Environmental protection and sustainable management were two of the dominant topics of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The most sustainable companies in the world are awarded every year by the Canadian research company Corporate Knights and Osram made it as the most sustainable company in Germany to the worldwide top 20. The high-tech company is thus underlining its sustainability performance of recent years. Osram is today also publishing its sustainability report for fiscal year 2019 on its current activities.

It comes as no surprise then that topics such as holistic thinking, future products and recycling are omnipresent in all areas of design. These can also be clearly seen in lighting design, but new materials and innovative processing techniques are often needed to implement these aims. In this respect, working materials that are either particularly durable or that can be easily returned to the resource cycle are also experiencing a renaissance. Stone is an example of this, as are wood and metal. In addition, designers like to work with alternative raw materials, such as bioplastics. Another trend: digital technology is increasingly meeting the needs of modern users as the centrepiece of modern lighting design –even if light fixtures are kept classic in style. This is made possible with ever more delicate and powerful LED and OLED lights.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.

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