Tridonic acquires all LEDON OLED Lighting interests, renames former joint venture Tridonic Dresden GmbH & Co KG

July 18, 2013
Date Announced: 18 Jul 2013 Tridonic extends its commitment to OLED technologyAcquisition of all joint venture interestsLEDON OLED renamed Tridonic Dresden GmbH & Co KGDresden. Alongside its ongoing activities in the area of LED, the Zumtobel Group is investing in the technology of the future, OLED. To this end, the lighting group yesterday signed an agreement to acquire all the shares from its partners in the joint venture LEDON OLED Lighting GmbH & Co KG. The Zumtobel Group set up this company jointly with the Fraunhofer research organisation and a number of Fraunhofer employees in 2009.The former joint venture LEDON OLED, which specialises in the development and manufacture of high-efficiency OLED lighting modules, is part of the Zumtobel Group’s lighting components business Tridonic. Its products have therefore already been marketed under the brand name Tridonic. In order to reflect this association, the company will now be given the new name of Tridonic Dresden GmbH & Co KG. Company headquarters is in Dresden, one of Europe’s major centres for OLED technology. Managing directors Jörg Amelung and Patrik Danz will continue to head the company which currently employs 11 people. The company’s key task is to take the development of OLED light sources through to the stage of OLED modules for use in professional applications. Core competencies include the electrical integration and electronic control of OLED light sources as well as the optimisation of light quality. Since the company was founded, a wide range of OLED module series have been developed and marketed worldwide. The beginning of this year saw the market launch of the world’s most efficient OLED module for professional lighting: the product series LUREON REP.“OLED is one of the technologies of the future where general lighting solutions are concerned. It provides the perfect fit with our strategy for LED modules. This is in line with our aspiration to develop visionary solutions for our customers based on cutting-edge technologies,” explains Tridonic CEO Alfred Felder. More about OLEDs An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) comprises a system of thin organic layers (approx. 200-500 nanometres thick), located between two electrode layers (anode and cathode). Printed onto a glass substrate, this wide-area light source is less than 2 millimetres thick. When a voltage is applied, light is generated within the system of layers and emerges through one of the electrode layers. In contrast to conventional light sources, OLEDs give off wide-area light with high-quality colour rendering, which is very pleasant for the human eye. Another advantage is that there is no glare to the light emitted by OLEDs. As a result, OLEDs need no reflectors to reduce glare, which puts them among the most efficient light sources of all.About TridonicTridonic, headquartered in Dornbirn/Austria, develops, manufactures and markets equipment for a wide range of light sources, lighting management systems, LED and OLED solutions and connectors. Through its active partnership, outstanding service competence and technical expertise Tridonic enables its customers to implement lighting solutions of superior functionality and economy. Tridonic is a subsidiary of the Zumtobel Group. In the 2012/13 fiscal year, 1,946 employees in 27 locations achieved sales of 378 million euros. More than 300 employees in R & D create intelligent lighting concepts based on sophisticated systems and products. More than 650 inventions and 2.100 patents are ample evidence of the powers of innovation of Tridonic. Customers include luminaire manufacturers, manufacturers of products that incorporate lighting, architects, electrical system designers, lighting planners, electrical contractors and wholesalers.The history of Tridonic stretches back more than 50 years and is a success story with many highs. Today, true to its slogan “enlightening your ideas”, Tridonic is synonymous with outstanding products and services related to the fascinating subject of light.

Corinna Löffler, Tridonic Dresden +49-351-795-975–19

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