Attention turns once again to Guangzhou as the global lighting community descends on China for the 23rd edition of Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE). Opening its doors from 9 ‒ 12 June, the fair continues to be seen as the industry’s most vital platform for information exchange, education and business transactions. Its continued success is once again demonstrated through the fair’s growing exhibition space, which in 2018 is increasing in size to 19 halls covering 195,000 sqm of the China Import and Export Fair Complex. In line with the rapidly evolving Chinese and Asian lighting markets, the show’s exhibitor numbers have also climbed to 2,602 from 22 countries and regions, a 7% increase on last year.
Commenting on the show’s scale, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, expressed: “On a global level the lighting industry seems to have overcome the more challenging aspects of the last few years and appears ready to embrace new openings and prospects in the market. The exceptional uptake once again for the show indicates that the lighting community values Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition as the most effective event in Asia to find the products and solutions it is seeking.”
Renowned brands countdown to show opening
Intense competition in the industry has increased the importance of product differentiation and branding. The Brand Name Halls (2.1 ‒ 5.1, 9.2 ‒ 10.2) showcase the largest booths in lighting production, technology and applications from the world’s most distinguished brands.
Lighting applications, accessories and electronic components:
Alanod (Germany), BJB (Germany), FEELUX (China), Fumagalli (Italy), Grandar (China), HPWINNER (China), INESA (China), Ledlink (Taiwan), LEDVANCE (Germany), Ligman (Thailand), Mulinsen (China), OML (China), Pelucchi (Italy), WAGO (China), YD Illumination (China)
LED chips, packages, modules and light engines:
Bridgelux (USA), CITIZEN (Japan), Cree (USA), Edison (Taiwan), Everlight (Taiwan), HC SEMITEK (China), Honglizhihui (China), Honourtek (China), Luminus (USA), Nationstar (China), Refond (China), Rf-semi (Korea), Seoul Semiconductor (Korea), Shineon (China), Sunpu LED (China)
LED drivers, driver ICs and controllers:
Aishi (China), DONE (China), Infineon (Germany), Inventronics (China), Mean Well (Taiwan), MOSO (China), Power Integrations (USA)
LED components and packing materials:
Bai Yun (China), Dow Corning (USA), Human Chem (China), KMT Technology (China), S Polytech (Korea)
LED inspection, testing and manufacturing equipment:
Everfine (China), HAN'S (China), Inventfine (China), Kulicke & Soffa (USA), Wanhua (China)
Industry elites share insights on how to embrace change
To echo with the show theme “THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes”, GILE has invited industry elites from influential organisations and leading companies to share their thoughts about ongoing changes in the lighting world.
“With digtial technologies, a whole new lighting era is possible. By using a wide range of sensors and cameras, designers and artists can get direct responses from materials, space or behaviour. Several light atmospheres can then be created within the same environment, revealing various parallel identities and numerous storylines.”
Mr Alexandre Lemieux, Creos Experts-Conseils inc.|
“For the overall lighting market, the most significant change in the lighting industry is lighting that incorporates AI technology, not just light bulbs but also home appliances and gadgets. For lighting players, the most important thing is to find good connectivity solutions that allow devices to connect with AI-based smart speakers and cloud servers reliably.”
Mr Kai Ren, Developer Relation Manager, Bluetooth SIG
“The theme of “THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes” is a relevant one for lighting designers, who are considering how recent and ongoing changes in technology will potentially change design and architectural and lighting solutions for built spaces.”
Mr. David Ghatan, IAD, CLD, IAD President
“The industry is facing a fundamental conflict where the market is demanding low cost and high functionality products. However, different ecosystems are demanding different connectivity options which each require investment and maintenace, increasing the cost for manufacturers.”
Mr Skip Ashton, VP Software, Silicon Labs
“The lighting industry is now learning to develop new products and features at the same pace as other electronic products. Being able to adapt, learn and develop at a rapid speed is one of the key elements to staying ahead of the market and winning a significant share of the global LED market.”
Mr Mickey Madsen, CEO, Nordic Power Converters
“It is very important to connect the lighting industry to the smart city and smart infrastructure and embrace 5G networks.”
Dr Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of Leicester, UK
Regarding future industry developments, Ms Wong added: “Lighting has radically changed infrastructure at urban and national level twice before in history, firstly with gas and then secondly with electricity. The LED revolution is a hot topic in the industry and we are now observing the global transition from LED lighting to connected lighting. Not only is it efficient but it also becomes ‘smart’ and allows users to reap benefits beyond illumination – safer cities, more productive workplaces and more comfortable living spaces. I see these solutions as being much more than just technology, they may actually contribute to the development of a sustainable economy.“
The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition runs concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology. Both are a part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building Technology fairs worldwide, headed by the biennial Light + Building event.
Messe Frankfurt also offers a series of other light and building technology events worldwide, including the Shanghai International Lighting Fair, Thailand Lighting Fair, BIEL Light + Building in Argentina, Light Middle East in the United Arab Emirates, Interlight Moscow powered by Light + Building in Russia as well as Light India, the LED Expo New Delhi, and the LED Expo Mumbai in India.
For more information on Light + Building shows worldwide, please visit www.brand.light-building.com. For more information regarding the lighting shows in China, please visit www.light.messefrankfurt.com.cn or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). * preliminary numbers 2017
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