News-Spot | Event Announcement | Jan 01, 2014

Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition 2012 Was Largest Ever in Show’s History

The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, Asia’s most influential and comprehensive lighting and LED event, which was held 9 – 12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, has set new records for exhibitor and visitor attendance.

The 17th edition of the show was held concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology which supports the electrical engineering and building and home automation industries and Building Solar China – Conference and Exhibition featuring integrated solar technologies and smart solutions for buildings. The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology were organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and Building Solar China – Conference and Exhibition was jointly organised by WIP Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co Planungs-KG and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. Together the shows attracted 2,914 exhibitors showcasing their products in 21 halls covering 210,000 sqm.
Visitor numbers increased by ten percent compared to the 2011 shows with the final count being 110,406 from 111 countries and regions.

Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition figures at a glance:

Total number of visitors


Local visitors

an increase of 11%,
compared to 2011

Overseas visitors

an increase of 5%
compared to 2011

Number of represented countries and regions


Top 10 visiting countries and regions
(in order of highest attendance)

Hong Kong, Taiwan, India,
Korea, USA, Singapore,
Japan, Thailand, Australia
and Malaysia

Total number of exhibitors


Number of exhibitor countries and
regions represented


Total m2 (gross)


LED technology continues to be main area of interest Mr Richard Li, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt in China said that the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition is now firmly established as Asia Pacific’s major sourcing, networking and knowledge hub for the LED industry. “This year’s record figures leave no doubt that the show has become the number one event for exhibitors and visitors wanting to gain a comprehensive global overview of what’s happening in the fast moving LED industry,” Mr Li said. “Supporting the show’s reputation is the fact that our exhibitors are major domestic and international players in the increasingly competitive LED market.”

Altogether there were 1,900 exhibitors displaying LED products and technologies. For easy sourcing, the LED Asia theme zone was divided into different LED market sectors – retrofit lamps and lighting fixtures, raw material, manufacturing and processing equipment, manufacturing and inspection equipment, substrate and packaging materials; epitaxial wafers; chips and packaging; components and modules as well as drivers and controls.

Leading domestic and international LED industry players at the show included Citizen (Japan), CREE (USA), Delta (Taiwan), Everlight (Taiwan), GE (USA), Hongli (China), Lextar (Taiwan), Nationstar (China), Nichia (Japan), Osram (Germany), Panasonic (Japan), Philips Lumileds (USA), ROHM (Japan), Seoul Semiconductor (Korea), Tsinghua Tongfang (China) and Toshiba (Japan).

As well as LED related lighting, other product groups at the show included:
• Technical lighting
• Decorative lighting
• Professional lights
• Electric lights
• Accessories and electronic components
• Light control, management and measurement systems
• Light production and measurement equipment
• Display products and technologies

Exhibitors in these lighting sectors included A.A.G. Stucchi (Italy), ESTO Lighting (Austria), and Verbatim (HK) Ltd.

Fringe programmes provided knowledge and networking opportunities
A capacity audience of more than 1,600 people attended the threeday Asia LED Summit which featured LED industry experts from around the world, including China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The summit was opened by Mr M. George Craford, Solid State Lighting, Fellow, Philips Lumileds, inventor of the light-emitting diode. Other summit speakers included Dr Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the high brightness GaN blue light LED.

Commenting on the show and summit Mr Craford said: “This show is a good platform for leading companies like Philips to speak to the industry. Through my speech, I hope to give directions to the industry and let Chinese companies understand the trends. I hope they can learn something from the summit and that small companies can develop further.” Audience member Mr Alex Xu, an Engineer with the International Business Division of Dongguan Kingsun Optoelectronic Co Ltd was impressed by Mr Craford’s speech. “I hoped to know more about the LED trend from the professional view of Philips an industry leading company and it was a very informative talk.”

The two-day Guangzhou International Lighting Technology Symposium provided a forum for international and domestic lighting experts to exchange first-hand information, particularly relating to lighting design. One of the speakers was Mr David Kaneda, Managing Principal of US company Integral Group and his session was entitled “The role LEED in lighting design – How Sustainability is Influencing Lighting Design”. He spoke about LEED certification and how it affects the lighting industry. Mr Kaneda remarked: “I believe that as the lighting industry becomes more sophisticated, LED product developers as well as engineers will gain more knowledge, so that issues such as energy efficiency will become a stronger key point with China’s building professionals.”

AGORA networking forums for industry associations were held at two locations and were well attended by show visitors. Commenting on a Spanish Information Day session organised by the Guangzhou Spanish Chamber of Commerce, audience member Mr Miguel Gomez, Sales Manager for LED Solutions, Argentina said: “Our main aim is to get a foot into the Spanish market. We want to know more about the situation in Spain because the market is developing. Spain and Argentina have a lot of cultural similarities and I think it will improve our knowledge and we will be able to develop this for our clients in Spain.”

Associations taking part in the AGORA were:
• Austrian Consulate General Guangzhou Commercial Section
• China Association of International Trade
• China Shenzhen LED Association
• Fujian Optoelectronics Manufacturers Association
• Guangdong Light Emitting Diode Industry Association
• Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
• Japan Luminaires Association
• Macau Construction Association
• Nikkei Inc
• Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China, South China
• The Federation Asian and Pacific Electrical Contractors Associations (FAPECA)
• The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association
• U.S. Commercial Service, American Consulate General
• Xiamen Optoelectronics Industry Association

Other fringe programmes included:
• Lighting Design Gallery
• Guangzhou International Lighting Technology Symposium
• Innovation in Lighting Symposium
• China Lighting Distribution Market Summit
• Business Matchmaking Programme
• Hong Kong Information Day
• Asia LED Hi-tech Transaction Festival
• LED Lighting Standards Promotional Meeting
• Lighting Award Presentation

The Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology are part of Messe Frankfurt’s architecture and technology shows, headed by the biennial Light+Building event in Frankfurt which will take place from 30 March – 4 April 2014. The next Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition will be held 9 – 12 June 2013 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China.
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