News in brief: NuSil, Lamina, Philips, Cyberlux, AOT, Toyoda Gosei

NuSil opens Asia office

Silicone-based materials manufacturer NuSil Technology has opened its first technical support office in Asia. The office in Penang, Malaysia will specialize in the areas of optoelectronics and electronic packaging, the former area being served by the company's Lightspan products for LED packaging. T.Y. Lim, the application engineer heading the office in Penang, Malaysia, will support all of NuSil's customers, distributors and representatives in Asia.

Lamina appoints COO

High-power LED light engine manufacturer Lamina Ceramics has promoted Robert Burdalski to chief operating officer (COO). Previously VP of operations, Burdalski joined Lamina after working for his own solid-state lighting venture, Bella Technologies. Burdalski and Greg Blonder, chairman of Lamina's Board of Directors, will lead the company until the search to replace former CEO Taylor Adair is concluded later this summer.

New chief for Philips Lighting in US

Philips Lighting has appointed K.R. (Kaj) den Daas to the position of CEO of Philips Lighting Company, NA, the US-based lighting company affiliated with Royal Philips Electronics, effective June 1, 2006. Den Daas will be responsible for lighting operations in the United States, Canada and manufacturing operations in Mexico. He will oversee the manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing of Philips products, as well as supervise the more than 4500 employees in Philips factories, warehouses, sales and headquarters locations.

UTEK and Cyberlux form strategic alliance

LED lighting manufacturer Cyberlux has signed a strategic alliance agreement with UTEK Corporation, a specialty finance company focused on technology transfer, which will aim to further expand Cyberlux's unique intellectual property and technology portfolio. UTEK will utilize its relationships among universities and government laboratories to identify and review solid-state lighting technologies for Cyberlux. "In a new technology market like solid-state lighting, long-term competitive advantage is gained through the development of a fundamental intellectual property portfolio," said Mark Schmidt, president and COO of Cyberlux. "UTEK may enable us to expand our access to technology and our speed to market, which can strengthen our short-term and long-term competitive advantage."

AOT licenses technology from Toyoda Gosei

Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT), a Taiwan-based LED packaging house, has licensed white LED technology from Toyoda Gosei, a major Japan-based LED manufacturer, according to an unconfirmed report on the Digitimes website. The agreement should enable AOT to expand operations overseas and sell products outside the domestic market. In March 2005, AOT licensed phosphor technology for white LEDs from Intematix, a US-based phosphor supplier. Digitimes also says that more than 50% of AOT's total shipments currently goes to its handset customers in South Korea, including Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

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