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Zeta awarded an Innovate UK grant

Zeta awarded an Innovate UK grant

Bicester-based Zeta Specialist Lighting celebrates its 30th anniversary year by championing innovation. The company has secured an Innovate UK grant, which will be used to fund R&D into emerging technologies, as well as to accelerate the launch of a number of new solar-powered and LED lighting systems.

Zeta was originally founded on a commitment to design and develop sustainable, cost-efficient and technologically brilliant lighting solutions. Now, three decades later, R&D remains at the heart of the business.

Zeta’s mainstay is solar-powered solutions and it has a strong portfolio of in-house developed systems for the commercial, rail, signage, street, highway and amenity lighting sectors and its proprietary technology has enabled it to secure a significant number of large-scale projects both at home and abroad.

2018 highlights include the completion of a £2 million LED upgrade for Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead six months ahead of schedule, and upgrading the first set of heritage lanterns in the historic city of Bath. Zeta provided the first LED module that met both residents’ and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s requirements.

Working in partnership with the Department for International Trade, Zeta has also enjoyed significant success overseas. 2018 saw export sales increase by 35 percent and the supply of solar systems across Europe and as far afield as Dubai, Russia, Turkey and Canada. In addition, it is also currently exploring new opportunities in Australia.

This latest wave of funding will support the launch of a number of new products his year, including 2019 a uniquely-designed solar-powered heritage-style street light, the next-generation of the SmartScape range of street and area lighting solutions and a brand new LED road traffic sign lighting system.

Managing Director Adrian Dennis said: “Looking ahead, we expect to realise a further 50 percent uplift in export sales this year. Solar systems are very much driving growth in this area, particularly in the UAE where there is an abundance of sunlight. We are also seeing increased demand for LED solar signage solutions among sign-makers in Europe, with sales of products including our Light Guide Panel and Bespoke Solar Signage Kit far exceeding targets.”

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