China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair to kick off in autumn
The twenty sessions have witnessed the vicissitudes of memorable years; the past eighteen years were marked by our determined steps and continuous glories. In the golden season of autumn, the 20th China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be staged from October 30th-November 3rd, 2017 at the Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province. The GILF 2017, jointly organized by the China Association of Lighting Industry and the government of Guzhen, a town known as the lighting capital of China, will keep a foothold at the source of the lighting industry. The GILF 2017 will focus on export sales while giving due consideration to domestic sales and will continue to combine exhibitions with various marketplace activities. The GILF 2017 will cover a total exhibition area of more than 1.5 million square meters. Themed on “Original Source of Lighting for Six Billion People Worldwide,” the GILF 2017 will carry out all-round and multi-angle publicity at home and abroad. It is committed to building a trade platform for lighting manufacturers and lighting buyers. Some 2,000 exhibitors and over 100,000 insiders will get together for a grand lighting festival.
- Steady steps through memorable years
The past was like a melodious song; a poetic future is yet to come. Today’s brilliance could not have been possible without our painstaking exploration and unremitting efforts in the past eighteen years. Since its debut in 1999, the GILF has developed from a biennial fair to an annual fair to a semi-annual fair combining exhibitions and marketplace activities. After years of exploration, the GILF has become a procurement carnival of the lighting industry as well as a brand event of Guzhen, the lighting capital of China.
The memorable events seem as if they happened yesterday. In 1999, the Guzhen township government introduced the GILF for the first time to promote large-scale, diversified development of the lighting industry. The theme of the 1st GILF, “Bring the World to Guzhen, Introduce Guzhen Lighting to the World”, forecasted that the Guzhen lighting industry would set sail from here to the future.
In 2013, the 12th GILF moved to the Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre. For the first time, the 12th GILF combined exhibitions at the main venue with the activities at three lighting marketplaces to stage a lighting procurement carnival. Additionally, the 12th GILF joined hands with Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. in establishing Zhongshan Guzhen Lighting Capital Exhibition Co., Ltd.
In the spring of 2014, the 13th GILF (Spring Edition) was launched for the first time and the GILF officially became a semi-annual event. The spring and autumn fairs focus on domestic and export sales, respectively. They cover the whole industry chain to provide exhibitors and buyers with more professional services. And October 22-26 has been the fixed time for the autumn fair ever since.
In the autumn of 2016, the 18th GILF was concurrently held with Guzhen Lighting Manufacturing and Supply Expo and Guzhen Lighting Business Services Expo, covering the upper, middle and lower reaches of the whole industry chain. The exhibits included not only lighting devices but also equipment and instrument, accessories and components, raw materials, 3D printers, design products and other products serving the upper reaches of the lighting industry.
A series of figures suffice to prove the GILF’s exponential growth. In the past six years since the 10th GILF, the exhibition area has been expanded from 40,000 square meters to more than 1.5 million square meters; the number of exhibitors has risen from 624 to more than 2,000; and the number of visits has increased from some 60,000 to over 270,000. These figures, while reflecting the GILF’s rapid development, show that the GILF is committed to becoming the wind vane of the lighting industry as well as the largest professional lighting fair in the Asia-Pacific region. They have also demonstrated “Chinese strength” to the global lighting industry.
- Scientific zoning to highlight the direction of industry transformation
This year marks the turning point between the second decade and the third decade of the GILF’s development. The 20th GILF will be a new milestone, a new start and a new road sign of the lighting industry. It will focus on design originality, strive to assemble leading companies of decorative lighting, and introduce enterprises with design innovation abilities and lighting engineering strength.
In the integrated main venue, all exhibitors with design innovation abilities and lighting engineering strength will set up specially decorated booths in the newly refurbished exhibition hall A. They will promote the lighting industry transformation and upgrading and lead the lighting industry to develop more healthily in the innovative, environmentally friendly and energy saving direction. The newly built outdoor exhibition halls D and E will seek to achieve better results with the 360° all-glass structure. Hall A will be devoted to lighting engineering and lighting design; Hall B, decorative lighting, electrical and electronic products, and household lighting; Hall C, commercial lighting and outdoor lighting; Hall D, machinery and equipment; Hall E, machinery and equipment and lighting accessories. The five exhibition halls will perform their clearly defined functions to improve exhibition efficiency and facilitate visits.
- An unprecedented number of supporting activities
In order to review and celebrate the 20 sessions of the GILF and provide a superior exhibition experience, a record high 15 supporting activities will be held during the 20th GILF, such as the best exhibitor contest, the lantern design innovation competition, the “GILF and Me” photography and essay contest, the hand-drawn map competition, WeChat interaction, the lighting online activity and the real time photo wall. The more and better quality activities will offer wide choices for exhibitors and liven up the atmosphere as well. In the lounge for overseas buyers and VIP buyers, refreshments, high-speed WiFi, charging services and convenient facilities will be provided. A number of routes will be tailored for domestic and overseas procurement groups to meet their catering, accommodation, transportation, and shopping needs. Visitors will enjoy a full range of considerate services to the greatest extent. No efforts will be spared to make the 20th GILF a real carnival of the lighting industry.
In the golden season of autumn, the GILF is ready for a new voyage. It will further strengthen connection with the market, build itself into a highly cost-effective one-stop procurement service platform, and point out the new direction of the lighting industry transformation. The 20th GIFL is poised to launch as scheduled. We are looking forward to embracing you at this carnival of the lighting industry in the pleasant weather of October and November!