Lighting : LIGHTING Aug-Sep 2018
SHOW REPORT 2018 Guangzhou International Lighting Fair BY WARREN JULIAN horticultural lighting were just a few of the topics broached in the presentations delivered on both stages. Ms Elisa Hilgen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, Finland, one of the speakers, said, “I think the connected city is going to be the next big thing for the lighting industry. Suddenly many different industry sectors want to work with the lighting industry and be involved in smart lighting products. The challenge is how to connect, work together and learn from these experiences. By being at GILE you are able to learn and meet people from all around the world who are involved in similar projects. These events are crucial because you get to meet the right people and the best professionals.” The 23rd edition of GILE was held concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT) and for the first time, the Guangzhou Public Security Technology (GPST) fair. As technology becomes more connected and smart devices proliferate, a diverse array of industry sectors are collaborating and working more closely together than ever before. Victor Berrios, Vice President, Technology, Zigbee Alliance, said of the concurrent electrical and security show, “We wanted to communicate with the industry and hopefully to increase the sale of our products. At the same time, we would also like to make use of the platform to attract and recruit new companies as our members. In the past few days we have received a great number of enquiries at our booth which showed there was a hunger for information. We think of GEBT as one of the few events in China that we can reach our target buyers. In short, we are very satisfied with the fair and we expect to return next year.” A visitor from KL Energy Ltd commented “This is the first time that I have visited. Our company engages in business with smart home, lighting and other related accessories. The scale of the exhibition is huge and the product range is comprehensive. I have also obtained a lot of market information. Smart homes will be a prevailing trend in both the domestic and international markets. The flow of people at the show is great and I have actually met with some industry peers here.” Another said “I found the concurrent programme very useful in giving me new insights into the industry. At the moment there are quite a number of different communication protocols in the industry. The good thing about the forum was that I could compare their strengths through various presentations. Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology is held concurrently with Guangzhou Public Security Technology and Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition. Next year’s show will be held from 9–12 June where, I’m certain, there will be many new products and services to be seen. And I might remind readers that the biennial Light+Building event in Frankfurt, Germany, will be held from 8–13 March 2020. The electrical building technology hall attracted large crowds wanting to know more about the convergence of lighting, controls, building automation and security, as can be seen from the interest shown in these booths. August/September 2018 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 45 44 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2018 Heavy rain and storm clouds greeted my arrival in Guangzhou. This caused some local flooding and traffic chaos, however the summer sunshine returned in time for the opening day of the 23rd edition of the show. Adopting a theme of “Embracing Changes”, the fair showcased an immense range of innovative lighting and LED products and solutions. I attended the show as a guest of Messe Fankfurt. Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition celebrated another successful edition as more than 165,000 visitors (5% increase from 2017) descended on the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 9–12 June. A total of 2,602 exhibitors demonstrated the latest in lighting and LED products and solutions across 19 halls and 195,000m2 of exhibition space (Figure 1). The main thoroughfare at the exhibition – The Pearl Promenade (Figure 2) was also a hive of activity with the THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes Forum attracting thousands of visitors to a programme of talks from some of the world’s leading authorities in lighting concepts, technology and design. One of the highlights of this year’s fair was the success of the THINKLIGHT: Embracing Changes Forum. Divided into the THINK and ACT Forums, more than 80 renowned speakers shared their insights into the future of lighting over the first three days of the show. Exploring many conceptual and strategic ideas, the THINK forum examined lighting’s potential while those on the ACT stage examined current applications and real-life business studies. Smart lighting, lighting design in smart cities, human- centric lighting, OLEDs, miniaturised LED drivers and Figure 1. The show fills two very large buildings: this is a view of the crowd moving towards Area A from Area B. Figure 2. A view of the Pearl Promenade, teeming with visitors. A characteristic of the show over the years has been the effort made by exhibitors to make their booths more interesting than just displaying a whole product range. This is such an example. Robots were also evident at the show; not only those used for the production of lamps and luminaires but also for security, the control of people at airports and railway stations and even for fire fighting.
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