Alfred Felder – CEO
“We offer the perfect solutions for smart, connected and efficient lighting. That is our mission and that is what we have organized Tridonic to deliver.
Our objectives are to continue to be a leading supplier of component solutions and to shape the future of light together with our customers. We maintain close contact with our customers so we can react directly to their requests and requirements. The results of the cooperations are perfectly matched systems and tailor-made solutions in which LED technology can be used. The new LED Driver generation is a good example. The devices in the TALEXXdriver PREMIUM portfolio are not only more efficient, more compact and offer more functions, they also include a digital ready2mains interface. This enables luminaires to be dimmed without the need for additional wiring, and also allows the existing mains cable to be used for data transfer.
The new technology and the new markets demand a global presence. We are meeting this demand, for example with an independent Asia organization. In this important growth market we are thus able to remain close to customers and react promptly to their needs. We are making good progress in opening up other growth markets such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North America. We are therefore in a position to offer our customers throughout the world a complete and innovative portfolio.
We have completed our restructuring to take account of LED technology and are operating successfully on the global markets. We would now like to offer our customers various services that go beyond lighting. For us as an innovative company, research and development is therefore of crucial importance. Development projects for LED-based applications now constitute more than 90 percent of our R&D activities. We are therefore well set up for the LED age and are creating a solid basis for the new world of connected lighting in which software and services will play the main roles. Our vision is a connected lighting system that can link all the devices with one another. Lighting would then not only offer a network for the Internet of Things but also collect data and consequently open up services beyond lighting.”
Alfred Felder was appointed CEO at Tridonic in November 2012. He has extensive knowledge of opto-semiconductors and years of management experience at major companies in the electronics industry. In the course of his career he has spent a number of years working in Japan, USA and China. Since 2003 Alfred Felder has held various senior management positions in the fields of OLED and LED technology. He gained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna.
Thomas Erath – Vice President Finance & Controlling
“The Finance division as an integral part of the company is responsible for securing a solid financial basis and has considerable influence over the distribution of the limited resources. Its task is to take an active role in strategic decision-making regarding the alignment of the company and support decision-making processe for optimising performance.
The figures provide ample proof of the business success of Tridonic. In the 2014/15 fiscal year 1,750 employees produced sales totalling 393.8 million euros, compared to 384.5 million euros in the previous year. We have achieved this even with a 65 percent increase in LED products. Together with extremely pleasing developments in our LED light sources business, we have been able to offset the decline in conventional technologies thanks to LEDs. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT margin) last year showed a solid increase to 7.2 percent compared with 6.5 percent the previous year.”
Thomas Erath has been Vice President Finance & Controlling at Tridonic since June 2014. He has extensive experience from various management functions in the finance sector. In the Zumtobel Group he occupied a number of management roles starting in 2001 before moving to the textile industry as a CFO/COO in 2012. He began his career at a renowned firm of auditors. Thomas Erath graduated in Business Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.