Premier Farnell signs exclusive global franchise agreement with Bridgelux

Date Announced: 10 Feb 2009

Premier Farnell will carry Bridgelux’s innovative LED Array products, developed specially to provide lamp and luminaire manufacturers with a solution for simplified system level integration.

5 February 2009, London - Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading multi-channel, high service distributor supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals worldwide, has signed a new global franchise agreement with Bridgelux, Inc. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Bridgelux is a technology leader in high-power, cost-effective and energy-efficient LED solutions. Bridgelux controls all of the core technologies from the epitaxial process to packaging —enabling the Company to manufacture both high power LED chips and LED Arrays. The Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA) estimates the global lighting market to be about $40 billion USD. This agreement will provide Premier Farnell with the latest LED lighting technologies for its design engineering customer base.

The Bridgelux family of LED Array products delivers high performance, compact, and cost-effective solid state lighting (SSL) solutions to serve the general lighting market. These products combine the higher efficiency, lifetime and reliability benefits of LEDs with the light output levels of many conventional lighting sources. Available product options deliver between 400 and 2,000 lumens under application conditions in cool, neutral and warm white colours. The high lumen output integrated sources reduce system design complexity, enabling miniaturized cost-effective lamp and luminaire designs. Applications include down lights, task and accent, track, hospitality, architectural, street, wide area, and security lighting.

Premier Farnell continues to invest in and drive its own technical support programmes to ensure that electronic design engineers around the world receive the support, information and data on the latest technologies and products from suppliers like Bridgelux as quickly and effectively as possible. This scheme provides designers with immediate web access to data and support, as well as reduced delivery lead times.

“This new global franchise agreement with Bridgelux will continue to strengthen our SSL product offerings for our world-wide design engineering customer base,” said David Shen Head of Global Technology Marketing at Premier Farnell. “We are pleased to be working with a company that has a variety of LED technologies which produce the highest luminosity on the market, with a special process to reduce heat. Clearly with this technology we will be able to provide the necessary lighting solutions for our customer base. Bridgelux LED Array products are ideal for Premier Farnell’s high service multi-channel marketing capabilities, which offers great support to our design engineering customers as they strive to bring their latest products to market as quickly, cost effectively and efficiently as possible.”

"Premier Farnell has the extensive global market reach and an excellent reputation for customer service, and we are confident that they will support Bridgelux’s customers by providing the very latest in high power, high quality LED light source technology," said David Barnby, Bridgelux Vice President of Sales and General Manager of EMEA. “We believe that our recently launched LED Arrays will significantly reduce the cost of light by simplifying LED lamp and luminaire designs thereby reducing manufacturing costs. Distributing our products through Premier Farnell complements our global sales network and our capabilities to service the fast-growing SSL market."

About Premier Farnell
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a leading high service, multi-channel distributor of electronic, and industrial products and specialist services throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It goes to market with a differentiated value proposition, world-class marketing, a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £823.1m and over 4,100 employees globally.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognizes the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalize its model accordingly, trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics businesses trade as Farnell in the UK, India, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico, and Premier Electronics in China and Hong Kong. In Singapore, Malaysia, and Brazil the operation is known as Farnell Newark.

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