Gulf Print & Pack 2013 attracted a record breaking attendance. Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time between 8 -11 April, many of the 300 exhibitors announced securing major sales as they showcased the latest machinery, ancillaries and materials to the market.
The dedicated commercial and package printing exhibition for the Middle East and North Africa region reported a 14.9% increase on 2011’s edition with 9,408 key industry professionals visiting the four day show.
Visitors came from 93 countries (83 in 2011 and 65 in 2009) underlining the show’s growing importance in the wider MENA region. With a marked rise in visitor numbers from Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey, overall attendance from outside the United Arab Emirates was just under 48% of the visitor total.
Roger Pellow chairman of Gulf Print & Pack said, We would like to thank everyone involved including gold sponsor Canon, the exhibitors and our media partners for their continued support and contribution in making 2013’s show the biggest and best yet. The level and quality of this year’s unprecedented attendance has been exceptional and the show was phenomenally busy across all four days resulting in a lot of business being conducted right up to the closing minutes. With the regions growing industry and increasing sophistication we expect an even more successful show next year.
Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East said, Gulf Print & Pack is a major milestone event for the Middle East print industry and one that Canon Middle East eagerly anticipates. We cemented our commitment to the professional print market with our participation this year as the gold sponsor with high hopes, and I’m delighted to report that those hopes have been more than fulfilled. We had around 600 strong leads from the Middle East and Africa region. This represents around a 63% increase compared to our participation in 2011. We are very grateful to both organisers and visitors of Gulf Print & Pack for their support to make this event a repeated success.