Africa Print Expo 2015: A Showcase Of Major Industry Players

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With just less than a month to go until Africa Print 2015, the exhibition has secured commitment from major industry players, including platinum sponsors Xerox, as well as global companies such as Canon, Agfa, Sharp, Mimaki and Fujifilm.

Other leading brands who will demonstrate their latest products include manufacturers HP, Durst, Antalis, Duplo, Esko, Aristo, OKI, swissQprint, Optimus, Rexel, Epson and Trisave.

The event, which is co-located with FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa LED, is taking place from 22-24 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The event is set to attract visitors from across Southern Africa. The continent’s economic buoyancy was evident at Africa Print 2014, which saw an 11% increase of attendees from outside South Africa compared to the 2013 event. The expo attracted visitors from nearly 40 countries, with top attendances from Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The event will also provide a range of educational touch-points that are designed to invigorate print solution providers and sign-makers. These include:

EXTREME SPEEDWRAP CHALLENGE

Participants will be able to take part in the annual Avery Dennison/Roland Speedwrap Challenge, which will take place daily on the exhibition floor. The community is invited to enter the competition where they can compete alongside peers in a race against the clock to wrap a vehicle door to the best standards. Individuals are competing to be crowned the ultimate wrap-off champion, with an array of prizes, including the first place winner gaining a trip to FESPA Digital 2016 to take part in the FESPA World Wrap Masters Grand Final for the global title. For more information and to enter, visit www.africaprint.com.

IGNITE T-SHIRT & SCREEN PRINT WORKSHOP

This garment feature will be a hands-on workshop where printers can learn different techniques to decorate garments, from heat transfers, direct-to-garment (DTG) and screen printing applications including discharge and special effects, all taught by t-shirt print guru, Charlie Taublieb. With over 38 years in the industry, Charlie has experience in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to solving technical problems. Garment specialists who attend the expo are encouraged to visit the stand to gain fantastic tips on how to improve and enhance their garment decoration techniques. The workshop is open to all without prior reservation.

IGNITE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

The theatre will be host to several seminars per day exploring different industry themes and topics from colour management and workflow, to looking at future trends in digital wide format print. The programme will be filled with industry specialists and manufacturers covering technical know-how and market opportunities, as well as sessions on technologies. Within the programme is the ‘IGNITE DAILY DEBATE’ where attendees can ‘explore the issues’ and take part in an interesting discussion on hot industry topics and pose questions to the expert panel. No reservation required, visitors can simply show up and gain their seat!

IGNITE RIGID PAPER BOARD COMPETITION

The Rigid Paper Board Competition, supported by Graphix Supply World, returns to recognise excellence in point-of-purchase displays, in-store communication, and other imaginative displays using rigid paper board. The entered pieces being judged at FESPA Africa for the title ‘Best Overall Display of the Year’. Find out more and enter at www.africaprint.com.

Also running alongside the exhibition is the first Printing SA Africa Conference, supported by FESPA. The two-day conference, taking place 22-23 July 2015 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, is a dedicated event for print solution providers to source the latest industry information, gain insights into market knowledge and be inspired by leading industry professionals. Themes will include: business aspects such as investment, training and management; future trends and opportunities in digital printing; networking and more.

'Associations such as ours need to embrace the latest developments in our industry. Hence our partnership with FESPA and the Printing SA Africa Conference, which is to run in conjunction with the FESPA Africa event. The purpose of this is to give ‘value-add’, ensuring delegates get maximum benefit for their time and money. We are bringing the world of digital printing to Africa!' said Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA.

For more information about Africa Print and to register for free entry, printers should visit www.africaprint.com.

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