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LA and LIF discuss possible merging of operations

19 May 2011 10.30 BST

(UK) - The Lighting Association (LA) and The Lighting industry Federation (LIF) are consulting with their respective Members about closer co-operation with each other up to and including merging their operations and assets.

In a joint statement released today, the organisations gave a broad outline of the benefits a merger would bring:

“The lighting market is in a period of dynamic change, which presents challenges and opportunities to the industry. This change is being driven partly by new technology such as LEDs and in the future OLEDs, partly through the drive for energy efficiency e.g. the growing influence of lighting controls and partly through developments such as wider use of the internet.

“The Councils of the two Associations believe that these changes will be more effectively managed by the industry through one Association speaking with one voice. The objective is to increase the benefits and services to the members of both current Associations and, in the process, to the lighting market as a whole.

“The operations of LIF and LA are largely complementary, with limited duplication and very little overlap in membership. In fact in recent years the two Associations have increasingly co-operated on areas of common interest such as legislation and standardisation.”

The LIF currently acts as the Trade Association for the Lighting Industry with particular focus on non-decorative lighting. LIF’s primary purpose is to promote and develop the UK lighting market for the long-term benefit of its members and other stakeholders and to represent the voice of the Industry in discussions with Government, NGO’s, the EU Commission and Standardisation bodies on issues of relevant legislation and standardisation.

The LA has a membership of around 190 companies with 40% from the decorative sector and the remaining membership made up from commercial luminaires, lamps and components and increasingly LED related businesses. It carries out a wide variety of functions on behalf of its members including training; technical representation at international and UK levels, lobbying and liaison with Government departments in the UK and via its involvement with CELMA the Brussels based Association of European Associations on standards and legislation.

The consultation process is expected to take several months in order to ensure that Members views are sought and taken into account.

Members with any questions are encouraged to contact either Eddie Taylor (Chief Executive, Lighting Industry Federation, 0207 793 3020, ) or Peter Hunt (Chief Executive, Lighting Association, 01952 290905,


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