In March 2018, the EDA led a 30-strong visiting delegation to Frankfurt’s Light + Building 2018, the world’s largest trade fair for lighting and building services technology.
Representing billions of pounds in purchasing power, the EDA visiting delegation included senior executives from around 20 wholesaling companies, plus representatives from the Presidential teams at the ECA and SELECT, Scotland’s trade association for the electrical contracting industry.
Stretching across 11 exhibition halls, the biennial Light + Building is where the world’s market leaders showcase their innovative products, many as world-firsts, in the fields of lighting, electrotechnology, home and building automation and securing technology. Many EDA affiliated manufacturers exhibited there.
Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA CEO, said
“For our sector, Light + Building is the world’s leading trade fair and part of the EDA’s role is to give members the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in the increasingly hi-tech electro-technical sector, so they can bring the learning back to their businesses and add value to their customer relationships.
“It is also important to support our affiliated manufacturers who make a significant investment to showcase their latest technologies at the show.”
The EDA collaborated with the Lighting Industry Association (the LIA) to develop the itinerary and bring together members from both organisations, as well as from the world of contracting. Steve Davies, the LIA’s CEO explains,
“Exhibition space at Light + Building is very sought after but, fortuitously, this year the LIA has secured a substantial stand presence for LIA Members, thanks in part to funding from the Department for International Trade.
“It means we are well placed to create and facilitate networking and business development opportunities for the EDA delegation.”
The EDA hopes that this first visit will lead to Light + Building becoming a regular date in the diary for the UK sector, as Margaret concludes,
“In addition to the LIA presence, around 25 of our Affiliates (the EDA’s manufacturer and service provider members) exhibited and we ensured that our wholesalers got the opportunity to visit as many of their stands as possible.
“It was a packed itinerary, as as we attended for just two of the six days that the fair is open but, given the demand for places this year, we hope to expand the opportunity for our members in 2020 and beyond.”