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HKTDC Hong Kong Lighting Fair, Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, and Eco Expo Asia 2023 thrive with positive trends in smart lighting

The 25th Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the 8th Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, and the 18th Eco Expo Asia successfully concluded their physical exhibitions

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The 25th Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the 8th Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, and the 18th Eco Expo Asia, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), concluded their physical events on a positive note. The three exhibitions collectively attracted around 62,000 buyers from 145 countries and regions.

Sophia Chong, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, stated that the fairs successfully established a cross-industry sourcing platform for global buyers, creating synergy and drawing approximately 62,000 buyers overall. There was a significant increase in the number of buyers from key markets, including ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Korea, India, and Mainland China. Eco Expo Asia also saw the participation of new buyer groups from Malaysia, Thailand, and Macao, indicating the recovery from the pandemic and the continuous recognition of Hong Kong as a crucial trading and sourcing platform by global buyers. Ms. Chong expressed confidence in the HKTDC’s ability to sustain the promotion of local and international trade development, fostering more business opportunities and cooperation in the industry.

 

Visitors at outdoor and tech light expo organized by HKTDC
Visitors at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair

Image Source: hktdc.com/hklightingfairae/en

 

Survey reflects optimism on sales at the Autumn Lighting, Outdoor and Tech Fair

An independent survey organization conducted interviews with nearly 770 participants, including exhibitors and buyers, at the Autumn Lighting Fair and Outdoor and Tech Light Expo. The industry displayed optimism, with over 67% of respondents anticipating continuous growth in overall sales over the next two years. Additionally, 32% expected sales to remain stable, while only 1% foresaw a potential decline. Concerning traditional markets, respondents expressed optimism, particularly for Australia and the Pacific Islands (67%) and Taiwan (63%). Among emerging markets, positive sentiments were prominent for Latin America (71%), Central & Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) (68%), the Middle East (66%), and ASEAN countries (65%).

Technological trends such as smart cities and smart homes took centre stage. As Internet of Things (IoT) applications gained popularity, a majority of respondents (74%) believed that the smart-lighting market held significant potential in the next two years. The areas deemed most promising included home automation and smart lighting control systems (47%), followed by wireless lighting control systems (33%), energy-saving lighting control solutions (30%), and outdoor smart security lighting systems (26%).

 

New Connected Lighting Zone draws interest

 

A Connected Lighting Zone debuted at the 25th Autumn Lighting Fair, showcasing products from various renowned companies and brands
A Connected Lighting Zone debuted at the 25th Autumn Lighting Fair, showcasing products from various renowned companies and brands

Image Source: hktdc.com/hklightingfairae/en

 

The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, with the theme “Light Up Every Opportunity,” showcased a diverse array of high-quality lighting products, including those with innovative designs, a focus on sustainable development, and integrated smart features. The Connected Lighting Zone, making its debut at this year’s Lighting Fair, featured over 20 renowned companies and brands. The business atmosphere at both fairs was lively and enthusiastic. Extra Lighting Manufacturing Ltd., a longstanding exhibitor from Hong Kong, presented top-quality commercial and residential lighting products at the Autumn Lighting Fair.

 

Lisa Tang, Director, said-

“We have been participating in this fair for more than 20 years. About 15% of our customers have been acquired through this fair. At this year’s fair, we have connected with new buyers from Europe, the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia. We expect the fair will generate US$3 million in sales turnover for our company.”

 

Irving Pun, Marketing Director of Hong Kong Kinlights Technology Co., was at the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo and said-

“We found seven to eight serious buyers from Spain, Poland, South Africa, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on the first day of exhibition. They are looking to purchase different lighting items including street lights, high bay lights and sport lights. We will receive orders worth US$500,000 to US$1 million.”

 

A buyer from Saudi Arabia, Abdelhamid Hussein, Electrical Mabani Company Lighting Sales Manager and Consultant, said the two lighting fairs featured a good mix of innovative lighting products. “We’ve already placed a US$700,000 order with a Shanghai exhibitor of Outdoor and Tech Light Expo for landscape lighting and solar poles for stadiums and sports halls. Talks are underway with a Zhongshan exhibitor for a smart lighting control solution. The potential order is valued at US$300,000. We are also visiting the Autumn Lighting Fair to source other products. We will place orders as much as US$2 million to US$3 million at the two fairs this year.”

Seminars and forums at the fairs included the Connected Lighting Forum and A Greener Future in Hong Kong: Sustainable Lighting Design and Energy Solutions seminar where experts shared the latest information and trends on smart and sustainable lighting.

 

Eco Expo Asia: Driving energy efficiency and waste reduction

 

This year’s Eco Expo Asia attracted over 300 exhibitors, jointly exploring the latest green opportunities, with one of the highlights being the Green Transportation zone
This year’s Eco Expo Asia attracted over 300 exhibitors, jointly exploring the latest green opportunities, with one of the highlights being the Green Transportation zone

Image Source: hktdc.com/hklightingfairae/en

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This year’s Eco Expo Asia, with the theme “Taking the Leap towards Carbon Neutrality,” aligned with Chief Executive John Lee’s recent Policy Address. In the address, he highlighted initiatives to promote the new energy transport industry and sustainable development. The Green Transportation zone featured various new energy vehicles and equipment, such as hydrogen-powered container trucks and garbage trucks exhibited by Wisdom Motors (HK) Limited. At the expo, Huawei International Co. Limited also unveiled the latest charging pile models that can fully charge electric vehicles in just 10 minutes, enhancing the convenience of electric vehicle usage and fostering the development of new energy transportation.

To assist Hong Kong’s catering industry in preparing for the upcoming ban on disposable plastic utensils next year, the Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR government led 28 registered suppliers from the Green Tableware Platform at the expo. The Japan Pavilion showcased eco-friendly utensils and introduced cutting-edge technology for fabric degradation into soil. The Canada Pavilion presented green building technologies and techniques for biological wastewater purification and odor removal.

A notable event during the expo was the Eco Asia Conference, bringing together officials and experts from Mainland China and Belt and Road regions to discuss green futures. The conference also hosted the Building a Zero Waste Bay Area Launch Ceremony. This year’s Eco Expo Asia drew approximately 170 environmental officials from mainland provinces, municipalities, and Belt and Road regions, underscoring the expo’s significance in promoting government-to-government (G2G) and government-to-business (G2B) collaborations. The newly added ESG Job Hub facilitated the recruitment of fresh talent for the industry, attracting on-site applications from aspiring individuals.

 

Hong Kong exhibitor Lexie Lin, Investment Director of Wisdom Motor, said- 

“We have received enquiries from buyers from Denmark, Belgium, and Germany, and other European countries, as well as from the United States and Canada. Two clients from Australia also expressed great interest. In addition, we have engaged with buyers from Hong Kong, including the mass transport system and community infrastructure companies.

“The HKTDC has facilitated our online business matching meetings through the Click2Match platform. We have secured customers from Australia, France and Germany, with orders for over 100 vehicles.”

 

A buyer from Myanmar said: “BJM Paper Recycling Co. Ltd. specialises in paper and plastic recycling business in Myanmar. We are looking for the latest wastewater recycling solution. Through the HKTDC’s business matching meetings, we identified the Vibratory Membrane Advanced Treatment from a Hong Kong Exhibitor that harnesses membrane separation technology for applications involving a variety of industrial waste liquids, such as oil, water and chemical wastes. We will likely spend US$800,000 on this treatment installation in a new factory.”

 

According to the latest survey led by the HKTDC, respondents from Mainland China and overseas considered Hong Kong to be a sustainable business hub offering services useful for companies’ ESG strategies, giving Hong Kong an overall rating of 7.0 or more out of 10. Hong Kong was seen as possessing a number of desirable attributes, including product availability and diversity (such as eco‑design and net‑zero solutions), the supply of ESG expertise and talent in many fields (such as green finance, carbon trading and ESG investment expertise and talents), and ESG investing.

 

Igniting cross-industry business opportunities through three fairs

The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, organized by the HKTDC, are globally recognized lighting marketplaces that collectively attracted over 3,000 exhibitors and approximately 38,000 and 12,000 buyers, respectively. Eco Expo Asia, co-organized by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., had more than 300 exhibitors and around 12,000 buyers.

Through the EXHIBITION+ hybrid mode, exhibitors and buyers can participate in online business negotiations and matching via the Click2Match smart business matching platform until November 6.

 

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels.

 

*The featured image used in this article is from hktdc.com/event/hklightingfairae/en

 

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