Messe Frankfurt's GILE sees the light and announces expansion in China

Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) returns with the new ‘Light +’ concept for its 2023 edition. This year’s show will expand to occupy areas A, B, and the new area D of the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, and organisers are expecting over 2,000 exhibitors. The fair is a platform for sourcing and technological exchange.

GILE and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will be held, 9–12 June 2023 and both shows are part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building Technology fairs portfolio headed by the biennial Light + Building event. The next edition of that will be held 3–8 March 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany.

With China’s gradual economic recovery this year, various industries are rebounding, while the government is providing support for lighting and related sectors.

Lucia Wong, general manager of organiser Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd commented: “I am very grateful to the industry for their enthusiastic support of the fair, and their recognition helps to strengthen GILE's position as a major platform for the lighting industry.”

GILE will push forward the applications of lighting by launching nine industry discussion groups, namely street lighting and smart city, low-carbon and smart buildings, home decor, elderly care, interior design, education, horticulture, tourism and sport. The fair will collaborate with user groups from different fields.

Overseas buyer groups will also be invited to visit the show and organisers will run buyer matching services.

The whole lighting industry supply chain will be showcases and the two fairs will span a total of 21 halls.

The exhibition will continue to combine online and offline activities to empower companies with year-round marketing opportunities.

The  ‘Light +’ theme will have six sub-categories the New era of smart technology’, ‘Lighting creates better future lifestyles’, ‘Digital space’, ‘Smart green city’, ‘Lighting empowers sports’ and ‘Zero carbon future’. 

Concurrent to the show will be the 11th Alighting awards’, supported by The Economic & Trade Commission of Guangdong Province.

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 and the UAE.

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