MENA's largest LED facility worth $16m to open in Sharjah
The manufacturing facility and laboratory, owned by Rexton Technologies, will be inaugurated at SAIF Zone on 9 April
The Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) largest LED lighting facility will open in Sharjah next week.
Rexton Technologies will inaugurate its $16.3m (AED60m) project on 9 April, 2018.
A manufacturing facility and a laboratory specialising in LED technology are part of the project, located at the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone).
Kingston Holdings, which owns Rexton Technologies, is SAIF Zone's largest investor, with its facility spread over 93,000m2 land area.
In the first phase, the LED plant will manufacture fast-moving, commercial items, including LED panels, retrofit down-lights, street lights, fittings, floodlights, and spotlights.
Commenting on the project this February, Lalu Samuel, chairman and managing director of Kingston Holdings, said: "The need of the hour is to make concrete contributions to the green movement.
"Towards this goal, Rexton Technologies seeks to transform and develop more energy efficient and intelligent products by pushing the environmental innovation boundaries."
LED is rapidly becoming the primary choice for lighting technology in the UAE.
This March, it was announced that a Dubai university had been fitted with lighting systems that can be operated without the need for a physical switch.
The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has been equipped with LED lighting that is part of Philips Lighting's Interact Office platform.
The technology can be controlled and personalised through a smartphone app, and an indoor positioning feature allows wayfinding as well.
Instead of using traditional switches, HBMSU's new lighting system is controlled using occupancy sensors, natural light readings, or a central console, in addition to the smartphone app.
The indoor navigation service uses the university’s smartphone app. LED light points – installed in the hallway, lobby areas, and corridors – transmit a light code containing their individual geographical location.
The geo-location information is then used by the smartphone app to locate the user’s position in the building and guide them to their destination.