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GILE 2023 records significant increase in participation from previous year

28 June 2023

Taking place across 22 halls of the China Import and Export Complex in Guangzhou, Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (GILE) closed on 12 June 2023 attracting 3,318 exhibitors and 207,681 visitors to its 28th edition, concurrently with Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT). This represented a 157% and 62% increase from the previous edition.

Key figures from GILE and GEBT 2023:

  • Visitors: 207,681 from 140 countries and regions
  • Exhibitors: 3,318 from 18 countries and regions
  • Scale: 220,000 gross sqm (22 halls in area A, B, & D)

Ms Lucia Wong, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd expressed appreciation for the industry’s support of the event. “As the lighting industry moves beyond traditional applications of light and embraces new cooperation with other sectors, GILE will continue to provide a platform bringing people together to bring about the future of lighting technology. This year’s edition has certainly achieved that, and the feedback we received from participants speaks for itself in terms of the quality of the show. I’d like to thank the industry for once again making GILE a huge success.”


“Light +” connecting lighting brands with diverse industries

GILE 2023 was held under the theme of “Light +”, focusing on how lighting can connect with other industries to create new applications and business opportunities. Key topics at this year’s fair included:

  • Wellbeing & smart city
  • Low carbon & intelligent architecture
  • Smart home
  • Elderly care: Wellness & health
  • Bio-optics
  • Sport events
  • Education: Smart and healthy campus
  • Ux commercical space design
  • Tourism and night economy


3,318 exhibitors presented innovative lighting technologies

This year’s fair represents one of its largest editions yet, with a big increase in attendees from last year’s show. Across the fairground, GILE 2023 received unanimous praise from all manner of participants.


GILE seminars explored the future of lighting technology

In addition to the exhibition itself, GILE once again hosted a comprehensive collection of fringe events with guest speakers from leading lighting companies and renowned academic institutions. Taking place across multiple halls and covering a wide range of topics, each event was very well attended, both in-person and online.

The next editions of Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will be held from 9 – 12 June 2024. Both shows are part of Messe Frankfurt’s Light + Building Technology fairs headed by the biennial Light + Building event. The next edition will be held from 3 – 8 March 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany.


Messe Frankfurt organises several trade fairs for the light and building technology sectors in Asia, including Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology, Shanghai Smart Home Technology and Parking China. The company’s lighting and building technology trade fairs also cover the markets in Argentina, India, Thailand and the UAE.


More information on Light + Building shows worldwide here

More information regarding the lighting shows in China here or email

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