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Q What is the highlight of your career so far?


Becoming the third chairman of F. W. Thorpe plc with the name “Thorpe”, this was not necessarily a foregone conclusion.


Q What projects stand out for you in your career?


My whole 38 years at Thorpes has been one long, most enjoyable project. The project continues and it is most gratifying that after 75 years, and now directly employing over 600 people in the UK, we have a superb team, offering the best and most sophisticated lighting products in our history.


Q What is next for Thorlux Lighting?


We plan to continue to develop products that customers want to purchase by constantly improving performance and scope. The advent of white LEDs, together with increasing demand for energy saving solutions, provides an exciting whole new lease of life to develop ever more innovative ‘green’ products. Bring on the future!


Contact


Thorlux Lighting 01527 583 200 www.thorlux.com


1980s


In the 1980s, luminaires were designed to meet the specific needs of offices and retail stores.


In 1989 the company moved to its new 14,410sq m self-contained factory in Redditch, Worcestershire. Significant investments were made in new state of the art manufacturing machinery and methods, and a large test laboratory.


www.a1lightingmagazine.com 1990s


1990 – 2010 During these 20 years, high technology products became Thorlux’s key focus, including the development of its first electronic energy saving products in the mid 1990s.


2011


Today the Thorlux brand is known throughout the world, and it manufactures a comprehensive range of professional lighting and control systems for architectural, commercial, floodlighting, industrial, hazardous area and tunnel applications. Thorlux is part of the F. W. Thorpe plc Group, which also incorporates Philip Payne, Mackwell Electronics, Sugg Lighting, Compact Lighting and Solite Europe.


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