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8 October 2008


Cree to supply Zumtobel with LED downlights for Europe

LED maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has announced a long-term strategic agreement to supply European versions of its recessed LED downlights to lighting provider Zumtobel Group of Dornbirn, Austria, to be sold exclusively under the Thorn and Zumtobel in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and selected export markets. The minimum first-year sales target is 50,000 LR6-230V luminaires. This accelerates the firms' business relationship, which is expected to expand into other high-volume lighting categories in 2009.

"By integrating this innovative LED luminaire into our portfolio, we are securing a significant technological edge," says Zumtobel Group's CEO Andreas Ludwig. "LED technology is changing the industry, and they [Zumtobel] want to help lead the change," comments Cree's chairman & CEO Chuck Swoboda. "This strategic agreement is targeted to accelerate the LED lighting revolution across Europe by providing customers with energy-efficient and long-lasting products that save energy, save money and help protect the environment."

The LR6-230V downlight consumes just 12W of power, while delivering light of equivalent output and color quality to a 75W incandescent lamp and lasting up to 50 times longer. It is designed to last more than 20 years in homes and 10 years in businesses under normal use. Compared to compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps, Cree claims that its downlight uses 50% less energy, lasts up to five times longer, and contains no mercury.

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