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Global lighting giant Signify acquires Once Inc.

Move meant to capture attractive growth in agricultural lighting.


May 23, 2019
By Canadian Poultry magazine

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Pictured is Once's AgriShift dim-to-red lighting system. Once Inc.

Signify, a large global lighting company, has acquired Once Inc., based in Plymouth, Minn., and iLox, based in Vechta, Germany.

Once and iLox are market leaders in the design and manufacturing of animal-centric lighting.

“With this acquisition, we add know-how, technology and expertise in animal lighting that complements ours in horticulture lighting. We are very pleased to partner with the teams of Once and iLox to combine our innovations to capture growth,” said Bill Bien, Business Leader Agriculture at Signify, in a press release.

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“This next step in the development of our Agriculture Business addresses the global need for feeding the world’s growing population, further unlocking the potential of light for brighter lives and a better world.”

“We are excited to become part of Signify. The potential market is young and growing and we look forward to working together to further improve animal welfare and farmers’ production,” added Zdenko Grajcar, CEO and founder of Once.

Once Inc. was founded in 2009 and signed an agreement to acquire Germany-based iLox in 2018, adding sales and service capabilities outside the U.S.

The transactions are expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. No financial details about the transactions were disclosed.