The 10th annual euroLED event brought high profile industry figureheads from across Europe and the US to its two-day technical conference. Organised by Innovation Birmingham, the euroLED exhibition, gala dinner and conference attract 1,000 visitors to the ICC in Birmingham over 24th and 25th June 2013.
Dedicated to the science and technology of LEDs, the majority of speakers at this year’s conference were from the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, reflecting the global reputation for lighting innovation that these three continental European countries have earned. Paul Fleming from Inventronics, Mehidi Benkritly from Nichia Europe, Mark van den Berg from Philips Lumileds and Patrick van de Meulen from Xicato made up the Netherlands speaker contingent. Whereas Dr Denan Konjhodzic from Instrument Systems and Bartosz Musial from Seoul Semiconductor flew in from Germany to address the conference delegates. Guido Campadelli from Fraen was the Italy-based speaker.
Complementing the European stalwarts, euroLED also welcomed three headline speakers from the burgeoning US LED lighting market; Aaron Merrill from Bridgelux, Bob Kottritsch from Lynk Labs and Kaspars Kalinkevics from Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL was also the euroLED 2013 conference sponsor.
Nicki Adams, Innovation Birmingham’s Head of euroLED said: “This is one of the largest LED lighting events in Europe, so for the 10th year, we were determined to secure the best speakers from across the globe. It was a great privilege to listen to the insight and industry observations from Bob Kottritsch from Lynk Labs, Kaspars Kalinkevics from Underwriters Laboratories and Aaron Merrill from Bridgelux, who flew across the Atlantic to speak at euroLED.
“But, as a show with a long established reputation, it’s not just the speakers that had a truly international flavour. We attracted 1,000 visitors from over 25 countries to this year’s euroLED, which was held at the outstanding International Conference Centre in Birmingham. The two-day event provided a first class opportunity for the industry to network, share ideas and forge new business relationships.”
euroLED 2013 had a focus on components, such as drivers, PCBs, optics and heat sinks, as well as testing competences and LED lighting products for the medical and industrial sectors. The technical conference also explored the themes of LED systems, engines and modules, thermal management, testing and standardisation.
Representing the UK, additional speakers at the euroLED conference comprised Dr Caerwyn Ash from the Dezac Group Ltd, Nick Wainwright from York EMC, Gareth Jones from LUX-TSI, and Jamie Fox from IMS Research.
As a complement to the conference, the euroLED exhibition had over 100 exhibitors, which showcased the biggest brands in LED lighting, alongside innovative newcomers to the market. On the first evening of the event, the gala dinner provided a valuable networking opportunity for industry professionals.
The conference advisory board included representatives from LUX-TSI, Toshiba, Osram, Thorn Lighting, Bridgelux, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Mean Well. euroLED’s media sponsor for 2013 was A1 Lighting magazine.
Nicki Adams added: “While continental Europe is currently leading the way in LED innovation, there is also unprecedented growth in the UK’s LED lighting sector. To bring together representatives from the regional and national LED industry, we will be holding a euroLED kicker event during the autumn at Birmingham Science Park’s Innovation Birmingham Campus, which will focus on key market trends for the outdoor, retail, health and office lighting markets. This whole day event will also enable delegates to pay a visit to Innovation Birmingham’s acclaimed Optical Performance Centre, which is working with some of the biggest names in LED on research, testing and accreditation, as well as supporting highly innovative start-up businesses.”