Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year from 6-9 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair is expected to attract over 1300 exhibitors, showcasing latest lighting merchandise to global buyers. In the 2017 edition, the fair welcomed close to 21 000 buyers from 115 countries and regions.
At the end of 2017, HKTDC Research conducted a survey on prospects for the lighting market. The findings indicated that household lighting (as chosen by 29% of the respondents) was viewed as the category with highest growth potential in 2018. With the gradual banning of obsolete lighting items, there has been a surge in demand for LED products, and the survey reflected that more than half the respondents (55%) thought that indoor household lighting would continue to benefit from replacement demand in the next two years. As regards future developments, an overwhelming majority of respondents (93%) believed that smart technology would facilitate the development of the lighting industry over the next two years.
Thematic zones for easy sourcing at the fair
The Hall of Aurora will provide an elegant setting for top-notch brands around the globe to showcase their high-quality lighting fixtures and solutions. Leading brands taking part in the zone include Tuya, MLS, TCL and SKY-LIGHTING.
Residential Lighting, Technical Lighting and Urban & Architectural Lighting have been introduced to the fair this year. Together with the Avenue of Chandeliers, Decorative Lighting, Advertising Display Lighting and Commercial Lighting, lighting products are further categorised by their applications in specific situations. Visiting buyers can find relevant lighting fixtures, components and accessories in each dedicated theme zone.
With the ‘smartification’ of light, the Smart Lighting & Solution zone will return to showcase advanced lighting systems, remote control and smart lighting solutions, while the brand new Horticultural Lighting zone will present the latest grow lights for different plants, both for professional production and domestic use, as well as a selection of garden lights.
In addition to the broad spectrum of products being shown by the exhibitors, a series of events will be held during the fair period to unveil industry trends and facilitate intellectual exchange among industry players. The Asian Lighting Forum, co-organised with the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Electronic Division, will cover topics such as the convergent future of lighting industry and application of smart lighting. Also, buyers and exhibitors will share market insights at forums on business opportunities, and experts will share their knowledge of the testing, certification and inspection service for lighting products.
‘Exhibition online’ and e-Badge
To encourage suppliers to use online-to-offline (O2O) promotion, the HKTDC has enhanced the sourcing function of its trade fair websites by launching the new year-round ‘Exhibitions Online’ platform at the Spring Lighting Fair. Apart from featuring fair updates and the latest industry sourcing information, the new initiative allows suppliers to connect with worldwide buyers anytime, while buyers can search and source desired products from the dedicated fair website. It extends the exhibition online, to facilitate business discussions between suppliers and buyers beyond the fair period.
The HKTDC’s e-Badge initiative, which was well-received when it was launched at last November’s Optical Fair, will gradually be introduced to most of the trade fairs this year, including the Lighting Fair (Spring Edition).
HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) –http://www.hklightingfairse.hktdc.com