Visual Impact Expo is Fully Booked

All stands for the Visual Impact Expo at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in July have been fully booked, with a complete roster of suppliers ready to exhibit their newest equipment, systems, and services.

The upcoming Visual Impact Expo at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is set for a great event, with the announcement that every stand in the hall is now booked. This exhibition showcases the latest equipment, systems, and services, offering a platform for industry professionals to explore innovations and make new connections. Charly Blades, the events manager at Visual Connections, emphasised the event’s significance, noting, “As the first local show for Queensland in more than six years, we anticipate record attendances.”

Charly Blades, events manager at Visual Connections
Charly Blades, events manager at Visual Connections

The expo promises a wide range of solutions, covering everything from signage and displays to wide-format printing, textile printing, LED and illumination, fabrication, routing, engraving, and laser cutting, along with software and workflows. Leading names like Ball & Doggett, Mimaki Australia, Roland DG, and others will be at the event with major stands, showcasing their latest innovations.

Blades provided insights into what visitors can expect at the Visual Impact Expo in Brisbane. “Visitors to the Brisbane Show will have the widest possible suite of solutions to see, experience, and evaluate at the show,” Blades remarked, highlighting the diverse range of exhibitors from global market leaders to niche suppliers. “It will literally be bursting at the seams! Bringing all this together ‘under one roof’ is what exhibitions are all about – and Visual Impact Brisbane will deliver.”

Blades noted the diverse mix of exhibitors, “The floorplan is looking like a really good balance between the larger suppliers with multiple solutions and product lines, and the smaller local and international exhibitors who always bring a range of resources, affiliations, solutions, and options which are invaluable to industry businesses and ideally complement the offerings of the bigger names.” She commented on the comprehensive selection of wide-format print technologies, CNC routers, engravers, large-format laser cutting solutions, fabrication, illumination, and services like leasing and finance. Additionally, industry associations such as ASGA, LIA, and FPLMA will be present, enriching the experience for attendees.

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The event’s programme is set to be equally dynamic, featuring ‘Connections Sessions’ designed to connect industry businesses with key insights and information for building success. Blades elaborated on this, saying, “Our aim with this educational element is to deliver the best possible value to visitors for their investment of time, by offering shorter, more focused sessions in a comfortable, conversational environment. Connections Sessions are designed to facilitate real connection.” These sessions aim to start conversations and connect industry decision-makers with experts, fostering valuable interactions.

The programme will cover topics ranging from workforce satisfaction and sustainability to targeted expert sessions on heat printing and décor applications. Additionally, the popular Try-A-Trade activities will be back, allowing students and industry enthusiasts to engage with industry-related tasks under the guidance of TAFE trainers and industry volunteers.

The partnership between Visual Connections and Brisbane TAFE for the ‘Sign & Print Career Connections’ programme is a key highlight, aiming to attract and engage new talent in the industry. Blades explained, “Students will be able to try their hand at a range of industry-related tasks and chat about careers with our advisors and industry personnel.” This initiative, supported by various industry associations, aims to provide valuable insights and pathways for those interested in industry careers.

Blades emphasised the significance of partnerships with TAFEs and RTOs, particularly in the context of the ‘Sign & Print Career Connections’ programme. “We are really fortunate to have positive relationships with TAFEs and other RTOs across Australia,” Blades noted, underscoring the programme’s role in engaging students and providing insights into industry careers.

“Our Sign & Print Career Connections programme, developed in collaboration with AusSIP and ASGA, has been a game-changer. Between 2015 and 2021, we saw enrolments in Certificate III for Sign & Graphics soar from 230 to over 700, showcasing its immense impact. Building on this success, we expanded its scope to the entire print, sign, and graphics sector, garnering support from industry giants like FESPA Australia, FPLMA, LIA, and VMA. Today, it stands as an industry-wide initiative, thanks to our partners who share a vision for empowering the next generation of industry leaders,” added Blades.

TAFE apprentices mentoring students
TAFE apprentices mentoring students

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the latest channel letter-bending solutions at daily Channel Lettering Workshops, providing hands-on experience and insights into industry advancements.

With registrations building strongly and a packed programme awaiting attendees, Visual Impact Brisbane is set to be a hub of industry activity. Blades expressed confidence in the event’s success, stating, “Attendance numbers for our exhibitions have been really strong, with people keen to acquaint themselves with the latest solutions, and we expect Brisbane will be no exception.”

Visual Impact Brisbane, sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Roland DG and Gold Sponsors Avery Dennison, Epson, Graphic Art Mart, HP, Spicers, and Trotec, is scheduled to run from 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday 17 and Thursday, 18 July, and from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday 19 July, at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

To register click here or view all the latest information, including the most up to date floorplan, on the Visual Impact website.

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