More than 1,800 exhibitors from several countries showcased their products in the 13 halls of the 15th Guangzhou Intl. Lighting Exhibition. The event took place at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou, China, June 9-12.
Attendance at this show and the concurrent Electrical Building Technology Guangzhou totaled more than 71,800 -- a 36 percent increase over the 2009 edition.
The fair aims to offer a comprehensive overlook of what’s happening in both the Asian and global lighting industries. First-time exhibitors to the show came from Canada, India, Mexico and Russia, and there were new group pavilions from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States.
“Without a doubt, what happens here influences the rest of the world and this is attracting many exhibitors from new countries,” says Jason Cao, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt, the show’s organizer.
The show included Brand Name Halls to showcase global power players such as Osram, Philips and GE Lighting. Other popular halls focused specifically on LED product from exhibitors like Cree Inc. and Nichia.
Brian Brandes, Vice President of Product Development for Satco Products/Nuvo Lighting, attended the “immense” show for the first time this year. Although Brandes says the show offerings appeared to be geared more to the domestic Chinese market than an international or U.S. audience, one trend was pervasive: “There’s no doubt that LED will be visible in every area of lighting and eventually just dominate it, that’s all that was at the show -- nothing but LED,” Brandes says.
Most of the LED innovations were aimed at the commercial sector. In terms of residential products, the focus shifted from light source technologies to decorative styles.
The size and reach of the show points to the booming lighting market in China and the potential this market holds, beyond just exporting, for manufacturers worldwide. “A lot of manufacturers are focusing on China for business opportunities,” Brandes adds.
Overall, the show provided Brandes with an opportunity to see firsthand what Asia has to offer in this category. The show definitely provided food for thought, he says. “There was a lot of outside-the-box thinking, many things I would not have seen otherwise.”
Next year's fair in Guangzhou is scheduled for June 9-12, 2011.