Osram lending a shine to the soccer World Cup in South Africa
From the indoor and outdoor lighting to the floodlights and from the lighting for catering establishments to the illumination of parking lots: Osram products such as high-intensity discharge lamps, T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps and LEDs are to be used in all of the ten stadiums that are set to host world cup matches. Of all the components Osram will be supplying to South Africa, the LED-illuminated arc known as "The Arch" will be the highlight, featuring over 12,000 Golden DRAGON Plus LEDs and spanning the entire Durban stadium.
A total of 350 meters long, 2,600 metric tonnes in weight and 30 stories high, The Arch will be visible from afar. It symbolizes the unification of some 70,000 sports lovers in Durban's stadium. And it is here that the German team's first match is to be held. The illumination will be provided by "LED Beams" which OSRAM developed in collaboration with the local manufacturer BEKA especially to meet the demands of the stadium. Just under two meters in length, they are weather-proof and can be used flexibly. The installation and maintenance of the lighting components are carried out from a chamber inside The Arch. "Accentuating this exceptionally imposing structure with our LEDs was a great challenge," explained Florian Hockel, the applications engineer responsible for this project. "The impressive result is sure to thrill thousands of visitors."
Osram's expertise will be in demand elsewhere in South Africa, too: Osram lamps will be used in the infrastructure sector, for instance to light the airports of Durban, Johannesburg and Capetown. Several suburban rail stations in Pretoria and Johannesburg and a 150-km-long section of a state road have also been equipped with Osram lamps.
Osram is part of the industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for the Osram group worldwide in the year ending September 30, 2009 totaled 4.0 billion euros, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany. Osram is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Over 66 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. This global player employs more than 39.000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 46 production facilities in 17 countries.
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