Bright Future for Lighting-Test Firm after Science Park Tie-Up; COMPANY WILL INCREASE JOBS AND THE SERVICES ON OFFER

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Bright Future for Lighting-Test Firm after Science Park Tie-Up; COMPANY WILL INCREASE JOBS AND THE SERVICES ON OFFER


Byline: SION BARRY

A HI-TECH Bridgend start-up. which helps companies to optimise energy efficient lighting technology, has entered into a partnership agreement with Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA) LUX-TSI is a leading European accredited test and measurement centre for energy efficient lighting and photonics products. The tie-up with BSPA has seen the creation of LUX-OPC (Optical Performance Centre), which will safeguard jobs in both locations and create eight new posts.

LUX's Bridgend facility focuses on energy efficient lighting, electrical performance and safety testing, while the Birmingham testing laboratory will continue to specialise in the optical performance aspects of new lighting and photonics technology as well as delivering European-funded training programmes for the industry. LUX-TSI will acquire the assets of the OPC and take over management of the facility and in return, BSPA will take an equity stake in the business.

The agreement will expand the range of technical training programmes and seminars offered at BSPA while LUX-TSI will work with the science park to market specialist software to assist companies with the understanding of the optical hazards of light sources, such as lasers, LEDs, flashlamps and other energy efficient lighting products.

LUX-TSI has recently become one of only a small number of the UK Accreditation Service's (UKAS) lighting product testing laboratories and is the first in Europe to hold international accreditation for the testing of LED performance.

The certification allows the company to provide the highest level of accredited testing, appealing to companies across the UK and further afield. Dr Gareth Jones, chief executive of LUX-TSI and former CTO of Enfis Group (nowPhotonStar based in Swansea plc, said: "This is a very exciting development that will not only create eight new jobs in Bridgend, but will also bring state-of-the-art capital equipment in to the area.

"The combination of the Bridgend and Birmingham facilities allows us to expand our technical, marketing and business development resources, as well as creating added value for our customers and our international partner UL (Underwriters Laboratories). …

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