GILE lights it up in Guangzhou, as show set to expand to a record 260,000sqm

The 29th Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE), to be held under the theme: ‘Light – The Power of Infinity’, will be held 9–12 June 2024, at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou and is set to be the biggest edition of GILE yet filling 26 halls and covering 260,000sqm of exhibition space, according to organisers.

They add that the fair should attract over 200,000 lighting professionals this year.

Ms Lucia Wong, general manager of organiser Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, said: “The future is promising, with digital transformation, ESG, industry standards and design-driven innovation being priorities. Moving forward, lighting products will become more specialised, with whole-house smart lighting, segmented markets, and customised solutions offering promising opportunities. Industry players need to become user-oriented, and re-examine the basics of lighting technology to create unique market value. Embracing cross-industry collaboration as well as innovation in AI, biotechnology, spatial design, and green living will unlock new markets beyond the traditional lighting industry. These new developments present exciting opportunities which lighting professionals ought to capitalise on.”

The lighting and LED industry is undergoing a technological transformation. Companies involved in IoT, e-commerce, smart home, telecommunications and integrated home solutions are now becoming part of the smart lighting ecosystem, leading to the expansion of the market. Advancements in technology are driving lighting experts to explore different market segments. Solar lighting is also growing rapidly, and the improved efficiency and stability of photovoltaic components alongside LED technology are making lighting systems more energy-efficient.

Lucia Wong added: “We are striving to actively improve the exhibition’s supporting services and establish a one-stop shop for lighting procurement. Through a revamped exhibition layout and product categories that match the needs of the industry, we aim to drive the development of the lighting and LED industries, not only locally, but also for the international market. GILE will continue to back the industry and build a prosperous future.”

The Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology show will also run with GILE, 9–12 June 2024. Both shows are part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building Technology fairs headed by the biennial Light + Building event, the next edition of which will be held from 8–13 March 2026 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Messe Frankfurt organises several trade fairs for the light and building technology sectors in Asia, including Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology, Shanghai Smart Home Technology and Parking China. The company’s lighting and building technology trade fairs also cover the markets in Argentina, India, Thailand, Türkiye, the UAE and the USA.

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