FESPA partners with leading signage and print show in South Africa

FESPA is expanding its global event portfolio into another key future print market, with the launch of FESPA Africa. The first FESPA Africa event will take place from 2-4 July 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

FESPA Africa is a joint venture of FESPA and South African event organisor Practical Publishing, whose Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa shows will now come together under the FESPA event, to cover all aspects of signage, wide format digital printing, garment decoration and screen printing. 

FESPA Africa will be co-located with Practical Publishing’s established Africa Print exhibition, which is targeted towards commercial printers, though there is significant cross-over between the commercial and wide format print audiences. The combined events will cover 13500 sqm with an estimated 150+ exhibitors, and will set out to attract 6000+ visitors from sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. 

FESPA Managing Director Neil Felton said, ‘With the launch of FESPA Africa, we’re adding another piece to FESPA’s global event jigsaw. Africa is a vital and exciting growth region, and in Practical Publishing, we have an experienced partner to help us establish the FESPA brand here with the right local insights and contacts. By combining these two established events, we’ll aim to bring together the whole wide format print supply chain – the printers themselves and the specifiers of visual communications – behind the FESPA Africa brand.

‘FESPA’s strategy towards emerging global markets is always to work with a supportive partner who can blend FESPA’s brand recognition, organisational strengths and world-class content programmes with local knowledge to deliver something which addresses the unique challenges and opportunities facing that particular region’s printers. It’s an approach which has served us well in South-East Asia, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and China, and we’re confident that it’s the right way to engage African printers with FESPA too.’

Dyelan Copeland, Director at Practical Publishing said, ‘Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa are successful, well-attended events but we know that, by partnering with FESPA, we can take them to another level. FESPA Africa will set out to deliver a 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.’ 

Sales, operations and marketing for FESPA Africa will be handled jointly between a South African team and the FESPA events office in Reigate, UK.

Forthcoming FESPA events include:

FESPA 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK

FESPA Fabric 2013, 25-29 June 2013, London, UK

FESPA Mexico, 15-17 August 2013, Mexico City, Mexico

FESPA Eurasia 2013, 3-5 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

FESPA China 2013, 18-20 November 2013, Shanghai, China

FESPA Africa 2014, 2-4 July 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

FESPA Digital 2014, 20-23 May 2014, Munich, Germany

FESPA Brasil 2015, 18-21 March 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

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