Gulf Print & Pack 2019 is set to welcome a growing international audience to Dubai when the next instalment opens its doors on April 15-18 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event is claimed as the MENA region’s leading trade show for the packaging and commercial print sectors. With the show displaying the newest in multi-substrate presses, wide and narrow format digital presses, laser die-cutting, smart labels/packaging, and software, it is aimed primarily at printers, service providers, brand owners and designers.
Ahead of the 2019 event, the organizer of Gulf Print & Pack has noted that almost half of exhibitors taking part hail from outside the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Overseas exhibitors confirmed as taking part include: Berhalter (Switzerland), Holweg (France), Novurania (Italy), OMM Graphic (Malaysia), RotoMetrics (US), Tong Shin Pack Co Ltd (Korea), UPM Raflatac (Finland) and Winpack Machinery (Taiwan).
Gulf Print & Pack 2019 will also welcome a number of first-time exhibitors, including Lemorau (Portugal), Frimpeks (Turkey) and Pulse Printing Products (UK), alongside a growing number of companies from the Indian sub-continent making their show debut. They include: Apex Industries, Technova Imaging Systems (both from India); and Roshan Packages (Pakistan). Returning exhibitors include Bobst, Canon, HP, Konica Minolta and Xerox. Gulf Print & Pack 2019 is claimed as the only platform that brings all these manufacturers together under the one roof in the MENA region.
A new feature on the show floor for 2019 is the ‘Innovation Trail’. This will showcase machinery to potential buyers at a series of live demonstrations taking place throughout the four days of the show.
In addition, the number of pre-show registrations from outside the MENA region is already way ahead of 2017 and come from countries as diverse as Bahrain, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Lisa Milburn, Gulf Print & Pack managing director, commented: ‘We are delighted with the international response from overseas exhibitors at this year’s event. At its core, it has typically been Middle Eastern and African, but already we are looking forward to the most far-reaching edition of the show yet, with a particularly strong representation from Europe and Southeast Asia. It is proof that overseas companies are eager to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the region. It truly is a global show.’
Chris Lynch, head of production technology, Xerox Middle East & Africa, said: ‘Gulf Print & Pack 2019 promises to be another “must see” event for those in the business of printing and packaging across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. By connecting industry leaders, suppliers, market-creators and print service providers together with consumers of print and packaging, this event has rightfully earned a reputation for helping grow the market in new and exciting ways.’
Entry to the exhibition is free, but visitors should pre-register at www.gulfprintpack.com.