Chengdu, China - Philips (China) Investment Co., Ltd held the groundbreaking ceremony for its LED Professional Lighting Solutions manufacturing facility in Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, which marks the bilateral cooperation between Philips and Chengdu following the LED strategic cooperation agreement made end 2011. Jing Gang, Member of Standing Committee of Chengdu CPC, CPC Secretary of Chengdu High Tech Zone, Dr. Jeroen Lamers, Commercial Counselor of the Netherlands Embassy in China, Tommy Leong, President of Philips Lighting Greater China and She Duanzhi, Head of Public Affairs of Philips Greater China attended the ceremony.
At the ceremony, Jing Gang, Member of Standing Committee of Chengdu CPC extended his congratulations to the groundbreaking of the project on behalf of Chengdu City and the Zone. “Philips is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. Since we signed a strategic cooperation agreement last year, our bilateral cooperation has been moving forward. Today, after Philips announced to establish its second headquarters of China in Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Philips further developed its LED Professional Lighting Solutions application and manufacturing projects in Chengdu. This way, they are showing the company’s full confidence in the future of Chengdu and sharing their forward-looking strategy”. And Jing Gang remarked that the project will inject a new momentum into local efforts to build a world-class electronics and information industrial base, and bring the city’s industries to a higher level and enhance the city’s capabilities for sustainable development. The High-tech zone will continue to support the business of Philips in Chengdu and provide quality service to the project for advanced production.
Tommy Leong, President of Philips Lighting Greater China thanked Chengdu Municipal Government for its full support in the early-stage preparation period. He said that Chengdu as Philips’ second headquarters in China, is an important Economic and Cultural Center in the West Region, with its unique advantages in developing high-tech industries and advanced manufacturing industry. Philips will leverage Chengdu’s stimulating role in the Western Area by using its strong innovation, application and customization capabilities in LED lighting resulting in a faster and better service to Western and China’s customers.
Philips will build a fully integrated LED Professional Lighting Solutions manufacturing site to optimize the allocation of resources including production, warehousing, and logistics. The site will help to effectively control production efficiency and quality, increase customer responsiveness and shorten delivery response time. It is noteworthy that Philips will focus on providing more customized products to meet unique requirements of different customers with great speed. It will also ensure that Philips, as the world’s leading lighting company, can specifically work with Chinese customers to help them upgrade their lighting in all segments and applications. To this end, Philips will organize a professional service team to ensure the process from design upon a client's request to a final product delivery. It is expected that the site will start production in 2013.
Apart from the LED manufacturing site, Philips is going to set up a 10,000sqm Lighting Application Center, which will be the largest lighting application center in Asia and is also the latest and most advanced one in the world. Through the center, Philips will showcase its state-of-the-art lighting technologies, applications and solutions. The center will expose visitors, in live scenes, to experience the leading lighting technologies, concepts and solutions in different segments (such as hotel, shop, office, road and urban). In addition, Philips will practice testing and analysis for new applications here in the center, to enhance its capabilities to provide customers with innovative lighting solutions. Through this center, Philips will activate and accelerate the upgrading of lighting in China, with the most advanced technologies available globally.
As a global leader in lighting industry, Philips also is number one in terms of market share and brand value in China. As the lighting industry is transforming from traditional lighting to LED lighting, Philips keeps its leading position by integrating and optimizing the value chain. “The business of Philips Lighting covers the whole LED industry value chain including LED chips, encapsulation, modules, lighting sources, luminaries and system applications. We can provide integrated lighting solutions to the customers in lighting segments of home, urban, road, retail, office and industry. The construction of our Chengdu facility will further improve and perfect Philips LED value chain, so as to strengthen our leadership in lighting” says Tommy Leong.