Over the past several years Guangzhou, a city of long history and gigantic proportions, acquired a completely new look. New highways criss-cross the city, high-speed trains arrive to new rail terminals and of course a new exhibition hall overwhelms visitors by enormous size. Large international exhibitions are now conducted in Guangzhou practically non-stop. Naturally, we are only interested in events related directly or indirectly with digital and LED technologies. Guangzhou is definitely becoming a prominent site for these events: previously international visitors used to travel to Taipei (Taiwan) or Hong Kong, but nowadays trade shows in those cities are dwarfed by the event in the neighbor city of Guangzhou.
LED China 2013 Trade Show covers all aspects of production and maintenance of LED screens, manufacture of components (from LED drivers and power supplies, plastic for modules and metal for cabinets), screen assembly (of every shape and form), software solutions (development of control systems and software packages), integration solutions (frequently presented by European or US companies). A separate pavilion features manufacturing equipment for LED production, packaging and testing; SMD machines for PCB assembly, metal cutting, bending and soldering equipment for manufacture of cabinets and support structures of all sizes.
These simple scoreboards served as prototypes for informational transport signs. Today more and more busses and tram cars are being equipped with such LED panels to display information about the coming stop or the final destination.
For LCD screen manufacturers, advances in LED technology is a major threat. Videowalls is a good example of the on-going struggle. Video walls made of LCD screens deter many potential customers because of easily visible seams between different screens. But LED technology helps even here. The seams between LCD panels are covered by LED transparent strips that make the seam almost unnoticeable
Another option for using LEDs is the hanging curtain screen. Such curtains are ideal for theater production, stage decoration and media façade. For Russia this technology is especially attractive at this current moment when city authorities started a crusade against outdoor LED screens but are quite tolerant to media façade and curtains. Forms and shapes of curtains are fairly standard and uniform. However, potentiual customers must be aware of some technological pitfalls. A well-known truism “The chain is no stronger than its weakest link” is especially true in relation to curtains. In terms of engineering curtains have a lot of weak links: connection between modules, joints, cable connectors etc.
Whatever the authorities in Russia, USA or European Union prohibit temporarily, China is implementing on a grand scale. Chinese authorities allow LED technology to develop and grow. And this gradually creates new cities that are pleasant to live in. Have a look at the night-time Guangzhou that hosts LED China 2013 if you need a proof.