• The report begins with an introduction about the different broad dimensions of the lighting market. A brief description of the evolution of LED technology has also been included in this section. It is followed by a brief overview of the global lighting market and the global LED market. Description of the Indian lighting industry highlights its major segments. Overview of the Indian LED industry provides details on the industry size and the growth in demand.

    The next section provides a brief overview of the value chain present in the LED industry.

    The report provides detailed information about the exports and imports of LED under specific HS codes in terms of value and volume. It provides country-wise import and export data for the year 2010-11, mentioning the major countries exporting and importing from India.

    Factors driving the growth of the LED market in India are also explained in detail. Growing population and rise in income provides an impetus to the growth of the LED market in India. Demand from consumer electronics is expected to emerge as a major growth driver for the Indian LED market. Increasing usage in street lighting and growing indoor lighting applications is expected to boost the growth prospects of the LED market in India. Better lamp life and energy efficiency and environment friendly technology is expected to contribute significantly towards market development. A Global ban on the usage of incandescent lights also has a favorable impact on the growth of the LED market.

    The players operating in the market also face challenges which are impeding their development and growth. High initial cost barrier has emerged as a major challenge hindering the market growth. Lack of consumer awareness and high import dependency are also expected to have an unfavorable impact on the growth of the LED market in India.

    The next section incorporates some of the initiatives that are needed to enhance the growth prospects of the Indian LED industry.

    Brief description of the published LED standards in India has been included in the report. The support provided by the government to promote the LED market and the key initiatives undertaken by the regulatory stakeholders in order to develop the LED industry in India have also been highlighted in the report.

    Emerging trends in the LED market include growing usage in automotive lighting, digital signage, solar LED lights and technology development.

    The competition section outlays the competitive landscape of the LED market in India briefing about the public and private players existing in the market. The report features brief profiles of major players in the market and a snapshot of their corporation, financial performance along with the key financial ratios, business highlights and their product portfolio providing an insight into the existing competitive scenario.

    Some of the key statistics or factors impacting the LED market in India covered in the report include market size & growth, rise in population, rise in income, LED Television - Sales Share, LED Monitor Sales and Digital Signage Market Growth.

    The report concludes with a section on strategic recommendations which comprises an analysis of the growth strategies of the LED market in India.


  • Though World Water Day usually falls on March 22, Greenwood International School celebrated a little early this year.

    On March 1 pupils were asked to bring in reusable bottles and a water-saving tip.

    The idea was conjured up by the school’s Eco Club as part of their ongoing eco-activities to help create awareness at school and at home.

    Reusable bottles mean less plastic waste and if you are more mindful of the amount of water you waste when throwing half-filled bottles away, you are more likely not to waste.

    The winning section of the school was the elementary side as only 5 per cent of the pupils brought in disposable bottles, followed by the kindergarten pupils, and finishing up with the high school pupils with 10 per cent.

    The water saving tips were displayed in each of the student sections throughout the school.

    Also, for our school’s annual Environment Week which was held from March 18 until today, pupils brought in different recycling items from home every day.

    The event is designed to link to the community and get families involved in reducing the community’s carbon footprint.

    On Sunday, they brought in plastic, bottles and on Monday they brought in paper and cardboard.

    On Tuesday we collected various forms of e-waste and printer cartridges brought in by the pupils, which ties into the initiative our school has joined along with HP to collect and recycle all cartridges to save them from the landfill.

    Yesterday was Green Day, where pupils wore green to school. We also had several eco-companies visit the school and pupils created eco-games and activities to raise awareness about our school’s carbon footprint. Today the pupils will be bringing in clothes, shoes and bags that they wish to donate.

    As an energy saving exercise, the pupils also had classes outside throughout the week. All the items collected for Environment Week will be collected by different companies we have sought to help us recycle the items.

    Our school is one of the five pilot schools to take part in the HSBC Climate Initiative alongside the Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wildlife Fund. The theme for the programme is reducing water, waste and energy.

    As part of the initiative the school formed an eco-committee, comprised of an eco-president and vice-president for each section as well as an eco-ambassador for each class.

    We have been given seed money by HSBC to increase our water and energy reduction by putting in water reducers and light sensors in our school corridors and bathrooms.


  • Use light bulbs of specified wattage for the lamp or lighting fixture. A bulb of improper wattage or rating or of the wrong type may lead to overloading and cause fire.

    Make sure light bulbs are screwed in securely. Loose bulbs may overheat.

    Do not place any electrical appliances near water, like in the sink or bathtub. Appliances used near water should be unplugged when not in use.

    Keep combustible materials away from lamps and other sources of heat. Clothes, curtains, newspapers can burn or catch fire easily.

    As for saving energy, Meralco suggests using natural light as much as possible. Reading tables may be placed near windows and skylights installed in working areas. Lamps that provide direct lighting over desks, beds and work areas save energy, as they do not need as much wattage as lighting used to illuminate an entire room.

    Use low wattage bulbs in areas that do not need strong lighting, such as hallways, foyers and doorways. Lights that are not in use should be turned off. An episode of the television show “Mythbusters” on Discovery Channel showed that keeping the light on in an empty room, even if you are away for only a minute or so, wastes energy.

    Lighting fixtures should be cleaned regularly. Dirt, Meralco says, lessens illumination by as much as 50 percent. And, of course, incandescent bulbs should be replaced with compact fluorescent lamps, if you have not done so yet.

    When using an electric fan, lock the oscillator so the wind is blown only in the direction where it is needed. Fan blades and motor should be cleaned regularly to keep the appliance running efficiently.

    Reader Thomas Keinath, who says he has been a resident of Manila for eight years, has a question for the city of Manila. Keinath says he was happy to learn about the smoking ban in the city. But now he wonders if it is still in effect as “I still see people smoking regularly in all the bars here in Malate. Even when (there is a no-smoking sign) posted, people still smoke, which indicates to me there is no enforcement mechanism.”

    Well, I have repeatedly said that I suspect Manila is the designated smoking area of Metro Manila, which is why drivers of public utility vehicles smoke the moment they enter the city and throw away their cigarettes as soon as they are out of it.

    Incidentally, Mayor Jun-Jun Binay may want to know that some people are wondering if Makati is starting to relax its strict smoking ban that earned it international accolades when his father, who is now vice president, was the city’s chief executive. They tell me that they have seen some jeepney drivers smoking and some establishments without designated smoking areas.


  • Auto components supplier Visteon Corp. of Van Buren Township, Mich., announced Monday, March 12, that it will sell its automotive lighting business to Indian automobile parts company Varroc Group for $92 million.

    The target manufactures exterior lighting products, including front and rear lighting systems, auxiliary lamps, and related subcomponents such as projectors and electronic modules. The business generated 2011 revenue of $531 million. It employs about 4,200 people.

    Visteon, led by chairman, president and CEO Donald J. Stebbins, in October hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Rothschild to serve as financial advisers to explore noncore asset sales under pressure from shareholders looking for improved stock performance.

    Among dissatisfied shareholders was New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which on May 11 nominated two new members to serve on Visteon’s board. Visteon eventually ceded the board seats in August to avoid a proxy battle.

    “This does support optimizing our portfolio and really focusing on our climate and electronics businesses,” Visteon corporate communications director Jim Fisher said. “We’ve talked about optimizing our product portfolio and really positioning the company as a focused high-performance business that can really deliver maximum value for customers and shareholders.”

    The deal should close in the third quarter, pending regulatory clearance and other conditions.

    “I think sub-scale in lighting. This transaction was largely anticipated,” said one analyst who declined to be named.

    Visteon was once the parts unit of Ford Motor Co. before a $2.8 billion spinout in June 2000. It filed for Chapter 11 on May 28, 2009, due to declining liquidity and pending maturity of secured debt waivers at the time.

    The company emerged from court protection on Oct. 1, 2010, with backing from a patchwork of big-name equity investors, including CQS (US) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Elliott International LP, Goldman Sachs, Monarch Master Funding Ltd., Oak Hill Advisors LP and Solus Alternative Asset Management LP.

    Since coming out of bankruptcy, “they’ve been trying to reposition this business for the long haul,” said analyst Matthew Stower of Guggenheim Securities LLC. Stower added that Visteon’s shareholders could be rushing asset sales and questioned whether it has affected the company’s ability to receive fair value in return.

    Visteon said Nov. 30 that it’s in discussions with Chinese partner Huayu Automotive Systems Co. Ltd. to potentially sell another asset. Visteon said it has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding setting forth basic terms of a sale of car interiors unit Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Visteon and Huayu. Terms of the potential deal were not disclosed, but Visteon said the combination would have annual sales of about $4 billion and serve more than 30 customers from over 60 facilities in 16 countries.

    Varroc Group, based in Aurangabad, India, supplies components for two-wheel, three-wheel, and four-wheel passenger and commercial vehicles, manufacturing electronics, polymer, electrical and metallic parts. Varroc has 5,000 employees in 26 plants — 20 in India, five in Europe, and one in Southeast Asia.


  • With winters approaching, the demand for electricity is all set to soar, and power cuts would only add to the woes. However, the energy crisis to a certain extent could be tackled by harnessing the Sun’s power.

    The UPNEDA exhibition at Bakshi-ka-Talab area had different solar-powered equipments on display. Solar water heaters, home lighting systems, improved version of solar cookers, solar lanterns, and solar inverters among others. The items displayed have been approved by the Solar Energy Centre (SEC) of the Union ministry of new and renewable energy.

    Solar cookers have two models. One model works entirely on solar energy, while the other has an electrical back-up. The cooker takes about one-and-half hour to cook food. During cloudy weather, cooking time may go up. The cooker comes at a price of approximately Rs 3,100. And, the one with an electrical back-up, costs approximately Rs 2,200. “It preserves the nutritional value of food,” said VK Tiwari, project officer, UPNEDA.

    The solar water heater was another product on display. The system would cost some Rs 17,500. People purchasing it get a subsidy of Rs 5,000. The heater has to be put at a place where it gets sufficient solar heat. It can heat 100 litres of water, up to 60-65 degrees, in six-seven hours. It has zero-maintenance and manufacturers also provide five-year warranty on it.

    The solar equipments designed for UP have a three-day power back-up, considering the state’s weather conditions. The solar products are popular in rural areas, given the fact that these areas do not have electricity or have prolonged power cuts. But, their popularity is still to catch up in urban areas. The major reason is the high cost. The solar panel and the battery increase the cost of equipments.

    The government offers a subsidy of about 30% on these products in order to make them a preferred one. The home-lighting systems have four models available, with one of the models also having a fan attached. “The technology has been used to provide fans to traffic police at Hazratganj crossing,” said Arun Kumar Srivastava, publicity officer, UPNEDA.

    Those willing to buy the products can get them at regional rural banks or directly from NEDA. Solar-powered inverters, fetching Rs 75,000, was also on display. Most of these products come with a five-year warranty period. And, the cost can be recovered in 2-3 years as it cuts down electricity bill. Government establishments like Railways are using the solar-powered equipments. The solar street-lighting system is also in use.

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