LIGHTING TODAY19 Jun 2023
GILE 2023 achieves significant increase in participation from previous year
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Guangzhou, China – Held across 22 halls of the China Import and Export Complex in Guangzhou, Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) closed on 12 June 2023 attracting 3,318 exhibitors and 207,681 visitors to its 28th edition, concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT).

This represented a 157 percent and 62 percent increase from the previous edition.

Key figures from GILE and GEBT 2023:

  • Visitors: 207,681 from 140 countries and regions
  • Exhibitors: 3,318 from 18 countries and regions
  • Scale: 220,000 gross square metres (22 halls in area A, B, & D)

Ms Lucia Wong, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd expressed appreciation for the industry’s support of the event. “As the lighting industry moves beyond traditional applications of light and embraces new cooperation with other sectors, GILE will continue to provide a platform bringing people together to bring about the future of lighting technology. This year’s edition has certainly achieved that, and the feedback we received from participants speaks for itself in terms of the quality of the show. I’d like to thank the industry for once again making GILE a huge success.”

“Light +” connecting lighting brands with diverse industries 
GILE 2023 was held under the theme of “Light +”, focusing on how lighting can connect with other industries to create new applications and business opportunities. Key topics at this year’s fair included:

  • Wellbeing & smart city
  • Low carbon & intelligent architecture
  • Smart home
  • Elderly care: Wellness & health
  • Bio-optics
  • Sport events
  • Education: Smart and healthy campus
  • Ux commercical space design
  • Tourism and night economy

3,318 exhibitors presented innovative lighting technologies 
This year’s fair represents one of its largest editions yet, with a big increase in attendees from last year’s show. Across the fairground, GILE 2023 received unanimous praise from all manner of participants.

GILE seminars explored the future of lighting technology 
In addition to the exhibition itself, GILE once again hosted a comprehensive collection of fringe events with guest speakers from leading lighting companies and renowned academic institutions. Taking place across multiple halls and covering a wide range of topics, each event was very well attended, both in-person and online.

“The Virtual Lighting Design Community (VLDC) is proud of its collaboration with Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt in curating the ‘East meets West’ event bringing together international and local lighting experts to discuss the topic of lighting for health and wellbeing. The dedicated support and efficiency of the team made sure the show was a great success. We look forward to doing even better in 2024!” said Mr Martin Klaasen, Co-founder, Virtual Lighting Design Community (VLDC).

“I am very happy to co-organise this forum on optoelectronics and agriculture with Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt. We took advantage of GILE’s reputation as a premier lighting industry platform, and invited two heavyweight academics, as well as well-known domestic and foreign speakers. The forum was very well attended, with no seats left empty, many standing participants and over 120,000 online visits. I am confident that smart agriculture is the future, and events like these can help to expedite industry progress,” said Professor Dongxian He, China Agricultural University/Scientist of Intelligent Management and Control Technology in National Medicine Industry Technology System.

The next editions of Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will be held from 9 – 12 June 2024.