Forge is Committed to Making a Difference with the LIA

Forge is Committed to Making a Difference with the LIA

16 April 2024

We are demonstrating our commitment to creating sustainable change in the lighting industry through our partnership with the Lighting Industry Association. As part of our membership to the association, some of our team are taking active steps to effect change, share knowledge and deliver excellence.

First up, our very own Mark McIntosh has taken a seat on the Sustainability Technical Committee. As a key part of the Forge team, Mark consistently demonstrates his commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. Mark’s passion not only inspires us as a team, but through this post on the committee, his knowledge and tenacity is set to make an impact on the wider sector too.

As a member of the committee, Mark will undoubtedly bring invaluable insights and innovative ideas to the table, further advancing our collective efforts towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Our managing director, David Scott-Maxwell is also taking part in the LIA Council Election, throwing his hat in the ring to be a part of the council and bringing in his expertise to help drive forward innovation in the lighting industry.

In a career spanning 38 years, David has been involved in the LED industry in various roles since joining Forge Europa in 2005, having previously worked in areas such as Laser Optics, Industrial Magnetics, Semiconductor Manufacturing and Contract Electronics Design.

A professional Electronics Engineer, David started out at Forge managing the company’s technical capability and was instrumental in helping migrate Forge from being a successful LED component manufacturer to the pan-industrial LED tech solutions business that it is today. David joined Forge as Technical / R&D Manager and was appointed Technical Director in 2013, followed by his promotion to Managing Director in 2018.

The period from 2005 to date fully encompasses the LED lighting revolution and Forge has been at the heart of this shift, enjoying a high profile through long term engagement with trade associations such as the LA, LIA and others.

In David’s nomination, he provides a brief rundown as to why he would make a strong council member for the LIA this year:

  • Deep and broad technical knowledge and experience of LED optoelectronics from 38 years in technical, commercial and managerial roles, of which the last 19 years have been spent in LED and lighting.
  • Experience of LED Optoelectronics from industries and markets outside the mainstream lighting industry, bringing valuable insights gained from these other sectors.
  • A truly global perspective on lighting, including a strong experience base in Asia, having been directly involved commercially and technically with Asian manufacturing since the 1990s.

Through membership with the LIA Council, David feels that he can support both the LIA membership’s day-day and strategic operations with a technical and commercial experience base that views Lighting Components with the broader insight gained from other industries and other markets. David would be delighted to serve on the LIA Council in the Lighting Components constituency, offers his full commitment to the role.

To vote for David to be appointed to the LIA Council, click here. Voting closes on 19 April.

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