The annual Africa Print Expo visited Durban from 14 – 15 March 2012 as one of their several roadshow destinations for 2012. The Expo took place at the Durban International Convention Centre and showcased the entire digital print process with sheetfed A3 machines up to Grand format digital equipment. With over one hundred brands on display suppliers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and members of the media were exposed to new innovations and great business opportunities.
‘The Durban expo has been showing great growth over the past two years and this was the first time we expanded the show over a two day period and just under one thousand (989) visitors attended,’ says Charnia Yapp, Organiser of Africa Print. ‘We believe that the success we are seeing with the roadshows leading up to the International Expo later this year in Johannesburg is a good indication of the growth and innovation within this industry.’
Some of the highlights at the show included:
– Africa Print sponsor, Bytes Document Solutions, showcased the Xerox 1000, an exciting colour press with versatility, scalability and performance thats perfect for production printing environments.
– Nashua showcased the newly-launched Pro C751EX. The Pro C751 Series takes digital light production printing to another level.
– Konica Minolta South Africa displayed their comprehensive photo book solution, photo-PRESS, as well as its award-winning ‘Best Production Line of the Year’ production solutions, the bizhub PRESS C6000/C7000 and bizhub PRESS C8000 was on display too.
– Ricoh showcased its latest technologies and solutions, including the DX4640PD, a fast, duplex machine designed to run high volumes in one continuous process, as well as the Pro 1107EX digital imaging system, designed to deliver high speeds along with flexibility and fail-safe reliability.
– Océ displayed Canon equipment for the first time in Durban. The following equipment was on display Canon Image Runner C5051, Canon MFP, Oce VP 2070 and the Oce Plotwave 300.
At every expo during the roadshow, exhibition spaces are judged according to criteria based on layout and design, staff friendliness and professionalism.
Stand winners and runners up are as follows:
The Best Large Stand was a tie between Midcomp and Nashua
The Runners up in the Best Large Stand category was Xerox, IMDM and Sytech Supplies
The Best Medium stand winner was Signko with Sign-tronic as the runne up.
The Best Small stand was Bing Light and the runner up was U Print
‘We have another two forthcoming roadshows scheduled for the remainder of the year before the Johannesburg expo during August,’ concludes Yapp.
To register online and for more information on the Africa Print roadshows, visit: www.africaprintexpo.com.
Forthcoming roadshows include:
• Bloemfontein: 30 May 2012 at Kiepersolrand
• Cape Town: 20 & 21 June 2012 at CTICC
You can see the photos taken at the show at www.facebook.com/AfricaPrint