27 Oct 2008
Asia’s Largest Lighting Fair Opens with 10th Anniversary Shine
Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition Winners Announced at Opening of Fair
27 October 2008 - The 2008 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), with an emphasis this year on style, safety and the environment. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries Clement Chen said that stylish, safe and environmentally responsible lighting products were what global consumers demanded.
"Consumer demands, environmental awareness and regulatory compliance all factor in to push the industry to a higher level of competition, involving greater standards, research and development, novelty and flexibility for both products and production techniques," Mr Chen said.
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 2008 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair is Asia's largest lighting fair and the second largest in the world.
The Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition is back after a successful launch last year. The theme of this year's competition, which includes an open category and a student group, is "The Power of Light." A total of 187 entries were received, which were judged on their creativity, aesthetics, function and marketability. After a series of showings, 10 finalists in the open group and eight finalists in the student group were selected.
This year's winners, announced at the fair opening, were Li Kwong Wing for "PLANTO" in the open group and Chung Sze Nam, whose "Elemental" took the student group honours.
"PLANTO" is a water-powered table light. It uses an internal converter to extract electrons from water molecules, which generates electrical current for the light. The unique design comes with a plant at its centre, which provides oxygen to the office or home environment. "It not only brightens your room but grows around you, which is the power of light," said open winner Li Kwong Wing.
Inspired by the dimly lit, market streets of Sheung Wan, Chung Sze Nam's "Elemental" captures the essence of crowded city living while providing more light and safety to residents. "There are many people living around the dark street markets, and I want to give them more light and improve their environment," student winner Chung Sze Nam said.
The winning designs, as well as those of the other 16 finalists, are on display in the Hall 1C Concourse throughout the four-day fair period.
In addition to the Hong Kong Lighting Design Competition, the HKTDC has organised a series of fair seminars spotlighting style, safety and the environment. Seminar themes focus on energy efficient lighting, solid state lighting and international lighting trends; industry experts will share their views and success stories with visitors from all over the world.
The 2008 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is 17 per cent larger than last year's edition. It features more than 1,570 exhibitors from 33 countries, including first-time exhibitors from Romania, the Slovak Republic and Turkey. Popular theme zones include the Galaxy of Stars, where premium lighting products are displayed in an elegant setting, Crystal Indulgence, resplendent with crystal lighting and chandeliers, and Green Lighting, with a focus on state-of-the-art, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible lighting.
The HKTDC has invited 67 trade missions, representing more than 2,600 companies and approximately 4,000 buyers, to the fair. These missions include sourcing representatives from a variety of lighting brands as well as leading chain stores and distributors, including Cooper Lighting from the United States, Endon Lighting from the United Kingdom, Haji Commercial Company (HCC) from the United Arab Emirates, Nissei Trading Co Ltd from Japan, OSRAM from Germany, Real R Lighting Retail Chain from Russia and Seisgrupo Solyluz Group from Spain.
In the first eight months of 2008, Hong Kong's total lighting product exports reached HK$7.37 billion; the top five export markets were the United States, the Chinese mainland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan.
The 2008 Hong Kong International Lighting Fair continues until Thursday, 30 October at the HKCEC. The HKTDC has organised four other trade shows to run concurrently with the show: the Hong Kong International Furniture Fair, Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials and Hardware Fair, Eco Expo Asia and Sports Source Asia. All four fairs take place at AsiaWorld-Expo and run 28 October to 31 October.
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About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.hktdc.com