The entire signage and graphic industry’s stakeholders will descend at Dubai’s World Trade Centre in January 2020 for the region’s largest show, ‘SGI Dubai 2020’. The premier show catering to the large format printing, signage, and allied industries in the Middle East and North Africa region will feature global and regional exhibitors showcasing their machines and solutions that are estimated to run into several million dollars. SGI Dubai 2020 will be held from January 12–14, 2020.
SGI Dubai is the region’s largest trade exhibition for sign-makers, print and production manufacturers, media agencies, mall owners, car wrapping industry, real-estate developers, hospitality and tourism industries, 3D printing industry, architects, brand and image consultants among other stakeholders in the printing, signage and imaging industries. The show has served as a seamless eco-system for brands and innovative ideas.
SGI Dubai has seen participation from visionary brand leaders – both international and regional. Desert Sign Business Point International, QCW (Smart Triangles LLC), Flex Europa Heliozid, STARFLEX, Strings International, Al Shabak, ADS Advertising Materials LLC., ORAFOL Europe GMBH, Butterfly LED, Brother International, Graphic International (GIC), Masonlite, MAGIC TRADING CO. LLC, PRIME SIGN, New Way Oriental Trading, Tekstilbox and Fortune 7 FZE among hundreds of other global exhibitors, are all going to be present at the show with some of the industry’s best-kept secrets.
Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC stated, “Bypassing the middleman, the visitors to the show are able to get the most competitive rates directly from the exhibitors and manufacturers of the top brands. Among the growing number of trade-visitors we welcome from across the globe, we have also been witnessing a growing contingent from the African region year-on-year. The visitors are particularly from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Egypt and Libya among other African nations. The geographical proximity of our show provides an accessible platform for the African business owners to source top of the line machines with the latest technology”.
A Smithers Pira report shares valuable insight into the global printing industry estimating the total market value to grow to $874 billion in 2024. The report which identifies that the global market though still in transition, has great value-adding potential to several vertical industries. The MENA industry which is expected to reach $32 billion by the end of 2019 is expected to perform better than the global markets and is reported to grow at 6.2%.
Trade visitors can view some of the latest in digital display technologies at the show. Digital displays are gaining prominence due to the advent of augmented and virtual reality. UAE’s total retail market size is projected to rapidly grow with retail sales expected to touch $44 billion by 2021.
Textile printing industry players are yet another category to watch. Every year the show witnesses participation from some of the finest players from within the industry. The textile printing equipment manufacturers have a lot to gain from the market in the region and especially UAE with several requirements from organizations right from home furnishing to branding to T-shirt printing. This industry is on a growth path as several African markets are also looking at this sector quite seriously apart from the GCC markets.
“Today we are surrounded by some of the other forms of signages, both traditional and digital. This industry has been an integral part of the business ecosystem and will continue to provide invaluable service for years to come. With thousands of visitors registered to visit the show floor for the 3 days, we expect it to be yet another great year for our exhibitors” added Rahman.
“LED is surely the next big thing. This technology will play a significant role in bringing down a country’s carbon footprint. We introduced this segment within our show a few years ago and since then, the participation from companies from around the world has grown and we foresee a sustained growth path. This is another multi-billion-dollar industry and if you are associated with this industry, then you should consider participating in this show as we receive several developers, mall owners from the Middle East and Africa,” added Rahman.
The exhibition serves as a converging point for print and production manufacturers, sign makers, media and marketing agencies, developers, architects, and brand and image consultants, among others. This will be the 23rd edition of the show and will receive thousands of visitors primarily from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia. The 2020 show will also feature various activities such as the creative competition – Wall of Fame, panel discussions with top industry leaders – Knowledge Series and car wrapping demonstrations – Masters of Wrap. The Knowledge Series panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth, the founder, President, and Director of FLAAR.
For over two decades, SGI Dubai has been the epicenter for anything to do in the printing and signage for the MENA region. It has been the only show to bring together the stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors in the industry under a common platform.