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Messe Frankfurt India and ELCOMA announce strategic merger of India’s biggest lighting shows – LED Expo and Light India

15 Nov 2019

Messe Frankfurt India, the organisers of LED Expo and Light India (which is organised in association with ELCOMA, the apex body of the lighting industry) have mutually decided to merge the Delhi editions of the two biggest lighting trade shows. The strategic move will create the biggest platform for the business of lighting in the country, titled “Light + LED Expo India 2020”.

Smart lighting technologies are the future. But the integration of LEDs with smart lighting, automation and networked building-systems are changing businesses as people know it. Representing the lighting and building technology sector’s growth markets worldwide through Messe Frankfurt’s global Light + Building brand, the German exhibition company stands as one of the leading exhibition organisers for the sector. India’s biggest lighting shows - LED Expo and Light India (in association with ELCOMA) are part of the group’s global building technology portfolio. 

For the domestic industry, Light India has rightfully gained recognition as one of the most promising and important trade fairs in the country. While LED Expo takes place twice a year in Mumbai and Delhi and showcases advancements in LED technology and its applications, Light India takes place biennially and represents the future of what smart and connected lighting will look like. “As organisers of the two leading shows, we are preparing for a dynamic future for the Indian lighting industry and envision bringing sector players together at a focused platform that represents everything under ‘smart lighting technologies’. The strategic merger is a confident step towards creating what will become the biggest platform for the business of lighting in the country.” Mr Michael Dehn, General Manager - Sales & Marketing, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India said at the opening of LED Expo in New Delhi. “For the Messe Frankfurt Group, this will also be its biggest exhibition in India in its portfolio of 20 trade fairs and 30+ conferences.” Dehn added

The announcement of the merger was made at the opening of LED Expo in New Delhi today where the organisers also unveiled the new brand “Light + LED Expo India” retaining the identity of both the successful tradeshow brands. Talking about the strategic move, ELCOMA President Mr Raju Bista said: “India has been the fastest country in the world to adopt and accept the LED Lighting. Experts predict that India will convert entire lighting to LED in another two to three years, while there are so many other countries which are probably going to take another six to eight years for the same. With this background, we are preparing for a forward-looking and progressive lighting industry in India. Under ELCOMA’s Vision 2022, our goal is to ensure all LED products are made in India. We also aim to build India as an export hub in the lighting segment. In the midst of this positive scenario, it is very important for us to look at the next Light + LED Expo India 2020, which is a 100% merger of Light India and LED Expo organised by Mess Frankfurt. This merger will deliver all inputs for fulfilling our Vision 2022.”

In India, LED now dominates the lighting market with an 80% share. According to report from the Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers Association (ELCOMA), the Indian LED market is expected to grow to INR 261 billion by 2020, which is approximately 80 per cent of the total lighting industry. The Industry is maturing in its technology adoption and scalability. Mr Shyam Sujan, Secretary General, ELCOMA shared: “The year 2020 will see a well matured lighting industry in India as we will be celebrating 50 years of ELCOMA in India. The merger of Light India and LED Expo exhibitions will provide a dynamic platform for a celebration with an ambition to look at ELCOMA’s future plans to make India a manufacturing and export hub for the lighting industry. We are glad that Messe Frankfurt has laid down meaningful programs for the first unified edition of Light + LED Expo India in December 2020.” 

With LED advancements growing rapidly, Messe Frankfurt will continue to host LED Expo twice a year (Mumbai & Delhi editions) in the odd years. However, in the even years, the Indian subsidiary will come together with ELCOMA to host Light + LED Expo India in Delhi. LED Expo Mumbai remains a standalone annual edition. As per this new format, 2020 will see LED Expo Mumbai edition (07 – 09 May) followed by the first unified edition of Light + LED Expo India in the last quarter. 

“Light + LED Expo India 2020 will play a key role in enabling building technology players’ access to the Indian market and expand business collaboration power for the sector. On the domestic front, the unified exhibition platform will combine industry efforts to help improve LED adoption, technological exchange and competitiveness of domestic players.” explained Mr Raj Manek, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd. 

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 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €718 million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our 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. Headquartered 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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