For the first time, residents in the Free State can look forward to visiting the Africa Print RoadShow in Bloemfontein next week. These RoadShows are aimed at providing business opportunities, equipment and consumables relating to the printing.

The expo, which takes place at Kiepersolrant on Wednesday 30 May, will have exciting displays and information on the latest developments within the signage, display and printing industries, together with business opportunities including photobooks and brand new innovations in wide format technology like the new Roland and Mimaki latex printers.

On the commercial printing front, RoadShow sponsor Xerox will be showcasing the Xerox 1000 and Xerox 550. Ricoh SA will headline three important products for Bloemfontein, two multifunction printers, one black and white and one colour, will be displayed alongside a projector, the full Ricoh range of which includes mobile and short throw projectors that extend document management from the printed page and single screen view. Konica Minolta South Africa will showcase digital production press award winners, its comprehensive photo book solution and innovative products and visitors can view print finishing solutions from Ronnie Cox.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit an informative PIFSA/Printing SA workshop. Topics such as an overview of labour legislation, contracts of employment, terms and conditions and environmental legislation affecting the printing industry will be discussed. Book your space with Louise Moralee

Visitors will be able to see the following brands on the day: Xerox, Avery Dennison, Roland, Konica Minolta SA, Ricoh, Mimaki, Hewlett Packard, to name but a few. Moreover, the RoadShow is not only targeted at digital and commercial printers, but at entrepreneurs interested in exploring new business opportunities. You will be able to see products and services for digital printing, banners and flags, photobooks, photo’s on mugs, dye sublimation, screen printing, inks, paper, vinyls and substrates, laminating and finishing, display and directional signage systems, routers and engraving, magnetic sheets, laser cutting and engraving, equipment to print on T-shirts, and digital signage.

Expo organisers, Practical Publishing are excited to visit the city, as Bloemfontein is renowned for being a hub of activity. We are looking forward to visiting Bloemfontein for the first time and believe the expo will attract not only local visitors, but also visitors from other provinces, especially the Northern Cape, says Charnia Yapp, Organiser of the Africa Print and Sign Africa RoadShows. The expo is proudly sponsored by Xerox, she added.

The RoadShow will also be visiting Cape Town in June. Earlier this year the expo visited Nelspruit and Durban. The international exhibition is in Johannesburg from 22-24 August 2012. Last year’s expo in the City of Gold attracted over 6 300 visitors, making it the best attended show to date.

No entrance fee will be charged, and all workshops are free of charge. Doors are open from 9am to 5pm. You can pre-register at

Be sure to diarise this exciting show, and see how you can improve your service offering to your clients, concludes Yapp.