The 14th edition of Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology (GEBT) hosted 185 exhibitors and welcomed 156,898 visitors from 134 countries and regions, representing an 8% increase from last year, said Messe Frankfurt, organizer of the event.
Held on June 9-12 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, the fair was running concurrently with the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition.
The fair attendees had the opportunity to expand their market reach. A series of interactive forums and seminars delivered business insights and fostered mutual exchanges of expertise. “GEBT strives to keep abreast with the continuously evolving market when staging the latest building electrical, intelligent building and smart home solutions,” said Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd.
The show gathers notable intelligent building and smart home organisations to unveil a collection of exciting new technologies.
Zigbee alliance organised a seminar at GEBT. Wilma Su, Chair of Zigbee Member Group China, said, “A lot of smart home manufacturers have adopted Zigbee technology. Most of them are the target clients of upstream industries. The show drew interest from a considerable number of professional visitors from various disciplines.”
Being a sixth-time exhibitor, EnOcean Alliance introduced a new concept called ‘cognitive buildings’, also known as ‘self-learning buildings.’ “The fair is important to the smart home, lighting and commercial building industry. I believe sensors and cloud solutions will play an important role in the future,” said Graham Martin, Chairman & CEO of the EnOcean Alliance.
Positive Feedback from the Private Sector
Private enterprises also recognized the value of the event. “We met with many potential clients including system distributors, engineers and real estate developers. The fair has grown to become a professional smart home and intelligent building event in China,” said Ben Young, Marketing Manager of HDL Automation, which displayed intelligent switches and dimmers at the show.
First time exhibitor Shenzhen Power2control Smart Tech showcased its Super Switch. The Super Switch inherits the advantages of traditional switches and takes a big step towards intelligent solutions. “The development of the smart home industry is beyond my expectations. GEBT has established itself as one of the most influential platforms in the industry,” said the company’s general manager Haven Li.
The newest technologies on display were up to par with buyers’ sourcing needs. Allen Lai, Director, R&D Division of Linkcom Manufacturing Co., said, “We look for local business partners. The event reflected the market trends by presenting a wide variety of products.”
Gaurav Trigunayak, Assistant General Manager of Havells India Ltd, visited the show for the 10th time. “As the smart concept is becoming more prevalent in India, I come to China once every three months to keep track of upcoming trends and I will definitely be returning to GEBT next year,” he said.
Concurrent Events Facilitate Exchange of Market Intelligence
Hot topics of the concurrent events included overseas intelligent building and smart home standards, smart home development, smart hotel technologies, intelligent real estate technologies, smart city and smart community among others. The seminars and conferences were recognized for their added value as a learning and networking platform.
The Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration and Design Association co-organised “Summit on Innovative Intelligent Building Technology Driven by Smart Cities 2017.”
Liang Jujun, General Manager of Shenzhen Beauty to Intelligent Technology Co Ltd attended “China Intelligent Green Community Summit 2017” to research the direction of development and the latest products. “The seminar was well-organised and focused on the idea of smart community. The future development of the industry, I believe, will lie in the interaction between audio and artificial intelligence. Openness is essential for industry growth,” Liang said.
The Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology show, along with the concurrently held Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, is headed by the biennial Light + Building event. The next edition of Light + Building will take place Mar. 18-23, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Messe Frankfurt also offers a series of other light and building technology events worldwide, including the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT), Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) and the Shanghai International Lighting Fair (SILF). Additionally, light and building fairs are also hosted in Argentina, India, Russia and the UAE.