Harvard Engineering opens European HQ due to LED SSL demand

April 13, 2010
Date Announced: 13 Apr 2010 Harvard Engineering plc, one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of lighting ballasts is pleased to announce the launch of its new French based European operation. The facility based in St Georges-les-Baillargeaux, near Tours in France, will spearhead the company’s strategy to grow the business across continental Europe. In charge of the office, as Director of Business Development is Peter McDonnell. Peter has a strong senior management background, as well as a proven track record of developing customer relationships. He has nearly twenty years experience working for blue chip companies, including GE, many at senior management level. Peter will continue to build Harvard Engineering’s profile across Europe, at the same time promoting its innovative range of new products which include the CoolLED range of switchable drivers and LeafNut, the revolutionary wireless remote monitoring system for street lighting. CoolLED drivers provide a high performance solution for powering high-brightness LEDs from a mains supply. The high efficiency design ensures cool operation and long life. CoolLED drivers are designed to bring LED drivers to the same standard as high spec HID ballasts, offering 89 per cent efficiency at full load with a high power factor of 0.98 and surge protection of 4kV. In March 2010 Harvard’s Engineering’s CoolLED switchable drivers won the prestigious Lighting Design Award for Light Sources and Control Gear.LeafNut is a revolutionary wireless control and monitoring system that allows municipal borough councils to have complete control of their street lighting stock, applying lighting levels across the infrastructure to meet the requirement at any given time of day or year. "Establishing a stronger European presence is an important part of our growth strategy," said Michael McDonnell, sales and marketing director of Harvard Engineering. "The market for LED driver solutions and innovative street lighting systems is developing rapidly in Europe and we are very pleased to be at the forefront of this growth. We look forward to creating a fast growing profitable organisation that makes a huge impact on the industry."Peter McDonnell added: “The French based European operation will allow us to quickly and thoroughly execute an aggressive distribution strategy with dedicated support for customers and partners in key markets.” About Harvard Engineering plcHarvard Engineering plc was established in 1993 and has grown from a small niche player to a world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic ballasts and control gear. It supplies some of the world’s smartest, most reliable and efficient control products for the commercial, retail display and emergency lighting industry.

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