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|Founded||Zhongshan, Guangdong, China, 1996|
|Huang Yaohai (CEO)
Ma Xiuhui (President)
Number of employees
OPPLE Lighting is a Chinese multinational lighting corporation headquartered in Shanghai, China. Founded in 1996, OPPLE is now the largest Chinese lighting company in terms of revenue, with annual sales exceeding USD 550 million. The firm's sales and service cover over 50 countries with over 30,000 sales outlets, with a diversified product portfolio ranging from consumer to professional products and from conventional to LED solutions.
Foundation and early years
Founded in Zhongshan, Guangdong province in 1996 by Mrs. Ma and Mr. Wang, OPPLE began as a manufacturer of ceiling lights and quickly moved into CFLs during its first years. In 1999–2000 the firm launched its own brand and the Opple trademark was officially registered. In 2001, it moved from a China-only brand to expanding internationally in the Middle East and South East Asia.
OPPLE has grown to become China’s number one lighting brand in terms of revenue. Its domestic sales network covers 95% of cities above county level through 5,000 Opple stores and 30,000 sales outlets.
Since 2001, OPPLE has begun expanding internationally with the opening of offices in 6 countries.
- Asia Pacific:
- OPPLE New Delhi, India Office - OPPLE Bangkok, Thailand Office
- OPPLE Eindhoven, Netherlands Office
- Latin America:
- OPPLE Sao Paulo, Brazil Office
- Middle East and Africa:
- OPPLE Dubai Office - OPPLE South Africa Office
Plant and office expansion
OPPLE has invested over USD 150M in building the largest lighting industrial site in Asia (Wujiang production and R&D center), featuring a production floor area of over 600,000M2 as well as an attached R&D facility that employs over 400 engineers, scientists and technicians.
- 1996 – Headquarters built in Zhongshan, China
- 1999 – Opening of first factory in Guangdong, China
- 2000 – Office opening in Wuhan, China
- 2004 – Opening of first overseas branch office in Dubai, UAE
- 2009 – Headquarters moved to Shanghai, China
- 2010 – CFL production facilities built in Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
- 2012 – Opening of the OPPLE Wujiang factory (largest lighting manufacturing site in Asia) in Suzhou, China
- 2012 – Opening of the Shanghai Research Application Center
- 2013 – Opening of the R&D center adjacent to OPPLE Wujiang Factory
- 2013 – Opening of branch office in Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 2014 – Opening of European branch office in Eindhoven, Netherlands
- 2014 – Opening of Indian branch office in New Dehli, India
- 2014 – Opening of The first Experience Store in Chennai, India
While OPPLE began as a CFL and ceiling fixture manufacturer, it has since expanded its product line to include a wider array of products and services. Its product line now features heavily LED, matching the global demand for more affordable and efficient lighting technology.
R&D and innovation
OPPLE’s Wujiang production center is the largest industrial lighting site in Asia, featuring fully automated assembly lines. In 2012 OPPLE opened its Research Application Center in Shanghai with the goal of researching the effects of light on health and human life. In 2012 OPPLE opened a large R&D center adjacent to its Wujiang factory. The OPPLE R&D center employs 400 engineers, technicians and designers and is one of the largest of its kind in Asia. The company maintains a USD 20M annual investment in R&D and applied for over 200 patents in 2014.
From 2007 to 2009, Opple donated 4.2 million RMB to the Lifeline Express Foundation and China’s Disabled Peoples Foundation to fund treatment of people with severe cataracts.
In December 2009, OPPLE established the “OPPLE Light Fund" on CCTV – providing donations and resources for the Red Cross Society of China to help improve the condition of primary and middle schools in impoverished areas.
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