LED Japan 2009 nearly doubles attendance

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN--PennWell (Tulsa, OK), ICS Convention Design (http://english.ics-inc.co.jp/), and Strategies Unlimited (Mountain View, CA) drew 5303 total attendees to LED Japan Conference & Expo/Strategies in Light, their 2nd annual business conference and exhibition on high-brightness LEDs, held September 16–17, 2009 at the Pacifico Yokohama.

Oct 15th, 2009

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN--PennWell (Tulsa, OK), ICS Convention Design (http://english.ics-inc.co.jp/), and Strategies Unlimited (Mountain View, CA) drew 5303 total attendees to LED Japan Conference & Expo/Strategies in Light, their 2nd annual business conference and exhibition on high-brightness LEDs, held September 16–17, 2009 at the Pacifico Yokohama.

This year’s event nearly doubled the previous attendance total of 2710 set in 2008. In addition, the conference was supported by more than 60 sponsors and exhibitors, ranging from equipment and materials suppliers to LED and lighting fixture manufacturers to trade publications and industry associations.

Robert Steele, Strategies in Light Conference Chair and director of Optoelectronics Programs, Strategies Unlimited, said, “In spite of the gloomy overall economic environment, the record attendance, along with the enthusiasm displayed by both exhibitors and attendees, indicates that the interest in LED technology and markets remains undiminished. This is consistent with our view that the long-term fundamentals for the LED industry remain strong.”

Christine Shaw, PennWell’s LED & Lighting Media Group senior VP and group publisher of LEDs Magazine and Strategies in Light Events credited the event’s success to the outstanding conference program as well as the dynamic exhibitor, sponsor and attendee participation. “We expect this great momentum to continue and look forward to the next

LED Japan/Strategies in Light event in Japan in September 2010 as well as the 11th annual Strategies in Light conference and expo being held February 10–12, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA.

“We were very pleased with the final attendance,” said Manami Konishi, event manager in Japan with ICS Convention Design, co-owner and co-producer of the Japan event.

Applications and trends

LED Japan/Strategies in Light 2009 provided insight into the rapidly developing markets for LED lighting, backlights for LCD displays, and automotive headlamps, as well as other major trends in applications, industry structure, government policies, markets, products, and technologies that will affect the industry’s future.

Featured speakers for this year’s conference, “Planning for the Worldwide LED Market Recovery” included: George Craford, Solid-State Lighting Fellow, Philips Lumileds Lighting; Jason Yorks, marketing director of Optoelectronics, Cree; Osamu Yamanaka, project general manager, Optoelectronics Business Unit, Toyoda Gosei/JLEDS; and Kou Masumoto, president TN EMC, a Taiyo Sanso Group Company. In addition, Robert Steele provided his annual update on the market for HB LEDs, along with a five-year forecast. Other companies and organizations contributing to the conference program included Shin Etsu Chemical, Toshiba Lighting and Technology/JLEDS, mSilica, Nuventix, Epistar, and Corelase Oy (a Rofin-Sinar Group Company).

Next year LED Japan/Strategies in Light will be held September 28–October 1, 2010 in Yokohama, Japan.

Strategies in Light events

Strategies in Light is a business-oriented conference and exhibition on high-brightness LEDs held in the U.S. and produced by both Strategies Unlimited and PennWell. The longest-running conference in the LED industry and drawing its largest audience to date with more than 2000 participants in 2009, the event is considered to be the premier annual forum for presenting commercial developments in HB LEDs for component and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users of HB LED devices.

For more information on Strategies in Light events, please contact Luba Hrynyk at lubah@pennwell.com. For information on Strategies Unlimited services, contact Tim Carli at tcarli@strategies-u.com.

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