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CSA Group Acquires Orb Optronix to Provide State-Of-The-Art Testing and Certification Services to LED and Lighting Manufacturers Globally

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 -- CSA Group, a leading global product certification and testing organization today announces that it has acquired Orb Optronix, a privately-held, industry-leading LED test and measurement, products and engineering services company located in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle.

"CSA Group's acquisition of Orb Optronix is at the core of our commitment to accelerate our market presence and breadth of offerings for the lighting industry," says Richard Weiser, Vice President, U.S. and Mexico, CSA Group. "This purchase is in keeping with our overall strategic growth plan as we continue to expand our lighting business in North America and globally."

The acquisition of Orb Optronix provides CSA Group with state-of-the-art, LED and lighting metrology testing capabilities; accelerating and enhancing the CSA Group's Solid State Lighting testing capabilities globally. CSA Group has an established presence in the United States with a 30,000 square-foot testing facility in Atlanta, Georgia providing testing and certification of LED and lighting products to more than 75 different standards as well as required third-party ENERGY STAR®, LED Lighting Facts®, and Designlights Consortium testing. The organization also provides energy efficiency verification (EEV) services in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Canada. To service lighting manufacturing clients based in China, CSA Group's Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai labs provide LED lighting testing and certification services as well as EEV services.

"This acquisition of Orb Optronix by CSA Group represents the formation of a real Dream Team in the Solid State Lighting test industry," says David Bajorins, Co-Founder of Orb Optronix . "Combining Orb's deep technical understanding of LED technology, industry leading software, and cutting edge LED, lamp and luminaire metrology capabilities, with CSA Group's SSL safety and performance testing capacity will help ensure our customers receive the best and most accurate LED and SSL product testing. It will also enable us to have the available capacity expected by all of our tier one customers."

Orb Optronix provides a wide range of LED test and measurement services in its Kirkland laboratory. It specializes in the characterization, measurement and testing of discrete LEDs, LED array, LED light engines, LED replacement lamps, and LED luminaires including IES LM-80-08 LED lumen maintenance testing, IES LM-79-08 Luminaire testing, and Flat Panel Display testing to VESA standards. The company services the LED, optics, electronic display, machine vision, medical, military, and Solid State Lighting markets. Its clients range from major LED manufacturing companies to early-stage lighting projects which require next-generation solid state lighting design solutions.

Orb Optronix's Engineering Services group also delivers holistic solutions to interdisciplinary optical and illumination product development challenges ranging from component and system design to product test and measurement.

In addition, Orb Optronix manufactures and sells LED test and measurement equipment to characterize and evaluate LEDs, LED lamps and luminaires, including Light Measurement Systems, Electrical-Thermal-Optical LED Characterization systems, spectroradiometers, spectrometers, laboratory power supplies, and premium software for LED characterization. These products are recognized for their high-quality, excellent value, and ease-of-use.

Orb Optronix employs 17 people in various fields including optics, electronics, mechanical engineering, thermal management and industrial design. Under the terms of the agreement, CSA Group will retain all current Orb Optronix employees.

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

About Orb Optronix

Orb Optronix, a privately-held, industry-leading LED test, measurement and engineering services company. It is the first EPA recognized, independent, third party, ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory providing IES LM-80-08 LED lumen maintenance testing in the United States. Orb's lab is NIST traceable and provides measurement to industry standards including IES, CIE, IEC, ANSI, DOE, CALiPER, VESA, and ENERGY STAR®, LED Lighting Facts®, and Designlights Consortium. For more information, visit www.orboptronix.com.

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