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Dubai SGI, Sign and Graphics Imaging Middle East 2013

 

SGI Dubai 2013: Wide Format Printers, Inks, media and substrates, laminators and coaters

Dubai SGI, Sign and Graphics Imaging, the first major international sign industry event in the world each year, 20-22 January 2013.

Two of us from FLAAR were at at SGI, Sign Middle East in past years, and wow, this printer, media, ink, and cutter expo sure is impressive. Ryan Crist was an intern with FLAAR when FLAAR headed the digital imaging technology institute at Bowling Green State University many years ago. He has continued to move up in the world of large format inkjet printing and has his own consulting and service business and partners. He is lecturing on several important topics here at SGI.

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Dubai expo center is very accessible; here you can see the corresponding bus stop.

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth also lectured at this sign industry event, every year for many years now. SGI 2013 is 20-22 January 2013.

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SGI in Dubai is the first printer trade show of international status of the year’s calendar. Even though last year, 2012, was a "DRUPA year" the expo occupied four halls. It is not shrinking, it is holding steady and growing (only one booth dropped out that we noticed, and everyone else was here). It's a bundle of energy in the halls. I met people from all over the world every day of the three days.

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View of dowtown Dubai from the Expo Center.

For SGI Dubai, Sign Middle East 2013, both Dr Hellmuth and Ryan Crist will be organizing additional lectures and will be consultants for the expo.

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Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth attends SGI Dubai every year as a special guest; he has experience in wide-format printing and often lectures a different trade shows around the world. This is last year’s lecture at SGI Dubai.
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Ryan Chris collaborates from time to time with FLAAR, here he is lecturing at SGI Dubai 2012.

FLAAR also writes for ME Printer magazine in Dubai, the leading trade magazine for the Middle East.

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Many UV roll-to-roll and flatbed printers: AGFA Jeti 3348, Gandy Digital Pred8tor, DIlli Neo Titan,to mention a few. SGI does not only exhibit wide-format printers, media, inks and equipment for wide-format printing are also exhibited at this trade show.

Dubai is a safe place to visit

I feel much safer walking through Dubai than in Atlanta. Dubai is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. Plus with shopping its great to bring your family.

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Many textile printers exhibited at the SGI Dubai 2012 trade show: D.G.I. FabriJet for transfer paper, Mimaki JV33-160, and Mutoh Viper TX.

SGI also offers electronic signage

Although FLAAR is focused on wide-format inkjet printing workflow and applications, we are fully aware of electronic signage. FLAAR Reports is considering entering this area with our reviews, but we first wish to build further relationships with manufacturers and distributors of these technologies. But LCD and LED electronic dynamic digital signage are definitely trends we are keeping our eyes on.

SGI offers access to these trends in electronic signage, so another reason to get to Dubai later this January and experience both Sign Middle East, and experience the hospitality of the Middle East cultures.

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Solvent printers are very popular in trade shows around the world; Seiko and Xenons are some of the printers in this category exhibited at last year’s SGI.

Most recently updated January 3, 2013