Signify launched 12 kinds of UV-C lighting devices in 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to eradicate the SARS-CoV-2 virus from surfaces, air, and objects. At a certain dosage, UV-C has been shown to render the virus inactive.
However, there were hints that sales were sluggish in the two years that followed. The company has deemed surface-oriented disinfection solutions "obsolete" according to Signify CEO Eric Rondolat, who made this statement during a teleconference with investors about the company's second-quarter financial results in early August.
Later, it was revealed that COVID-19 spreads predominantly through air rather than through surfaces, and the obsolescence was accounted for as a write-off reflecting low demand for the surface items. However, Signify made it clear at the time that it was keeping the surface items in production.
Considering how prominent it had been only three months previously, Rondolat omitted any mention of how well or poorly the surface disinfection solutions are selling on Signify's third-quarter results call two weeks ago.
Additionally, it appears that enthusiasm for the line—whether it be air, surface, or object disinfection—may be waning.
According to a spokesman, "Demand for air disinfection solutions has also decreased as the pandemic impact has diminished in many geographies."
Although Signify has had some major deployments of UV-C fixtures since 2020, such at a London rugby stadium and an Edeka Clausen supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, it appears that the goods it positioned to play a significant part in easing the COVID health issue are on the decline.
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