The Taiwan International Lighting Show opened on March 13 in Taipei to great fanfare. The third edition of the annual International Lighting Show has resulted in expanded participation from exhibitors worldwide plus a stellar seminar line-up. Two co-organizers are responsible for the success: the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA).
The third edition of TILS has expanded to host 321 exhibitors with 782 booths, a 20% increase for both booths and participants over last year.
The Global Lighting Association (GLA) and CIE-Taiwan have chosen to hold their annual meetings for the first time in Taiwan during the show. The GLA is comprised of members from 5,000 lighting component manufacturers worldwide. The group is committed to information sharing among regional markets in terms of lighting technologies, regulations, trends in product development, market opportunities, and global lighting policies.
To underscore TIL’s focus as a globally important show, there was an international forum held on opening day titled “Global Market Trends on Solid-State Lighting” that featured keynote speeches and forecasts from executives at Lutron, OSRAM, Philips, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Lighting Council Australia, Electric Lamp Manufacturers Association of India, Japan Electric Lamp Manufacturers Association, and the European Lamp Companies Federation.
Another new feature of TILS is the special area dedicated to the Innovation Product Awards nominees. Designed on the basis of aesthetics and energy-efficiency, these products are on display for visitors to examine first-hand.
During the opening ceremonies, David Chang, chairman of the Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association, said, “Taiwan used to enjoy the reputation of being an ‘illumination empire,’ yet the international lighting show that was formerly held in Taipei World Trade Center was put on hold for several years due to manufacturers and companies transferring offshore. In this day and age when high-end technology is being merged with illumination, Taiwan’s lighting industry – dormant for years – is now being given a new lease on life. Two years ago, under the guidance of the Bureau of Foreign Trade (MOEA), Taiwan’s International Lighting Show was revived and returned to a Taipei venue, saving exhibitors the trouble of traveling overseas to showcase the excellence of Taiwan’s lighting industry. The number of exhibitors is steadily rising every year and the quality of the lighting products is rapidly being upgraded, making the show one of the world’s top professional international lighting exhibitions.”