EU ban on incandescent lamps will help consumers and the climate
OSRAM welcomes the European Union directive to phase out incandescent lamps
For many years, the manufacture and sale of incandescent lamps have become less and less important for OSRAM's business. The company manufactures incandescent lamps in Europe at its plants in Molsheim (France), Nove Zamky (Slovakia) and Wipperfürth (Germany). At all three sites OSRAM is pursuing a diversification strategy so that the company can reassign production capacity to other products as it becomes available.
As leading lighting manufacturer OSRAM has the broadest portfolio of energy-saving products in the world. This was recognized on December 5, 2008 with the German Sustainability Prize under the auspices of the German President. Consumers can reduce their electricity costs with energy-efficient lamps by up to 80 percent and at the same time make a contribution to climate protection. Halogen lamps and energy-saving lamps are available in various forms, wattages and light colors and can be used as stylish and efficient replacements. The trend toward LED light sources will continue to gather pace. Light emitting diodes are opening up new lighting applications, particularly because of their small dimensions, energy efficiency and long life.
OSRAM is part of the Industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for the OSRAM group worldwide in the year ending September 30, 2008 totaled 4.6 billion euros, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany. OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Over 60 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. This global player employs more than 43,500 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 46 production facilities in 17 countries.