Asia’s largest lighting industry fair and its partner event for the electrical building technology industry drew a record number of visitors this year. The Guangzhou Intl. Lighting Exhibition took place June 9-12 at the city's China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex . Nearly 53,000 people visited the fairs, which brought together more than 1,500 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions in 11 halls occupying more than 360,000 square feet of exhibition space.
“We had nearly 10 percent more visitors than last year, and this is quite an achievement given the global economic downturn and the current concerns about traveling,” says Jason Cao, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt in China. “Our visitors came because they knew the quality of our sourcing platform and that they could find the lighting products, fixtures, components and technologies they wanted as well as discovering new networking opportunities and more about the global lighting trends through our popular fringe programs.”
Altogether, there were 52,795 attendees from all over the globe, up almost 10 percent from the 2008 figures. Of this number, 41,550 were domestic visitors and 11,245 were from overseas. Global lighting brands such as GE, Osram and Philips were among the participating exhibitors on display
Exhibiting for the fourth year was American company QSSI, a manufacturer of outdoor commercial and industrial gauge lighting. “We think it’s good to carry on exhibiting during the economic crisis because it provides more business opportunities,” says company President Rick Edens. “This show is one of our most productive in regards to getting customers. There are more international customers coming here not only from Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East, we even had some of our existing customers coming from the United States."
LED sources represented the fastest growing lighting sector, reflected in an increased number of dedicated LED halls at the fair — up to three halls from two in 2008.
Japanese exhibitor Citizen Electronics Co. Ltd. capitalized on this trend with their specialized high-power LED products. “Our industry is in the upward trend," said Sales Manager Eric Au-Yeung. “We believe that the LED market in China will go to two extremes in the future: high end and low end. As the standard for professional lighting becomes higher, high-end high-power LED will blossom within three to five years. This market is promising to us and we are glad to join the lighting fair.”