Today marks the 50 day countdown until the Sign Africa Expo, taking place from 21-23 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Sign Africa provides an ideal platform into Africa for the sign, design, graphics and marketing arenas and offers the opportunity for local and international visitors to investigate the various available business ventures, gathering ideas from the range of new products for the signage and display industries.

The Expo is widely regarded as the print industry’s gateway into Africa. Over 5850 visitors attended the 2012 expo, with greater numbers expected to attend in 2013, including many international visitors from across the African continent and elsewhere. 

Notable brands being exhibited include: Avery Dennison, Roland, Mimaki, Evonik, EFI, HP and Agfa to name a few.

Exhibitor highlights

Sign Africa sponsor, Roland, will showcase the new SolJet Pro 4 XR-640, Roland DG’s largest and fastest printer/cutter and the SolJet Pro 4 XF-640, one of the industry’s most innovative large-format digital printers.

Sign Africa sponsor, Avery Dennison, will exhibit its latest range of films, including its Supreme Wrapping film and MPI 2006 Hi-Tack film. 

Graphix Supply world will demonstrate the revolutionary Acuity LED 1600 large format hybrid UV printer.

Midcomp will launch the new HP Latex 3000 printer, which allows print service providers (PSPs) to produce high-value applications with improved productivity, quality and application versatility.

Conferences and activities

Roland, in partnership with Avery Dennison, will hold the extremely popular Speed Wrap Challenge where visitors flock to see contestants racing against the clock to wrap a vehicle door or an entire vehicle, in a bid to be crowned the ultimate wrap-off champion. 

The Expo will also feature new interactive educational areas, where visitors can learn how to do T-shirt printing and vinyl applications and can ask experts questions. 

The Expo Conference programme will feature a diverse group of industry experts and leaders, addressing various topics related to the wide format and digital printing industries. 

Transport and accommodation 

Getting to the venue is very convenient. Visitors can take the world-class Gautrain from OR Tambo International airport directly to Sandton, and walk one short block to the Sandton Convention Centre. The Gautrain also travels to major spots throughout Gauteng. 

For information on hotels, transport and useful tourist information, visit our Travel Zone page on our dedicated expo site: http://www.signafricaexpo.com/travelzone.html.

Entrance to the Expo is free. Doors are open from 9am to 6pm on Wednesday August 21, and Thursday August 22. On Friday, August 23, doors are open from 9am – 5pm.