Taking the lighting sector’s transformation in stride, the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) wrapped up its 21st edition with visitor figures reaching a record high. The expo maintains its steady position as an influential and comprehensive lighting and LED event by receiving strong industry support – support that was demonstrated through its largest annouced visitor figures in decades. The 2016 edition, held from 9 – 12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, welcomed 145,080 visitors (2015: 135,990) – more than a six percent increase from last year’s numbers – from 137 countries and regions. Professionals hailed from developed and emerging markets such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, the US, Australia, Italy and Germany.
Though the show coincided with a national Chinese holiday, the Dragon Boat Festival, the 17 exhibition halls were abuzz. The booths of 2,399 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions lined 175,000 gross sqm of exhibit space. Not only was the latest wave of innovative lighting-related products showcased but companies also staged the newest applications for retail, residential, industrial, office, hospitality, transport and urban purposes. Some of the offerings displayed included:
- Chip Scale Package (CSP) technology
CSP simplifies packaging processes by allowing more flexible and compact LED module and fixture designs to reduce overall system costs.
- Driver on board (DoB) technology
DoB packages power drivers directly onto circuit boards to minimise the light source size. DoB solutions are easy to install, have cost-effective drivers and adjustable light sources.
- Filament LEDs
A hot item at GILE 2016, filament bulbs combine the benefits of LED lamps with the design of incandescent bulbs that is valued by traditionalists.
- Specialised lighting applications
UV packages with different wavelengths can be broadly applied to industrial PCB colloid curing, printer ink dryers, money verifiers and tanning machines. Also exhibited were radiation-, lead- and mercury-free UV/IR LED modules for outdoor lighting applications as well as dimmable and controllable horticultural LED lighting.
- Smart lighting
Integrated smart lighting systems for the home boast unique user interfaces and panel controls that monitor movement. Also showcased were outdoor smart lighting solutions that combine real-time video surveillance, charge management and Wi-Fi-enabled app control functions.
Regarding this year’s show, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “The convergence of lighting with state-of-the-art designs and technologies was prevalent in every dimension of the 2016 fair through the display of new product developments as well as design and connectivity concepts. I am sincerely grateful for the global lighting community’s support and demonstration of an all-inclusive mix of lighting applications. Unrelenting innovation and the exchange of market intelligence are vital to the progression of the lighting industry, and we will continue to foster these elements as a global platform committed to unearthing the industry’s breakthrough advancements.”
Seminars and expert dialogue stimulated exploration of lighting industry’s different dimensions
Identified by the theme “THNKLIGHT: A new dimension”, the 2016 fair curated a matching event programme to promote the discussion and creation of big ideas. Over 100 seminar sessions came to life with expert speakers and attendees representing various facets of the lighting world. They engaged in dialogue concerning the various multitudes of lighting and shed light on the future of the industry.
Guest speaker and lighting designer for the City of Malmö in Sweden, Mr Johan Moritz, explained: “Everyone is talking about big data, smart cities, artificial intelligence and the IoT. Lighting is not only about energy efficiency anymore but more about delivering human-centric solutions and comfort to human beings.”
Moving forward, Mr Bryan Douglas, CEO and Secretary General at the Lighting Council Australia and Global Lighting Association, respectively, stated: “In the future, companies must further consolidate and form partnerships with high-tech players to survive. They must embrace connected lighting and smart cities, and all luminaires must have full connectivity.”
The fair’s multiscale efforts to stimulate exchange of new lighting concepts began in January. In the lead up to the show, industry professionals submitted entries that revealed sustainability, digitalisation and individualisation are gaining ever-increasing importance in the lighting field.
Exhibitors and vistors discover valuable business prospects at the fair
Once again, GILE cemented its position as a gathering point for the global lighting community. Both exhibitors and visitors alike spoke positively about their ability to achieve their business objectives at the fair.
Mr Somnuk Ovuthitham, CEO at LeKise Lighting Co Ltd from Thailand, said: “GILE is an influential lighting exhibition with countless interesting products and technologies attracting suppliers and customers. We have already found promising business leads with visitors from the Middle East, Europe and Asia.”
Twelve-time exhibitor from Italy, Fumagalli, shares the same sentiment. Ms Chiara Fumagalli, Commercial Director at the company, expressed: “The show, for us, is a meeting point for existing partners, finding new ones and connecting with component suppliers.”
The fair is also effective for buyers. Mr Mustafa Ergin Gungormez, Purchasing Manager at Pelsan from Turkey, told: “The fair is very effective as it allows me to find a wide range of suppliers that can produce good quality, reasonably priced products.”
GILE connects serious business players together. Mr Robert Paajanen, CEO and Managing Director at AIRAM / Oy Airam Electric Ab from Finland, shared: “I have been visiting the exhibition for five years now and I look forward to sourcing the newest components every time. I have already met some suppliers and will be visiting their factories after the show.”
The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition was held concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology. Both events are headed by the biennial Light + Building event which will take place from 18 – 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt. The next edition of GILE is scheduled to take place from 9 – 12 June 2017 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.