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LED Expo 2017 reflected growth akin to the booming sector of efficient lighting technology

8 Jan 2018

17th edition creates new records for exhibitors, visitors and international participation. ELCOMA is positive about the growth of Indian LED industry, reported to touch INR 30,000 crore by 2020.

LED Expo 2017, India’s largest exhibition for LED lighting products and technology, concluded on an affirmative note with new record growth. This key business and networking event that took place in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, served as an apt platform to showcase the product and technical innovations from the LED industry and cost effective alternatives in full display. 

The three-day event was beautifully lit with some of the most eye-catching technologies by 374 exhibitors from 11 countries and attracted 12,524 visitors. The international participation, which grew by 75%, included companies from India, China, Demark, Finland, Germany, Hongkong, Italy, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, the UAE and the USA. Overall, the show marked a 30% increase in exhibitors and 20% increase in visitors compared to the last edition.

Future Zone, a platform presenting smart and intelligent lighting solutions in the LED sector was one of the major highlights of the show. Mr Ashish Garg, Partner of Light Tape shared: “This is a very new concept introduced for the first time in India where light comes out of tapes as thin as a credit card. We have introduced this concept through Messe Frankfurt. The light can be used for multiple purposes like back lighting, signages, security signages and auditoriums. The light emitted from these tapes has no heat in it and exists in florescent colours that are not available in the lighting industry at the moment. We have received a great response from the visitors and we are looking forward to converting them into deals after the show.” 

Talking about their first time experience at LED Expo, a Danish exhibitor Mr Christian Krause, Director B.Sc.EE of VISO Systems said: “We manufacture light measurement machines that use high speed spectrometer technology to turn the lamps and take full photometric measurement within a few minutes. We have chosen India because the Indian LED market is expanding at a rapid rate every year. We feel Danish technologies will be beneficial to the local market in India. At Led Expo 2017, the response has been very positive and we got good leads. I am quite sure this is going to be a regular show for us.” 

A mix of top decision makers from the industry, lighting and design engineers, representatives from government and regulatory bodies, and trade professionals marked their presence during the show. As a regular visitor and qualified buyer who has seen his business grow through the show, Mr Madhur Jain, Partner of RC LED Pvt Ltd shared his experience: “This is our fourth visit and we have been regular visitors at the LED Expo. We were a startup company with me and my brother both being engineers. This LED exhibition has helped us immensely to find new suppliers and customers. We are looking for efficient and more light emitting LEDs with new technologies such as the 3D printer, which we really like. We will never miss this exhibition.”

ESSCI focused on building skills for professionals in the lighting industry through the LED Summit

The LED Summit, New Delhi is an exclusive summit that had eminent speakers to address every aspect of the light industry. This edition, the topic was “Accelerating Growth of LED Industry in India: Challenges & Opportunities.”

The exclusive summit was co-organised by Messe Frankfurt India Trade Fairs Pvt Ltd, Electronic Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) and MITSOT, and Regnant being the knowledge partner.  The informative summit provided building skills for the lighting professionals in the LED industry, and smart lighting solutions to accommodate the tremendous growth and the innovations of the sector. 

Talking about the Indian railways and their policies in using LED lighting, Mr Punit Agarwal, DEE (PS), Railway Board of the Ministry of Railways said: “Indian railways achieved 5% savings last year and this year's target is 10%. This can be done through a decisive step of changing 100% lighting to LEDs. We plan to achieve this by March 2018. In terms of energy overall, we have achieved 30% savings and LED has brought about this swift change. There is a requirement of an order consumption of four million LED lamps for railways. At LED Expo, we were exposed to different kinds of lightings, fittings, components which can be utilised. We are also looking at lighting beyond LEDs, smart solutions with controls, and dimming.” 

Renowned delegates from the industry and government bodies were here to discuss the growing prospects and innovations of the future LED market. Speaking about the challenges in the industry, Mr Rajat Mandal, Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society of Lighting General said: “Testing, quality control, price and awareness are some of the major challenges faced by the Indian LED market. This year, LED Expo has a good number of exhibitors and visitors. Overall, the show is very good.”

The exhibition saw many prominent members from the government bodies showing their support. Mr S.K. Marwah, Director of the Ministry of Electronic & Information Technology (IT) was impressed with the tremendous growth of the industry and said: “The 17th edition of LED Expo covered the whole value chain and has been receiving great response. The LED industry which is projected to grow at 30% CAGR over the next five years will create a huge opportunity in the Indian market. LED Expo will be an apt networking point for LED entrepreneurs, innovators and suppliers under one roof.” 

Mr S.K. Marwah also chose the platform to announce important schemes that the government has planned for the growth and development of these sectors, he shared: “The government has introduced capital subsidy for LED products and technology which the industry can benefit from. It is also planning to set up 18 electronic manufacturing clusters in India starting with Bhiwadi in Rajasthan.”

The next LED Expo Mumbai will be held from 10 – 12 May 2018 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. For more information about the event, please visit

Light and building technology fairs worldwide

The LED Expo is headed by the biennial Light + Building event which will take place from 18 – 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt also offers a series of other light and building technology events worldwide, including Light India, LED Expo New Delhi and LED Expo Mumbai in India as well as Shanghai International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in China, BIEL Light + Building in Argentina, Light Middle East in the United Arab Emirates and Interlight Moscow powered by Light + Building in Russia. 

 For More information on light + Building shows worldwide, please visit

Background information on Messe Frankfurt 

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,300 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €647 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). 

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