AAD 2020 Expo

The African Aerospace and Defence 2020 Exhibition


Mark September 2020 as the month of importance on your calendar. Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2020, as the most impressive aerospace and defence expo, will be hosted from 16 to 20 September 2020 at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Centurion.


The AAD Expo ranks amongst the country’s top GDP contributors. It is also the only event of its kind that combines an air show with a trade exhibition in Africa. With its status as an income generator for the country, it is revered as a valuable asset for South Africa. The AAD Expo also adds tremendous prestige for the event hosting industry.



  • Business from 10h30 to 17h00 on 16 September 2020.
  • Business from 09h00 to 17h00 from 17 to 18 September 2020.
  • General from 09h00 to 17h00 from 19 to 20 September 2020.



More than 480 exhibitors are expected at the bi-annual event with an estimation of visitors set at over 32 500.



The AAD 2020 is hosted at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Centurion, Gauteng.



  • Department of Defence, South Africa
  • City of Tshwane
  • Armscor
  • AMD – South African Aerospace Maritime & Defence Industries Association


The main sponsors include the likes of Reutech and Milkor.


Exhilarating Air Show

The AAD air show impresses by any standard. It includes mobility track demonstrations, aerobatic displays and air demonstrations. In addition, visitors are treated to an exceptional range of static displays of air force and aviation technologies, including a range of aircraft from the most prominent names in the aerospace industry.


Several facilities are offered to entertain the young minds as well, including a Youth Development Programme that entails plastic model building, target practice, forensic investigation, aviation simulator and introduction to first aid. These activities are hosted at a pavilion, specifically purposed for the youth activities.


Reasons to Visit

Public visitors are impressed with the range of displays, many activities offered, and the exceptional air demonstrations. Trade visitors attend because it is the only event of its kind in Africa that includes an international conference and defence exhibition, covering sectors in defence on land, sea and air.


The latest technologies are on display, providing insight as to the design trends in the industries. In addition, it provides the perfect platform for meeting key players and forging new business relationships. Of course, the event also provides opportunities for reinforcing existing relationships among government departments and defence force sectors across the African continent.


Why Exhibit?

With thousands of trade and public visitors attending, it provides for the ideal platform to showcase your products and brand. The AAD attracts many international investors and key decision-makers in the aerospace and defence sectors.


Participation in the event provides for access to policymakers and opportunities to showcase projects to defence and prime contractors. Global media coverage of the event provides superb brand exposure and the chance to align your firm’s brand with top international brands. The event also includes a jam-packed programme for the international defence delegations.


Exhibition opportunities exist for small- to medium-sized businesses to gain more brand exposure on the local market at the Country Pavilions.


More information is available at the official website for AAD 2020.




Seamless Africa 2020

Seamless Africa 2020 – Leading Event for Payment Systems

Seamless Africa, with its over 200 exhibitors and 1000 attendees, is hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 7 to 8 April 2020. The event is relevant to the retail finance and insurance industries.


As the leading event on payment and commerce systems in southern Africa, Seamless boasts a conference and tradeshow. With separate agendas for the tradeshow and the conference, it is an exciting and must-attend event for anyone interested or involved in payment systems, retail, and E-commerce.


Seamless Africa 2020 also includes the free shared expo where the leading technology service providers in southern Africa display their newest technologies. Several product demonstrations form part of the event. These demonstrations take about 30 minutes each.


With a networking app in place, attendees can connect with participants at the event. To do so is as easy as downloading the app and scheduling meetings for the event days. In addition, the event includes seminars where experts share their knowledge and insights. It provides the perfect platform to exchange ideas and benefit from credible peer-to-peer teaching and learning.


The event also includes the Seamless E-commerce University that covers all the how-to questions regarding the setting up and managing of an online business. Attendees thus gain valuable knowledge and tools to achieve a competitive edge in the world of online business generation.


The exhibitor component is equally exciting with top players in the industry displaying their innovations alongside start-ups gaining a foothold in the industry.


Organised by Terrapin (Pty) Ltd South Africa, the event addresses the disruptive elements in the payment industry. Revolutionary technologies for payments in the retail industry, banking, lending, and insurance technologies are introduced at the event.


Participants from the bank, insurance, and financial technologies attend and exhibit, catering to the knowledge and networking needs of the senior-level audience. Commerce professionals have opportunities to forge new business partnerships, gain access to the best technologies, and discuss challenging issues.


Who should attend, sponsor or exhibit at Seamless Africa?


Role players, start-ups, manufacturers, representatives, and marketing teams operating in the categories listed below benefit from attendance, sponsoring and exhibiting at the event:


  • Payment processors
  • Chip manufacturers
  • Chip integrators
  • NFC
  • Banking technology
  • Fintech innovation
  • ID & security
  • Payment platforms
  • Payment issuers
  • CRM
  • Loyalty programmes
  • Implementation partners
  • Mobile commerce solution providers
  • Cash handling
  • POS solutions
  • Data analytics


The event provides a venue for meeting up, sharing ideas, exhibiting technologies and learning from experts. With its target audience being mainly professionals in the categories mentioned, exhibitors and sponsors have a targeted audience, relevant to their particular industries. As such, they receive superb value for their time and money.


More than 150 speakers from over 25 African countries address delegates at the conference.


Topics covered include, but are not limited to:


  • Block-chain
  • Open banking
  • Payment evolution
  • Mobile interoperability
  • Transforming banking
  • Data-driven innovation
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Digital banking
  • Alternative technologies
  • ID and authentication
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital ID
  • Financial technology
  • Financial integration
  • VAS, CX and UX
  • Insurance technology
  • Regulatory framework for insurtech
  • Insurtech customer technology
  • Data and analytics relevant to insurtech
  • Core banking technology
  • Data innovation in banking technology
  • Innovation in banking
  • Connected banking


Separate agendas are set for insurance technology, bank technology, financial technology and payments. Don’t miss the leading payments conference and expo. Visit, sponsor, and exhibit at the Seamless Africa 2020 event.





AfricaCom 2019

AfricaCom 2019 in Cape Town: Must-Attend Event on Digital Tech & Telecoms

If digital technology is of interest to you, then the AfricaCom 2019 conference and exhibition to be hosted from the 12th to the 14th of November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa is an event you don’t want to miss.

Noted by some as one of the top five events of its kind in Africa, the event brings together communication and connectivity role players who are critical to the digital revolution on the African continent.

With 15 000 attendees, a whopping 450 notable speakers, and 500 exhibitors participating in the AfricaCom 2019, it is easy to understand why it is considered such a significant event. With broad-spectrum support, the event is where anyone interested in Africa-based telecommunications and technology can meet.

Whether your firm operates within the connectivity sphere or is involved in one of the disruptive technologies, the content of the conference, together with the offerings of exhibitors, is something to cherish. Everything from digital services to disruptive technologies, ITC strategies, and connection technology come under the spotlight at the conference and exhibition.

For participants who are more focused on technology, the AfricaTech event running with AfricaCom 2019 is the place to be. It is focused on topics ranging from data centre management to Fintech, AI, and IoT, to name just a few topics of interest.

Connectivity industry players and interested parties appreciate the in-depth discussions, workshops, demonstrations, and keynote deliveries regarding digital video distribution, wholesale telecommunications, and 5G.

The organisers have also invited visitors to enjoy a drink with them at the opening of the AfricaCom and AfricaTech 2019 event at the on-site bar. Of course, this provides ample opportunities for networking with influencers in the digital and telecommunication industries. Tech DJs entertain while attendees mingle and exchange business cards on Tuesday the 12th of November 2019 at the AfricaTech Centre Stage Bar.

As with many such events, the place of hosting is just as important. The event is hosted at the CTICC, noted for superb facilities, a central location, and ample parking spaces. The CTICC is located at 1 Lower Long Street in the prestigious Foreshore of Cape Town near top hotels.

With 450 speakers at the event, it is hardly possible to give recognition to each of them. A few of the speakers set to address important topics at the conference are:

  • Prof. Brian Armstrong – Chair of Digital Business at Wits Business School.
  • Lunga Newman – Industry architect from Old Mutual.
  • Mandla Magagula – Blockchain consultant from Rand Merchant Bank.
  • Navindran Naidoo – Executive at network design and planning from the MTN Group.
  • Joseph Hundah – CEO of Econet Media.
  • Cassandra Enyan – Head of Android Platform Partnerships from Google.
  • Warren Hero – CDO from Webber Wentzel.
  • Ben Roberts – CTIO from Liquid Telecom.
  • William Mzimba – CEO of Vodacom Business Group.
  • Hon. Paula Ingabire – Minister of ICT & Innovation from Rwanda.

The speaker list is impressive by any standard. Many more speakers of note also participate in the conference. For more information on the AfricaCom 2019, visit the CTICC website www.cticc.co.za, and for assistance in creating an exhibition booth that will make your company stand out, get in touch with our team at Scan Display.

Africa Oil Week 2019

Africa Oil Week 2019: Where the Future of Africa’s Energy and Gas Is Discussed

TheAfrica Oil Week 2019 is hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) at 1 Lower Long Street in the Foreshore of Cape Town. The event is considered the leading platform for intelligence collection and transactions for role players in the oil and gas sector on the African continent. The event is hosted from the 4th to the 8th of November 2019, giving participants several days in which to form partnerships, seek investments, offer investments, and participate in meaningful discussions relevant to the industry.

The most prestigious and respected E&P stakeholders in the sector attend the event. Being on the list of participating companies already provides exceptional prestige and opportunities for participants. People from international oil conglomerates, investment companies, and governments are among the participants, and the key players with which attendees can rub shoulders.

With top decision-makers on the attendance list, discussions and workshops on topics of importance are set to impact the future of the industry. Numerous beneficial partnerships are formed at this event with its bidding rounds. Energy ministers from various countries on the continent also attend, giving even more weight to the outcomes of discussions and partnerships.

The ministers attending the event include the US Assistance Secretary for Fossil Energy, the Premier of the Western Cape, and ministers from Uganda, Tunisia, and Equatorial Guinea. The focus includes an in-depth look at what the future holds for the energy and gas sectors, and what can be expected from future energies.

The Africa Oil Week has been CPD certified. This means the event has been certified according to the requirements of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This describes the activities by professionals in a particular industry committed to the engagement and development of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The event, therefore, meets the requirements of a proactive development platform for professionals within the oil and gas industries.

Among the Many Notable Speakers Providing Exceptional Insight in the Industry Are:

  • Adewale Fayemi – MD of Exploration and Production in South Africa, as a representative of Total.
  • Karyna Rodriguez – Petroleum Geoscientist from TGS.
  • Ahmet Dik – CEO of Victoria Oil & Gas.
  • Ajay Trikam – Director of Energy from the Western Cape Government.
  • Alan Driscole – Principal Geologist from Beagle Geoscience.
  • Jasper Pejis – Exploration Vice President for BP.
  • Jeremy Asher – CEO of Tower Resources.
  • Richard Nelson – Deputy Coordinator of Power Africa.
  • Thabane Zulu – Director General of the Department of Energy, South Africa.

The above list is indicative of the level of professionalism and influence at the Africa Oil Week. It is by no means exhaustive as several keynote speakers address peer professionals at the event. The event includes an impressive VIP and government attendance programme.

Top brands in the industry sponsor the event and just as many exhibit, so their brands receive tremendous international exposure. Among the many exhibitors are names such as Aveon Offshore, ION, Polarcus, and TGS, to name just a few.

Africa Oil Week is a noteworthy event that puts industry players in the driving seat regarding the future of oil, energy, and gas on the African continent. If you missed this year’s event, make sure to gear up for it next year.

Exhibition Booths

6 Basic Design Tips for Trade-Show Success with Exhibition Booths

Since you will invest a lot of time and money to display your services, brand, and products at trade shows, it makes sense to ensure that your exhibition booths are attractive, functional, and unique. We share a few tips below to help you maximise the potential of your exhibition booths.

  1. Work with Available Space

If the space is restrictive, you need to minimise obstructions, especially stands, display cases, and furniture at the entrance or exit areas of the exhibition booths. You want a natural flow. As soon as visitors feel restricted in their movement, they will become irritated and won’t pay attention to the exceptional displays.

  • Use Vertical Space to Your Advantage

It is not all that easy to stand out from the crowd, especially if all the exhibition booths are of superior design. To this end, enquire if there is a vertical space limit. If not, use the space above your exhibition stand for tower signs, and hang displays or any other type of advert that can draw attention to your stand. This is especially helpful if the trade show is rather crowded. Attendees are likely to see the displays above the booths and follow them to find your particular stand.

  • Work with Fewer Rather Than More Words

Visitors to trade shows have limited time. They are bombarded with information. Give them something easy to remember. Think of a slogan that’s catchy and go with it, rather than use long sentences to convey messages. Grab their attention with the displays by making them memorable with short action verbs and drive the message home with a catchy slogan. Place text at the top part of the booth to minimise the risk of it being obstructed by people passing it.

  • Light Up the Message

Far too many exhibition booths rely on the trade show’s lights for illumination. Be different. Use uplights, downlights, angle lights, LED light boxes, and even colour lights to highlight messages. Create the right mood with lights and use angle lights at the entrance to direct people into the stand.

  • Images Sell More Than Words

People are lazy when it comes to reading, especially if bombarded with thousands of text ads. They scan and they walk past. If you want them to stop, pay attention, and remember, use images. Make sure that the images are powerful or memorable. Go big on this with life-size images to attract attention. The images must be visible, so avoid placement at the bottom part of the stand.

  • Be Creative with Materials

Speak to our consultants about possible materials to use. You can create different textures – highlight your involvement in tech products with aluminium materials for counters or use graphic walls to display nature images if you supply natural products. Smooth and silky materials work well if you operate within the medical industry, while a feeling of ruggedness can be attained with roughly textured materials if you operate a 4×4 dealership.

The above tips are only starting guidelines. Speak to our design consultants for professional assistance in making exhibition booths successful.

Exhibition Booth

Your Exhibition Booth – Cool Ways to Attract and Keep Attention

Booking space for an exhibition booth is only the first step. True, pitching up to engage with attendees can be the second step if you make use of our expertise to help your brand stand out at the next event.

Considering that every exhibitor wants to be seen and competes to attract attendees, what can you do to get the best value for time and money with your exhibition booth? Besides letting our team get creative on the layout and attributes, you can think of innovative ways to highlight your brand.

Product Prop

If your firm sells laptops, consider using a large flat-screen television and cardboard design keyboard to give it the feel of a larger-than-life notebook. Add your best brand advert and the visitors will notice. Of course, your exhibition booth may not have all that much space. In this instance, read on as we share more tips on how to make your exhibition booth the talk of the show.

Special Offer – Limited Time

Many event attendees expect discounts and giveaways. Advertise a special offer only available to visitors at the event. Promote the discount through your website, social media pages, and newsletters. But, don’t stop there. Yourdisplay stand must be visible and so must the special.

Forward to Freebies

Swag bags, free beverages, gifts, and discount vouchers are the honeycombs that attract the bees. Make sure that you have enough and advertise them boldly. Everything you give away must have your brand all over it.

Create engagement with competitions at your exhibition booth, enabling attendees to win several small items and have the chance to win something impressive. Announce that attendees must be at your trade stand at a certain time and day for a chance to win the big item.

Go Big or Go Even Bigger

Gigantic swag bags with your brand splashed all over will attract attention. Best of all, the visitors will walk around the trade show advertising your brand. Many more attendees will pop in for their free bags.

Phone-Charging Station

Show you care about customer needs. Add a phone-charging station and offer free beverages for the visitors while they wait. Think about it. The visitors are in your booth, glued to the phone-charging station. They have nowhere else to be and you have their attention. Create interactive displays and use the opportunity to engage with them.

Notebook or Laptop Stations

Provide free Internet access and notebook stations. Add comfortable seating and you have people willing to stay. During this period, your interactive displays run and customer engagement activities are offered.

Selfie Booth

Gone are the days of photo booths. Today, we have selfie booths. Make yours so amazing that visitors will want to stop. Guess what’s in the background? Your brand message is all over it. Every selfie taken is thus an advert for your brand. Create hashtags and provide a range of props to intrigue and inspire. Your exhibition booth will become the hotspot for sharing and posting selfies.

Make the most of events such as the upcoming Wines2Whales, Windaba, and Africa Oil Week. Let us provide you with the ultimate exhibition booth.