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A1: Reggiani’s time in the lighting industry spans over fifty years, what do you think is the secret to the team’s success? Andrew Hill: Reggiani has been at the forefront of technical innovation for the past fifty years, and has demonstrated the ability to recognise future product trends and new market opportunities. It is no secret that Reggiani has focused its R&D towards products for the retail sector over recent years, which has led to the brand being recognised as a true market leader in this sector. The UK in particular offers full lighting/concept design support, bespoke products capability and a unique one-stop- shop philosophy, all of which adds up to our success. As an international group, Reggiani has a very loyal team of staff who have brought continuity of service and in- depth knowledge of the company and its philosophy. This solid foundation has allowed the introduction of new ideas and technological innovation to flourish.


A1: The brand has been at the forefront of technological innovation for some time now; how do you think the industry will evolve to incorporate new technologies coming to the fore? AH: There is no doubt that the worldwide lighting industry is entering its greatest change since Thomas Edison originally invented the first commercially practical filament lamp. LED sources have changed the way we generate light and have already opened up the market to many newcomers ranging from small start-up companies to electronics giants, all claiming to be market leaders. Desperate not to miss out on new opportunities, some manufacturers have simply taken existing products and converted them to LED with little consideration for thermal design requirements. With a rapidly expanding marketplace, standards are the key, ensuring that manufacturer’s test data is comparable. Leading lamp and LED companies are predicting that by 2017 over 50% of ALL lighting will incorporate LED Technology. Thermal consideration is not new to the lighting industry, leaving the more established manufacturers in an excellent position to capitalise on this experience when producing LED luminaires. Reggiani adopted white light LED technology 5 years ago, and has been rapidly gaining experience in this field while testing their products with respect to both existing and incoming regulations. Initially we produced a range of luminaires with the technology bonded to its heat-sink to ensure maximum thermal conductivity. More recently, with the emergence of Zhaga, we have introduced a range of luminaires with replaceable technology, allowing our retail


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customers to specify the type and indeed manufacturer of the LED source. We believe that both approaches leave us well placed to take advantage of this rapidly changing market. In the end it is customers' expectations that will encourage or force our industry to incorporate new technology in order to offer cleaner, more efficient products and to enhance greener images.


A1: How about the most difficult? AH: The most difficult in the past 18 months is probably Topshop in Brompton Road, London. This was a three storey, 18,500 sq ft retail fashion store that was designed and supplied within a three-week timescale. Included in the specification was a bespoke suspended Linear system with over 17 different angled corners, created from scratch and delivered over the Bank Holiday period.


A1: You have been involved in some excellent projects recently, which would you say have been your most exciting? AH: Woolwich Square in London, Topshop, Topman in NY and The Iconic Shopping Centre in Dubai. Woolwich Square was a very exciting


project as we collaborated closely with two important design consultancies, Gustafson Porter Landscape Architects + LAPD Lighting Designers, to develop a special lighting solution for a high quality landscape regeneration project. We ended up manufacturing highly efficient new LED exterior products for mounting on catenary system and pole etc. The square has been completely transformed and is aesthetically pleasing. Topshop, Topman in NY and Iconic are both examples of prestigious challenges we work on at an international level. The excitement in this case was generated by the huge expectations relating to the launch of these stores, the dynamism and sophistication of the very creative brands and designers involved and the short time scale available. Nine years ago the company formed a dedicated team capable of project managing complex retail projects.


A1: What do you think the future holds for Reggiani? AH: Today Reggiani is a global organisation, with divisions in Italy, USA, UK, France, Germany and China, supported by agents and distributors in over 80 countries. The wealth of ideas generated from a multi-national group that is headed up by a President who knows all his international staff by their first names allows for continuity and innovation in the same breath. Our group President remains committed to forging links with great architects and designers, widening the scope for ever more creative input.


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