2018 Africa Print Expo Hailed A Major Success With Positive Exhibitor Feedback And Increased Visitors


The Africa Print Expo, co-located with Africa LED, FESPA Africa and Sign Africa Expo, and held last week at Gallagher Convention Centre, was a major success. The event attracted 6494 visitors in total, with 5907 unique visits – an increase from 5839 in 2017 – as well as 587 revisits. 

Visitors from a number of African countries attended the event. The top 10 countries with visitors from outside of South Africa included: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Representation from other countries also included: Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Uganda.
Visitors could take part in a range of educational features, including the Printing SA Conference, Textile experience; T-shirt and bag printing workshops, CorelDRAW workshops, the Speed Wrap Challenge and business opportunities in print and signage, which were held on various exhibitors’ stands.
Exhibitors were positive about the amount and quality of visitors:
'Africa Print was a great success, with many visitors looking for something additional, to promote print and increase their product offering to their clients. Overall, the show was well attended with many new business opportunity seekers as well as existing commercial clients looking for an edge in the market,' said Leon Minnie, Konica Minolta South Africa.
‘The show was attended by a higher percentage of serious buyers this year than in prior years. We were happy with the number of leads that we generated for our newly launched Anapurna H1650i LED printer,’ said Dave Reynolds, Agfa Graphics.
‘This year the show had promising customers from our neighboring countries which is positive for our export side of the company,' said Theo Denton, AZ Trading.
‘The event was a royal success for the Brother ScanNCut machine team. We sold eight machines plus accessories during the three day event,' said Geraldine Shaw, Kemtek. 
‘The Africa Print show has been the most relevant for us this year. We have experienced traction on genuine interest in our products for South Africa as well as surrounding countries,' said Gavin Child, Mitsubishi Electric Photo Printing Solutions.
‘We had a great response from show visitors to the specials offered by Mutoh Japan,’ said Craig Carstens, MIPS Technologies.
‘We sold all the machines on our stand to visitors from around South Africa and also Malawi, Zambia and Namibia. The show attracted serious buyers and quality customers,’ said Coenraad Kuipers, Titan-Jet Africa.
‘We obtained good quality leads and there was a constant flow of visitors throughout the day. We received very positive feedback from existing clients,’ said Larry Smith, SA Argus.
‘The show was good, we had a good flow of traffic to our stand and great interest in our full range of products,’ said Sean Conrad, Wilec.
‘It was a very successful show, with lots of interest, particularly from Ghana, Zambia and Congo,’ said Dean Dupen, Rep-Tech (ScreenTec partner).
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:
Africa Print
Small Shell Scheme:
First place: Government Printing Works.
Second place: Industrial Inkjet Specialists.
Small Floor Space:
First place: Nedbank.
Second place: Sytech Supplies.
Medium Floor Space:
First place: Agfa (Pty) Ltd.
Second place: XL Solutions.
Large Shell Scheme:
First place: Static Control.
Large Floor Space:
First place: Printing SA.
Second place: Konica Minolta South Africa.
Mega 100 Floor Space:
First place: OKI.
Second place: Clear Solutions.
Third: Epson Europe B.V.
Fourth: Graficomp.
FESPA Africa and Sign Africa:
Small Shell Scheme:
First place: Flyerz.co.za.
Second place tie: Miracle Heat Transfer Equipment Co., Ltd. And Nantong Weiduo Display Equipment Manufacture.
Third: Mitsubishi Photo.
Small Floor Space:
First place: RIOS Graphix Supplies.
Second place: Kolok.
Third tie: Hitech Graphics Sa (Pty) Ltd and Pop-Up Products.
Medium Shell Scheme:
First place: Perfect Laser.
Second place: AM.CO.ZA.
Third: Trodat.
Medium Floor Space:
First place: Allrich Trading (Pty) Ltd.
Second place tie: Parrot Products (Pty) Ltd And Ultratec.
Large Shell Scheme:
First: T-Shirt Printing Zone.
Large Floor Space:
First: Titan Jet (Pty) Ltd.
Second place: SA Argus.
Third: Plexiglas.
Fourth: CNC Professional Machines & Engineering.
Fifth: Mutoh.
Mega Floor Space:
First: Advertech (Pty) Ltd.
Second place: Mimaki.
Third: Dacen Digital Technology SA.
Fourth tie: Fujifilm SA (Pty)Ltd and Maizey Plastics.
Fifth tie: Ruijie Mechanical Equipment and Sheetco.
Mega 200 Floor Space:
First place: Telpro/Roland.
Second place: Sign-Tronic.
Third place: Midcomp.
Mega 300 Floor Space:
First: Graphix Supply World.
Africa LED
Small Floor Space:
First: Philips.
Small Shell Scheme:
First place tie: Jiangmen Baijun Trade Co.,Ltd. and Krut System (Pty) Ltd.
Second: Shenzhen Kingford Technology Co.,Ltd.
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