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57% of SGI Dubai 2018 showalready sold off
Industry growing at a steady rate to reach $54 billion in 2022

Dubai, UAE, August 15th, 2017: International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, announced that the SGI Dubai 2018 show is 57 percent sold out almost 5 months prior to the show. The 21st edition of this premier sign, graphic and imaging industry event will be held from January 14th to 16th at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).


The 2017 edition of the showwelcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 36 countries spread over 22,000m2and registered over 40 new exhibitors. The 2018 edition of the show will be by far the largest showcase since the inception of the show approximately 20 years ago.


"We are delighted by the response that we are receiving from the exhibitors which is not just from the region but from across the globe. The region is investing heavily on infrastructure, several large retailestablishments and also themeparks and amusement sector. This is one of the many reasons for the new overseas exhibitors to sign up earlier to capitalise on the strategic locations within the show. Another key aspect that we can identify is the growing importance of the mega Expo 2020 event, which will need a lot of investment in the signage space," stated Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.


As per Smithers Pira report, the regional market is valued at over $35.1 billion in 2017 and will see annual cross-segment growth of 9.0%, to reach $54.0 billion in 2022. The same report also claims amplification in consumption of printed materials from 15.8 million tonnes in 2017 to reach 22.6 million tonnes in 2022.


The SGI Dubai 2017 show witnessed somehigh value dealsbeing signed during the three-day show. The exhibition also hosted seminars and workshops conducted by industry experts. The event slated to be held in Halls 2 through to 8 of DWTC will include seminars and workshops conducted by industry experts. A dedicated pavilion for the digital signage industry has been created to accommodate innovative concepts.


SGI Dubai 2018 encompasses all signage and graphic solutions and is an important platform that showcases products and services where one can interact with the leading players in the signage, graphic imaging, screen and digital printing industries.


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.


Yasin Merchant, Managing Director, Signtrade, said, "We are pleased to be associated with SGI Dubai - one of the distinguished shows in the region. Our massive participation at SGI Dubai, spanning an entire hall, manifests our commitment to the growth and success of the Signage industry, in the MENA region. But SGI Dubai 2018 is more special. In addition to Signtrade celebrating its 30th anniversary, we plan to exhibit the latest technical innovations and disruptive technologies, coupled with industry talks, to give our visitors an exceptional, valuable experience. Positive attitude in the backdrop of innovation is the key element that drives us, as we lead the sign, graphics and textile industry".


"Canon ME is proud to announce the new products lined up for launch in SGI Dubai 2018, including the Colorado 1640, the first outdoor product for the signage market. We would also be launching the TX series – a highly competitive large format printer for the POS market and the PRO 6000 – a 12 colour large format printer to cater to the photography and fine-arts market," said Shadi Bakhour, B2B Business Unit Director, Canon Middle East.


About International Expo-Consults (IEC): International Expo-Consults (IEC) is an internationally recognized trade show management company with an impressive track record of 20 years of operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region. The Exhibition arm of the Dubai-based conglomerate, the Falak Holding; IEC is the organiser of key exhibitions including Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI Dubai) and the Dubai, Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure (DEAL). Dubai-based conglomerate, Falak Holding has been an industry pioneer for over 30 years having diversified business interests including real estate development; retail - sports, fashion, home furnishings; exhibitions, medical diagnostics, trading and many more as part of its portfolio. Falak Holding is also a key stakeholder and investor in the prestigious Dubai Sports City project. Kindly log on to www.signmiddleeast.com for more information on the show.


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