The local light-emitting diode (LED) lights manufacturing industry has shared its concerns with the Engineering Development Board (EDB) and other stakeholders at a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Executive (CEO) EDB to stop influx of smuggled products and unregistered companies. The members of LED lights Association underlined that unregistered companies are becoming a challenge in local market in competition with organized sector manufacturers. They import sub-standard and hazardous products and sale at lower prices in market as compared to local manufacturers. The government is requested to take corrective measures in order to not only protect the local industry but ensure consumer protection. Under the present government’s “Make in Pakistan” strategy, it is requested to support the LED industry in technology acquisition and standardization/certification to become one of the major export sectors for the national economy.
The meeting was attended by Secretary General LED Lighting Manufacturers Association, Managing Director Micropak (Pvt.) Ltd; representatives of OSAKA, Paramount Lighting Company, Pak Lamps Ltd, DS Technology, Dai-Ichi Lighting, Dai-Shida Energy Saver Lamp, Saz Electronics Lighting Co, Areebah Technology, Pak Lamps Ltd, Orion Lighting, and Novapack; and officials from National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (NEECA). Representative of companies presented detailed issues on which CEO-EDB asked them to send detail proposal for tariff rationalization for the budget.
Pakistani LED Lights manufacturing industry is quite capable for supply of every type of LED light in local as well as in international market. This industry has not only earned good response in the international market by exporting the LED Lights to Canada, US, UAE, United Kingdom and other countries but also served well in the domestic market substituting maximum quantum of imports.