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Auto light­ing in­dus­try lights up in­no­va­tions

Hella In­dia Light­ing guns for all round growth

In­dia Ja­pan Light­ing fo­cuses on mul­tire­flec­tor all-LED head­lamps

Magna presents D-op­tic LED head­lamps

Au­to­lite to fo­cus on two-wheeler seg­ment with its sig­na­ture prod­ucts

FIEM In­dus­tries sets new trends in au­to­mo­tive light­ing

Phoenix Lamps re­vamps, eyes more ex­port mar­kets

Synop­sys ‘Lu­cidDrive’ of­fers de­sign and anal­y­sis tools for au­to­mo­tive light­ing

The In­dian au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket is es­ti­mated to be worth about $3.1 bil­lion by 2022, with a cu­mu­la­tive an­nual growth rate of over 5.5% from 2016. Light­ing is a vi­tal com­po­nent in any au­to­mo­tive ve­hi­cle and plays an im­por­tant role in the safety of the ve­hi­cle, the oc­cu­pants and other road users.

The light­ing sys­tem con­sists of light­ing and sig­nal­ing de­vices, which are placed at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions such as front, rear, side, and in­te­ri­ors. Light­ing pro­vides il­lu­mi­na­tion for the driver and helps other ve­hi­cle drivers and pedes­tri­ans on the road to de­tect the ve­hi­cle’s po­si­tion, di­rec­tion of move­ment, and size. It also en­hances the aes­thetic looks to both in­te­rior and ex­te­rior parts of the ve­hi­cle.

The In­dian au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket growth is be­ing in­flu­enced by fac­tors like in­creased ve­hi­cle sales, new na­tional reg­u­la­tions, in­creased fo­cus on safety and de­mand for en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ings. The light­ing in­dus­try is keep­ing pace with the new trends and in­no­va­tions. New light-weight and en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing is in­spir­ing au­to­mo­tive de­sign­ers. In­dia Ja­pan Light­ing, Au­to­lite In­dia Ltd, Hella In­dia Light­ing, Fiem In­dus­tries, Phoenix Lamps Limited, Philips and Os­ram are among the key play­ers of au­to­mo­tive light­ing in the In­dian mar­ket.

The au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket has wit­nessed the ad­vent of in­can­des­cent lamps, halo­gen lamps, LED light­ing and xenon lamps ow­ing to the tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and devel­op­ments. Cur­rently, the seg­ment for LED light­ing tech­nol­ogy is gain­ing wide­spread pop­u­lar­ity world­wide. LEDs are more ef­fi­cient than other light sources, and they last longer. In gen­eral, the LED lights con­sume less power than halo­gens. Xenon lamps are used in the lux­ury seg­ment in­tro­duced by global OEMs. They are not found fea­si­ble at present in In­dia.

Low pur­chas­ing and re­place­ment cost along with the easy avail­abil­ity of halo­gens in­flu­ences pos­i­tively the adop­tion of halo­gens in au­to­mo­tive light­ing. Fac­tors such as the en­hanced aes­thet­ics and longevity of halo­gen lamps are key fac­tors that im­pact the halo­gen mar­ket. How­ever, the high en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of LEDs is a key fac­tor that is ex­pected to limit the adop­tion of halo­gen lights in the com­ing years. At present, a ma­jor fac­tor that re­stricts the LED mar­ket growth is its high cost; how­ever, the on­go­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments are ex­pected to re­duce cost and in­crease the adop­tion of LEDs in the fu­ture. This may lead to a grad­ual de­cline in the sales of halo­gen lights.

The Chen­nai-based In­dia Ja­pan Light­ing (IJL), a 70:30 joint ven­ture be­tween Koito Ja­pan and Lu­cas TVS, is de­vel­op­ing mul­tire­flec­tor all-LED head­lamps. In or­der to pro­vide cost ef­fec­tive LED so­lu­tion to the In­dian mar­ket it is work­ing on var­i­ous in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions. Though the Light Emit­ting Diode (LED) head­lamps are costlier than the con­ven­tional halo­gen bulbs, they are be­com­ing pop­u­lar ow­ing to the var­i­ous ad­van­tages. The lamp man­u­fac­tur­ers are work­ing on var­i­ous new con­cepts to make LEDs more af­ford­able.

Au­to­mo­tive light­ing mar­ket leader Hella In­dia Light­ing (HIL) is gun­ning for all round growth in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. It is pro­mot­ing mod­u­lar­is­tion con­cept in au­to­mo­tive light­ing. Mass cus­tomi­sa­tion or mod­u­lar­i­sa­tion helps re­duce the num­ber of tools in use and al­lows

the com­pany to de­velop and de­liver sig­na­tures us­ing var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions in shorter pe­riod.

HIL’s Der­abassi plant has been un­der­go­ing a round of up­grades and houses light test­ing fa­cil­i­ties, NVH test­ing, CMMs and en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­bers for new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. The com­pany has com­pleted a round of ex­pan­sion in March 2017 for LED lamps and pro­jec­tors. It is on course for an­other round of ex­pan­sion for aux­il­iary lamps and LED work lamp des­tined for Hella’s in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments.

FIEM In­dus­tries Ltd, one of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of au­to­mo­tive light­ing & sig­nalling equip­ment and rear view mir­rors, is present in all type of au­to­mo­tive light­ings. The light­ing tech­nol­ogy has slowly and steadily made a big leap in the re­cent years. The au­to­mo­tive OEMS are keen on up­graded and new gen­er­a­tion lamps. Now LEDbased au­to­mo­tive lamps are in high de­mand.

Fiem had started man­u­fac­tur­ing LED lights more than a decade ago and it was the first one to de­velop LED head lamp for 2-wheel­ers, which is not only meet­ing In­dian AIS Stan­dard but also meet­ing ECE norms. It was also the first one to in­tro­duce LED tail lamps for 2- wheel­ers in In­dia. Now it is sup­ply­ing all types of LED lamps to many 2-wheeler man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia and in Ja­pan, the US, Italy and oth­ers.

Magna, a lead­ing global au­to­mo­tive sup­plier, is in­tro­duc­ing D-Op­tic LED head­lamps to im­prove for­ward vis­i­bil­ity for drivers and pro­vide cus­tom­ized styling op­tions for au­tomak­ers. D-Op­tic light­ing rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of LED head­lamps and an auto-in­dus­try first by com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple high-power LEDs with pre­cise, in­jec­tion-moulded lenses to achieve high per­for­mance with ef­fi­cient en­ergy use.

D-Op­tic light­ing is unique for au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tions be­cause it is scal­able and is cus­tom-de­vel­oped for a ve­hi­cle’s spe­cific shape and styling. LEDs and lenses can be added or sub­tracted to suit each unique de­sign. The in­no­va­tive head­lamps make their mar­ket de­but on the 2018 Chevro­let Tra­verse.

Au­to­lite In­dia Limited, the flag­ship com­pany of the Au­topal-MPG group, ex­pands its hori­zons in the two-wheeler seg­ment. The growth of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try in In­dia is de­tailed as 80% in two-wheeler mar­ket, 15% in pas­sen­ger car seg­ment and 5% in the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment. In line with that the com­pany has tuned its ob­jec­tives and widened the two-wheeler net­work. The com­pany’s cur­rent pres­ence is in the halo­gen bulbs in the two-wheeler af­ter­mar­ket seg­ment and it is very in­signif­i­cant. But plans are sketched to widen its scope of two-wheeler busi­ness.

Phoenix Lamps Limited, man­u­fac­turer of wide range of halo­gen lamps for two-and three-wheel­ers, pas­sen­ger cars, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and off road ap­pli­ca­tions, is work­ing on bring­ing new prod­ucts and im­prov­ing the stan­dards and meet­ing the lat­est trends in the au­to­mo­tive light­ing busi­ness. Phoenix Lamps, ac­quired by the au­to­mo­tive ca­ble maker Supra­jit En­gi­neer­ing Limited a cou­ple of years ago, is one of the largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of au­to­mo­tive halo­gen lamps cater­ing to the orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer (OEM) and af­ter­mar­ket, with a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of more than 80 mil­lion lamps a year.

The US-head­quar­tered Synop­sys, the em­bed­ded so­lu­tion provider, ad­vances the vir­tual sim­u­la­tion of adap­tive head­lights with its new ver­sion of ‘Lu­cidDrive’ soft­ware. The soft­ware helps an­a­lyse the head­light’s per­for­mance dur­ing dy­namic driv­ing con­di­tions. The com­pany pro­vides var­i­ous so­lu­tions and the key to its suc­cess lies in the 5-pronged ad­van­tages: Speed and ac­cu­racy, safety, cost ef­fec­tive­ness, bet­ter prod­uct and easy de­sign.

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