CARMANAH SIGNS AUSTRALIAN AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR FOR FULL LINE OF SOLAR-POWERED LED LIGHTS AND LED ILLUMINATED SIGNS
We are pleased to be expanding our sales and service capabilities in Australia and increasing our profile in the Asia Pacific region
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - March 23, 2005 - Carmanah Technologies Inc. (TSX Venture: CMH) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed an agreement for Australian distribution of its LED (light-emitting diode) lighting technologies. As an authorized Carmanah Distributor, Orion Solar Solutions of Worongary, Queensland, will represent all of Carmanah's solar-powered LED lights for the marine, aviation, transit and road markets in Australia.
"We are pleased to be expanding our sales and service capabilities in Australia and increasing our profile in the Asia Pacific region," states Carmanah's CEO, Art Aylesworth. "With its modern, rapidly expanding transportation system and receptivity to new technologies, Australia has the potential to keep pace with our success in North America and Europe."
In June 2004, in the AusLink White Paper, the Australian national government committed $11.8 billion to the country's land transport system over the next five years. This includes upgrades to road and rail systems and links to ports and airports, as well as the implementation of new technologies to solve transport problems.
Carmanah's cost-saving and energy-saving lighting products for transport are already well-known in Australia and Southeast Asia. Carmanah has marine lights installed at various sites throughout New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia including the famous Sydney Harbour.
The world's first solar-powered bus stops, originally developed by Carmanah for the city of London, England, were also introduced in Australia in 2002.
Australia also represents a significant market for Carmanah's line of solar LED aviation lights, now used in over 80 countries for commercial, military, general aviation and obstruction lighting applications. In September, 2004, Carmanah's Model 601 blue solar-powered LED airfield lights achieved compliance with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization, opening up the large taxiway and apron edge lighting market.
Orion Solar Solutions officially introduced Carmanah's product lines to Australian customers at a special launch event at the Canadian Consulate in Sydney on March 10, 2005. Orion will also present Carmanah's aviation lights at the Australian International Air Show at the Avalon Airport, Victoria, March 15-20, 2005.
Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer of proprietary LED-based lighting and illumination products for the public transit, roadway, marine, aviation, industrial worksite, and illuminated signage markets. The Company has more than 100,000 solar-powered LED lighting installations and 50,000 LED-illuminated sign installations in 110 countries. The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit www.carmanah.com