Milestone: 25th Flexofit Seminar (Update!)

We are excited to welcome all local experts and business professionals to our first Flexofit Seminar in Cairo, Egypt on the 12th March 2019. This is our 25th seminar since we started out in 2015! See you in the Intercontinental Cairo on the Nile – if you haven’t booked yet, contact us through email!

Flexofit Egypt Seminar was a huge success!

We are very happy to report, that the Flexofit Egypt Seminar in Cairo went really well. Local top convertors and trade shops representatives enjoyed an informative and interactive day with international company representatives from Chespa, Renzmann/TCS and Esko. Latest industry news and developments in printing and packaging were presented. Also the networking around the seminar was perceived to be fruitful and generating mutual benefits. The table top exposition provided the interested audience with state-of-the-art samples and gave good grounds for technical discussions.
Participants at the Flexofit Egypt Seminar in Cairo
The Packaging Newsletter and Flexoglobal featured our Seminar with a report.

Flexofit Seminar Program 2019

For 2019 we are looking forward to again holding seminars both in Africa and Asia. Our highly praised seminars are a great place to learn, network and connect with industry experts. All our events take place in world class hotels with international standard. Most seminars also feature table-top exposition with samples from leading manufacturers. All attendees receive a certificate of participation.
This year for the first time seminars will take place in Egypt, in Algeria and in Saudi Arabia.

Complete list of 2019 Flexofit seminars

preliminary

  • Flexofit Egypt Seminar: 12th March in Cairo
  • Flexofit Algerien Seminar: 11th April in Algiers
  • Flexofit Uganda Seminar: 13th June in Kampala
  • Flexofit Kenya Seminar: 18th June in Nairobi
  • Flexofit Ghana Seminar: 30th October in Accra
  • Flexofit Saudi Arabia Seminar: 27th November in Riyadh

How to attend a Flexofit Seminar

If you are interested in attending one of our seminars in 2019, please do get in contact with us by email or just call +49 162 88 03 888.
We are looking forward to meeting you and making you fit in Flexo!

School for Flexography in Uganda?

The Flexofit GmbH held a very successful Flexofit seminar in Kampala, Uganda on the 13th of June. International company representatives from Esko, Chespa, Renzmann, Nilpeter, Gama and Koenig & Bauer presented latest industry news and developments in printing and packaging to the expert audience in this East African country. Networking in KampalaThe presentations in the seminar covered a wide range of special topics and discussions. Prepress, plate making, printing devices and facilities, as well as techniques and water-based solutions were discussed in addition to local challenges and changes. The subsequent networking around the seminar was perceived to be fruitful, let to technical and economical discussions and thus generating mutual benefits.

Market insights: Uganda – School for Flexography

Uganda is an equatorial country, known for its coffee and tea exports as well as its wildlife. In the last twenty years the economy has had a yearly growth between five and ten percent. Recently new printing machines have been installed in the country and a better understanding of printing processes and improved quality of printing was noticed.
To improve the conditions further and establish a stronger industry, local companies are currently planning to set up a specialized education institution for printing technologies, ideally with the support of a Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).
Participants at the Flexofit Vietnam Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City

Hans-Peter Hormann, General Manager of Flexofit comments:

“The printing industry in Uganda is getting stronger and we believe the set-up of an internationally recognized school could really push the development of the local industry and help the population.“

5th Flexofit Kenya Seminar

Additionally, the 5th Flexofit Kenya Seminar was held on 18th of June in Nairobi.

„The Flexofit seminars offer us here in Kenya a great way to partake in the international printing scene and experience latest developments firsthand. We appreciate this continuous effort very warmly and enjoy the occurring synergies that bring prosperity for both the printing industry and our country“

Godfrey Otieno Adede, Printing specialist, stated.

This article was also featured in ME Printer, Flexoglobal and PrintWeek MEA.

Milestone: 25 Flexofit Seminars

When we founded the Flexofit GmbH in 2015 we were looking forward to start a great adventure – and our seminars really have become a great source of inspiration, professional exchange for us and the people who work with us and visit the seminars. In October 2015 we held the first ever Flexofit Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya and look forward to our 25th Seminar in early 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
Flexofit Nairobi Gruppenfoto

We’ve come a long way…

Right now, we are planning our seminars for 2019 – and have looked back to count our achivements. In the last three years we have not only earned a ton of frequent flyer miles, but also connected with so many great people all over Africa and Asia, shared experiences and established a strong network within the printing industry. If our good luck (and our professional skills) persist, we will hold our 25th Flexofit „Silver anniversary“ seminar in Egypt next March. So right now, we are sharing the history of our seminars with you.

It begins: 2015

1. Flexofit Kenya Seminar, Nairobi 8th October 2015 – take a look!

2016

2. Flexofit Tansania Seminar, Daressalam, 16th March 2016 see more here!
3. Flexofit Nigeria Seminar, Lagos, 25th April 2016 – see more here!
4. Flexofit Ghana Seminar, Accra, 6th September 2016 see more here!
5. Flexofit Kenya Seminar, Nairobi, 4th October 2016 see more here!
6. Flexofit Mauritius Seminar, Port Louis, 7th November 2016
7. Flexofit South Africa Seminar, Cape Town, 10th November 2016

2017

8. Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar, Addis Ababa, 2nd February 2017 – see Market Insights Ethiopia!
9. Flexofit Nigeria Seminar, Lagos, 31st March 2017 – see more here!
10. Flexofit Tanzania Seminar, Daressalam, 8th May 2017
11. Flexofit Kenya Seminar, Nairobi, 11th May 2017 – see more here
12. Flexofit Senegal Seminar, Dakar, 20th June 2017 – see more herethis was our first seminar that was held in French!
13. Flexofit Ghana Seminar, Accra, 4th September 2017
14. Flexofit Côte d’Ivoire Seminar, Abidjan, 7th September 2017
15. Flexofit Mauritius Seminar, Port Louis, 20th October 2017
16. Flexofit South Africa Seminar, Johannesburg, 24th October 2017
17. Flexofit Namibia Seminar, Windhoek, 27th October 2017 – more on these three seminars here!
Participants at the Flexofit Vietnam Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City

2018 – adding Asia to the map!

18. Flexofit SAGA Seminar, Nairobi, 1st March 2018 – learn more about SAGA!
19. Flexofit Kenya Seminar, Nairobi, 2nd March 2018
20. Flexofit Uganda Seminar, Kampala, 9th May 2018 – see more here!
21. Flexofit Thailand Seminar, Bangkok, 12th June 2018
22. Flexofit Vietnam Seminar, Ho-Chi-Minh-City, 20th June 2018 – more about the Asia Seminars!
23. Flexofit South Africa Seminar, Durban, 24th October 2018 – see more here!
24. Flexofit Moroco Seminar, Casablanca, 5th December

Milestone 25 seminars – silver jubilee in 2019!

We want to thank all of you, who are with us in this adventure! It is amazing to work with people from so many countries, to meet and share and grow together. We really look forward to seeing all of you again in 2019 and the future! If you are from Egypt, the Philippines, Algeria or Saudi Arabia prepare to become part of the world of Flexofit soon!

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new Year! Or, as we say in Germany:

Frohe Weihnachten
und
einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!


Participants at the Flexofit Vietnam Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City

Three’s a party! Third Flexofit South Africa Seminar in Durban

After our successful seminars in Johannesburg in 2017 and Cape town in 2016 we held our third Flexofit South Africa Seminar on October 24th in Durban. The regional expert audience met at the Indian ocean to enjoy a multifaceted program on the latest technological developments in the printing industry.

Diverse Program

Esko’s Flexo Specialist Marc de Mey and Johan Bastiaen, Sales Manager MEA started the day-long seminar by introducing their latest „Esko Crystal Technology” to the South African market.
Renzmann’s Area sales director Europe, Asia, Africa, the engineer Alfred Porr showcased their cleaning and recovery systems. He subsequently announced Renzmann’s cooperation with south African distributor Sabre Equipment.Cooperators: Floors Coetzee, Sabre Equipment SA and Alfred Porr, Renzmann Germany
Later in the day Steve Thobela from Printing SA, Roman Jaroszewski from Mitsui Chemicals, Karabo Kekana from Chemfit and Stuart Baylis from Polyflex covered topics such as Packaging and Artwork. Steve Gordon from Kemtek presented the Flint Group and their printing plates technology to the sympathetic audience. The specialist advice from the international speakers was received with great interest.Participants at the Flexofit South Africa Seminar in Durban
The table top exposition and the networking around the seminar was perceived to be fruitful and generating mutual benefits.
Floors Coetzee, Sabre Equipment South Africa, distributor of Renzmann, Germany stated:

„It was a pleasure to attend this informative and educative seminar. It was a great opportunity to learn and network at the same time. I am definitely looking forward to the next one!”

The last Flexofit Seminar in 2018 will take place in Casablanca, Morocco on December 5th. For 2019 seminars are planned for both Asia and Africa.

Print Week MEA, ME Printer, Flexo & Gravure Global, Packaging Newsletter and Flexoglobal also reported on the Flexofit Durban Seminar online. Also see the upcoming print issues of Flexo and Gravure Global, the Gapp Magazine and Packaging and Print Media.

First Flexofit Seminars in Asia: Thailand and Vietnam

Participants at the Flexofit Vietnam Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City
We held our first ever Flexofit Asia Seminars in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in June. While the flexo printing industry is developing quite well in both countries, current developments and techniques were novelties for the attending experts.

Ho Chi Minh City hosts biggest Flexofit seminar ever

On 12th of June the Thai printing and packaging community enjoyed a very valuable seminar in their capital. Representants from big converters and repro houses nationwide delighted in the professional talks and exchanges. The subsequently held Flexofit Vietnam seminar on 20th June turned out to host the biggest Flexofit audience ever. Over 50 participants from Vietnam came to the south Vietnamese city to listen to the international experts. Presentations were given by speakers from Esko, Chespa, Vianord, tesa and Renzmann (Huvase).
Participants at the Flexofit Vietnam Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City
The seminars covered a wide range of special topics and discussions. The attending participants highly valued the insightful information presented in the seminar and were grateful for this opportunity to meet with peers and international business partners. Also, the product samples and further information about devices that where shown in a table top exhibition proved to be of great value for the participants.

Asian market has high potential

Hans-Peter Hormann, General Manager Flexofit comments: “Our first outreach into Asia was really a huge success – all our expectations were highly surpassed. We plan to dig deeper into Asia and are currently thinking of returning to Thailand and Vietnam next year, as well as expanding our seminars to Indonesia, the Philippines, China and South Korea.”

Flexo and Gravure Global and Flexoglobal also covered our Asia seminars.

Flexofit Uganda Seminar huge success

Participants at the Flexofit Uganda Seminar in Kampala
We held our first ever Flexofit Uganda Seminar in Kampala, Uganda on 9th May. The capital of this rising East African country welcomed us and the international speakers warmly. The local expert audience arrived from more than 14 companies in Uganda, bordering Ruanda and Kenya, as well as from far away South Africa.

Unique occasion for East African printing market

The attending participants highly valued the insightful information presented in the seminar and was grateful for this opportunity to meet with peers and business partners. The seminar covered a wide range of special topics and discussions: prepress, plate making, printing devices and facilities, as well as techniques and water-based solutions were discussed in addition to local challenges and specific market demands.

Similar events have not occurred in Uganda before, as the availability of information and training is very limited. Also, there are only very few local distributors for consumables locally. The international lecturers enjoyed the interaction with the group and stated, that the seminars are a great way to support each other, grow together and establish new business contacts.

Networking at the Flexofit Uganda Seminar in Kampala

Flexo experts in high demand

In the near future several new printing presses will arrive and be installed in Uganda. At the same time, specialists in flexo printing are hard to find in the East African job market. For 2019 a SAGA basic training on printing techniques, materials, machinery and devices is planned in order to qualify staff and improve their skills – check this space for updates on the date!

Looking for a Flexofit Seminar near you?

Meet us this month in Bangkok or Ho-Chi-Minh-City. Upcoming for 2018 are also Flexofit Seminars in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Durban, South Africa, Lusaka, Zambia and Casablanca, Morocco. For more locations, get in touch.

The Flexofit Uganda seminar was also featured in PrintWeek MEA, Flexo&Gravure Global, Packaging Newsletter and Flexoglobal.

New approach in corporate education starts in Kenya

SAGA Kenya Seminar Group picture
We are very happy to announce the great success of the first Sub Saharan Gutenberg Association (SAGA) Seminar at the Academy of Graphic Technology in Nairobi on the 1st March. SAGA Kenya Seminar Group pictureTogether with Chespa and KulChespa we invited operators and product managers of well-known local printing companies and repro houses to a day full of educational information.The instructive seminar ran a basic flexo training and gave an overview about printing processes, flexo prepress, flexo plates and equipment, plate mounting, ink systems, anilox rollers, doctor blades, corrugated, flexible packaging, tags and labels and die cutting. The mediated contents were very well enjoyed by all participants, who strongly asked for an advanced training from Flexofit and SAGA soon.

SAGA Kenya Seminar Certificate

Subsequently on the 2nd March the 4th Flexofit Kenya Seminar under the theme of “Welcome to the world of Packaging” delighted the east African professional audience, who had come into Nairobi to attend Propak the day before. The seminar was the perfect opportunity to network, learn about new developments in the printing industry and seek inspiration from the presentations of international companies.

The appreciation and high attendance of the combination of the Flexofit Seminar with the SAGA basic training once again underlines the need for further education in the emerging African markets. The international lecturers enjoyed the interaction with the group and stated, that the seminars are a great way to support each other and grow together. They are a unique way to learn basic information about flexo processes as well as latest news in the printing and packaging fields from the industry.

Especially the educational seminar received high praise by its attendants. Mr. Godfrey Adede, Assistant Product Manager at Sintel Security Printing in Thika stated:
“I have learned a lot today and will be able to train our plate room staff more efficiently. Also, I will implement frequent test runs of machines to expand their life cycle – that is a very valuable information to us as a growing company.”

Flexofit Kenya Seminar Group picture

This was also featured in FlexoGlobal.

Welcome to the world of Packaging: Flexofit Seminars 2018

After three years of successful seminars all over Africa, the Flexofit GmbH from Germany is also hosting their first seminars in Asia. In 2018 Flexofit seminars will take place in African countries like Kenya, Uganda and South Africa as well as in Thailand and Vietnam.

Our highly successful and widely known seminars bring you knowledge about flexo printing, current market insights as well as the latest developments in the industry in just one day. Participants profit from an exclusive industry network meeting and contact with international companies from Europa and the US who showcase their products and expertise.
Flexofit Seminar attendees receiving certificate

Our entry into Asia stems from intensive research and strong contacts with key partners. Furthermore environmental aspects like recycling are a topic both in the Asian market as well as with international companies, who have a great interest in and awareness of the Asia as a rising market place.

Complete overview of the Flexofit Seminars 2018

  • Flexofit Kenya Seminar: 2nd March 2018 in Nairobi
  • Flexofit Uganda Seminar: 9th May 2018 in Kampala
  • Flexofit Thailand Seminar: 12th June 2018 in Bangkok
  • Flexofit Vietnam Seminar: 20th June 2018 in Ho-Chi-Minh-Citiy
  • Flexofit South Africa Seminar: 24th October 2018 in Durban
  • Flexofit Morocco Seminar: 5th December 2018 in Casablanca

The networking and exchange around our renown and highly praised seminars about specific local demands and industry communication is also a very valuable part of the seminars. All our events take place in world class hotels with international standard. Most seminars also feature table-top exposition with samples from leading manufacturers. All attendees receive a certificate of participation.

How to attend a Flexofit Seminar

If you are interested in attending one of our seminars in 2018, please do get in contact with us by email or just call +49 162 88 03 888.
We are looking forward to meeting you and making you fit in Flexo!

Hattrick: Flexofit Seminars in Port Louis, Johannesburg and Windhoek

With three Flexofit Seminars in Port Louis, Mauritius on 20th, Johannesburg, South Africa on 24th and in Windhoek, Namibia on 27th October Flexofit answered to an ever rising demand to professional education in the printing industry in Africa. The local expert audience in all three countries delightfully attended the seminars with industry speakers from international companies like Chespa, DuPont, Esko, tesa, Renzmann and Windmoeller & Hoelscher among others.

Mauritius: a small market with great potential

The 2nd Flexofit Mauritius Seminar after last years was well received as the interest in Flexofit seminars is increasing. Representatives from Chespa, DuPont, DuPont South Africa, Polyflex South Africa, Toyo, Windmoeller & Hoelscher gave their presentations to the islands printing industry experts. Especially solvent and water based inks were discussed in addition to the peculiar challenges in this rather small market, where short runs in printing material are a challenge for cost efficiency and meeting market demands.

South Africa: Increasing demand in
professional education for a growing market

In South Africa last year the first Flexofit Seminar took place in Cape Town. This year a variety of customers from the Johannesburg region met with European industry experts from world leading printing industry companies again.
Esko started the seminar in Johannesburg with the presentation of Johan Bastiaen, Sales Director Africa on „Flexo simplified“. Followed by Chespa from Poland with CEO Marek Siekiera presenting the latest „Innovations in Flexo Printing“. DuPont, world leading company for photopolymer plates, continued with „Why the Cyrel* Printing plate is so important to the success of Flexo“– Gary Weyman, Sales Manager Africa gave the answer. Glen Robbins from tesa, a well-known company in adhesives, gave an interesting overview of „tesas Print and Web Processing soft print and splicing assortment“. Last presentation from Heike Beenen, Global Marketing Manager at Renzmann from Germany was „Cleaning and solvent distillation in flexo printing companies“, which is also an environmental issue.
For 2018 a Flexofit seminar is planned for Durban as requested both from the international speakers as well as by many customers.

Namibia: Emerging market with exciting opportunities

The Southwest African country Namibia had a premiere with their first Flexofit Seminar ever. Also in Windhoek presentations from Chespa, DuPont, tesa and Renzmann were very much appreciated by all professional participants. The Namibian market has been growing in the last years and the international speakers wanted to get a firsthand impression of this emerging market.

„The seminar was truly an insightful event. For the sleepy packaging industry of Namibia, it was indeed a great inspiration to take advantage of opportunities that Namibia could capitalise on in terms of regional packaging. Often enough around here, there is very limited knowledge and awareness about the emerging Packaging Technologies“

comments Paul Endjala, MD of Kaptau Packaging in Oshakati.

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At all seminars Product Samples and further information about devices were shown at table top exhibitions. The networking at the event was mutually perceived as very valuable.

For 2018 Flexofit Seminars are planned to take place in Africa and Asia, watch this website – more information coming soon!

The Flexofit Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia seminars were also featured in The Gapp , Flexpack, Nigeriapackaging and Flexoglobal.