Published on : Thursday, March 29, 2018
Light + Building, the world’s leading event for the sector, hosted its latest edition of the fair in Frankfurt am Main from March 18 to 23, 2018. A total of 2,714 exhibitors from 55 countries launched their latest products onto the world market. Altogether, more than 220,000 trade visitors (from 177 countries made their way to Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre to discover the latest products, solutions and trends offered in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation.
Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt, said, “Over the last six days, Light + Building presented a plethora of innovations. Everyone involved – exhibitors, partners and visitors – were delighted with the fair and this positive mood was prevalent in all halls. The upswing in the sector continues.”
The level of internationality rose again in comparison with the previous edition of the fair: 70 percent of exhibitors and 52 percent of visitors came from abroad. The biggest visitor nations after Germany include China, Italy, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Belgium. Large increases in visitor numbers were registered from countries such as the Russian Federation, India, Finland, Korea and Ukraine. There was also a significant increase in the number of attendees from Kazakhstan, Angola and Namibia.
All participants gave the fair top marks for quality. Thus, at over 80 percent, the overall level of satisfaction remains very high. 90 percent of exhibitors said they considered the economic outlook to be good. In the case of German exhibitors, no less than 94 percent said they think the outlook is bright. The overall level of satisfaction on the visitor side is event higher and once again reached 97 percent.
Held concurrently with Light + Building, this year’s Luminale, Biennale for Lighting Art and Urban Design, was characterised by a new concept with 149 projects, light installations, performances and discussions in five categories – ART, COMMUNITY, STUDY, SOLUTIONS and BETTER CITY – on the programme. Around 240,000 visitors came to the venues in Frankfurt and Offenbach. Particularly popular was the Light Walk in Frankfurt city centre. The ninth edition of the festival was coupled with a debate on urban challenges in the 21st century.