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India Car Industry and Lighting Market PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

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The Indian vehicle market, seventh-largest in the world, has been open to the world's auto- and component-makers for only about two decades' time. Prior to the early-mid 1990s, it was closed; local automakers bought components from local suppliers, and all parties to the closed market were essentially unknown outside of India.
Now, the situation has changed. The world's major automakers have operations and/or joint ventures in India, as do many of the globally-known vehicle lighting suppliers.
Number of total car sales in India in 2014 was 3.07 million cars and estimated 2015 is 3.37 million (13% increse vs 2014).
Car market of India will grow up to 6 million in 2020.

The main car makers are presented :
Maruti, Hyundai, Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata, Honda, Toyota, Ford General Motors, Renault, Volkswagen
Then follows the introduction of the main lighting set makers:
Lumax Industries, Minda, Varroc Automotive, India Japan Lighting Private,
Hella India Electronics, Autolite India (Autopal), Neolite ZKW, Fiem Industries, Rinder India,
Magneti Marelli Motherson Auto System, VALEO Lighting Systems (India).

The Indian auto market—presently dominated by 2-wheelers—is one of the world's last major markets with enormous potential for sales growth. India is accordingly becoming more important both as a selling ground and as a manufacturing center.
This report describes the factors and facts peculiar to the Indian vehicle and vehicle lighting
market, and outlines the major automakers and lighting-related suppliers and their evolution over time. There is discussion of the various segments showing substantial room for growth in the near future, and there are interviews with VIPs in the Indian lighting industry. An odd particular of the Indian traffic environment—drivers using their high beams full time, sometimes after putting opaque paint over half the lens—is presented and analysed.

 

 
J.W. Speaker Corporation profile PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014

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The J.W. Speaker Corporation is a 3rd-generation family-owned private company. They make high-tech lights and lamps for a constellation of market sectors clustered around transport and mobility including automotive, motorcycle, industrial, commercial, agricultural, marine, and even spacefaring—NASA specify J.W. Speaker lights on spacecraft including the Mars Rover.

The company started out in 1935, and their most ubiquitous early product was a tiny portable can opener issued to American soldiers starting in the Second World War. Speaker's product focus shortly put down roots in the automotive realm, and lighting products became central by the early 1960s. These were generally low-cost items of conventional technology until the late 1990s, when the company made an HID motorcycle headlamp for Harley-Davidson. This was followed by some initial LED efforts, and by the early 2000s Speaker had chosen to dedicate themselves to high-tech lighting.

All operations take place at the company's homebase in in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. The company is almost completely vertically integrated, with nearly all components and processes done in-house. A highly empowered independent R&D organisation reports directly to the company's co-Presidents and Chief Technical Officer (himself a seasoned veteran automotive lighting innovator). There are 450 employees—up from 100 a decade ago—and sales figures are on a consistently upward trajectory.

Speaker's product range includes universal and custom-fit headlamps, fog lamps, DRLs, signal lights, reversing lamps, combination lights, work lights, emergency and safety lights, and infrared cameras. Custom-fit products are supplied for a broad diversity of applications including exotic hypercars, transit buses, motorcycles, and mining equipment. Universal products are updated and upgraded on a regular basis, and the company has a bustling aftermarket presence.

They regard themselves as an electronics company whose products' end output is light, and are actively engaged in development of advanced solutions to longstanding problems, including a soon-to-be-released range of adaptive lighting for motorcycles to countervail the nullification of seeing distance while turning on a motorcycle with a fixed headlamp.

 

 
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