Philips Lighting announced the expansion of the Philips Lighting Innovation Center (PLIC) in Noida, to boost its R&D capabilities in LED lighting and further drive the company’s LED lighting leadership in India. Philips also introduced new LED lighting products and solutions for the Indian market which will help accelerate the market transition to digital lighting and deliver value to its customers at the same time. The expansion of PLIC represents a technological leap for Philips Lighting India as it looks to introduce more relevant, more efficient and more cost effective products in India’s fast growing market. With an additional multi-million dollar investment in PLIC, Philips Lighting will strengthen the process of local for local innovation in LED Lighting and also shorten the time to market for more affordable products and solutions. A new building has been added to the existing facility of PLIC in Noida, and the centre is also expanding its capabilities by bringing in more engineering talent as well as state-of-the-art equipment in newer areas of LEDs, intelligent lighting systems and solar-based solutions. The number of people working on core design and development at PLIC has more than doubled in the last two years, and will continue to grow in the near future.Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting, said, “India is a key market for Philips and we remain committed to delivering locally relevant products, systems and services to Indian businesses and consumers. With more than 30 per cent share of the lighting market in India, Philips is the clear leader in the Indian lighting market. We value the trust that customers place in our brand and we are investing further in local R&D capabilities to continue to develop innovative products that meet their specific needs.’’ The newly launched Philips LED lighting systems include a breakthrough intelligent lighting monitoring and control software – CityTouch which enables dynamic, intelligent and flexible control on a city-wide scale.