According to a recent news release from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Global Lighting Association (GLA) recently announced that it met in early December in Tokyo, where it elected an inaugural executive committee in anticipation of its incorporation as a non-profit association in Switzerland. Completion of the incorporation process is excepted in early 2020.
Maurice Maes, as a representative of LightingEurope, was appointed president. He is employed by Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, as head of standards and regulations.
The GLA also elected two vice presidents to assist with the anticipated additional workload: Chen Yansheng, president of the China Association of Lighting Industry, and Pekka Hakkarainen, representing the NEMA in the U.S. Michael Ng, Taiwan Lighting Fixtures Export Association, was elected as treasurer.
“The time is now for the GLA to enable and promote, at a global level, the full potential of modern lighting to enhance human well-being alongside sustainability goals, and this can only be done by the GLA taking an active role in harmonizing and ensuring better enforcement of regulations and standards across the globe,” said Maes.
The GLA currently represents over 25 regional and national lighting trade associations, collectively representing over 5,000 lighting manufacturers. To learn more, read the original release.