FEATURES You’ll find us in…LED lighting Hidden away in lasers, solar cells and LEDs is a very special ingredient that plays a vital role in modern society. It’s time to shed some light on HPMO. About our HPMO business HPMO stands for high purity metalorganics Our products are used in lasers, solar cells, LEDs and mobile phones We’re the only fully integrated HPMO supplier serving the semiconductor industry We manufacture most of our raw materials in-house A world scale production plant is located in Texas, US LED bulbs help to significantly reduce energy consumption, as well as maintenance costs. They also open up exciting possibilities for smart lighting. More about HPMO Full of bright ideasWith the demand for energy growing all the time, there’s huge pressure to use fewer resources while trying to do more with less. A great example of how adopting more sustainable solutions can benefit urban areas and their residents is city lighting – which is getting both smarter and more efficient, thanks to the growing popularity of LEDs. Not only do they consume less energy than traditional lighting, LEDs also help to make our cities safer, more welcoming and more colorful. In fact, LEDs are so important to the modern world that the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to a trio of scientists for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes. This enabled a new generation of bright, energy efficient white lamps, as well as color LED screens. Bright ideas for more efficient living BrighterWe are a leading supplier of what are known as high purity metal organic (HPMO) precursors – an essential ingredient for LED chips. Without them, there would be no LEDs. These HPMOs are used to grow a very thin crystal layer of semiconductor material on a wafer. This is the active layer which emits the light and helps to make our cities brighter, more colorful, safer and more human. GrowingGlobally, the general LED lighting market is growing all the time – particularly in Asia – with India considering converting its 27.5 million streetlamps to LEDs over a period of three years. This continued growth and increasing market penetration enables AkzoNobel to build on its position as a leader in sustainability and a major player in providing key products for LED manufacture.