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Philips acquires Selecon


April 26, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Royal Philips has acquired New Zealand-based Selecon, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of professional theatrical and architectural lighting fixtures. Under the terms of the agreement, Philips will acquire the business assets of Selecon New Zealand Ltd., Selecon UK Ltd., Selecon North America LLC and Aureol Lighting Ltd. Financial details were not disclosed.

“Selecon’s highly acclaimed luminaires for the theatrical and
architectural markets will further strengthen the breadth of solutions
Philips can offer to important professional customers such as
performing arts centres, churches, convention centres and hotels,” said
Rudy Provoost, chief executive of Philips’ Lighting sector. “Today we
are further strengthening the product portfolio of our globally leading
entertainment lighting business, building on the foundation provided by
the acquisition of Genlyte in 2008.”

Landmarks such as the American Museum of Natural History, Hong Kong
Science Museum, Sydney Opera House and Opera Bastille (Paris) all use
Selecon lighting. Selecon has become part of the Entertainment Group
within the Philips Professional Luminaires business, which also
encompasses the Vari-Lite and Strand Lighting business operations.

The acquisition of Selecon follows the acquisition of Italy-based Ilti
Luce Srl, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting, just
over a month ago, and is the second such announcement in the Pacific
region in as many weeks (following last week’s acquisition of
Australia-based lighting company Dynalite).

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