factory is in operation, and OSRAM accelerates the transformation of high-tech companies. After the completion of the second phase of the Kulim plant, OSRAM also plans to produce LED chips for high-end applications such as automotive lighting and video projection in Kulim. In addition, the new plant represents the latest technology. Compared to 4-inch technology, the 6-inch wafer production system can produce 125% more LED chips per wafer in a single cycle.


10. Yan's brothers repurchase TCP Qiang Ling

According to a statement issued by TCP Strong (TCP) on December 13th, US Eastern Time, TCP Qiangling submitted a merger agreement to the SEC (the US Securities and Exchange Commission) on the same day. 

The agreement indicated that TCP Qiangling co-founder Ellis Yan ( Yan Zhaoqiang and Yan Zhaoling will repurchase TCP Qiangling all shares that are not under the actual control of Yan Family and withdraw TCP ownership. The news has caused widespread concern in the industry.