New dates for GILE announced

(China) – The 25th edition of Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) to be held on 30 September – 3 October 2020.

Following an announcement earlier this month that GILE was to be postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, organisers have this week announced that the show will now take place later this year, on 30 September – 3 October.

The fair’s organisers cited a “commitment to the industry to create business opportunities within the current season,” as the reason for holding the event later this year, while many other shows are cancelling until 2021 at the earliest.

Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK), explained: “This year, GILE celebrates its 25th anniversary, and over this quarter-century, the fair has become an integral part of the lighting sector. While the industry is going through a uniquely challenging time, we believe that it is important to ensure the fair still goes ahead this year to support all our stakeholders and provide a chance for the industry to rebound.

“This is also what the sector has been feeding back to us, therefore the two fairs will move to the end of September, and we will be doing all we can to provide opportunities for the industry to move forward.

“We encourage our lighting industry peers to embrace the opportunities presented by this unique situation, and take responsibility to build a forward-looking and sustainable lighting ecosystem. Looking forward to this year’s fair, we sincerely hope that we can facilitate active communication throughout the industry so as to enhance the progress within the lighting sector together.”