Print takes off at The 5th Annual Africa Print Expo

The Africa Print Expo, the largest commercial digital print expo in Africa will take place between Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th September at the Gallagher Convention Centre and will showcase the industry of print. Exhibitors will include that of suppliers, manufacturers of commercial and digital printers, as well as finishing equipment, software, media and consumables.

The Africa Print Expo, together with FESPA Africa, Sign Africa and Africa LED will be housed in halls 1, 2 and 3 and will be open from 9 am – 5 pm daily from Wednesday, 12th September through to Friday, 14th September.

According to Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA, the official mouthpiece of South Africa’s print and packaging industry, “This is the perfect vehicle to create excitement whilst imparting knowledge within our industry through the use of the key platforms to drive awareness about the sustainability and growth of the industry. Printing SA looks forward to being part of this initiative for the third year running, and excited to be showcasing a multitude of activities aimed at ensuring the relevance of the print and packaging industry in years to come,” he said

The main activity highlighting the benefit of this relationship is the third annual Printing SA Africa Print Conference. The theme of the conference, which takes place in Gallagher 3 on Friday, 14th September, is “Where Print Takes Off”. Topics have been carefully selected to address current economic and industry trends, and provides insights into how attendees can diversify their businesses for continued growth and sustainability,” explains Thobela.

Andile- MC for the event

Delegates will be offered the opportunity to ‘connect’ with the likes of Printing SA and FESPA’s executives as well as conference guest speakers, during a networking lunch.

The Printing SA Africa Conference will take place on Friday, September 14th and will cover the following topics of discussion. Starting with a discussion pertaining to Waste Management from Shabeer Jhetam Executive Director of Packaging SA; FESPA Print Census results by Sean Holt Executive Director FESPA; Demystifying the Fp&M Seta Workplace skills planning and discretionary grant application processes by P.K. Naicker General Manager Research, Planning and reporting at FP&M SETA and lastly Laura Minter Director at Digitalview will discuss how to print The Expected – colour management.

Attendance at the Printing SA Africa Print Conference allows access to FESPA Africa and the Africa Print Expo where the latest technological solutions in printing, screen printing, signage, textile printing and garment design are on display.

The cost of the half-day conference is R500 excluding VAT. SAIP members qualify for a 25% discount and will earn points. Printing SA members qualify for a 10% discount. Should you hold both memberships a 25% discount will apply. Registration is now open and seats are limited.

As part of the Jamboree week of print, Printing SA will once again be hosting the ever-popular annual gala dinner on the evening of Wednesday, 12th September, which is themed 1920s New York, an era where fashion and style entered the modern era. It’s the decade in which women first abandoned the more restricting fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes (such as short skirts or trousers). Men also abandoned highly formal daily attire and even began to wear athletic clothing for the first time. The suits men wear today are still based, for the most part, on those worn in the late 1920s. The 1920s was also the era of the big jazz bands so be sure not to miss a night of solidarity, laughter and fun; an evening where you get to let your hair down and enjoy the company of colleagues, partners and suppliers within the South African printing and packaging industry.

We’re expecting tickets to be snapped up fairly quickly, so best to get yours today to avoid disappointment.  Cost per ticket is R590 excluding VAT or book a table of ten at R5 310.

For further information, contact Printing SA  on +27 (0)11 287 1160 or email: events@printingsa.org


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