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

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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.

First Flexofit Seminar in Senegal: on parle français

For more than 2 years Flexofit has conducted seminars all over Africa focusing in English speaking nations. Now Flexofit held the first Flexofit Senegal Seminar in the capital Dakar on the 20th June completely in French.

The local expert audience was delighted to learn from and meet with leading international producers. Representatives from global producers like Chespa, DuPont, Esko and Tesa met with the leading businesses from Dakar and the region. The broad audience of local industry staff, represented by top management followed the presentations with keen interest.

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French presentations at the Flexofit Senegal Seminar

Senegal is a sub-Saharan country in West Africa with its capital Dakar being the most westerly city in Africa, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. French is the official language for the 14.3 million people living in Senegal, who mostly speak the local tongue Wolof. 95.4 percent of the population swear to the Muslim faith.

Special topics and discussions in the seminar included prepress, plate making, printing devices and facilities, as well as techniques and waterbased solutions. The market conditions in Senegal were also broadly discussed, and it turned out, that producers with limited access to market knowledge might perceive, that there is only one big player on this market. If you look closer, there are several companies that compete for the increasing demand for customized packaging materials in the Senegal. The audience as well as the speakers were very pleased with the discussion and exchange of knowledge at the seminar.

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Participants at the Flexofit Senegal Seminar in Dakar

Karla Grey, Managing Director of Flexofit, comments:

 “The Flexofit Senegal Seminar for us was a step forward into a broader market. With seminars in both English and French we can now deliver Flexofit seminars to all African countries. The feedback from the local audience was very good. We are looking forward to doing more seminars here in the future.”

The next Flexofit seminars in 2017 will take place in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in September. In October Flexofit Seminars will visit Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia.

The Future of Packaging in Africa – Flexofit 2017 Seminars

The Flexofit GmbH is holding seminars in Africa and Asia to connect markets and people. We bring leading industry manufacturers from Europe and the US together with the most important printing companies from Africa.  After very successful seminars in 2016 in Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mauritius and South Africa for 2017 we have preliminary planned the following seminars.

Flexofit 2017 Seminars:
The Future of Packaging in Africa

  • Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar: 2nd February 2017 in Addis Ababa
  • Flexofit Nigeria Seminar: 31st March 2017 in Lagos
  • Flexofit Tanzania Seminar: 8th May 2017 in Daressalam
  • Flexofit Kenya Seminar: 11th May 2017 in Nairobi
  • Flexofit Senegal Seminar: 20th June 2017 in Dakar
  • Flexofit Ghana Seminar: 4th September 2017 in Accra
  • Flexofit Côte d’Ivoire Seminar: 7th September 2017 in Abidjan
  • Flexofit Mauritius Seminar: 20th October 2017 in Port Louis
  • Flexofit South Africa Seminar: 24th October 2017 in Johannesburg
  • Flexofit Namibia Seminar: 27th October 2017 in Windhoek

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In our seminars together with world leading experts we present the latest technologies around Flexo printing, packaging, pre-press and more to the respective regional industry experts. According to our 2017 theme „The Future of Packaging in Africa“ we have selected the most interesting locations with the best speakers and presentations to bring the local industry the highest benefit.Flexofit Ghana Seminar audience listening to presentation 72

The networking and exchange around the seminar about specific local demands and industry communication is also a very valuable part of the seminars, which 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.

If you are interested in attending one of our seminars in 2017, please do get in contact with us by email or just call +49 162 88 03 888. We are looking forward to meet you and make you fit in Flexo!

3rd Flexofit Kenya Seminar: Chespa to produce in East Africa

After the great success and the high demand following the 2015 and the 2016 events, we held our third Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi on 11th May 2017 as well as the second Flexofit Tanzania Seminar on the 8th May in Dar Es Salaam.

Both seminars sported a comprehensive range of presentations from international suppliers. The broad audience of local industry staff, represented by top management at both locations followed the presentations with keen interest. Special topics and discussions included prepress, plate making, printing devices and facilities, as well as techniques and waterbased solutions.

Investments in Kenya

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Marek Siekiera, CEO Chespa

Marek Siekiera, CEO of Poland based Chespa Group, announced at the Flexofit Kenya Seminar, that his company is going to invest in production facilities locally in Nairobi.

He explained, that after attending several Flexofit seminars, his knowledge of the East African market requirements has led him to invest in Kenya. He continued to explain that the African market in general is an environment with a lot of potential growth and possibilities in the near future, especially in the printing and packaging field.

Hans-Peter Hormann, General Manager of Flexofit, comments:

The Flexofit Kenya Seminar was one of our best seminars so far. The contacts we establish here by and with local businesses and international industry experts are already coming to fruition. I believe that our seminars really have an impact on several levels and produce mutual advantages on all sides.”

Participants at the Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi
Participants at the Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi

Fredric K. Muriungi, Director at Sanjac Packaging Ltd. in Nairobi highlights:

The Kenyan market is growing fast. We are seeing more new businesses every day and with them the demand for packaging and printing grows as well. Investing here seems like a smart move for international companies.

Upcoming

Attend the next Flexofit Africa Seminar in Dakar, Senegal on 20th June 2017 to learn more about the West African printing developments. Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia Seminars are also upcoming in 2017.

The Flexofit Kenya Seminar was also featured on Flexoglobal and in Polish on Opakowanie.

Is Nigeria fit for Flexo?

After the great success and the high demand after the 2016 event we held our second Flexofit Nigeria Seminar in Lagos on 31st March 2017.

Special guest Professor Pierre Pienaar, Vice President of the World Packaging Organization shared insights into packaging developments worldwide and in Nigeria with the audience. The seminar with presentations from major international suppliers like Esko and Chespa attracted a broad audience of local industry staff. A discussion on the most important issues of the Nigerian printing market concluded the Seminar. It was agreed, that even though the political situation in Nigeria may sometimes be challenging, there is a growing market for packaging. While at the same time the supply of resources and devices is not yet at its full potential.

Representatives from highly successful local printing houses like Shongai Packaging, Studio Press Nigeria, VeePee Group and many other distinguished guests were inspired by the presentations from the international companies.

Here is a video from Nigeria Packaging that gives you a good insight, on how well the seminar was perceived.

Karla Grey, Managing Director of Flexofit comments:

The Flexofit Nigeria Seminar was an excellent opportunity to meet with the local industry and it was highly appreciated by all participants. Thanks to Ahmed Omah and his staff, who supported the seminar in the run-up this Flexofit seminar was the place to be for printing and pre-press companies from Lagos and from all over Nigeria.

M. Paramesh, Head of flexible Packaging from Studio Press elaborates:

The Nigerian market has a lot of potential, but it is rather difficult to obtain raw materials due to money exchange policies. If international companies started production in Nigeria directly, the country and the industry would benefit immensely.

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The event was also featured in Flexoglobal and in Flexpack Magazine.

If you are interested in attending one of our upcoming Flexofit Africa Seminars, please see here all events for 2017 or contact us directly via email.