SOURCE: Luminus Devices, Inc.

March 05, 2008 09:00 ET

Luminus Devices Adds Distribution Partner Toyota Tsusho

Pact Furthers Presence of PhlatLight® LED Products to Display Manufacturers in Asia and Mexico

BILLERICA, MA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Luminus Devices, Inc. today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a worldwide trading company of which one of its core businesses is electronics distribution. Under the agreement, TAI will distribute Luminus' PhlatLight® products and provide technical support for Luminus' television and projector customers in China, Taiwan, Korea, and Mexico.

"Toyota Tsusho has a strong sales and technical support team and they are highly regarded by our display customers," said Udi Meirav, CEO of Luminus Devices, Inc. "And most importantly, through their logistics excellence and infrastructure, TAI will allow us to better serve our display customers and respond quickly to their needs."

"Luminus' PhlatLight products are the brightest LEDs in the world and are uniquely suitable as a light source for large-screen TV and digital projection systems," said Michael Handerhan, general manager of TAI's Electronics Materials, Chemical and Plastics Division. "There are a number of companies in Asia that are interested in Luminus' edge-lit backlighting approach. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Luminus and to support its customers."

PhlatLight technology is currently used in products from some of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers, including Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Considerably larger and brighter than conventional high-brightness LEDs, PhlatLight LEDs are already proven replacements for high-intensity lamps, offering more brilliant color and longer lifetimes in projection televisions and projectors.

About Luminus Devices

Luminus Devices, Inc. develops and manufactures high performance solid state light sources for a variety of illumination applications, including high definition TVs, video projectors, avionics displays, and lighting systems. Its patented PhlatLight® (Photonic Lattice) LED products are the brightest and most versatile solid state light sources available today and are enabling innovative products and applications never before possible. Luminus Devices' headquarters and primary manufacturing facilities are located in Billerica, Massachusetts, U.S.A. For more information, visit www.luminus.com and www.phlatlight.com.

About Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.

TAI is a subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the seventh largest trading company in the world with net sales exceeding $6 billion and employing over 20,000. TAI has emerged in the US market as a multi-business entity with expanded capabilities, fresh ideas, and a greatly broadened experience base. TAI's seven operating divisions (Metals, Machinery & Electronics, Chemicals, Logistics, Automotive, Food, and Consumer products) pursue a broad range of activities which combine international trading functions with domestic source and supply activities, supply chain and logistics services, and processing and manufacturing functions in both the industrial and consumer sectors. For more information, visit http://www.taiamerica.com/.

Note to editors: PhlatLight is a registered trademark of Luminus Devices, Inc.

Contact Information



  • Toyota Tsusho America Media Contact:
    John A. Maraia
    Vice President
    212-355-3225
    Email Contact


    Luminus Media Contacts:
    Bree Clidence or Kaycee Roberts
    SVM Public Relations
    760-940-9025 or 401-490-9700
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