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retailer has selected energy-efficient LED lighting by Cree, to illuminate its Neighbourhood Market in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin


Cree interior lighting products, including more than 400 CS18 LED linear luminaires, will fully illuminate the Neighbourhood Market – from the sales floor and pharmacy to restrooms, vestibules and backroom areas. Cree LED lighting will also be installed in the parking lot and exterior areas of the store.


Walmart estimates that the CS18 luminaires, designed for low maintenance and long life, will save approximately 30 percent in energy costs compared to interior fluorescent lighting.


Cree interior and exterior lighting fixtures offer a long service life and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty. This substantial product lifetime enables significant maintenance reductions and energy savings for the Neighbourhood Market.


GT’s ASF furnace


Reinhard received her BSEE from University of Illinois and an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has over 20 years of experience with leading technology companies including Motorola, Cisco, Nokia, and H-P holding senior level positions in new business development, marketing, sales, and product management. She has lived in Asia and has extensive experience in China and Asia Pacific evangelising and introducing new products to major OEMs. Reinhard will be located in GT’s headquarters in Merrimack, New Hampshire.


“Our goal for the show is to continue educating the market about the unique properties of GT’s ASF-grown sapphire material for cover and touch screen applications,” says Linda Reinhard, GT’s vice president of business development and product management.


“ASF-grown sapphire’s durability and resistance to scratching makes it ideally suited for a wide range of cover and touch screen applications from ruggedised phones, camera covers, point of sale devices and smartphone and touch screen devices. Other reinforced glass and cover screen technologies try to emulate what ASF-grown sapphire does naturally.”


GT Advanced Technologies Inc. is a global provider of polysilicon production technology and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets. The company says its products and services allow its customers to optimise their manufacturing environments and lower their cost of ownership.


Cree LEDs to slash costs by 30 percent in Mt. Pleasant Walmart


As part of a continued focus on sustainability, the US’s largest 78 www.compoundsemiconductor.net March 2013


Recently ranked fifth on the 2012 Newsweek rankings for greenest U.S. retailers, Walmart’s deployment of Cree LED lighting will help the company achieve its sustainability goals: to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment.


According to Walmart, the retailer used enough renewable energy last year to power 78,000 homes and is keeping 80 percent of its U.S. waste out of landfills.


The high-efficiency CS18 suspended LED linear luminaire uses approximately 30 percent less energy and lasts more than three times longer than standard fluorescents. The CS18 luminaire will bring a combination of performance, aesthetics and optimal light distribution to the sales floor of the Mt. Pleasant Walmart Neighbourhood Market.


“Cree LED lighting will help us advance our sustainability goals while reducing the cost of operations and also giving our customers a pleasant shopping experience,” says David Redfield, senior vice president for Walmart operations. “Reducing energy consumption is the right thing to do for our natural environment, for our customers and for our business. Ultimately, the cost savings allows us to deliver on our commitment to Everyday Low Price.”


“Cree has a long-standing relationship with Walmart and the continued deployment of energy-efficient lighting further establishes LEDs as the superior lighting option for retailers everywhere,” adds Christopher Ruud, Cree vice president, global LED adoption. “The Mt. Pleasant location will be a great showcase of the benefits of LED lighting for the full customer experience – from the parking lot to the aisles. We’re proud to support the new Neighbourhood Market right in our own backyard.”


Rubicon six inch sapphire sales make up for cheaper small cores


The provider of sapphire substrates and products to the


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