Date: 26–29 October 2016; 27–30 October 2016
Company Name: Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
World’s Largest Lighting Marketplace
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and the inaugural Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo attracted more than 3,000 exhibitors from 37 countries, forming the world’s largest lighting marketplace. Together with the concurrent Eco Expo Asia and the Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair, the events added value for exhibitors and enhanced sourcing efficiency for buyers.
The Autumn Lighting Fair, which was held from 27–30 October 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre at Wan Chai, welcomed more than 39,000 buyers, while approximately 12,000 buyers attended the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, which ran from 26–29 October at the AsiaWorld-Expo. The two fairs generated a synergistic effect and created cross-industry business opportunities as a one-stop sourcing platform for both exhibitors and buyers.
To better understand the views of industry players regarding the business outlook, HKTDC commissioned an independent market research agency to conduct on-site surveys for both events, where 654 exhibitors and buyers were interviewed. The surveys found that more than 60 per cent of the respondents regard North America and Western Europe as the traditional markets with the highest growth potential, while the industry considers China (64 per cent of respondents) and ASEAN countries (42 per cent) as the most promising emerging markets.
Nixon Chen, chief operating officer of the Canadian company SmartRay Inc., participated in the Autumn Lighting Fair for the third time. He shared that in some parts of North America, daylight is insufficient to support optimal plant growth, which creates a niche market for artificial lighting. Chen added that he would attend the fair again this year to source for new products and technologies.
Philipp Henrici, president and general manager of BJB GmbH & Co. KG, commented that the Autumn Lighting Fair is one of the most important events for their company as it attracts many global buyers every year, which enables their brand to showcase new products. Henrici added that emerging markets such as China and South America have a rich growth potential for LED products due to their large populations.
Brazil’s NICOM is a retailer of building materials and lighting products. The company’s president, Hiroshi Shimuta, commended on HKTDC’s concurrent hosting of both events, saying that buyers are able to conveniently source building materials, eco products and lighting devices on a common platform.
Great Potential for LED and Green Lighting Products
The on-site surveys also found that 40 per cent of the respondents consider LED and energy-efficient lighting to have the greatest growth potential in 2017, and they expect indoor household lighting and smart lighting systems to have the highest growth among all LED application areas.
Japan’s Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd. has been exhibiting at the Autumn Lighting Fair for many years. Edmond Wong, general manager of C-E (Hong Kong) Ltd, a subsidiary of Citizen, remarked, “The Autumn Lighting Fair is one of the most influential fairs for the industry. It provides an important launch pad for our new products, which have attracted many new buyers from China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the United States.”
Mohammad Khalil, a buyer from United Arab Emirates and a business development manager of Master Light Electrical Trading, said that the Middle East is now actively preparing for the World Expo 2020 and will be implementing construction projects over the coming years. “In addition, Dubai is setting an example for sustainable city development and will be inspiring the (development) of smart cities in other countries. All these are set to drive the demand for outdoor lighting,” he added.
Joy Jia, an overseas sales manager of Fonda Technology Co., Ltd. From China, noted that outdoor and tech lighting are part of the concept of smart cities, where there will be potential business opportunities in solar street lighting as governments around the globe, especially in India, Indonesia, South America and the Middle East, implement such solutions. “We are glad to see tech light being included in the inaugural expo.”
This year’s HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo will be held from 26–29 October 2017, at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please visit www.hktdc.com/ex/hkotlexpo/14.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) 2017 will be held from 27–30 October, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information, please visit www.hktdc.com/ex/hklightingfairae/31.
For further enquires, please contact Hong Kong Trade Development Council at (852) 1830 668 or email email@example.com.