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LEDs and Solid State Lighting Ecosystem

Presenter: Makarand (Chips) Chipalkatti, Ph.D.
Company: Dr. Chips Consulting
Date Published: 7/8/2015

Description: Overview
Over a decade and a half ago, when LED lighting was a subject of debate and considerable disbelief, some had predicted a disruptive change in the lighting industry of the sort that happens once in a generation. This disruption is now real, and the lighting industry is clearly undergoing tectonic change in rapid fire mode. Every major incumbent manufacturer is undergoing constant reorganization, while new start-ups emerge claiming a place in the new lighting industry. Yet, LED lighting has not generated the sort of profits expected despite significant growth. Global supply chains and fierce competition by hundreds of new players has created quite a challenge. Yet, there is great opportunity in this industry expected to be $21B by 2018 according to a recent report. Where do those opportunities lie and where are the new growth areas for industry players in the lighting, semiconductor, and electronics industry? This talk will cover some of the transformation process and point to the areas of current and future change. Future growth corridors that are now visible will also be discussed.

Presenter's Bio
Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti was till recently Senior Director, Solid State Lighting (SSL) and Emerging Market Initiatives for OSRAM SYLVANIA. Since March 2010 his primary focus was on executing innovation, and as a solid state lighting evangelist for OSRAM. Chips received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Eng. from Univ. of Massachusetts and a B.Tech Chem. Eng. from IIT Bombay. His early work included research on advanced materials and organic light sources. Chips transitioned from technology development to commercial execution of technology in 2000, when he led the start-up of OSRAM’s LED lighting business in North America. Since 2005, Dr. Chips led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM SYLVANIA and continued to serve as a key member of OSRAM’s global innovation leadership. Chips’ role as a corporate entrepreneur has led to several new business initiatives and open innovation projects. Dr. Chips has also played a pioneering role in the Solid State Lighting industry as an industry leader in various trade bodies and working with public agencies. Dr. Chips has now launched an executive consulting practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation. He serves globally as an industry consultant for product, services and business strategy targeting technology intensive verticals including the emerging Ecosystem of Solid State Lighting.

Key Words: 

LED, solid state lighting, SSL, semiconductor

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