According to Sunil Kotecha, Integral’s MD, an opportunity exists to build a Shenzhen style technology hub in Brent, North West London’ based upon the demand for innovative energy saving lamps that are quickly replacing other forms of lighting in homes and throughout industry.
The event was supported by the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities who officially opened a new LED Lighting Laboratory facility which is part of a package of new investment planned by the company to meet a growing demand. Visiting the facility he acknowledged Integral’s achievement of staying at the top of a fast moving technology markets for many years.
Speakers at the launch event called for further investment to provide the essential training and skills required to meet the challenge of the global green technology market.
Greg Clark MP: Integral’s success is based upon their agility to spot and respond to opportunities in a fast moving marketplace. The future demand for energy saving lighting is a key growth sector that both rewards the customer with lower energy bills whilst providing energy savings and helping our ability to achieve lower carbon emission targets. As a government we have a responsibility to companies like Integral to ensure that the skills are available to ensure continued growth. The recently announced science and innovation strategy is designed to feed that need.
Sunil Kotecha, MD of Integral Memory observed that opportunities for new graduates were fewer than in the mid-eighties when he entered the job market: As an experienced visitor and witness to China’s economic miracle – I know we have a considerable distance to cover in order to catch up to the level of skills, investment and infrastructure available to our manufacturing competition abroad. Our strength as a country is in our ability to innovate. Hence the key to our future lies in nurturing the talent within our Universities and attracting them to fast growing market sectors like LED lighting.
Tony Howells, Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills: Lighting is everywhere and combined with the cost savings available of 60 to 80 percent that LED can offer – it is a total no brainer’. Couple this with a requirement to become less reliant on coal fired power stations and in our critical need to match government environmental targets – the LED Lighting industry becomes one of the strategically important industrial sectors.