The Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo, held last week at Gallagher Convention Centre, attracted 5923 visitors in total, with 927 revisits. The event was sponsored by Platinum sponsor Roland.

Visitors could take part in a range of educational features, including Screen printing with Charlie Taublieb, who has been in the screen printing industry since 1976, on the Rexx Screen & Digital Supplies stand; a Textile print experience with free demonstrations by local experts on T-shirts and textile items with speciality printing techniques; CorelDRAW workshops, the Speed Wrap Challenge and hot new product tours, which showed expo visitors product highlights on various stands.

Screen printing with Charlie.
The Textile Experience stand.

Exhibitors had positive feedback about the event:

‘The show was fantastic! We had an amazing response with the launch of our 3D Fusion letter printer, and swissQprint Karibu roll to roll at 200 square meters an hour – both a game changer – as well as R50 million worth of sales. Printing with our UV P ink, which was also showcased, has revolutionised printing on uncoated textiles, vinyl, PVC, paper, ABS, Correx, Dibond and much more,’ said Adrian Wolman, Sign-Tronic.

Niki Long from Graphix Supply World said, ‘It was a great show for us with loads of enquires and over R20 million in sales. The expo definitely exceeded our expectations.’

William Gibson from Falcon SA said, ‘We really enjoyed the expo, it was a good show. I especially liked the hot new product tour.’

Jithoo Daya from Maxsigns said, ‘We had much better engagement with visitors this year, who liked our new products.’

Nardus Mouton from Gencotech said, ‘It was a very good show for us with lots of positive leads. The visitors were particularly interested in our new products. The expo is always a positive experience for us.’

Vic Anderson from Clip-Tite said, ‘The show was a good opportunity to make contact with existing customers.’

Judges visited each stand at the expo and judged the stands according to criteria based on design, staff friendliness and professionalism. The results are as follows:

FESPA Africa and Sign Africa:

Small Shell Scheme:
First place: iPlastics, Sign Box International and Sloan LED Europe.
Second place: Project Rhino.

Small Floor Space:
First place: Modico.
Second place: Gawk.

Medium Shell Scheme:
First place: Rios Graphix Supplies and AM.CO.ZA.

Medium Floor Space:
First place: Visdom.
Second place: Skyco Media Solutions.

Large Shell Scheme:
First: T-Shirt Printing Zone.

Large Floor Space:
First: SA Argus.
Second place: All Rich Trading.

Mega Floor Space:
First: Epson.
Second place: Chemosol

Mega 200 Floor Space:
First place: Graphix Supply World.
Second place: Sign-Tronic.

Africa Print:

Small Shell Scheme:
First: SAIP.
Second: Fimor.

Small Floor Space:
First: Hi-Tech Business Systems
Second: Trisave Digital.

Medium Floor Space:
First: Agfa.
Second: Midcomp.

Large Floor Space:
First: Fujifilm.
Second: Kemtek.

Mega Floor Space:
First: OKI/Printacom Technologies.
Second: Konica Minolta South Africa.

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