Event Post Show Report | Aug 16, 2017

New Records Achieved at the 2nd Edition of InterLumi Panama

As one of the most promising lighting & LED trade shows in Latin America, InterLumi Panama concluded its second performance from 29 June to 1 July 2017 at ATLAPA Convention Center with new records hit. 151 exhibiting brands from 21 countries attended to showcase the cutting-edge products and technologies in efficient lighting; and it attracted 2,172 high quality visitors from 28 countries/regions in the global range.

During InterLumi Panama 2017, a 25% increase in the number of exhibiting companies lighted up more opportunities in terms of the development of the emerging market. Regarding visitor’s participation, 10% increase was achieved by attendees coming from Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, El Salvador, Spain, Taiwan Region, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

“It is a good platform to meet people from lighting industry and this is our main interest. We came here again because we had satisfactory results at last year´s show.” said Ms. Estherlin Pérez, Sales Executive and Lighting Designer of HP Winner. “Now we are here again with more expectations and hopefully can receive the feedback as good as last year.”

ATP Lighting, coming back jointly with its local distributor Sirenergy, enlarged their booth space more than twice this year. Mr. Guillermo Redrado, Vice President of ATP Lighting, shared that “It’s a fair where we always have high hopes. We see that there are several interesting companies, and what we want is to be able to showcase to Panamanian market the new products that we have brought. 

As a new exhibitor, FD Center received positive feedback from their visitors and Mr. Victor Cachafeiro Sergent spoke highly of it. “It is a fair perfectly organized from all points of view. The level of excellence has risen in reference to the previous edition. It serves the Panamanian and Latin American market to unify trends in relation to lighting and also lighting applications with a different approach that could be estimated according to client needs. It has been an amazing idea that each exhibitor has the opportunity to interact with buyers brought from abroad. I have noticed that several international delegations came. We will make good use of this opportunity to inform them the innovative products that we have brought to InterLumi Panama.”

Acting as the new shining point of InterLumi Panama 2017, the Match-Making program was launched on the first two days of the show. Pre-selected purchasers in groups from Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua Peru and Venezuela joined the program with the purpose of implementing new projects and finding potential partners. Over 100 sessions of face-to-face meetings were scheduled and both exhibitors and buyers gave their raving reviews. 

“I think it’s an excellent program actually. We have had several meetings at a very good level and found important purchasing needs from the visitors.” commented by Mr. Omar González from SELS (SMART ERA LIGHTING SYSTEMS).

“It is a good initiative and it is not found in other trade shows we have participated worldwide.” disclosed by French exhibitor Mr. Pascal Fouineau, Executive Sales Export of Fonroche Lighting. “The system is really fantastic because before the trade fair starts, we know that we can find potential customers who are interested in our products.”

Mr. Juan Gómez from CMI (Corporación Multi Inversiones) Guatemala also added “Through the program I did find contacts and I even found some products that may be of interest, which is hydroelectric plants. It is also one of the company's main business and, for us, it is pretty productive.”

The second edition of Efficient Lighting Forum - Central America, which has become the well-received concurrent event of InterLumi Panama, presented a stronger lineup this year. 11 experts from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Spain discussed 4 topics in vogue, namely “Smart Lighting & IoT”, “Lighting Trends”, “Renewable Energy” and “Efficient Lighting Design”. Followed by a panel discussion after each session, interaction between speakers and audience brought the forum into a new climax.

“I am so delighted to share our research and more than impressed to see this event. I know this is only the second edition of the event. But this is really a showcase of the world here in Panama, for not just this country but for the region. So, it has been a very pleasant surprise to see the high quality of delegates and exhibitors as well as the great presenters I met at the forum. I am learning as much as I am sharing.” Mr. Ronald J. Zimmer, President & CEO of CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association) expressed after his presentation at the forum.

Mr. Héctor Castillo, Project Leader of Grupo Salinas also shared his opinion from the perspective of being a forum attendee. “The forum themes are very complete and the professionals indicated very necessary technical aspects for the projects. We will bring the useful information back to Guatemala.”

The success of InterLumi Panama 2017 cannot be acclaimed without concerted support from all the strategic partners. 15 associations from 7 countries have aligned with InterLumi in regards to promoting the event, recruiting exhibitors, arranging buyer delegations and grouping professional visitors. The pertinence between InterLumi and their goals established a long-term mutual commitment to boost the development and communication among Latin American countries. 

“There are many products that can meet the needs of any visitor. Participants could have a comprehensive overview of the latest development of lighting industry in the global range. In regards to forum, it is also a must-see event on every edition. It is systematically managed and there are many ideas coming out the forum that can be discussed further.” said Mr. Rubén Omar Sánchez, President of Argentine Association of Lighting (AADL by its initials in Spanish).

“The market of efficient lighting is booming and we are on the right track to grow stronger day by day.“ stated Ms. Annie Hernández, Executive Director of Guatemalan Association of Lighting (AGI by its initials in Spanish). “We are considering how AGI and InterLumi can work together to strengthen the alliance throughout the region.”

The regional market is growing and people’s awareness and recognition towards efficient lighting is rising. As one of the leading lighting fairs in Latin America, InterLumi Panama will maximize its advantages as a hub and present a higher level of professionalism as well as the quality of service to all participants around the world. Please do not miss the third edition of InterLumi Panama from 11 to 13 July, concurrently with the upgraded Match-Making program and Efficient Lighting Forum - Central America in 2018.