IoT/Smart Lighting, Retail

Customers ‘to be supported’ despite Microlights closure

Customers to be supported despite Microlights closure
As a specialist in display luminaires and spotlights, Microlights has suffered heavily from the dramatic downturn in the retail sector in recent years.

PROJECT customers using Microlights luminaires will continue to be supported despite the company entering administration.

Parent company Aurora says it will step in to supply product and service support to clients as it has acquired the design and intellectual property rights to the Microlights’ range.

In a statement, the company, which bought Microlights in 2009, said: ‘We are very sad to announce that we have been forced to put Microlights Limited into administration and as a result have closed our manufacturing activities in Swindon.

Customers included Timerland, above, as well as Tesco, Next, Harvey Nichols, World of Duty Free and Ely’s.

‘We are doing our best to provide alternative employment options where possible.

‘Over the last three years the Group has significantly invested in the Swindon facility to support expected growth in the retail projects division, however this sector has been under extreme pressure and unfortunately sales have not achieved the level required.

‘We would like to reassure Microlights customers that we will continue to service their requirements from a more streamlined direct and smart projects division within the existing Aurora Lighting Group, which has acquired the design and intellectual property rights.

‘Previous Microlights customers are in the process of being contacted to ensure continuity of service and supply.

‘We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused and thank everyone for their patience during the reorganisation process’.

As a specialist in display luminaires and spotlights, the company has suffered heavily from the dramatic downturn in the retail sector in recent years.

Customers included Tesco, Next, Timberland, Harvey Nichols, World of Duty Free and Ely’s.

In 2018, the last year for which figures are available, the company – which has subsidiaries in France, Spain and the Middle East – made an operating loss of over £3 million.