Woodline Shade Solutions Showcasing Gazebos, Parasols And More At Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

Woodline Shade Solutions will launch its locally manufactured pop-up aluminium gazebo at the Sign Africa Gauteng Expo, taking place 21-23 April at Emperor’s Palace.

The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

The gazebo comes in four sizes (1 x 1m, 2 x 2m, 3 x 3m and 3 x 4.5m), and features rapid release connectors with 5-step, height-adjustable legs. All components, including frames, are genuine Woodline manufactured parts made in its factories in South Africa, conforming to its high standards.

Other products:



Meticulously crafted from the finest grade kiln-dried eucalyptus, laminated for strength and sourced only from 100% FSC-certified timber mills, along with premium quality weather-resistant fabrics and high grade stainless steel fittings, the centre pole parasol features a classic and elegant wood finish.


Offering shade without the usual centre pole base taking up space, this cantilever is especially suited for large areas. With an easy-to-operate crank mechanism, the umbrella is held by a high-quality aluminium structure that is rotatable, reclining and retractable.


The Papillon’s dual post framework invites conversations to go on in shade and shelter, day and night. It can easily be extended further by articulating two or more structures together. Fabric walls can also be attached to the frame to provide privacy and shelter from the wind.


The Taku range of market parasols offers simple and effective design, engineered with fine workmanship from quality materials.


With its minimalist aesthetic look, the Mistral is the elegance of simplicity. Resilient, functional and maintenance-free, it offers longevity and style. The company’s premium grade screen printing, latex and direct-to-fabric digital printing on the canopy offers great branding opportunities for commercial applications.



These concrete bases have a smooth finish and are engineered for strength, made in the company’s own plant using 35 Mpa concrete with steel reinforcing fibres, 4mm spring steel wire and a unique combination of chemical additives that eliminate fatigue.


Alternative bases include a stainless steel deck mount, table clamp and in-ground bayonet, while the underground mount can be concreted directly into the earth. The zinc-plated ground spike secures display products such as flags or banners while the Nemo water base fits a wide variety of applications.

Woodline Shade Solutions Showcasing Gazebos, Parasols And More At Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

Brandable chairs

The foldable designs allow these chairs to be easily transported and used as strategic marketing tools. It is a perfect finishing touch to branded parasols or simply a great addition to outdoor furniture. They are suitable for restaurant, patio, balcony, garden, camping, fishing and beach use.

Woodline Shade Solutions Showcasing Gazebos, Parasols And More At Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

Register here for the Sign Africa Gauteng expo at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.

Date: 21-23 April, 2021.
Time: 8am-5pm daily.
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park.

Woodline Shade Solutions
+27 11 826 4033

NUtec Expands Water-Based Dye Sublimation Ink Range

NUtec Digital Ink has reported the addition of fluorescent options to its dye sublimation range.

Customers can now experience a wider, brighter colour palette in the company’s Aquamarine water-based offering with the addition of both fluorescent yellow and fluorescent pink.

The Aquamarine AQ10-DST-HC ink is a dye sublimation range developed for use on Epson DX4, DX5, DX6, DX7, 5113, PrecisionCore TFP, XP600 and EPS3200 printheads, and is optimised for transfer printing on coated and uncoated transfer paper.

High density colour leads to reduced ink consumption with faster print speeds for increased productivity and vibrant images, keeping costs down and output up. Recommended applications include: activewear, interior décor textiles, graphic arts and soft signage using substrates with a minimum 60% polyester content.

NUtec sales and marketing director, Neil Green noted, ‘We are seeing an exponential increase in demand for digital textile printing as companies look for more sustainable and waste-reducing ways to do business into the future. The shift from traditional to digital printing in the textile industry allows for rapid small sample testing, short runs with quick turnaround times and less stock-piling at warehouses. This is preferred in the fashion and interior décor industries as it will result in general waste reduction, while time to market is improved. This trend is encouraging for NUtec as we choose to invest in new products and innovations for this sector, the latest being our fluorescent specialty inks offering.’

Tel: +27 21 763 6990
Email: info@nutecdigital.com
Website: http://www.nutecdigital.com

iPlastics Provides Quality With Affordability

iPlastics provides a wide variety of common sign materials, including: acrylic sheets, mirror acrylic, PVC foam board, aluminium composite panels, digital printable vinyls, PVC flex banners etc. The company carefully selects all the manufacturers they work with. They supply quality and affordable products.

iPlastics differentiates itself in the market by:
1. Providing quality materials: all manufacturers they have worked with are carefully selected to ensure the product is of a high quality.
2. They save customers costs: they keep their organisation lean to save costs and return the profit to customers, and they also keep their prices at reasonable levels at all times.
3. They save customers time by providing swift and convenient service.

iPlastics is launching new products at the Sign Africa Expo, taking place from 21-23 April at Emperors Convention Centre. Visit their stand (B23) for an introductory offer on these, valid only at the expo:

Digital Printable Vinyl

• Clear adhesive vinyl.
• Cold laminated film.
• Floor vinyl.
• One Way Vision.
• Premium adhesive vinyl.
• Window glitter vinyl.

PVC Foam Board

• From 2mm up to 10mm.
• Size: 1220mm x 2440mm.

PVC Banner Material

• Backlit PVC.
• Frontlit PVC.
• Blockout PVC.

The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

Date: 21-23 April, 2021.
Time: 8am-5pm daily.
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park.

+27 11 609 0870

The State Of The Signage Industry In 2021: Suppliers’ Perspective


Sign Africa hosted a webinar on 15 April where signage and printing industry suppliers gave their views on industry trends, supplier issues and more.

Part of this webinar included results from surveys sent out to readers asking them what they expect from suppliers and what their biggest pain points concerning supply are. The webinar was proudly sponsored by: Falcon, Fujifilm, Midcomp and Roland.


– Devandran Naicker, Falcon.
– Rob Makinson, Midcomp.
– Grant Potgieter, Fujifilm.
– Bob Glenister, Roland.

Which industry sectors have experienced an increase in demand over the last year?

Naicker said in terms of signage, the biggest demand was Covid-related products required to cater for social distancing and other protective measures. He also said that direct mail and marketing would gain traction post-Covid to create stronger brand awareness.

Potgieter added that globally there has been a downward trend in litho and an uptake of commercial digital/inkjet, which is replacing the former, with costs and the fact that companies are no longer seeing tremendous long runs as reasons for this. He said there is great growth in packaging and labels and that it is an exciting space to be in. ‘There is growth in wide format – most of that would be in the flatbed space, and this is a sign of our customers diversifying their businesses,’ he said. This is also complemented by cutting solutions.

‘PPE drove a fair amount of growth last year,’ said Makinson. ‘The irony is that we had a better financial year during Covid than we had the year before. It seems the elections are worse for us as a business than a pandemic, because the elections in 2019 threw the market into complete disarray.’ He added that Midcomp’s customers are getting back to pre-Covid levels and also said ink sales are the company’s main measure of activity in the market.

What are the key industry trends for 2021?

Makinson said sustainability is a trend and is particularly big in Europe, namely with ink, media and technology. A buzzword in Europe from HP and other sources is ‘usership’, in that usership is the new ownership because of the shift in buying patterns – using without owning – much like using a car without owning it. Midcomp is shifting towards that trend, and will see how it takes shape within the next 2-3 years. He also mentioned contractual trends, using Midcomp’s Pay Per Use system – where users only pay for the square metres they print – as an example.

Naicker mentioned that an increase in raw material prices for substrates would require the industry to diversify to maintain quality and also manage costs accordingly. He said there are four questions businesses should consider: What is it that we need to start doing? What is it that we need to stop doing? What is it that we need to suspend during this time? What is it that we want to sustain during this period?

Glenister said there has been growth in sublimation due to the demand for face masks. He advises businesses to stop focusing on things that waste time and money and to mostly focus on customers. He added that we may see some new and innovative technologies in 2022.

Are there still concerns over China’s supply chain and the international supply chain in general?

Potgieter said ‘We are not easily affected by China’s supply chain as we have factories all over the world.’ However, from a travel perspective, the company has been affected in terms of technical support and equipment installations, as getting technicians to travel has been, and continues to be, a big challenge.

‘The China dilemma is not just affecting the printing and signage industry. Globally, all supply chains have been constrained,’ said Naicker. ‘Covid has affected the supply of products globally due to the enforced lockdowns by governments, preventing the free movement of goods, which has resulted in shipping line delays, thus increasing the lead-time of products sourced.’

Makinson said Midcomp has been very much affected, not so much from China, but from an international point of view, even with the use of reputable courier companies. Areas that have been affected include spare parts, machines and shipping, and airline cargo space is also a problem. ‘All in all, it has been a big challenge,’ he said.

Glenister said the constraints are real, and that it has taken time to create new models. However, his company’s systems have adjusted to new time flows, stock holdings are higher than before and constraints are expected to fall off. He also mentioned that in terms of supplier communication, all stakeholders need to take responsibility and that we all need to adjust. He said transparency needs to exist across the whole supply chain.

What is your advice for print and signage business owners to seize business opportunities?

Glenister believes that the pandemic has not created a big change and said that one must continue to focus on what is best for one’s business, namely value and diversity with less focus on price. ‘Customers that have grown are the ones that have broadened their market and have been innovative with products,’ he said, adding that ‘Covid has forced businesses to focus on what is critical to their businesses, and what isn’t’.

Potgieter said businesses need to be aware of cost containment and changing how they do business. He also added that owners should continue to invest in their businesses, regardless of how tough the situation is currently, and also added that companies must find ways to add value and understand customers and their strategies.

Naicker said Covid has influenced customers to try new things, which has helped create opportunities. ‘Suspend anything that is wasteful and adhere to your company’s core values. Covid not only outlined our businesses’ flaws, but how to fix them.’

‘Think outside the box,’ said Makinson, ‘If you can knit a jersey, you can knit a scarf,’ meaning that you should stick to your core business values, but also try different things. He illustrated how customers have innovated by using a digital cutter to make face shields, as an example.

How has Covid-19 affected the market and how have your customers adapted?

Potgieter said that some customers were really hamstrung, having to reshuffle and free up cashflow – and this applied to suppliers too. On the plus side, however, he said, ‘As South Africans, we are such a strong-willed nation and we’ve learnt to be industrious. We learnt to be creative and innovative – we’ve had to – we’re a survivalist nation. There have been impacts, but I like to think we are seeing the backend of those impacts now.’

‘I’m bewildered at how well our customers have come through this pandemic,’ added Potgieter. ‘Businesses that have invested in technology prior to this pandemic are the ones that have flourished.’

Naicker said that no industry was left immune in the aftermath of Covid, except perhaps the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries, and that small businesses were particularly affected. His company had to find better solutions and models for its customers, which highlights the need for businesses to adapt. He also believes that customers were affected by just-in-time expectations and touched on how Covid has forced businesses to rethink and manage this dynamic.

Makinson said that the challenge for suppliers, and a source of huge frustration, is the banks’ general risk aversion to lend money for capital equipment purchases. Rental companies also rely on the same banks for their funding, so until such time as the banks ease up on their lending criteria, some customers will find it difficult to get finance.

About our Sponsors

Falcon Signage Supplies prides itself as a partner to many within the signage and printing industry in the SADC region by ensuring it continues to provide quality products and innovative solutions. Falcon has emerged as a leading sign manufacturer and materials supplier in the region, continually improving its product range and is renowned for bringing new products to its ever growing base of customers. Not only does Falcon supply materials into the industry to manufacture quality signage, it also supports the majority of its customers by servicing and repairing their wide format digital printers, as well as offering conversions for bulk Nutec ink systems, a far more cost effective solution. www.falconsa.com

Fujifilm South Africa is a stable, long-term partner focused on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions to help printers and converters develop a competitive advantage and grow their businesses. In order to provide sustainable practices on the African continent, Fujifilm is pushing towards greener solutions. This is reflected in their GREENGUARD certified UV Inkjet inks and UV LED technologies in wide format and packaging solutions. Furthermore, Fujifilm’s range of Superia CTP Offset Plates focuses on reducing chemical usage as well as resource savings, including lower energy and water consumption for commercial, newspaper and packaging printers. www.fujifilmgraphicsystems.co.za

Over the past 30 years, Midcomp has strived to offer not only the best digital printing equipment and finishing equipment, from brands such as Hewlett Packard, Gerber, Zünd, Kala, Barbieri, Fotaba, Direct Color Systems, Océ, PLASTGrommet, GMG, Polygon, Caldera and Onyx, but also to offer the best service and backup support possible. They are not only an equipment supplier, they are experts in their field and their extensive service offering and support is testimony to the high levels of expertise within the organisation. They like to nurture their customers’ successes, creating a partnership of co-operation, willingness and empathy, one of mutual trust and development. www.midcomp.co.za

Roland DG is the leading supplier of solutions to the graphics arts, design and technology industries. Their products are manufactured using industry leading techniques and standards while minimising environmental impact. The Roland DG Care programme encompasses a complete range of premium services, which creates peace of mind for the customer to allow their imagination to soar. They are a bunch of people who get excited about teaching digital techniques to others. They eat, dream and sleep digital production solutions. They are constantly dreaming up new and exciting ways for you to become proficient and self reliant with digital machinery. www.telpro.co.za

Sign Africa
+27 11 568 1894

See The Latest Wide Format Technology At The Sign Africa Gauteng Expo

Product experts from various leading companies will advise you on the latest and most relevant wide format digital printing and signage products to help you grow your business at the Sign Africa Gauteng expo.

Visitors can see the latest opportunities in garment decoration, textile printing, screen printing, signage, T-shirt printing, finishing, point of sale displays, laser engraving and more Visit and discover a range of business opportunities, with professional consultation on hand.

The expo is designed to re-energise the industry and inspire business owners with fresh ideas and cutting-edge technology. The event will comply with current Covid-19 regulations to keep visitors and exhibitors safe. Entrance is free, please register online.

Date: 21-23 April, 2021.
Time: 8am-5pm daily.
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park.

Register here for the Sign Africa Gauteng expo at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.

Sign Africa Expo
+27 11 568 1894

How To Make Digital Signage Stand Out

When it comes to any form of advertising, including digital signage, the last thing you want is for it to be boring. The worst reaction is not hate, it is indifference. If people hate your messaging, they will likely talk about it and get it noticed.

For example, just look at how Kraft Heinz killed off its mascot Mr Peanut only to bring him back as a baby and then age him up instantly to 21. This act inspired rage across Twitter, but also got the brand a lot of attention. There is no such thing as bad publicity after all.

However, what if the reaction to Mr Peanut was a collective shrug? Or worse still, what if it hurt the brand as people could no longer recognise the mascot, or they found the change boring? Luckily, there are a few easy ways you can spice up even the most generic of digital signage content.

Add more content

The easiest way to make your digital signage stand out is to simply add more content. If you are using a display that only shows one or maybe two pieces of content, you might as well have bought a static paper banner.

By having multiple pieces of content that change regularly, the customer will be more likely to take notice of the display and they might see something interesting. Of course, with this content, you are going to need to freshen it up regularly. You cannot just play the same old content month after month and expect it to still be effective. The content needs to be relevant, useful and fit the environment (the weather, current events, customer moods, etc).

Add some sound

Another way to make your digital signage more interesting is to appeal not just to the eyes but also the ears. In other words, try adding some audio content to your digital signage. There are a number of ways you can do this. You could play music videos on the display, or complement advertising messages for the latest deals with audio that tells customers where they can find those items. This can be a double-edged sword, however, because in certain environments the sound can become either distracting or annoying, so you will need to carefully consider both your business’ environment and the volume level.

Don’t just sell, entertain

Finally, you need to remember that digital signage is more than just a sales tool, it is a tool to communicate with your customers. If all you are going to do is push sales messages to your customers, they will tune it out. You also need to entertain them.

There are many ways to do this, ranging from short-form videos from TikTok to social media integrations. You likely already know the type of content your customers enjoy. You just need to find ways to add it to your digital signage. And once you have their attention, you can follow it up with more traditional advertising. So it’s a win-win.

This article appears in Digital Signage Today.

Register For Printing SA’s Webinar To Find Out More About Waste Management Regulations

Panellists from a wide variety of organisations will help webinar attendees understand the intention of the Regulations to the National Environmental Management: Waste Act and what the obligatory requirements are.

These include:

– Francois Marais, Business Development Manager of Fibre Circle, a Producer Responsibility Organisation representing paper and the paper packaging sector.
– Anben Pillay, Director of Waste Policy and Information Management for the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.
– Adri Spangenberg, CEO at Polystyrene Association of South Africa and South African Vinyls Association (SAVA).
– Kishan Singh, CEO at MetPac-SA, a Producer Responsibility Organisation representing the Metal Packaging Industry in SA.
– Quinton Williams, Business Manager at Polyco (the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation).

Draft regulations on Section 18 Regulations to the National Environmental Management: Waste Act were published on 19 March 2021 for the third time. The first regulations were published on 5 November 2020, and on 15 January 2021. The amended Regulations and notices regarding Extended Producer Responsibility were published, postponing the effective date by six months.

Printing SA will explain the mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) outlined in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act during a free webinar on Tuesday, 20 April. Draft amendments to the regulations and notices regarding EPR have been published. The implementation of the EPR Regulations was postponed to 5 May 2021 to address concerns raised by affected producers.

The regulations outline a new approach to waste management in South Africa and will contribute significantly to the diversion of waste from landfills. An EPR scheme is a policy approach under which producers are given the end-of-life financial, administrative and operational responsibility for their products put on the market. Register for the webinar to find out if your company is an obligated producer (brand owners, manufacturers, importers, converters and retailers) of listed products to take back and recycle their products at the end of their useful lives. The webinar will help you understand the intention of the regulation and what the obligatory requirements are.

A PRO is an organisation that assists producers meet their extended producer responsibility targets through various key stakeholders within the value chain in the country. The PRO is responsible for setting up and managing the value chain mechanisms for the targeted waste material and to create awareness for the recycling of all waste. The webinar panel of PRO’s will present their frameworks and give insight into their registration, collection processes and fees.

Host: Dr Abdool Majid Mahomed, CEO of Printing SA

Date: Tuesday 20 April.
Time: 9am – 10h30am.

Register here. Don’t have time to watch? Register anyway, and you will be sent the link automatically.

+27 11 287 1160

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vital Vinyls Partnership

Midcomp Consumables is proud to announce its exclusive partnership with HP in distributing never-before-seen HP Vital Vinyls in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

‘We will also be able to offer our customers HP wallpapers, HP self adhesive vinyls and HP outdoor media solutions,’ said Rakesh Rosen, Midcomp consumables director.

HP Vital Gloss CP

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vinyls Partnership

This is a versatile promotional monomeric adhesive vinyl with clear, permanent adhesive. Create high-impact signage with sharp, vibrant print quality while enjoying excellent value and experience ease of installation with excellent lay-flat properties.

Offer a vinyl that complies with high health and safety standards. HP Vital Gloss CP is flame-resistant (1) and REACH compliant (2) — a regulation of the European Union adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment.

Original HP printing materials, Original HP inks and HP large format printers are designed to work together as a system to provide reliable, consistent and quality results that help save time. Prints produced with HP Latex inks also provide a better approach with end-to-end environmental sustainability (3).

(1) B1 approved fire certification.
(2) This product does not contain any of the chemicals on the EU’s Candidate List for Authorisation (otherwise known as Substances of Very High Concern) in concentrations exceeding 0.1%.
(3) Based on a comparison of HP Latex ink technology to competitors with leading market share as of December 2013 and analysis of published MSDS/SDSs and/or internal evaluation. Performance of specific attributes may vary by competitor and ink technology/formulation.

HP Everyday Matte Polypropylene

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vinyls Partnership

Produce retail and POP signage and event displays with vibrant colour and eye-catching image quality. This matte polypropylene provides excellent versatility and value across a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications.

HP PVC-free durable suede wallpaper

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vinyls Partnership

Help customers define interiors with durable, colourful, creative wall decorations that last – with scrub and scratch-resistant performance. Prints produced with HP Latex inks enable healthier and more sustainable printing (based on a comparison of HP Latex ink technology to competitors with leading market share as of December 2013 and analysis of published MSDS/SDSs and/or internal evaluation. Performance of specific attributes may vary by competitor and ink technology/formulation). In terms of the film being PVC-free, chemical analysis demonstrated elemental chlorine to be at or below 200ppm.

HP PVC-free wallpaper

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vinyls Partnership

This product is compatible only with HP Large format printers using HP Latex inks and HP UV-curable inks. Offer bold wall decorations and more – provide reassurance with environmental certifications and responsible sourcing. Odourless displays are UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified (certification to UL 2818) and meet AgBB criteria for health-related evaluation of VOC emissions of indoor building products using this FSC-certified paper (BMG trademark licence code FSC®-C115319).

HP removable adhesive fabric

Midcomp Consumables Announces HP Vinyls Partnership

Print high-quality, repositionable graphics that stick to non-porous surfaces. Enjoy the ease of working with this repositionable adhesive-back fabric that is easy to install, reposition and remove with virtually no residue.

The special adhesive is designed to stick to non-porous surfaces to create seamless photographic image quality wall and floor graphics. It has been tested and approved for indoor floor graphics (recommended on indoor smooth, non-porous, sealed flat and dry surfaces for up to three months). Slip resistance for dry environments is based on testing by Sotter Engineering Corporation, June 2020, according to ANSI A137.1/A326.3 and AS HB198:2014 (AS/NZS 4586).

+27 10 020 9999

Clean Removal Of Printed Substrates Must Be Considered When Installing Graphics

According to Peter Bourgeois, Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada and North West USA, at Drytac, when installing graphics, the first thoughts often relate to how easily an image will go up and how well it will anchor to the surface it is mounted to. Often forgotten is what will happen at the end of the life of a graphic. Does it need to stay up for days, weeks, months or even years?

When I do a training session on Drytac products with end users and installers, I usually start by asking if anyone has ever had an issue with an installation. Usually, a few people sheepishly put up their hand. I then ask the follow up question, ‘Has anybody ever had an issue with removal of a graphic?’, and just about everybody puts up their hand.

Knowing what will happen at the time of removal is critical to customer satisfaction. Complications in the clean removal of graphics can cause many issues and a costly clean-up. In the worst case, it can damage the surface to which the graphic is applied, leaving your customer extremely disappointed and potentially creating liability.

The most common options available are permanent or removable adhesive substrates. Permanent is just that: the adhesive is designed to stay up long term and there are no expectations about how easy it will come off. Removable adhesive is less aggressive and is designed to come off. Depending on the surface you have mounted to, it may require some heat and elbow grease but should cleanly come off. It is important to remember that with time – usually six months to a year – a removable adhesive will become more permanent due to changes in the chemistry of adhesive.

Repositionable (or peelable) adhesives can be used multiple times and are designed to be easy to apply as they can be put down and picked up to ensure proper placement. They can be used multiple times and are residue-free upon removal.

Whether using a professional installer or an inexperienced end user, the right adhesive will guarantee predictable installation and predictable removal. When you pay attention to the entire life cycle of a graphic, you will help to eliminate customer disappointment – and hopefully gain more repeat business.

+27 10 020 9999

Vehicle Wrap Of The Week: Speed Graphics

Sign Africa takes a weekly look at some of the most unique wraps. This week’s vehicle wrap features a Subaru wrapped in Hexis material.

If you would like to feature in our weekly highlights, send your eye-catching wraps to journo@practicalpublishing.co.za

+27 73 737 8160/+27 64 809 0202

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