Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

Future’s So Bright in Optical Sector

Úterý, Červen 19th, 2012

After the aggressive purchase of three Chinese optical companies for an estimated 600 million yuan ($95.24 million) since it came to China at the end of 2005, US-based LensCrafters is launching a new concept store under the name of “LC+”.

The outlet will be the flagship store of the giant high-end retail chain owned by Luxottica Group S.p.A., the world’s largest eyewear company, whose most famous brands include Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley Inc. It also makes sunglasses and prescription frames for designer brands such as Chanel and Prada. Luxottica also produces sunglasses branded Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tiffany, Versace, Vogue, Miu Miu, Tory Burch and Donna Karan.

The company’s retail branch has 7,000 stores in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and the United Kingdom and it makes more than 400 million pairs of eyeglasses a year.

LensCrafters is leading a trend among eyewear companies hoping to cash in on the huge number of shortsighted people in China who are now demanding high-end spectacles, sunglasses and contact lenses.

“We have been mainly focused on changing the brands, changing the stores and changing the service to be more premium during the last couple of years,” said Frederic Seiller, Great China chief executive officer of Luxottica Retail, prior to the grand opening of the store in Shanghai in May.

With a prime location on Huaihai Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai, and occupying a two-floor space featuring mirrors and bright fluorescent lights, the new store is designed to create an “approachable but premium” atmosphere that sits “between fast fashion stores and luxury brands”, according to Seiller.

Sunglasses, prescription as well as regular, will make a significant contribution to sales at the new store, if not all the company’s stores, said Seiller.

“When you walk in big cities here, of course on sunny days the proportion of people wearing sunglasses may be just one out of every 10 people, while in Milan or Paris it’s 60 to 70 percent or even higher. But you are seeing the younger generation starting to wear sunglasses so that’s where the potential is,” he said.

“Another indicator is that you see most of the fast fashion stores, or even small boutiques on the streets, here are selling sunglasses as accessories. But three or four years ago, they didn’t have them, which is also good for companies like us because they are helping ‘educate’ consumers about the necessity of sunglasses, be it as fashion accessories or eye protection,” he added.

Having seen a year-on-year increase in China of nearly 50 percent in the sun-protection eyewear sector, Seiller believes the potential of his 1,000 yuan-apiece sunglasses will continue to experience high growth because of the high number of shortsighted people and a growing interest in high fashion.

A report from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council found that 75 percent of Chinese people aged between 15 and 59 are in need of vision correction. Most of them have myopia.

“Whether you are wearing contacts or not, you will need sunglasses for eye protection,” said Seiller. He believes the potential for sales of sunglasses, which now account for 30 percent of the company business, is as large is as it is for contact lenses, if not larger.

Other newcomers are seeing themselves as educators in the market because many Chinese people are not used to wearing sunglasses.

Guy-Concordia metro station gets new look

Úterý, Prosinec 20th, 2011

The Guy-Concordia metro station will undergo major renovations in the new year as part of work being undertaken by the Societe de transport de Montreal (STM). Working closely with the STM, Concordia will also be implementing changes of its own at the Guy-Metro (GM) Building portion of the station.

The St-Mathieu Street entrance, located at 1801 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., will benefit from a complete overhaul to its infrastructure from March to August 2012, with metro users being re-routed to the entrance at 1445 Guy Street (corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard).

The STM will be adding four turnstiles at the Guy Street entrance in January to accommodate the increased flow of traffic resulting from the closure of the St-Mathieu Street entrance. Concurrently, Concordia will be adding extensive new signage and lighting to the area.

“We’re taking advantage of the fact that the STM is renovating to bring more light, visibility and directional signage to the university,” says Luis Fernandez, project manager for Facilities Management at Concordia.

The renovations, which will take place nights, involves the addition of a backlit Concordia University logo that will cover much of the ceiling in the GM Building portion of the station. The sign will include a large, fluid burgundy ribbon that will travel from the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex through the GM Building basement, and along the tunnel leading to the Henry F. Hall and J.W. McConnell Library buildings.

“The ribbon will tie the different buildings together and enhance the portal to Concordia,” says Fernandez, adding that it will also provide a source of much-need lighting in the metro area.

Additional lighted glass panels will be added in several key areas throughout the metro and tunnel areas to aid visitors in finding their way through Concordia’s network of buildings.

Renovation work at the St-Mathieu Street entrance will include new flooring, ceilings, walls, lighting, as well as sprinkler and electrical systems. The escalators will undergo an overhaul and motorized doors will be added to the station’s entrance/exit. This work represents the first major renovations performed to the station since its construction in 1967.

Rejean Messier, project director for the STM, says the St-Mathieu Street entrance, which is affected by water infiltration, was identified as a “priority station” in the STM’s overall plan to renovate four to five stations per year over the next five to six years.

Once the work at the St-Mathieu Street entrance is complete, similar renovations will commence at the Guy Street entrance.

River Walk will sport 1.76 million LED lights for parade

Pátek, Listopad 25th, 2011

There will be 1.76 million new reasons to head to Friday’s Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony that will kick off Paseo del Rio holiday festivities. The LED lights, which were briefly switched on Nov. 17, will be a considerable increase from the usual 85,000 lights.

The energy-efficient lights were approved by the City Council in August and will be used on nearly 200 trees and 19 bridges.

“It’ll be even more exciting this year because it’s the first year they’re going to have LED lights,” grand marshal Patricia Jimenez said.

Featuring some 25 professionally decorated and lighted barges, the 30th annual parade will begin immediately after the new lights are switched on at 7 p.m.

Jimenez, 43, will represent her father’s Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. A tradition in San Antonio since 1979, the dinner reflects the theme of this year’s parade — “Holiday Traditions.” Floats will be decorated with themes such as “Midnight Mass at San Fernando,” “The H-E-B. Tree Lighting,” “The Lighting of the River Walk” and “Elf Louise.”

Jimenez remembers growing up and helping feed those in need during Thanksgiving.

“It’s the only Thanksgiving I know,” she said. “Our parents showed us that example of giving to the less fortunate and doing our part to give back.”

Preparations for the dinner, which begins at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Convention Center, usually start the Thursday before Thanksgiving with volunteers picking up canned-food-drive donations. Ten thousand pounds of turkey are cooked starting Sunday. Sides are prepared Tuesday and Wednesday. The meal consists of turkey, gravy, stuffing, yams, green beans, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Recipes for the dinner are patterned after what Raul started; Jimenez’s biggest concern was making a quality meal that was traditional and tasty.

This year Jimenez is grateful for the 4,000 volunteers from throughout the city who help make the dinner possible.

“Me representing the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner as grand marshal is a testament to the volunteers and donors that make the event a great success each year,” Jimenez said. “I’m representing some great people.”

Lighting and Electronics

Úterý, Listopad 22nd, 2011

VESNA’s core lighting and electronics recycling business focuses on recycling fluorescent lamps, ballast, batteries, electronics and mercury, says John McShane, general manager of the electronics recycling group within Veolia ES Technical Solutions.

The division was formed through six acquisitions made around the time McShane joined the division in 2002. “We put together a national footprint of processing facilities to provide recycling services that are convenient to a broad range of commercial and industrial customers,” McShane explains.

Since then the business has grown substantially. In 2010, Veolia recycled enough linear florescent lamps that, if they were laid end to end, they would stretch some 28,000 miles, the equivalent of traveling from New York to Los Angeles 10 times, McShane says.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions has four recycling locations for processing lighting and electronics—Phoenix; Tallahassee, Fla.; Stoughton, Mass.; and Port Washington, Wis.—all of which process lighting into various components for further recycling. Veolia also operates several collection locations throughout the country that feed the recycling plants.

Although there are variations between the equipment used at each facility, all lamp recycling operations use a dry separation process. Each machine is capable of processing 20,000 to 40,000 4-foot lamps per 8-hour shift with an asset recovery rate of approximately 100 percent, the company says. Of total bulb weight, roughly 96 percent is recovered as glass, 2 percent as aluminum, less than 2 percent as phosphor powder and less than 1 percent as mercury. Beyond recycling the aluminum end caps and glass, Veolia ES Technical Solutions recycles the mercury contained within the phosphor powder.

The aluminum end caps are sent for metals recycling, and the glass can be used for a variety of different applications, including fiberglass or as an aggregate in asphalt. The mercury-contaminated phosphor powder is collected and is further processed in Veolia’s retorts. The mercury from the phosphor powder volatilizes in the retort oven under high temperature, and the vapor is captured and condensed or cooled back down into elemental mercury.

“We will use our retorts for all sorts of items that contain mercury,” McShane says. Such items include old thermostats and old mercury switches that are removed from vehicles before they go through a shredder.

“We recover between 15 and 20 metric tons of mercury on an annual basis,” McShane estimates. “The main impetus behind our industry is for people to do the right thing and to work to reclaim mercury wherever we can so it doesn’t get into our environment.”

Medical equipment is another specialty area Veolia is focusing on. Pharmaceutical companies and manufactures of medical equipment have come to Veolia because their products contain biological or hazardous contaminants that other electronics recyclers are not equipped to handle at their facilities.

McShane says, “One of our goals at Veolia is to deliver preferred solutions. I am most proud that we have been able to come up with some very unique recycling processes while still being protective of our employees’ health and safety. We have built a specialized disassembly room with an isolated air handling system, provided our staff with a supplied breathing air system and have conducted additional medical screenings and industrial hygiene monitoring.”

Jacksonville Light Parade to continue with private/public partnership

Středa, Listopad 9th, 2011

A 26-year-old holiday event in Jacksonville is back on the St. Johns River after city budget cuts initially sank it.

Most of the funds needed to hold the 27th annual Light Parade on Saturday, have been raised through a public/private partnership. While the rest is being sought, some in attendance during a Monday news conference to announce the event’s return offered to kick in more.

Spearheaded by the Jacksonville Marine Association after an outcry from the boating community over the event’s cancelation, Downtown Vision, Visit Jacksonville and Sleiman Enterprises offered money and other help, said Mayor Alvin Brown, who even offered $1,000 from his own pocket

“In our troubled economy, it is truly inspiring to see Jacksonville’s business community leaders step up to provide an opportunity to continue this great event,” Brown said. “This public/private partnership effectively takes the financial pressure off City Hall to put on this event. This is the work of people who understand the financial bind that hurts our city budget.”

The Sons of Norway have decorated a replica Viking boat or a pontoon boat with lights and other holiday decorations for the past decade, former president Marci Larson said.

Now preparations can start up again for this year’s boat. “We do it because it is a great family and community event,” Larson said.

The parade saw 85 decorated boats cruising the downtown riverfront last year in front of an estimated 200,000 fans. The city paid for police and firefighters, fireworks, barricades, portable toilets and marine safety, which cost $125,000 last year, according to city officials. But with millions in cuts needed in the 2012 city budget, the event joined some popular fireworks displays as budget deletions this year.

Boaters griped about the loss and approached the marine association to save it, said Michael Chambliss, a Jacksonville Light Parade Committee member. The city agreed to provide logistical and special events support, marketing, police and fire staff if funds for the rest, including $30,000 to $40,000 for fireworks, could be found.

Downtown Vision, a nonprofit organization that works to build and maintain a healthy downtown, committed $15,000. Visit Jacksonville, the city’s destination marketing organization, committed $27,000.

Now visitors who usually come from as far as Daytona Beach and Savannah, Ga., for the parade might also want to stay for the city’s official Christmas Tree lighting the day before and the Jacksonville Jaguars home game the day after, Chambliss said.

“This is a downtown event on the river and important to the merchants, who feel a significant economic impact,” he said.

Toney Sleiman will pay for some of the Light Parade’s sound system around The Jacksonville Landing and for a boat captain’s safety party with the city’s dockmaster before the parade.