The DVN Shanghai workshop last week gathered more than 250 attendees, bringing together the leading European and Japanese OEMs like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan; the Chinese car makers Shanghai VW, Great Wall, and Qoros; and most of the worldwide lighting suppliers and regulators, including the major Chinese players. It was an unprecedented gathering, and a grand success. This workshop was exceptional because of 2 reasons:
– It was held in Shanghai, a geographical central point in the moving balance between Europe, Japan, and China, with bilingual English-Chinese translation; and
– The top-notch quality of the lectures, followed by a panel session on regulations, all in a very pleasant conference environment enhanced by a wonderful Chinese dinner.
I want to address my heartfelt personal and professional gratitude to all 6 chairmen, 34 speakers,and 10 sponsors. And also to Salomon Berner and Ralf Schäfer, members of the Steering Committee who were instrumental in making a success out of this first Shanghai workshop. I also thank Geoff Draper whose early and persistent efforts created great content related to harmonisation of the worldwide regulations, Also Wolfgang Huhn, Rainer Neumann, and Kamislav Fadel whose trust and aid since the start of DVN has been of countless value. They understood that my main ambition is to help and promote the lighting community.
I hope that the workshop convinced everybody of the great future of LED and intelligent lighting, presently led by the European and Japanese industries but now with keen interest and participation by China, now number 1 in automotive production. Challenges are still to be faced in regulations, reliability, and engineering workload management.
A big step has been done in the sharing of technical information of lighting players on an international level and for the benefit of new lighting technologies, and all of us at DVN are proud to have provided the platform and made it happen.
DVN Editor in Chief