A ‘Visionary’ Joint Venture

A local black investment company and a renowned Dutch LED streetlight manufacturer bring revolutionary LED lighting technology to our shores.

Netherlands based Innolumis Public Lighting BV has partnered with a well known and highly respected South African Investment Company, Power Matla Consortium, to form Power Matla Innolumis (Pty) Ltd. It brings, through revolutionary new LED lighting, amongst other things, a comprehensive energy saving initiative to the Public, Mining and Industrial sectors.

The Joint Venture benefits from the extensive operational experience that Power Matla has in the Energy and Electrification sector and the leading international LED technology prowess of Innolumis, who bring what are considered to be state of the art, world class LED lighting solutions to our shores.

LED technology at its best

CEO of the new joint venture, Kgathola Ngoasheng says: “As technical specialists in LED lighting known for our pioneering Mesopic light colours, our luminaries are also used in environments where flame proofing, like that required in mining, is of critical importance to our clients. Whether it be our flood light, general area, street or perimeter light, we have an Ex rated solution to fit our clients requirements, and if not, with global access to quick-time R&D. We can deliver such special applications quickly. This, combined with 8 years of our products running in harsh mining sites conditions across Africa, means clients purchase not only leading energy efficient technology, but also peace-of mind.”

About Dutch company Innolumis Public Lighting BV

Since 2008, Innolumis Public Lighting BV has lead the way globally with LED technology and world-pioneering Mesopic light colours (designed to emulate the way human eyes perceive colour and contrast in night time conditions).  “Innolumis has been active in South Africa since 2010 when our products were distributed by NTL Lemnis Africa under the Pharox LED brand. Due to the growth in the LED market in Africa though, we decided to invest directly into South Africa and Power Matla proved to be the perfect partner for this venture,” says Gert Grolleman, CEO of Innolumis.  “We now have installation sites at municipalities, mines and various industrial and commercial sites across South Africa and Botswana.”

More about Mesopic light colours

Of interest to Architectural readers is the application of the Power Matla Innolumis’s LED lighting offering. It is explained by the new company as follows:

‘The relationship between light and visibility is more complex than one might think. Colour temperature and the interaction between light wavelengths affect our vision, our alertness and our sense of well-being. Consequently, Power Matla Innolumis will continues research into which light wavelengths work best for the human eye. Our eyes have two vision systems: one for daytime and one for night time conditions. These light-sensitive cells (rods and cones) work best at other separate wavelengths.

By choosing LEDs that stimulate exactly these wavelengths, our eyes see more efficiently, and both vision systems can reinforce each other. We call this ‘Mesopic vision’, and this phenomenon is what allows us to deliver our promise of ‘More vision with less energy’.’

About the joint venture company

The new company’s shareholding is made up by a majority share (60%) held by Level 1 BBBEE Power Matla Consortium, 35% Innolumis Public Lighting BV and the remaining 5% by the executive management.  Managing Director, Francois van Tonder believes that “Our experience in the South African and African markets, especially with this proven technology, makes us very optimistic about the growth of the company and of specialised LED lighting technologies in in general.  Combined with the knowledge, skills transfer and job creation as result of the planned manufacturing plant and the strong, experienced team driving the offering, we are positively upbeat about changing the landscape of local sustainable and renewable energies in the public, mining and industrial spaces.”

Power Matla Innolumis’ offering includes:

  • Comprehensive lighting solution to the Public, Mining and Industrial sectors.
  • A full product portfolio covering all applications for outdoor, street, and area lighting, including complete off-grid application.
  • An approved installer/contractor base plus an own installation and maintenance management service.
  • Baseline infrastructure audits, including light counts and energy analysis.
  • Access to and assistance with various project funding/finance solutions.
  • Local SKD manufacturing and fully fledged local manufacturing.
  • Introduction of the integrated smart city solution.

For more information about Power Matla Innolumis, visit www.powermatlainnolumis.com or contact +27 11 234 0008.

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