The first FESPA Africa event will take place next week from 2nd to the 4th of July 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. FESPA has partnered with Practical Publishing, the organisers of Sign Africa and Africa Print, in expanding its global event portfolio into another key future print market.
The inaugural event incorporates the Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa Expos, the region’s leading events for the sign industry. FESPA Africa provides an ideal platform for visitors to investigate available business ventures, innovative products, technology, applications and education programmes for the signage and display industries in the sub-Saharan region.
The organisers remind dedicated visitors to Sign Africa, that this event is now incorporated into FESPA Africa. ‘The Sign Africa expo will not be at the Sandton Convention Centre this year in August,’ said Charnia Yapp Director at Practical Publishing. ‘As announced last year, we have formed a joint venture with international exhibition organiser FESPA and launched FESPA Africa, which is set to be the largest expo in the region to date.’
Dyelan Copeland, Director at Practical Publishing said, ‘Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa were successful, well-attended events. By partnering with FESPA, we have been able to rebrand them as FESPA Africa and offer an enhanced proposition and new experience for African business audiences, at a time when they need global expertise and insight to help them embrace the opportunities of wide format print. Johannesburg is the perfect location for FESPA Africa, with an excellent infrastructure and connections to other major cities in sub-Saharan Africa.’
FESPA Africa will see participants take part in the Avery Dennison/Roland 2014 Speedwrap Challenge, taking place daily on the exhibition floor. Contestants race against the clock with 25 minutes to wrap a vehicle door to the best standards. Individuals compete to be crowned the ultimate wrap-off champion, and the finalist wins a trip to FESPA 2015 in Cologne to take part in the FESPA World Wrap Masters Grand Final for the global title.
Explore T-shirt and Garment Printing
The garment feature will be a hands-on workshop where printers can learn different techniques to decorate garments, from heat transfers, direct-to-garment (DTG) and screen printing applications including discharge and special effects, all taught by t-shirt print guru, Charlie Taublieb. With over 38 years in the industry, Charlie has experience in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to solving technical problems. Come along and gain fantastic tips on how to take your garment decoration techniques to the next level.
Explore Technology Conference
This seminar theatre will be host to several sessions per day on different themes and topics from colour management and workflow, to looking at future trends in digital wide format print. The programme will be filled with industry specialists covering technical know-how, industry trends and market opportunities, as well as sessions on technologies. Plus you can join in and ask questions in the daily debate, which will ‘Explore the Issues’.
Explore CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
As part of the Technology Conference will be ‘Explore CorelDRAW ’ where visitors will be able to explore the latest version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 each day of the exhibition, with additional in-depth sessions on preparing artwork for vehicle wrap and garment printing.
Explore Rigid Paper Board Challenge 2014
The Rigid Paper Board Competition recognises excellence in point-of-purchase displays, in-store communication, and other imaginative displays using rigid paper board. Deadline for entries is 30 June 2014, with the entered pieces being judged at FESPA Africa for the title ‘Best Overall Display of the Year’. Visit www.gsw.co.za for more information.
Explore the Daily Debate
The Daily Debate will be held in Hall 2 B41 on all three days, and visitors are welcome to take part as the debate is open for audiences to ask questions or comment. Join us at the following Daily Debates:
DISCUSSING TOP WIDE FORMAT TRENDS WITH TOP PRINTERS Chaired by: FESPA’s Michael Ryan, FESPA (2 July 2014 at 16h00);
The Panel is: Lascelle Barrow, President of FESPA, Neil de Greef Managing Director of Screenline, Orlando de Abreu Managing Director of Tali Branding, Graham Hawthorn, Director Grosvenor Branding Solutions.
GOING DIGITAL – SHIFTING TO SHORTER RUNS Chaired by: Printing SA CEO Patrick Lacy (3 July 2014 16h00)
The Panel is: Leon Minnie Product Manager – Production Systems at Konica Minolta, Paul Haglich Product Marketing Manager, Bytes Document Solutions, Lascelle Barrow, President of FESPA and Tony Patton, Country Manager Hewlett Packard.
PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF TEXTILE PRINTING IN AFRICA Chaired by: Founding member of Total Solution Team, Leon Besaans (3 July 2014 14h00)
The Panel is: Vernon Mellors, Business Account Manager Epson SA, Roland Biemans Marketing Director of Kiian and Mike Horsten Marketing Manager of Mimaki.
Professionals can find out more about FESPA Africa, supported by platinum sponsors Avery Dennison and Roland, and register for their free attendance online at www.fespaafrica.com.