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Avnet, HKPC drive LED lighting in Hong Kong

Posted: 01 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HK LED lighting? energy efficiency initiative? LCD?

Avnet's Fu: Looking at technology trends, LED lighting has a very bright future.

Avnet Electronics Marketing and the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) have partnered in an energy efficient lighting initiative that aims to stimulate the design and development of a new generation of LED lighting products.

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Avnet and HKPC have agreed to cooperate in the use of LED lighting in a variety of areas, including indoor lighting, street lighting, advertising, heat dissipation design, back-light for LCD TV and automotive applications. The HKPC and Avnet will also join hands in areas of marketing, design and development.

"The Hong Kong government estimates that the mandatory implementation of building energy codes for new buildings could result in savings of 2.8 billion kilowatt hours in the first decade, contributing to a reduction in carbon dioxide emission of 1.96 million tons. LED lighting, in such an example, can play a major role in achieving compliance and enabling applications to become more energy efficient," said Frederick Fu, regional president, Avnet Electronics Marketing China. "However, the interest in durable, low-cost, energy efficient LED lighting extends well beyond Hong Kong, across Greater China and further afield. With many potential manufacturing customers as well as large scale end users all looking for solutions, often turning to the HKPC for advice, this MOU is all the more valuable."

Frank Leung, general manager (automotive and electronics) of HKPC, said: "HKPC has been actively promoting the application of LED lighting technology and supporting Hong Kong companies to overcome the technical barrier in its deployment. Last year, we set up an LED Lighting Application Consortium to provide a platform for engineering and application support for the industry. We have also successfully developed an LED lighting solution which can directly replace fluorescent lamps commonly used in commercial and industrial premises."

According to Fu, the main purpose of the MOU was to share know-how, capital investment and market intelligence to promote the development of LED lighting. Leung added that the MOU will allow both HKPC and Avnet to play a more active role in partnering with Hong Kong LED lighting product companies on the design and development of LED lighting products for appropriate applications.

Towards energy efficiency
Avnet takes a systematic approach when designing lighting projects or customer installations, considering factors such as thermal output, power efficiency, optics and color quality. The Avnet design service and segment marketing team delivers turnkey system solutions from its in-house design centers and its third party design partners in Asia, enabling customers to get to market faster.

According to Fu, Avnet is involved in several research activities, HKPC included. "Our talented Avnet Design Service (ADS) team provides system level support to customers working on research and development. The ADS team's expertise in LED lighting provides strong technical support to HKPC engineers," he said.

Avnet has six design centers in Asiain locations such as Mainland China, Taiwan, India and Singaporeeach with strong system design capability that adds an in-depth core competency in demand creation, providing value-added services to Avnet's customers and suppliers in the region. It has already developed proven reference solutions ranging from general illumination such as street lamps to architectural and advertising lighting.

"Looking at technology trends, LED lighting has a very bright future in the home as well as in enterprise applications, outdoor installations and in the automotive industry. This MOU reflects that trend and Avnet's desire to be at the forefront of the commercial opportunity to develop products as well as the overall imperative to manage global energy resources more efficiently," said Fu.





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