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Osram, founded 1906, is part of the industry sector of Siemens AG and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. The name is derived from osmium and Wolfram (German for tungsten, also used in English), as both these elements were commonly used for lighting filaments at the time the company was founded. Osram is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Around 60 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products.

Company profile

This international company, with its headquarters in Munichmarker (Germanymarker), employs more than 43,500 people throughout the world. World sales in the 2008 fiscal year totalled €4.6 billion. Osram supplies customers in about 150 countries and manufactures at 46 sites in 17 countries. They own the brand Sylvania for use in the United Statesmarker, United States Territories, Canadamarker and Mexicomarker. The company's North American operation is Osram Sylvania, headquartered in Danvers, Massachusettsmarker.


Opto Semiconductors

Osram has a wholly owned subsidiary Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH that designs and manufactures opto-semiconductor products. One of the main products of this subsidiary is light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the world’s second largest manufacturer of optoelectronic semiconductor for the illumination, sensing and visualization sectors, Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH combines extensive know-how in semiconductors, converter materials and packages under one roof. At its headquarters in Regensburgmarker, Germany, a further production site in Penangmarker, Malaysiamarker and a global network of sales and marketing centers, the company employs more than 3500 people. In the 2006 fiscal year, it achieved sales of around 500 million euros. This means that the optoelectronic semiconductor accounts for twelve percent of overall Osram GmbH sales .


Osram Sylvania Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of lighting products for homes, business, and vehicles and holds a leading share of the North American lighting market . In fiscal year 2006, the company achieved sales of about 2 billion euros, which comprises 43% of total Osram sales . It employs about 11,200 people in North America and is headquartered in Danvers, MAmarker, north of Bostonmarker. Most of the company's products are marketed in North and South America under the SYLVANIA or OSRAM brand name.


In 1906, the Osram light bulb was developed; its name was formed from the German words OSmium, from the element osmium, and WolfRAM, from the element tungsten (called wolfram in many languages and an alternative name in English). The British company General Electric Company imported Osram filaments for their own production of light bulbs. In 1920, Auergesellschaft, Siemens & Halske, and Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG) combined their electric lamp production with the formation of the company Osram.

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