(China) – A record number of visitors attended the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, held over four days from 9th-12th June.

The 22nd edition of the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) welcomed a record number of visitors for the four-day fair during which key industry players had the chance to explore the convergent future of the lighting industry.

The fair maintained its position as an influential and comprehensive lighting and LED event by receiving strong industry support. The fair welcomed 156,898 visitors – an increase of over 8% from last year’s exhibition – from 134 countries and regions.

The trade fair spanned 17 halls of the China Import and Export Fair Complex including a total of 2,428 exhibitors. The exhibition was segmented into three sections; production, technology and applications. These sections covered the entire industry spectrum from components and materials to packaging and implementation. The show’s 180,000sqm of floors were abuzz with visitors, cutting-edge products and talks by experts in the lighting community.

Regarding this year’s show, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “The convergence of lighting with different technologies is a defining factor for the achievement of GILE 2017. I am sincerely grateful for the global lighting community’s support in demonstrating the diverse application of core lighting technology beyond illumination.

“Unrelenting innovation and the exchange of market intelligence are vital for progression. We will continue with our efforts to link up technological innovation, lighting design and sales channels into a platform for the lighting industry to network and achieve its business objectives.”

The convergence of lighting with state-of-the-art designs and technologies was prevalent in every aspect of the 2017 fair. Fixtures such as panel lights, linear lights and hidden lighting have moved into the mainstream. Concepts like smart control, programmable lights, anti-glare, super slim and frameless designs are the in-demand products for this year.

Ms Lucia Wong added: “The lighting industry is evolving with opportunities abound. The creation of lighting solutions is a joint effort in the industry, which requires the support of a number players, including planners, designers and manufacturers. Otherwise, these concepts will never be made into reality. GILE will always continue to support these innovations in the industry.”