By Vicky Luo, Communications Specialist
The 124th Canton Fair took place from October 15 – November 4, with 60,645 booths and 25,583 exhibiting companies from around the world. The Canton Fair is a comprehensive international trading event with the longest history (running since 1957), the largest scale, the most complete exhibit variety, the largest buyer attendance, the broadest distribution of buyers’ source country and the greatest business turnover in China.
UL exhibited at the fair and attracted quite a few customers to stop by and learn more about UL’s offerings. During this fair, UL introduced to customers our Global Market Access service and Appliances, HVAC/R and Lighting, Connected Technologies and Building and Life Safety Technologies testing and certification services.
In addition to UL’s exhibit, we also led directors from INMETRO, ABILUS and ABILUMI to visit Canton Fair, specifically our customers’ booths related to the lighting and appliance industry. The team included the Manufactures Association; Delzuite Ferreira, operation manager in Brazil for UL; Marcos Oliveiva, INMETRO accreditation director; Leonardo Rocha, INMETRO regulatory manager; Georges Blum, Brazilian Importers Association president; Rubens Rosado, Brazilian Importers Association technical director; Roberto Saheli, vice president of Brazilian Manufactures Association; Marcos Vertuoso, director of Brazilian Manufactures Association; and Carlos Ferreira, China agent of Brazilian Importers. This was a great opportunity for both Brazilian officials and Chinese manufacturers to have direct conversations with each other to solve existing problems and show Chinese manufactures the strong relationship UL has with INMETRO and how UL can support and assist with their efforts to get into the Brazilian market.
Hong Kong International Lighting Fair
The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair took place from October 27-30, with approximately 600 exhibitors and around 37,000 buyers. With China being an important manufacturing base for global LED luminaire production (making up about 80 percent of the total production worldwide), this Lighting Fair plays an important role in the Chinese lighting market.
With the rapid development of the LED luminaire industry and the continuous innovation of technology, Internet of Things (IoT) will be a new trend for all products. Luminaire products, as one important member of the IoT family, will change its development model from providing lamps or lanterns to providing lighting as a service. However, growing safety risks arise when using computers. After being dedicated to the field of computer safety for many years, UL issued the UL 2900 Series Standards to address software cybersecurity for network-connectable products. UL can provide the related training for our customers and conduct the relevant tests for the products (like random data intrusion, analysis on the original code, simulated hacker attacks, etc.). This Standard applies to all products related to IoT, including luminaries.
UL, as a global safety science leader, has been dedicated to the certification market for many years and will continue its endeavor to help relevant industries seize market opportunities, break technical trade barriers, and expand the international market with a global view.