Light Building 2016 Review: L+B 2016 sets new Records: More Visitors, Exhibitors and Exhibition Space

Light Building 2016 Review

More international than ever before – every second visitor from outside Germany

Light + Building has once again confirmed its position as the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology. The world’s biggest event for lighting, electrical technology and home and building automation closed its doors today after setting new records. Growth was recorded in all important indices – in the number of visitors, the number of exhibitors and the area occupied. Here’s a small Light Building 2016 Review.

Light+Building 2016

OLED at Sumitomo Chemical booth. Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera.

Light Building 2016 Review: Data & Figures

2,589 exhibitors from 55 countries launched their new products onto the world market on around 248.500 sqm of exhibition space. A total of 216,000 trade visitors from 160 countries made their way to the Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 18 March 2016, to discover innovations, solutions and new products. This represents growth of 2.3 percentage points. “We are extremely pleased with this year’s Light + Building and delighted with the further increase in the indices. This underscores the significance of Light + Building as the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology, as well as the positive mood in the sector and the on-going high level of exhibitor satisfaction”, said Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.

The level of internationality also rose in comparison with the previous event: 67 percent of exhibitors and 49 percent of visitors came from outside Germany. The best-represented visitor nations after Germany were Italy, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and China. Considerable growth was also noted in the number of visitors from Spain and East European countries, such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, as well as from Turkey, India, Morocco and Iran.

Light+Building 2016

Erco – Light Work in Progress. Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

Digitalisation is Key: Exhibitors and Complementary Programme of Events present the latest Technology and Design Trends

The spotlight of Light + Building 2016 was on digitalisation. The motto of the fair was, ‘Where modern spaces come to life: digital – individual – networked’. The industry showed intelligent solutions and future-oriented technologies revolving around digitalisation and networking, as well as the latest design trends. In this connection, the focus was not only on trends in the lighting market and the influence of light on people but also on networked safety and security, intelligent home and building automation and efficient energy management. These key issues were also taken up in the multi-faceted complementary programme and enlarged on in expert lectures.

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Pendant light “Edition 1906” – Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH – Pietro Sutera.

Luminale attracts almost 200,000 visitors to the Rhine-Main region

Light Building Frankfurt goes City: during the evenings, Luminale 2016 created a link between the fair and the city. Concurrently with the world’s leading trade fair for the sector, the Biennale of Lighting Culture presented over 200 unique lighting installations in the Rhine-Main region. This year, the ‘urban lighting laboratory’ attracted almost 200,000 people. The combination of trade fair and metropolitan experience transformed the Rhine-Main region into a unique meeting place for everyone interested in lighting and, for the eighth time, presented an unrivalled opportunity to see architecture ‘in a new light’ and fascinating lighting concepts in the urban landscape.

Light+Building 2016

Forum – Philips booth. Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera

Next Light + Building: 18 to 23 March 2018

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