International Expo Consults (IEC), part of Falak Holding, announced the launch of ‘Masters of Wrap’ its inaugural car wrapping competition, to be conducted during the 2018 edition of the SGI Dubai show. The UAE car wrapping industry has grown significantly over the past few years due to the large presence of car enthusiasts and represents a rapidly expanding portion of the large format printing industry in the region.
‘Masters of Wrap’ will take place in collaboration with Avery Dennison and Strings International, two of the biggest names in car wrapping industry. The competition isn’t just for the exhibitors of SGI Dubai 2018 but will accept entries from participants across the globe as well. People interested in taking part in the competition can submit their entries by sending a message through SGI Dubai’s Facebook platform by December 10th, 2017.
“Year-on-year, there is a steady growth in the number of automobiles getting wrapped across the GCC and the greater Middle East and Africa region. Car wrapping is also a favourite form of advertising since utilising vehicles as moving billboards is a cost-effective and popular marketing tool for the local businesses. The competition is a great way to get manufacturers and the car enthusiasts on the same platform to discuss their requirements,” stated Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo Consults – Organisers of the SGI Dubai show.
According to a report published by Grand View Research, the automotive wrap films market would reach USD10.8 billion by 2025. The MENA market was labelled as one of the fastest growing markets for automotive wrap films as per the report and is reportedly growing at a CAGR of 20% due to increasing utilization of the vehicle wraps for advertisements, especially in promoting places of interests. Among the leading players in this region are Signtrade International, Strings International, and System Middle East and they are aggressively promoting their new products across Middle East & Africa.
Middle East’s premier large format printing, signage and imaging exhibition, SGI Dubai 2018, will also include a live car wrap demonstration section during the show. Various organisations from the pool of exhibitors from around the globe would get ample time and opportunity to wrap these vehicles with their preferred material during the exhibition. Signtrade, Signmax, Strings International and Al Shabak partook in the demonstrations among the exhibitors of the last iteration of SGI Dubai. The 2018 edition is expected to have more exhibitors affiliated with the car wrap industry showcasing the best of their product portfolio.
“Car aficionados are looking to modify their personal cars with full vehicle wraps that represent their personality. Usually, car-owners turn to car wraps to ensure that their automobile is prominent in a sea of vehicles with unique colours, patterns and finishes. A major reason for increased use of car wraps is that manufacturers nowadays offer an inadequate number of choices in car colours,” added Mr. Rahman.
“SGI Dubai 2018 would be a treat for automobile enthusiasts who will get to witness live car wrapping sessions. It would also provide immense insight to those who are considering car wrapping as a form of outdoor advertising and can network with potential suppliers and experts. With the help of car wrapping, marketers can target their key messages in an area within the proximity of their brand’s target audience. The utilisation of these mobile billboards is an attractive and efficient addition to any brand’s integrated marketing communications,” further stated Mr. Rahman.
SGI Dubai 2018 in its 21st edition aims to welcome exhibitors from across North America, Europe, Asia and the MENA region and expects over thousands of trade visitors to visit UAE during the show and witness the industry’s latest products and trends. The show is being held from January 14-16, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Halls 3-8. It will bring together sign and graphic stakeholders from all over the globe.