OSRAM SYLVANIA has expanded the Hillsboro manufacturing capabilities by adding the first advanced Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production line for manufacturing LED modules in the plant. OSRAM as the automotive lighting leader is pushing the transition to LED systems by investing in R&D and production capacities, infrastructure and talent to support the technology migration. Millions of dollars were invested in the plant for the new ISO class 8 Gray Room. LED modules produced from the new line are already on the road in the 2016 Ford Explorer LED headlamp, with other programs in development for the future.
"OSRAM invested in industry leading electronics production equipment in all three global regions to serve our automotive customer base with world class production," said David Hulick, global OEM SSL marketing director, OSRAM SYLVANIA, during the company's automotive lighting showcase in the Detroit area this week, where it displayed its breadth of lighting solutions for OEMs and set makers. "Innovative designs and state of the art Surface Mount Technology lines, such as the new one installed in New Hampshire with tight tolerance LED placement capabilities, make it possible for OSRAM to deliver the precision, quality and supply that our global customers demand. With the implementation of this new production capability in the NAFTA region, we can better service our local customer base by providing the best local LED lighting production."
Highlights of the automotive lighting showcase were the first LED forward lighting headlamp in a pick-up truck demonstrated on the 2016 Ford F-150, the LED headlamp with the new Hillsboro OSRAM LED modules in the 2016 Ford Explorer, and adaptive matrix LED headlights in an Audi A7.
"As the leading automotive light source designer and manufacturer, OSRAM Automotive Lighting provides OEM customers with a portfolio of top-quality interior and exterior lighting solutions, ranging from individual LEDs to standardized LED systems as well as HID systems, auxiliary light sources and advanced halogen products," said Julian Dench, senior vice president and general manager, SP Americas Region, OSRAM SYLVANIA. "This production facility will allow us to immediately respond to all of our customers' demands as a full service automotive lighting leader and deliver the future of LED automotive lighting."
Coupled with sister facilities in Europe and Asia, this new North American investment advances OSRAM's leading role in automotive electronics through a global quality-controlled (TS16949) automotive electronics manufacturing footprint. According to recent market reports, LED lighting adoption in the automotive category will rise sharply by the end of the decade.
"This new line has brought a lot of pride to our employees," said Dariusz Laskowski, product line manager, who oversees the new SMT line at OSRAM SYLVANIA. "Everyone in the Hillsboro plant, whether they make the premium halogen headlights you see in retail stores or the LED headlamp in the new Ford F-150, is committed to quality because they know how important clear visibility is on the road. That mentality now extends at a local level to being able to produce the LED modules driving the advanced lighting technology in thousands of vehicles on the roads throughout the country, including the 2016 Ford Explorer."
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About OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting
OSRAM SYLVANIA, together with OSRAM GmbH, is the world leader in automotive lighting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the automotive aftermarket. The company's global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H., with over 600 employees. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge lighting for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. More than 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand, while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand.
ABOUT OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
OSRAM SYLVANIA is part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America. As a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology, the company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles under the brand names OSRAM, Traxon, ENCELIUM and SYLVANIA. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain of components, ranging from lamps, control units and optical semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) to luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. The OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM Americas regional headquarters is located in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.osram-americas.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, electronic control gear and opto semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) – as well as luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has around 34,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of more than €5.1 billion in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30). The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. The company was listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurtand Munich on July 8, 2013 (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; Trading symbol: OSR).