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5 June 2007


Fox Group’s LEDs to be distributed by AP Technologies in UK and Ireland

AP Technologies Ltd, a specialist distributor of optoelectronic components, sub-systems and supporting electronics based in Bath, UK, has been appointmented as a distributor in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for all the LED product lines of The Fox Group Inc (grown on 2”-diameter sapphire substrates using the firm’s proprietary FoxHVPE hydride vapor phase epitaxy process at its LED manufacturing subsidiary in Montréal, Canada). AP Technologies will provide UK and Irish customers with a highly qualified local sales channel providing technical and commercial support, says Fox Group.

This follows April’s appointment of Orsay-based Opton Laser International as the exclusive distributor of Fox’s AlGaN-based UV and blue LEDs in France.   

Founded in 1999, Fox launched its FoxBlue LEDs (emitting at a wavelength of 460nm) in October 2004 and its FoxUV LEDs emitting at 360-365nm in August 2005 and at 350-355nm in July 2006.

“The 350-365nm range is ‘the new frontier’ for LED technology and The Fox Group is well-placed to stimulate this market with an exciting technology roadmap for wavelength reduction and efficiency improvement,” says AP Technologies’ director Martin Sharratt. “UK and Irish companies have proven to be keen adopters of LED technology and I am confident that this pattern will be repeated in the UV region.”  

Fox Group’s line of FoxUV LEDs is undergoing continuous improvement, with radiant power output per dollar increasing by over 100% in the past 12 months, and a product development roadmap that is set to be the industry leader at the 350-365nm range, claims the firm. The developments are enabling applications in medical, biophotonics, sterilization, biotech sensor, instrumentation, machine vision, telecoms, industrial curing, fault detection, anti-counterfeiting, forensics, military, and homeland security applications.

“We are confident that AP Technologies will be highly effective in finding and serving the numerous innovative early adopters of UV LEDs in the UK and Ireland, where there exist strong traditions of pioneering in optics and optoelectronics,” says Fox Group’s president and CEO Barney O'Meara.


See related items:

Fox appoints Opton Laser to distribute its LEDs in France

Fox Group introduces 350nm Ultraviolet LEDs

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