The Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Expo, held from 13-15 September at Gallagher Convention Centre, was bustling with many returning visitors per day, while exhibitors set social media alight with their stand videos and pictures. Bells were ringing on stands with sales being made, and the overall feedback illustrated an extremely good looking expo with a diversity of products and thousands of brands on exhibit.
The expo attracted 4735 visitors from 18 countries, a 15% increase from 2022. The top ten countries that visited outside South Africa were Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Eswatini, Malawi, DRC and Ghana. The event was sponsored by Platinum sponsors Roland DG South Africa and Stixo Signage Supplies.
Visitors could see new products and business opportunities in the world of graphics, signage, digital printing, branding, T-shirt printing, mug printing, vehicle graphics, laser engraving, binding equipment, digital packaging solutions, wide format printing and more.
Exhibitors Had Positive Feedback About The Event:
‘The show was wonderful. We had a steady flow of customers, especially on day two. The quality of customers that came through was really good. We were very excited to see quite a few Namibian customers, which is great for us because we are looking at growing that market. In terms of the exposure, and getting the Kolok, HEXIS and NUtec names out there, it was a great show. We are looking forward to next year,’ said Illze Bester, Kolok.
‘This was one of the best shows. We saw guys from Namibia and Angola. We got quite a number of leads. Some of the visitors were starting to buy, we were giving out quotations,’ said Aron Mudau, Curv.
‘It was excellent for us, and we will definitely be back next year,’ said Elke Brink, DTF Africa.
‘We had a very positive response. The assistance from the organisers was absolutely fantastic,’ said Ronelle Van Reenen, Beith Cape Town.
‘It was very good. There was a lot of interest, a lot of people walking through, a lot of new technology around, and an interesting show,’ said Dirk Vogt, Colorscreen.
‘It was a good three days. Not only did we have an opportunity to chat to our customers but there were a lot of exhibitors that came through from other countries like China. There were a lot of new customers, and a lot of cross border customers,’ said Thomas Smith, Falcon SA.
‘I was very impressed, this was probably one of our best shows to date. We had a lot of interest at the stand,’ said Tristan Woodman, Skyco.
‘The exhibition was amazing. We reached our target and we met many people. We got many calls and got many clients, who were already buying,’ said Hope Sebola, Excel LED.
‘The show was amazing. It was the first time we were at FESPA Africa and I was blown away. We had so much interest, I am definitely going to be back next year,’ said Darryl Curtis, Cover Styl’ South Africa.
‘It was an adrenaline rush, and it was amazing. It was so well organised, and so professional. We were honoured to be part of it, to be able to get exposure for our product was fantastic,’ said Lizelle Jacobs, Signbox.
‘The new printers that we brought in were very well received. We sold the majority of them off the stand,’ said Josh Carstens, MIPS Technologies.
Judges visited each stand at the expo and judged the stands according to criteria based on design, staff friendliness and professionalism. The results are as follows:
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Small Shell Scheme
Tie Winner: ZSK Embroidery and Trotec.
Second place: Encres DUBUIT.
Third place: Uprint SA.
Africa Print Small Shell Scheme
Second place: JG Electronics.
Modern Marketing Small Shell Scheme
Winner: Tygan Digital + Signage.
Second place: DTF Africa.
Tie third place: Impumelelo Promotions and Project Rhino.
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Medium Shell Scheme
Winner: ORAFOL® Safety Systems.
Second place: Berzacks Brothers.
Third place: Colorscreen.
Africa Print Medium Shell Scheme
Second place: Rexx Screen & Digital Supplies.
Third place: Gencotech.
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Small Floor Space
Winner: 3A Composites.
Second place: Signbox.
Third place: Digifab.
Modern Marketing Small Floor Space
Winner: Woodline Shade Solutions.
Second place: Cover Styl’ South Africa.
Third place: Beith Cape Town.
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Medium Floor Space
Tie second place: AGP Africa and Kolok.
Third place: Red Hot Media.
Africa Print Medium Floor Space
Winner: Printing SA.
Second place: Hitech Graphics/MIPS/Mutoh.
Third place: NSDS.
Modern Marketing Medium Floor Space
Tie Winner: Skyco Media Solutions and Excel LED South Africa.
Second place: Curv Signage Systems.
Third place: China Direct Sourcing.
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Large Floor Space
Winner: NUtec Digital Ink.
Second place: Fujifilm Graphic Communication South Africa.
Third place: CNC PME.
Africa Print Large Floor Space
Second place: Falcon SA.
Third: STP Engineering.
Sign Africa And FESPA Africa Mega Floor Space
Second Place: Stixo Signage Supplies.
Third place: Roland DG South Africa.
Africa Print Mega Floor Space
Winner: Graphix Supply World/Mimaki.
Second place: Sign-Tronic.
Third place: Fortune South Africa.
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