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Printing and signage solutions worth over AED250 million at SGI Dubai 2018
300 plus exhibitors from across 35 countries to participate in the 21st edition of the show

Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2017: The signage and graphic industry's top brands from the local, regional and international markets spanning 35 countries will head to Dubai in January 2018 for the SGI Dubai show. This is the largest exhibition catering to the large format printing industry in the Middle East and Africa region. Over 300 global and regional exhibitors have confirmed their presence and will be showcasing products and solutions worth AED 250 million.


The global printing industry is forecast to reach $980 billion by 2018 according to Smithers Pira report. Industry revenues in the MENA region, is forecast to grow at 7.2% per annum and this is expected to touch US$26 billion by 2018.


The 21st edition of SGI Dubai expects to receive over thousands of visitors from nearly 75 countries and they are set to witness the industry's latest products and trends. International Expo Consults (IEC) stated that one of the reasons for global exhibitors setting their sights on this region is due to the forecasted 9.0% growth in market value of the printing industry in the MENA region.


Sunil Purushothaman, General Manager, Masonlite, said, "SGI is the only platform which promotes the latest technology in digital signage to all parts of region. Our clients in the GCC and African countries look forward to this show every year to see the latest technology and products. With upcoming big-ticket events like EXPO 2020, a lot can be expected to enhance LED and signage market in the next two years".


For the last two decades, SGI has played a pivotal role in bringing together the stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors in the signage and graphic industry under a common platform.


"Printing and signage industry has become an integral part of the society we live in. It touches your offices, homes, marketplaces and even roads in some or the other form. But sometimes, people don't realize the fact that we are an integral part of the global ecosystem and are one of the longest surviving industries in the world. We move the world ahead on a daily basis. SGI Dubai 2018 is spread across a larger floor space and is much bigger than its previous editions. The exhibitors and visitors can expect to witness the best-kept secrets in the industry from across the globe," says Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of IEC.


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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