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Africa Print Expo Sparks Major Exhibitor Sales And Quality Visitor Attendance
‘It was our second year at Gallagher Convention Centre and we are very pleased with the feedback from exhibitors and that there was growth in the number of visitors. The task now is to follow up on visitor feedback, analyse visitor data and see how many international visitors we had and from which countries so that we can deliver an even better expo in 2016. We are putting together a very focused plan with our partners FESPA, to attract more visitors from the Southern African Development Community region to attend in 2016,’ said Dyelan Copeland and Charnia Yapp, expo organisers from Practical Publishing.
The organisers would like to thank all sponsors, exhibitors and partners FESPA for their support. The next Africa Print expo, co-located with FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa LED, will take place from 7-9 September 2016 at Gallagher Convention Centre.
Exhibitors gave positive feedback on the event.
‘The quality of our prospects are very good. Most of the visitors who engaged with us are serious buyers,’ said Raymond Waldeck, MD Antalis South Africa.
‘It was a really good show. We have four confirmed sales and we generated serious interest from a number of buyers,’ said Wynand Boshoff from Powerbind.
‘We were extremely happy with the event, we had a lot of good leads and we will be expanding our stand at next year’s event,’ said Greg Van Heesch, Digifab.
Gavin Peterson from Clear Solutions said, ‘We are happy with the amount of visitors at this year’s event; which was very busy, and we had a lot of interest in our equipment.’
Visitors were also enthusiastic about the expo. Graham Hawthorn, Director, Grosvenor Branding Solutions, said, ‘This was a fantastic expo where I was able to do three months worth of research in a day and half, and all the under one roof.’
Each stand was judged at the expo according to criteria based on design and staff friendliness and professionalism. The stand winners and runners up include:
Small Floor Space:
Runner up: Rectron.
Small Shell Scheme:
Runner up: Pantone.
Medium Floor Space:
First tie: Trisave-Hamada.
Runner up: Fellowes Beswick.
Medium Shell Scheme:
First: Tulip Inks.
Large Floor Space:
First: Agfa Graphics.
Runner up: Sharp.
Mega Floor Space:
Runner up: Antalis South Africa.
Third place: Xerox.
AFRICA PRINT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BIGGER 2015 EVENT
After a successful 2014 expo, the exhibition organisers are set to enhance the 2015 expo to ensure a larger, more comprehensive event for the sub-Saharan commercial print community.
Print solution providers are being invited to ‘Ignite Your Print Potential’ – the theme for Africa Print 2015, which aims to attract a wider array of exhibitors and cutting-edge technology, in addition to a variety of educational seminars to spark ideas that can be transferred to any print business.
The event will take place from 22-24 July 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa and will be co-located with FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa LED.
Dyelan Copeland, organiser of Africa Print reports, ‘We are already on our way to creating a bigger event with over 4470 square metres of space booked. A large number of leading brands that will showcase their latest products include platinum sponsor Xerox, plus Agfa Graphics, Antalis, Epson, Fujifilm, Mimaki, Nutec Digital, Optimus, Pantone, and Tulip Inks. The distributors of Adobe, Anajet, Arlon, Brother, Canon, CorelDRAW, Hewlett Packard, Mutoh, Nashua, Océ, Seiko, SwissQprint and Zünd, amongst others will be there.
The Continent’s economic buoyancy and Africa Print’s brand recognition was evident at Africa Print 2014 which saw an 11% increase of attendees from outside South Africa compared to Africa Print 2013. Attracting visitors from nearly 40 countries, aside from the host country South Africa, the top five international countries represented were Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The exhibition organisers, Practical Publishing, are committed to enhancing the 2015 event by increasing international attendance, as well as unique visitor numbers through the development of its regional database and stakeholder relationships.
Additional activities to boost the visitor experience include engaging with new related markets to widen the scope of the expo and create suitable feature content for these sectors.
Charnia Yapp, event organiser says, ‘Based on 2014 post-show attendance feedback we plan to provide more activities at the expo. The popularity of the technology seminars means we will be extending the number of sessions and variety of content. These value-adds will be beneficial to printers in the region who are eager to learn new techniques and gather ideas for their businesses. We are sure a visit to the show will ignite their print potential.’
For more information about Africa Print and to register for free entry, printers should visit www.africaprintexpo.com.