Africa Print Johannesburg Expo Kicks Off Next Week


Don't miss the Africa Print Expo expo, taking place next week from 7-9 September in Johannesburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre. 

Visitors to the expo can look forward to a diverse group of industry experts and leaders who will address various topics related to the wide format and digital printing industries. The educational programme on offer will explore different industry themes and topics from colour management and workflow, to garment printing workshops and vehicle wrapping, which will be shown live at the popular Speed Wrap Challenge. The programme will be filled with industry specialists and manufacturers covering technical know-how, trends and market opportunities.

2016 expo features include:

Printing SA conference

This one day conference, taking place on 7 September 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, will be your dedicated event to source the latest industry information, gain insights into market knowledge and be inspired by leading industry professionals. During this paid-for conference, you will also have free access to the FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa Print expo, where you can see the latest technological solutions for wide format digital printing, screen printing, signage, textile printing, garment decoration and more. Visit for more information. Tickets: Printing SA Members: R530 and Non-members: R590.

Enquire and book your seat at: or 083 268 6868

3D Print Zone

Visit the 3D Print Zone in hall 2 and see how you can make customised promotional items, prototypes and more. Stand a chance to win a 3D printed sculpture by artist Allan Hallett. Everyone is welcome to participate. No booking is required. There is no cost.

Daily Debate Zone

There will be a daily debate discussion every day from 3-4pm opposite the FESPA and Printing SA booth. Everyone is welcome to participate. No booking is required. There is no cost.

7 September
Topic: What do Signage and Branding companies want from the Industry Association?
Did you know that you could become a FESPA member in South Africa? The reason is Printing SA is one of the 37 associations of FESPA. A panel made up of Printing SA and FESPA available to answer questions that digital printers and sign makers have aimed at the industry association.
Chaired by Neil De Greef, Managing Director of Screenline
Sean Holt, General Secretary, FESPA
Neil Felton, CEO of FESPA
Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA
Ken Leid, Director: National Training & Development of Printing SA
8 September
Topic: How do you go the distance in the digital world?
With a constant shift from analogue to digital in all industries, how do you stand out in the signage and branding industry with digital technologies that are now available? 
Chaired by Michael Ryan – Group Exhibition Manager, FESPA
Lascelle Barrow, FESPA Past President / Print Ambassador
Yasmina Lembariki, HP: After Market Business Development Manager | Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa
Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA Mimaki Europe BV
Dr Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR Reports
9 September
Topic: What are the future trends in digital wide format printing? How can signage and branding companies diversity and grow their business? 
Diversify or die! Diversification is key to survival in the print & signage industry and according to Professor Frank Romano (RIT), ‘Innovative digital printers and sign makers have discovered that they can make money with value-added services.’ It is an opportunity for business owners to debate the future of the market and new opportunities in challenging times.
Chaired by: Neil Felton, CEO FESPA
Steve Thobela, CEO Printing SA
Ernest Azzam, HP Regional Business Manager – Large Format Printing
Lascelle Barrow, FESPA Past President / Print Ambassador
Dr Nicholas Hellmuth, FLAAR Reports
Orlando de Abreu, Owner of Tali Digital Branding 

CorelDRAW Zone

There will be CorelDRAW workshops, which are free of charge, hosted by industry specialists covering the technical aspects, plus you can join in and ask questions.

10h30-11h15 on 7, 8 & 9 September, hall 1

Reg Pakari

– Vehicle Wrapping Simplified: grow your business by understanding the vehicle wrapping process.

– CorelDRAW: 8 key steps in the vehicle wrapping process and CorelDRAW tools used in vehicle wrapping.

11h30-12h30 on 7, 8 & 9 September, hall 1

Mohammed Jogie

Corel Power Hour – Top tips for graphics professionals.

14h00-14h45 on 7, 8 & 9 September, hall 1

Reg Pakari

– Preparing Vehicle Wrapping Artwork: CorelDRAW tips and tricks.

– How to speed up and stay accurate.

These sessions are open to all visitors without reservation or cost.

T Shirt and Bag Print Zone

This garment feature will be a hands-on workshop where printers can learn different techniques to decorate garments. These comprise of heat transfers, direct-to-garment (DTG) and screen printing applications, including discharge and special effects, all taught by T shirt print guru, Jeff Moss. Come along and gain fantastic tips on how to take your garment decoration techniques to the next level.

This Zone is open to all visitors without reservation or cost.

The Africa Print Expo is co-locateed with FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa LED. For more information, or to pre-register online, please visit:

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