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!

Market insights from the Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar in Addis Ababa

What potential and opportunities for print and packaging has the fastest growing African economy?

Lentils and Rice in a supermarket in Addis Ababa
Supermarket in Addis Ababa

We held our first Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar in Addis Ababa on 2nd February 2017. Ethiopia is the largest economy in East and Central Africa as well as the fastest growing economy in Africa with a growth rate of annual average of 9.7 percent in the last three years. Industries here are mostly focused on agriculture and agro-processing with large amounts of exports to China and India. But for packaging these goods professionally there is a huge demand. Currently there is a shortage of materials, devices and technology in the country as well as learned professionals that handle machines and colors. Most packaging that is currently done in the country is facilitated with imported ready-made packaging.

The local packaging industry was thus delighted to meet with the international industry experts from well-known printing companies Esko, DuPont, Chespa, Renzmann and Windmöller&Hölscher at the Flexofit Ethiopia seminar. The presentations covered new innovations in prepress, flexo printing plates, inks, cleaning and recovery systems as well as flexo printing equipment, extruders and packaging technologies. The audience was eager to learn new strategies and concepts around the flexo and prepress-processes. Also the networking around the event was very much appreciated.

Insights into the Ethiopian market presented by Andreas Wobker (Regional Sales Manager Africa at Windmöller & Hölscher), Martin Plogmann (Sales Department Manager at Garant Maschinenhandel) and Julian Banse (Regional Manager Technical Sales Africa Extrusion Equipment at Windmöller & Hölscher)
Insights presented by Andreas Wobker, Martin Plogmann and Julian Banse

Indicators of growth in Ethiopia

As a further sign of the economic growth of Ethiopia right after the seminar the agrofood plastpack Ethiopia 2017 exhibition took place. Paul März from fairtrade, the company behind this exhibition also gave a short presentation, highlighting that both agriculture and the packaging industries are growing and that there are multiple synergies in these areas for Ethiopia. The seminar was surrounded by a table top exposition with manifold opportunities for networking and discussions around the Ethiopian market for print and packaging.

All participants at the Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar in Addis Ababa
All participants at the Flexofit Ethiopia Seminar in Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian market is clearly brimming with growth. It is a great time and occasion for printers and manufacturers alike to look into this country as a partner and attractive sales market with long time potential.

Tsemru Akalmeskel, Operation Director 3 Y Flexible Packaging PLC comments:

The whole team delighted from the properly delivered fruit full knowledge at the seminar, with which we are extremely happy. I am so glad to be part of the seminar and hope this exchange will continue in the future.

Flexofit is aiming to encourage development in more African countries. Upcoming Flexofit Africa Seminars this year are taking place in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, South Africa and Namibia.