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Global pioneer sheds new light on the world.

Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor

A SWANSEA company which is a global pioneer in energy efficient lighting has opened a new facility that showcases the commercial benefits of its technology.

Alternative Investment Market Market-listed Enfis is a leading developer of efficient solid state lighting (SSL) engines for the architectural, entertainment and professional lighting markets.

SSL engines use so-called light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are more far more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs. With governments around the world looking to phase out traditional lighting as a means of reducing carbon emissions, the SSL sector is forecast to achieve healthy growth over the next few years.

Now the company has unveiled its Lighting Evolution Centre at its operation at the Technium 2 facility in Swansea.

The opening comes off the back of a series of contract wins that has seen Enfis attract EUR3.5m in revenue in the last month.

The Lighting Evolution Centre will allow Enfis' customers from around the world to evolve rapidly their product portfolios into upgraded solid state lighting-based solutions.

The foundations of solid state lighting rest on the application of semi-conductor technology as a replacement to the traditional filament light bulb and fluorescent lamp. The technology is set to change the decades-old approach to lighting by generating environmental benefits and cost savings.

Chief executive of Enfis, Shaun Oxenham said: "One of the barriers to solid state lighting adoption has been the perceived technical complexity and associated cost and risk of integrating a light-emitting diode-based light engine into a luminaire.

"The Enfis Centre has been developed to address the issue.

The opening of this facility marks an industry first and is a significant step in expanding the understanding and market for Enfis' advanced products. Initial projects have included entertainment and street lighting, with more in the pipeline already. To date the response from customers has been excellent."

The centre provides the skills and resources for Enfis' customers to integrate and evaluate the benefits of light engines.

The comprehensive suite of capabilities in the centre will accelerate the time taken to translate a concept into reality in a fraction of the time normally taken.

Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport Ieuan Wyn Jones said: "Enfis is a world-class Welsh company that has moved rapidly to develop its light-emitting diode technology.

It provides a great example of how intellectual property created with in Welsh universities can be successfully exploited.

"I would like to congratulate everybody involved in creating the centre and look forward to continuing the productive relationship between Enfis and my department."


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Article Type:Company overview
Date:Jul 24, 2008
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