Over 1300 visitors attended the Sign Africa Cape Town Expo to see the cutting-edge equipment on display, with exhibitors reporting good leads and sales on the day.

Platinum sponsor Roland exhibited its full range of cutting-edge equipment, including the new SolJet Pro 4 XR-640, the company’s largest and fastest printer/cutter, as well as the SOLJET XF-640 High-Speed Inkjet Printer.

Platinum sponsor Avery Dennison showcased its Supreme Wrapping Film with new finishes, including a Satin finish in black, white, Carmine Red, Bubblegum Pink and White Pearl and its Carbon Fibre Supreme wrap.

OKI SA exhibited the OKI ES9541, the graphic arts industry’s first five colour, A3 LED printer.

NSDS launched the Viper2 direct to garment printer which is available with the patented White ink management system.

GSW showcased cutting-edge equipment from Mimaki, Fujifilm, Esko and TheMagicTouch.

Neil Felton, CEO of FESPA, visited the Sign Africa Cape Town expo to show support to the region for the upcoming FESPA Africa expo. He met with existing and new exhibitors on his two-day visit to the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Felton said, ‘I’m amazed by the overwhelming response, anticipation and energy in support of FESPA Africa from both suppliers and visitors. Africa is a fast developing market which is adopting a wide variety of technologies, and shows such as FESPA Africa will be clearly focused on delivering these opportunities to this market. We are up 25% on booth space sold from the Sign Africa 2013 event and there is an increasing number of suppliers that are supporting their distributors in the region so that you will see an even higher quality show with a greater variety of new products and technology. In addition to the South African market, the marketing campaign will also be focused on increasing the number of buyers from countries outside of South Africa over the next few years.’

‘The interest shown from clients, even those from all the way in Congo was amazing. We will welcome further companies to the Modico Family in the following weeks as the interest shown was double of last year’s figures,’ said Chayce Strydom, Marketing & Support, Modico Africa.

Judges visited each stand at the expo and judged the stands according to criteria based on design and staff friendliness and professionalism. The stand winners and runners up include:

Sign Africa Small Stand:
First: Modico
Second: Studder

Sign Africa Medium Stand:
First: Craft Signs
Second: AWT swissQprint

Sign Africa Large stand
First: GSW and Sign-Tronic
Second: Roland

Forthcoming regional expos include:

Polokwane, 14 May, Meropa Casino, Polokwane (please note the date change).
Johannesburg, 2-4 July 2014, Gallagher Convention Centre
Durban, 26-27 August, Durban ICC