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Paul James - Editorial Comment

Issue 49 Jun / Jul 2009

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for the mondo*arc team. Trade shows in Tokyo, Milan and New York gave us a unique opportunity to gauge the health of the industry on three different continents.

Lighting Japan, which took place a week before Euroluce in April, billed itself as the ‘1st LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo’. 218 exhibitors attracted over 16,000 visitors in the search for the latest in next generation lighting whether it be LED, OLED or electroluminescence.

The thirst for knowledge in the LED and OLED sectors is obviously very great in Japan as the keynote conference session given by representatives of Panasonic, OSRAM, GE and Philips was phenomenally well attended with over 1,000 delegates eager to learn about the latest developments and forecasts. In 2010 the show will be doubling in size with some of the big hitters, who were unfortunately absent, expected to exhibit.

Ironically, it was Lightfair in New York that the big Far Eastern companies chose to demonstrate their technologies. Toshiba and Sharp announced their arrival onto the architectural lighting scene proper with their own versions of light engines and LED light bulbs. With Toshiba being involved in many cooperations in the past and Sharp and Nichia entering into an LED patent cross-licensing agreement, it is surely only a matter of time before these two electronics giants are competing with the likes of Nichia, OSRAM and Lumileds. In fact, Lumileds may also face competition for the third-place spot of leading LED suppliers from Seoul Semiconductor, who were also present at the show, in the next few years. The show itself boasted record breaking visitor figures of over 23,000 and the exhibitor numbers have grown considerably, mainly due to the proliferation of the solid-state lighting companies. In fact, the make-up of the show seemed to sound out yet another death knell for the CFL and halogen technologies that were few and far between on the showfloor.

Despite some high profile Italian manufacturer absences, Salone Internazionale del Mobile including Euroluce attracted well over 300,000 visitors, an astonishing figure considering the times we are living in. No separate visitor figures were available for Euroluce but the show combined its usual heady mix of Italian flair and innovation to make for an exciting week.

You can see product selections from Milan and New York in this issue whilst a report on Lighting Japan (as well as extended product news from all the shows) is available on our website ( It is safe to say that the record attendance figures and general excitement emanating from the three different shows proves that the health of the industry is of a vigorous nature. Now, how many leads turned into sales? We shall wait and see...


The editor enjoys sushi with Kaoru Mende and his wife at Kaoru’s favourite restaurant in Tokyo

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