As anticipated by the industry’s experts, the 10th anniversary edition of the region’s largest signage and outdoor publicity exhibition, Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) Middle East 2008, received tremendous response from the UAE and other participating countries. Organized by International Expo Consults (IEC), a member of the national group, Falak Holding, it was held from February 17-19, 2008 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). As always, we bring you a glimpse of this year’s show.
As Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) enters its 11th year, it continues to grow with every passing year. In short, it has become the signage industry’s ultimate gathering spot for everyone involved in selling and sourcing products and services from around the world. It was the biggest show so far in terms of space taken, exhibitors and leads generated worth over USD 800 million. This time also, organisers got overwhelming response and around 90% of this year’s exhibitors assured that they would be back at the show with larger spaces in 2009.
The one-of-its-kind show in the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and CIS, it has steadily grown over the years in tandem with the exponential increase in ad spent in the region. Commenting on the enthusiastic response, Abdul Rehman Falaknaz, president, Falak Holding and International Expo Consults, said, “The major participation from UAE-based companies at Sign and Graphics Imaging 2008 is a salient reflection of the continuing growth and increasing potential for the industry players in this market, which is estimated to be growing at some 22 per cent a year. For signage and outdoor publicity companies, this growth of the industry, which comes in the context of the economic boom in the UAE and the region, represents a major opportunity to grow their business. And this show offered these companies a significant vantage point to pursue their growth goals.”
The 2008 edition of the show had attracted over 300 participants with an impressive growth of 35 per cent compared to last year. “The UAE’s economic boom has spawned many growth sectors for the signage and outdoor media companies – significantly led by the realty segment. Both public as well as private sector have increased their spending on advertising and outdoor media to reach out to the growing market, a trend that will continue to help signage and outdoor media companies reap dividends,” Falaknaz added. This year, 25% of the participants of the show were new while 95% of the earlier exhibitors came back to tap the regional opportunity. According to Abdallah Ghalayini, regional managing director, ME&A, Gandinnovations, FZCO, “It has been the best show for them worldwide.”
“It was absolutely fantastic and a very good show for us. Our new machines attracted lots of attention. Next year, we will be bigger and will come in with more cutting edge technologies and products which nobody will have seen,” added Kunal Avari, regional sales manager, Hewlett Packard- Large Format Printing Solutions. As per Ashish Goel, marketing specialist, 3M, “The show was well organised and it is an excellent platform to demonstrate the latest in digital printing and corporate signages. The quality of visitors was good as we received serious business enquiries.”
With over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries, Sign and Graphics Imaging 2008 brought together the largest debut of innovative technologies in large format digital printing solutions, cutting/engraving and moulding equipment, sign components, multi-faceted advertising display components, thermal and dye sublimation equipment, laser cutting and display equipment, sign equipment and supplies, LED Signs, lighting and accessories, etc. All in all, it was a complete show with broader prospective and with an assurance “Not to be missed” show next year.