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Philips and Optogan start LED production in St. Petersburg

The firms have launched manufacturing of OptoGaN's III-nitride based LEDs for street lighting
The Governor of Saint-Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, and Anatoly Chubais, CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of Rusnano, visited the production site of JSC Optogan in St-Petersburg, Russia.

This is where the joint venture (JV) "Philips and Optogan," have launched the production line of the brand new LED luminaire “Avenue”.

The maximum capacity of the line is more than 50000 LED luminaries per year.

The modern production line is capable of producing LED luminaries for street lighting according to the highest international quality standards, energy efficiency and reliability.

The visitors of the plant were demonstrated the brand new developments of “Philips and Optogan” for street and yard lighting, which allows the significant reduction of energy consumption without loss in light quality.

Visitors and staff viewing Optogan LEDs

The new LED luminaire “Avenue” fits the whole range of economic and technical requirements of the Saint-Petersburg Energy Efficiency Program. This launch allows “Philips and Optogan” to offer the “Avenue” at the most competitive price ever - 8000 rubles.

Also the company experience of interacting with design bureaus strongly supports the usage of JV LED luminaries. They are claimed to perform "perfectly" even on A1 class highways, with the placement of the 20 metre lighting poles being 65 metres apart.

"We appreciate the interest and support of The Governor of St. Petersburg in the development of energy efficient technology in the region. We are satisfied that we have been able to present localised product families within such a short time which are fitting very well to Russian market requirements," Andre Richter, Head of “Philips and Optogan” comments.

During the visit it was added that, "Indeed, this new LED luminaire will find a proper place in streets and yards lighting."

Royal Philips Electronics, an innovator in lighting solutions, and Russian manufacturer of LED products Optogan, announced the signing of the joint venture agreement in April 2012.

The JV aims to become a strong player in the fast growing LED road lighting market in Russia.

It took less than a year to launch the new production line at Optogan’s production site in St-Petersburg.

The JV combines Philips’ latest LED road lighting solutions and international quality standards with Optogan’s LED knowledge, innovative solutions and understanding of local market requirements in this field. 

During the year, “Philips and Optogan” significantly improved its product portfolio both economically and technically. Thus, the price for LED luminaries in 2013 decreased by 30 percent compared to the same kind of luminaries of 2012. This was coupled by a relative increase of energy efficiency of the luminaries of more than 10 percent.

The Russian LED road lighting market is expected to double to EUR 100 million by 2015. The strategic initiatives of “Philips and Optogan” are totally in line with the company’s plans to take a leadership position in the market.

As a separate part of the visit, an agreement of cooperation between the St-Petersburg Government and Rusnano was signed to stimulate the demand for innovative products, including nano products.

Signing of the agreement

This document is aimed to combine the willingness of both sides to bring innovation to life. The entities also signed the Action plan for 2013-2016.

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