DNV GL – african utility week 2015

DNV GL was the Diamond sponsor at African Utility Week 2015. Held at the CTICC in Cape Town, 12th – 14th May 2015, African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is the singular must-attend event for the power and water utilities professionals in Africa and the largest global meeting of its kind. The exhibition floor was home to over 250 solution providers, included four technical workshops areas as well as a host of networking opportunities for free visitors to benefit from.

HOTT3D were commissioned to design and fabricate a custom built, contemporary booth for DNV Management to liaise with industry professionals. The 6m x 4m peninsula booth incorporated dominant fascias with prominent branding to ensure high visibility. A neat, easy flow layout ensured multiple informal meeting areas and a platform for interaction with delegates.

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

HOTT3D custom exhibition stand

Exhibition stands

Bayer Middle East – Annual Internal Sales Conference 2015

Bayer Middle East chose Cape Town as their destination for their annual internal sales conference. The Westin, Cape Town (adjacent to the CTICC) played host to 250 internal sales staff and management including the head management of Bayer South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Having a long and successful relationship with Tourvest, HOTT3D were asked to design and develop the Conference Branding & Venue Wayfinding at The Westin by producing large and grand format printed event and product branding to fit specific internal venues and meeting areas.

Knowing that the delivery had to be world class and without single fault we invested a great deal of time in site visiting and planning.

Branding elements included:

1. 4 Product specific breakout rooms with seamless wall to wall branding.

2. A massive 6m wide x 5.5m high entrance lobby lightbox to serve as the main photo opportunity backdrop.

3. A 19m x 5m seamless printed backdrop with an integrated 4×3 screen in the main venue coupled with a raised stage platform and speakers podium. The logistics for this item alone included printing the seamless backdrop offshore in Germany as there are no South African facilities that can print on fabric to this size or to the required quality with joining.

4. 3m x 4m event specific lightboxes to add to the branding around the giant stage backdrop.

5. Cladding the 6 main lobby foyer pillars in seamless 6m tall event and product branding.

Meticulous planning ensured our Conference Branding & Venue Wayfinding was installed in less than 12 hours. This was an exceptionally well executed project from client servicing all the way through to production onsite, ensuring one very happy client.

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

19m x 5m seamless printed backdrop

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

Main lobby foyer pillars

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

4×3 screen in the main venue

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

Breakout room with seamless wall to wall branding

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

3m x 4m event specific lightboxes

HOTT3D Conference & venue Wayfinding

Entrance lobby lightbox

View more HOTT3D Conference Branding & Venue Wayfinding here

JHB Motor Show Cancellation ‘Wake Up Call’ For Exhibitions Industry


The exhibition industry – show organisers, exhibitors and suppliers alike – should regard the cancellation earlier this month of the Johannesburg International Motorshow (JIM) as a wake-up call to heed the subtle shifts that have been characterising the business-to-business side of the playing field for some time now.
This is the opinion of 3D Groups sales & marketing director, Conrad Kullmann, who added that industry players must change, and realise what is happening in their market. The speed at which they change will ultimately differentiate who will lead the pack.

Head officed in Linbro Business Park in Johannesburg just five minutes drive from Africa’s biggest business hub – Sandton, the 3D Group comprises nine specialist disciplines that work in harmony to provide a professional, turnkey exhibition experience for exhibition organisers and exhibitor companies alike.

According to Kullmann, the shifts exhibition organisers and suppliers should pick up on include:
The move away from pure business-to-business interactions to a more festival atmosphere. For example, SportsXpo has shifted gear from the traditional ‘shop window’ exhibition format to the more energising ‘festival of sport’ format complete with guest appearances and demonstrations of skills and daring.
The increasing importance of lifestyle, which allows the exhibitor to reach end-users as well as members of the trade. Decorex is an example of a very successful cross-over show where exhibitors can hook up with potential stockists as well as raise awareness for their products to consumers. Here the organiser also uses a clever way of activating their show by using their clients’ offerings and teaming up with them to ensure that the show is engaging and a feast for the senses.
The return to the more ‘natural’ ‘market’ concept, where visitors can make purchases there and then, as opposed to completing a form and waiting for follow-up during the weeks after the show.
The rise in the number of (previous) exhibitor companies taking their exhibitions budget and – instead of investing it in a show at which they may grab a potential user’s attention for five minutes before he or she moves on to check out the competition – developing a road show at which they are able to add more value for the potential user, and hold his or her attention for longer on just the relevant basket of products.

Kullmann said these shifts are pointers that everyone who has been involved in the exhibitions industry should use to shape their strategy going forward. He added, though, that the biggest change will have to be made in the exhibition organiser or owner’s tent.

“Organisers have to start taking notice of the change, and change along with it. It’s no longer good enough just have your exhibitors on display. The show has to be activated.

“People are finding exhibitions boring – the same old same old. It’s not exciting. I understand that budget is always an issue but business owners and their show directors have to push the boundaries and think creatively both financially and physically.

“Involve your clients – don’t charge for the activation space; the more you have going on the more exciting it is the more visitors you will have the happier your exhibitors will be.”

An example of thinking creatively is the 3D Group itself. Here, Kullmann has recruited four brilliant road artist crews to walk around Markex and promote themselves. In doing this, they will create a great vibe around Markex; for example, Kullmann anticipates visitors and exhibitors taking videos and these going viral, thereby promoting Markex.

“This is costing us very little, shows some different thinking, promotes and activates Markex, and supports the community,” he said.

“The time is ripe for some new thinking, to re-invent the exhibitions industry. And either it gets done now, or a new agency bursting with ideas and brimming with enthusiasm and a willingness to collaborate will take advantage of the situation.

Most recently, 3D launched EaziXpo, an online exhibitor and services management system. Based on workflow principles and housed in the cloud, it does away with the need for the endless paper trial and complicated spreadsheets of data, historically proven to be unreliable because of human error, to provide an elegant solution for managing all aspects of the exhibition, including money collection for extra services.


Exhibitors go big for Markex 2015

With the beginning of June almost upon us, Markex 2015 exhibitors are putting the final touches on their product and services showcases.
KoolaWorld, importers and distributors of designer homeware, cookware and corporate gifts – and a first-time Markex exhibitor – will feature a number of exclusive brands on its stand (D21, Hall 2), targeted specifically for top-end corporate giveaways. These include Alessi designer gifts, home and kitchenware; the glamorous Ritzenhoff collection of off-beat gifts; and the inspiring range of metal objects for the home and desk from Indian designer, Mukul Goyal, who is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, London.

“We’ll also will be featuring a Mukul Goyal piece in the Markex 2015 new product display section, showcasing chromed brass and stainless steel bookends for holding up books and CDs,” explains Jack Cohen, marketing manager. “Mukul Goyal draws his inspiration from everyday life, but always includes an interesting twist in his pieces.”

Mobile bar services provider, Barmotion, will be sure to draw the crowds to its Markex stand (C12, Hall 1). The company, which focuses on non-alcoholic bar services, will be featuring bars serving frothy cappuccinos and delicious crêpes on each day of the show. Barmotion will also showcase a different, specialised bar over the three days of Markex, including a health smoothie bar, a gourmet milkshake bar and a frozen yoghurt bar.

“Markex is the ideal place for us to display our various bar setups and fantastic team members, as we can demonstrate a fresh new way of creating more interest around events, exhibitions and company training days,” explains Alexis Swart of Barmotion. “We’re able to brand bars for businesses, as a different way of extending their branding efforts, and even have a green, eco-friendly option available.”

Oranges Mugs, which specialises in kiln fire branding and hand-decorated mugs, glassware and crockery, will be launching its collection of mugs featuring the work of celebrated Stellenbosch-based artist, Portchie. Oranges Mugs can be found on stand D20, Hall 2.

“The Portchie collection of mugs and platters are simple, yet colourful and striking,” explains Annelee Mulder, sales and marketing director at Oranges Mugs. “They will make the ideal corporate gift and our introduction of this range at the Markex show is the perfect timing for including these on your end-of-year gift list.”

Markex 2015 is set to take place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. For more information and to pre-register for your free entry to the event, please visit www.markex.co.za.

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, Leigh Miller, tel: 0 1000 33060, leighm@specialised.com
icomm, Nicola Read, +27 (0)83 269 2227, nicola@pr.co.za

Oakfield Farm – Bridal Expo 2015

Every bride deserves to fulfil her dream. Oakfield Farm Wedding Venue is renowned for slick co-ordination. Our two Bridal Expos held in January and June each year continue to celebrate their uniqueness – upholding both an easy-going vibe enhanced by the exceptional quality of exhibitors; the elegant grandeur of its existence and of course the proficiency of Oakfield’s friendly staff members. Couples get to meet SA’s leading wedding specialists in the beautiful and romantic gardens of this sought after wedding venue.

Add to that, no expo is complete without great food and entertainment. And great food can only be “GREAT” if there is no compromise on ingredients. Visitors can choose to enjoy their food by either – bringing their own ground blanket and choosing a spot on the grounds – or sitting at tables in the gardens and listening to great live entertainment.

With over 150 wedding specialists to choose from, a spectacular FREE FASHION SHOW @ 3pm, GREAT Food, Live entertainment and OVER R150,000 in prizes to be WON at the Fashion Show each day, this bridal event is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired and ready to plan your PERFECT day!

Dates: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2015
Venue: Oakfield Farm | Cnr Beyers Naude & Oakfield Farm Rd | Honeydew | JHB | Gauteng

Tickets: R100.00 per person – available at the Gate

Show Times: 10am-5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Website: www.bridalexpo.co.za / www.oakfield.co.za

Contact Number: 011 933 3464 / 073 399 7072

Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo 2015 Bizcimmounity

Johannesburg’s trendiest décor and home lifestyle exhibition, the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo, is back for their 22nd year! Presenting the latest trends on the home front to create, decorate and renovate your home, together with DStv, our media partner.

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The line-up of show features and points of interest include the 350 MARKET LEADING EXHIBITORS, who provide you as visitor with a vast and complete range of products covering every aspect of your home and lifestyle. The first 20 000 visitors will get the latest copy of the Green Home magazine at the door!

The BUILDERS DIY THEATRE features renowned experts giving visitors DIY ideas and solutions when it comes to renovating and decorating their gardens and homes.

The trendy DÉCOR & FURNITURE AVE. on the upper level boasts inspiring spaces in décor living trends, customised and crafted furniture and a beautiful selection of Art. End your trip along the Avenue with a stop at the DELI to tantalise your taste buds and stock up on some great culinary delights.

FLIP THAT FAN is a cutting edge and innovative competition and showcase of designs by the University of Johannesburg Industrial Design students! This year you can look forward to a fun display of fans that will blow you away. HOMEMAKERS is supporting young designers by sponsoring R10,000 towards the top three designers in this project. Watch out for more information in Condé Nast House & Garden, project media partner.

Considering a home theatre? Bring your house plans and meet the experts and hosts, Cinema Architects and AV Gurus at the brand new CINEMA EXPERIENCE feature. Two examples of home theatre settings, one a Classic and the second a more Contempo Home Theatre will be on show. These two leading companies in this highly specialised and technical field can make all the difference in terms of design, product and specialist installation and are offering an opportunity to win big discounts!

Don’t miss the popular Gauteng BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Coffee Lovers Theatre hosted by SCASA (Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa). Top baristas and coffee experts will entertain, inform and inspire visitors with their impressive performances and knowledgeable insights into coffee preparation and serving.
View and purchase your very own home coffee machine – a remarkable range of market leading brands are on show.

Read more about the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo Feature Areas.

26 February – 1 March 2015 | the dome, Northriding
Thursday & Friday 10am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
R90 Adults, R60 Pensioners, Children under 12 free
Tickets available at Webtickets.

For more information visit www.homemakersonline.co.za or phone 086 111 HOME/4663.
View the 2014 Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo ad or take a look at our favourite photos from the 2014 event (Facebook) and click here to see the 2014 highlight video.

Twitter – @SAHomemakers
Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/sahomemakers/homemakers-expo-2013-gauteng/

Via: Bizcommunity

CTICC achieves its Universal Accessibility rating

CTICC Cape TownThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) achieved its first Universal Accessibility (AU) audit, with an outstanding result of 83% for Mobility Accessibility from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) at the end of the last year.

“At the CTICC, we are committed to providing accessibility for all our clients and patrons, especially those who have special requirements. We were delighted with our result of level 3 which is the highest classification that one can obtain”, says Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer.

For the past 5 years the CTICC has been assessed by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and has maintained its 5 star rating. Due to a recent government mandate, all hospitality institutions were assessed for their universal accessibility on mobility – this was the first time that CTICC was evaluated and was able to achieve remarkable results.

“The audit findings stated that the CTICC provided ‘excellent mobility facilities’. This affirms CTICC’s ethos of creating exceptional experiences, through our ability to ensure the safety, comfort and accessibility for our clients and patrons”, adds Aage Hansen, General Manager: Operations & Food & Beverage.

The CTICC was designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that all feel welcome. The building has features that live up to Universal Accessibility Standards and the South African National Building Regulations (NBR) Standards.

The world-class facilities at the centre offers full wheel-chair access, designated drop-off points and parking bays for people with disabilities, toilets have been specially designed for the physically challenged, elevators with Braille inscriptions, and tables and chairs which adhere to universal accessibility requirements.

The width of all external and internal doors has been designed to accommodate wheelchair access and lift buttons are placed to allow easy access by those in wheelchairs. Auditorium 1 is also equipped with designated seating sections for wheelchair occupants.

The CTICC has been the venue of choice for a diverse group of meetings and events since its inception. On 14 February 2014, the centre hosted the Disability Employment Summit, which aimed to raise awareness, especially among business, government and other sectors of society, on the challenges and opportunities of employing people with disabilities.

Events hosted previously include the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) in 2008 which had 800 delegates; and the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise International Small Business Conference in 2009 which was attended by 200 delegates.


Issued by the Cape Town International Convention Centre

For more information contact Olivia Carney, the Corporate Communications Officer, on Tel + 27 21 410 5000 or ocarney@cticc.co.za.