Amsterdam • Royal Philips NV said Monday it plans to spin off its fast-growing LED parts business into a separate company, to win new customers and to capitalize as manufacturers integrate LED lights into an ever-widening array of products.
Philips, the world's largest lighting producer, says the separation will be complete by early 2015 but it is not clear yet whether the division will seek a separate listing, or if it will remain within Philips for a time before it is sold. Philips executive Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, who currently heads the parts division, will remain as CEO of the new company.
LED sales are surging, as they can be programmed to emit light of different colors and need less energy than traditional lights. Manufacturers such as Philips, General Electric and Cree of the United States, as well as Germany's Osram, which was spun off from Siemens last year, all saw their LED sales rise at well above double digit rates in 2013, even as the price per bulb fell.