- Indian market affirms growing acceptance of LED technologies
- Exhibitor feedback indicates strong growth of business visitors
LED Expo, the annual convergence of India’s LED technology sector players in the capital city, successfully concluded its three-day run with bright prospects and big profits for the 16195 business visitors and 218 exhibiting companies from China, Finland, India, Korea, Singapore, Russia and Taiwan. Spread across 3,000 sqm of exhibition space, visitors could see pioneering LED technologies such as LED lighting systems, soldering machines, automotive lighting, aluminium die casting parts, industry lighting, LED drivers and components such as heat sinks, PCBs, manufacturing equipment etc. on display affirming the phase-out of inefficient lighting movement in India.
The exhibition, which has come to be known as an innovation spotlight for new technologies and products in the LED segment, also saw the launch of extrusion type street lights and flood lights by Maklites, Andslite’s new streetlights product range, Nova-Pro Professional – an LED Display Controller by Novastar, Filament bulbs by Sunlitlux, 3-step Dimming Control IC by Mikasa Shoji (Impex) Pte Ltd, Lustrous Technology’s patented products AC-XOB & Lustron 7 Series and many other introductions for the first time in India. FIEM Industries’ aluminium based heat sink LED bulbs, KORE’s complete kit of fixtures and PCB and ERD Group’s PC and steel format slim downlights proved to be a huge draw while Toshiba had crowds encircling the stalls to see their LED dies on 200mm.
Appreciating the convergence of strong domestic and international LED players at the show, Mr Shyam Sujan, Secretary General, ELCOMA, the apex body representing the Indian Lighting Industry said: “LED has been garnering tremendous importance not only in India, but around the world. This energy efficient lighting technology has been largely accepted by government and institutions and with the growing focus on energy saving policies and initiatives in India, its acceptance among commercial and residential sector is slated to rise. LED Expo being the only show focusing solely on LED products, components and technologies can strategically bring focus on innovations in the sector, encourage competition and drive its adoption among end-use sectors.”
Commending the organisers for creating this collaborative platform, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency said: “A platform like LED Expo supports bilateral interactions as manufacturers understand user needs and requirements, and customers can see and experience the products available in the market. India was the first country to introduce standard for LED applications and the government in its effort to accelerate implementation is working with electricity service companies to bring the price down and has also introduced BEE Label for LEDs to meet standards. Through the various tenders, the government has already received the lowest quote of Rs. 149 and is concentrating efforts to further sustain its affordability. By bringing manufacturers, users and the entire LED support eco-system together, LED Expo can greatly aid development of the sector.”
Mr Sandeep Kumar Arora, Vice President, ERD Group shared that exhibiting at LED Expo proved to be a ‘rewarding experience’. He said: “The event has successfully drawn attention to the need and importance of energy-efficient lighting in India and we acquired some very strong leads through the show.” Mr Arun Kumar, Senior Manager, Semiconductor and Storage Division, Toshiba India Pvt Ltd added: “I am glad to see that the quality of the fair has not changed over the years. Quality of exhibitors has improved and serious players in the LED industry are all here making this an interesting and competitive platform.”
According to Mr Giri Prasad GV, Country Manager, Everlight Electronics Co Ltd, LED Expo is not just an important industry event for his company but has catalytic effect for the sector’s development. He said: “For a power-starved country like India, LED technology’s power-saving features holds great significance and it is important to first understand the requirements and market drivers in the country. By connecting LED industry business players to prospective buyers, the exhibition creates a platform to understand requirements and reach out to the right segments. It is a chain reaction that starts from LED Expo.”
Appreciating the platform’s enhanced professional structure under Messe Frankfurt is Mr Yogender Chhabra, Partner of Chhabra Electric Co. “This is the third time that I am visiting the LED Expo and there is a visible difference in the organisation under the Messe Frankfurt, as it has become more professional and well-managed. I also saw a lot of new innovations, new products and more players this time round making it the best place to source the products we require.” he said.
Mr D P Srivastava, President (Marketing), Broadway Consulting India who also visited the show stated: “The LED industry in India is still in its infancy and I believe that given the right support, the industry will provide the gaps that we have in our power supply. The market presents a huge opportunity here and the LED Expo is a very good platform to open new vistas to people who are unexposed. There will be a lot of import of knowledge and machinery in India from other countries. The exhibition is a small start but the rewards will be great.”
Mr D K Pandya, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist is also happy with the strong international participation and new product launches by domestic players on one single stage. He said: “Having seen a plethora of products here, at the LED Expo, makes it easier to update myself on the products available in the domestic and international LED market.” Another visitor, Mr Vivek Kapur, Architect, Interior Concepts added: “We have found a lot of inspiration and products at the show.”
With the Indian government’s active urbanisation policies, initiatives and rural electrification programmes, India’s LED industry is radiant with opportunities and is fast drawing attention as a high-potential market on a global platform. Dr Guaann – Jyh Lee, Executive Director, Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India who was visiting the fair remarked: “Indian market is very significant for the Taiwan LED industry and is a part of its Asian growth strategy. The Taiwan government has a vision for Taiwan LED Industry players to better connect with the global players and has emphasised on participating at LED Expo as it is one of the foremost events to reach out to the Indian market, find the right partners and facilitate better economy and trade relations.”
The next edition of LED Expo is scheduled in financial capital of the country from 7 – 9 May at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The trade fair is headed by the biennial Light + Building event, which will take place from 13 – 18 March 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.
To find out more about LED Expo, please visit www.theledexpo.com