Simon Robinson, director of Mediatech Africa, has reported a record year for both exhibitors and attendees at this year’s fair.

Mediatech is a trade fair organised to showcase cutting edge technology in the live entertainment, broadcast, audiovisual and corporate communications industries. It offers a comprehensive selection of equipment, applications and demonstrations by industry leaders, as well as technical and creative conferences and workshops. This year’s fair was held from 12–14 June.

The exposition is run in tandem with a series of lectures, talks and discussions – organised by Screen Africa – which covers an array of technology issues.

Robinson noted: “The attendance figures have been particularly pleasing and continue to reinforce the need for an expo of this nature in Gauteng. The event continues to attract overseas exhibitors and this year we had several African visitors, some of whom were sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).”

Ellen Oosthuizen commented on the events organised by Screen Africa: “We had a full house on both day one and day two of the conference. Day two in particular was oversubscribed and there were over 150 attendees for the day’s subjects, which included animation.”

Some 97 companies exhibited at this year’s fair. 
Visitor statistics appear below:

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Apple IMC won the award for the best stand, while AVL, Sony, Concilium, Panasonic, Stage Audio Works and Tadco won Gold awards.

Constantine Christmas of ChocDaddy Studios in Zimbabwe, Bijaye Coomare, director general of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, and Lebogang Dada Mogasa, director of broadcasting of Lesotho – who were all sponsored by the DTI – agreed that they had found the exhibition very beneficial and would in all probability be buying equipment.