With a potential market that is expected to grow more than double in the next five years, manufacturers and inventors are betting on smart and IoT infused lights. The recent edition of Light India and Electrical Building Technology (EBTI) 2018 opened gates to a number of sourcing opportunities with some of the most prominent government bodies and associations making their presence felt during the three–day show.
The country’s premium fairs for the lighting and building management systems, Light India 2018 and Electrical Building Technology India 2018 brought together the leading names to display a galore of high-tech products and solutions to enlighten and secure the buildings of the future. With 193 companies from five countries and knowledge focused fringe programmes, the shows successfully helped connect different segments of the industry with the right audience.
The country is making an affirmative shift from using conventional lighting to LED’s and energy efficient smart lights. Due to this change, India is perceived as a market with great potential for international and domestic manufacturers alike. Companies exhibiting at the show displayed an array of new technologies and looked satisfied with the overall response received. Mr Ajay Saraf, Business Unit Head, Havells shared: “Light India is the Mecca for lighting companies in the country to display their products. In this edition, there are many companies who have come up with new technologies at the exhibition on display. I see a great future for LED’s with connected lighting in India and Light India will really take the technologies to the customers in a better way.”
Expressing their satisfaction, representative from another industry giant, Mr Raju Bista, Managing Director, Surya Roshni Ltd shared: “The lighting market in India is about INR 18,000 crore and with this speed it is progressing it has the potential to grow more than double by reaching INR 40,000 crore in the next five years.”
He further added: “As a platform, Light India is extremely beneficial for architects, builders, distributers and the exhibiting companies. I want to congratulate Messe Frankfurt and ELCOMA for this edition of Light India as we have noticed a positive change in every edition of the show with footfall being noticeably good.
The second edition of EBTI showcased that there is great potential for smart and secure building management solutions in the market. Talking about the future of building technologies and the association with EBTI Mr Bhavesh Doshi, Secretary, KNX India, shared: “As always, association with Messe Frankfurt and EBTI has been fruitful. There is no organised event in India that is focussed only on building technologies and I feel EBTI has a very good future here. KNX partnering with EBTI is looking forward on bringing more solutions in the building technologies sectors. Our association with the show is going to be a lasting one.”
The shows also saw many eminent dignitaries from prominent associations like Builders Association of India (BAI), Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) NCR, Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) and Engineering Council of India (ECI) who attended the show to get a glimpse of the latest developments that are entering the market.
“Light India and EBTI are great platforms to create awareness amongst the people about energy saving, ways to reduce the electricity bill and global warming. Platforms like these are helpful for people as well as the government to understand value of smart technologies displayed here,” as explained by Rtn. Er. A. Puhazendi, National President, Builders’ Association of India (BAI).
Mr Rajesh Goyal, Vice President, CREDAI NCR said: “Nowadays, lighting products and solutions are used in all our projects, be it under construction or when the project is handed over to the customer. The smart lighting products exhibited at the trade fair are going to be very useful for our members. This association is of mutual benefit for both the organisation and we are very happy with the association.”
Along with an array of lighting and building technology products spread across the halls, the business visitors were also busy with knowledge focussed seminars by Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers (ELCOMA) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID). ‘The Art and Language of Light’ by IIID was attended by many students from the fields of design and architecture to understand the importance of lighting as a part of design.
Speaking at the ELCOMA conference, Mr Ashish Sharma, Senior Manager Technical, EESL shared: “EESL already has seven million street lights retrofits and we are here to see the solutions our lighting industry can provide to help us incorporate them in our efforts for street lighting in India. This will not only help us enhance the revenue but act as a service to the public at large. This event was a wonderful opportunity to discuss this challenge with other industry experts.”
A total of 9,479 business visitors on the showfloor, Light India and EBTI 2018 provided them a platform for effective discussions, meeting with new associates and trade tie-ups. With every participant talking about high tech solutions in lighting and building sectors, it is evident that smart and energy efficient is the future.