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Currently, Russia imports 98% of its LED lighting, but this situation will change. State funding and investment from private companies is setting up a domestic LED infrastructure and companies all over Russia dedicated to LED lighting technologies are emerging.
In March 2010, the Russian state announced that the transition from incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient lighting devices would not take place by implementing energy-efficient saving lamps (CFLs), but by converting to LEDs directly. Also, the State has decided to introduce new standards for LED lighting technologies.
Meanwhile, capital investors were helping to establish a domestic Russian LED production capability. Russia’s biggest companies, such as Russian Railways Corporation and Gazprom, were among the largest consumers of LED technology.
Recently, the St. Petersburg-based company CJSC Optogan placed an order with Aixtron for two MOCVD systems for GaN-based LED growth. Also, the company appointed Markus Zeiler who is a former Osram employee, to oversee the expansion of Optogan on a global scale.
Optogan is a manufacturer of LED components, LED lamps and LED luminaries. The company was established in Finland in 2004, and was acquired in 2008 by Onexim, a Russian financial group.
Moreover, the newly-founded Non-Profit Association of Russian LED Manufacturers, which had been established by competitive suppliers Optogan and Svetlana Optoelectronics, was likely to play an important role in the consolidation of the Russian LED lighting market.
Most of problems relating to Russia's emerging LED market were discussed at the fourth LED Forum Moscow, which would be conducted by Osram Opto Semiconductors and be held on November 10-11.
Speakers were to analyze the trends in Russia's LED market, including the country's plans to establish domestic Russian LED production facilities. Philips and Rainbow Electronics would take place on November 11.