The FESPA Africa expo held at Gallagher Convention Centre offered African exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their products and explore business opportunities
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The inaugural FESPA Africa, formerly Sign Africa, made its mark this year with a total attendance of 5460 visitors from Africa, and an 11% increase of attendees from outside South Africa compared to Sign Africa 2013.
The exhibition attracted visitors from nearly 40 countries, with the top five countries represented outside of South Africa being Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
According to Patrick Lacy, CEO of Printing SA, FESPA Africa was the venue for converters and suppliers to meet and explore business opportunities.
The show was host to educational features for attendees to gain inspiration and learning, which were well received with continual audiences.
The Explore Technology Conference delivered 20 sessions covering industry trends, a daily debate and CorelDraw sessions. Attendees could also gain t-shirt printing tips from guru Charlie Taublieb with some hands-on experience to take away a screen printed t-shirt.
“The FESPA Africa exhibition gave us an excellent opportunity to showcase our products and capabilities to the digital market in Africa.
We were very pleased with the numbers of high quality visitors who visited our stand and the number of valuable new contacts we made,” said Tony Cox, Business manager, Sun Chemical Limited.
Major highlights at the event include:
- Platinum sponsor Roland unveiled the VersaEXPRESS RF-640, which prints up to 48.5sqm/h, approximately twice as fast as the previous model, and is perfect for banner production. From signs and banners to vehicle graphics and wraps of all kinds, the RF-640 delivers exceptional results throughout the longest production runs.
- Platinum sponsor Avery Dennison exhibited its Supreme Wrapping Film with new finishes, including a Satin finish in black, white, Carmine Red, Bubblegum Pink and new Blue Chrome.
- Graphix Supply World showcased the latest Fujifilm Acuity F Series and the brand new Mimaki JV300- 130/160, which offers customers greater speed, quality and flexibility and its compact design and affordable price make it an extremely attractive option.
- Midcomp launched the latest HP Latex 300 series. The HP Latex 360, HP Latex 330 and HP Latex 310 help sign shops, quick printers and small to medium PSPs to easily expand large-format printing capabilities, offer new application areas and build a healthier production environment.
The next FESPA Africa will take place from 22-24 July 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre www.fespaafrica.com.