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.

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.

Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi

2nd Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi: World leading companies meet most important African tradeshops and printers

In October we held our second international Flexofit Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya. Last year the first ever Flexofit Africa Seminar also took place here, in the Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi. This year over 40 attendees from the region, including representatives from Africa’s most important tradeshops Polyflex, Flexoworld, Kul Graphics and Amar Graphics met with European industry experts from world leading printing industry companies.

A presentation by Hilde van Eetvelde, Software Application Specialist and Johan Bastiaen, Sales Manager Africa, both from Esko, Belgium introduced the latest products and the offering of Esko to the Kenyan market. Next up Alfred Porr, Sales Manager from Renzmann, presented the latest inventions in distillation and cleaning units for Flexo from his company.

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During the course of the seminar discussions about education and lifelong learning developed with a special focus on the institutional settings and possibilities in Kenya and Africa in general. As a result of the discussion a 3-day seminar on prepress, plate making and printing to further educate industry professionals was planned for 2017.

Products, samples and further information on devices and machines from Windmöller & Hölscher and Tesa were shown in the table top exhibition presented by the distributors from the region that surrounded the seminar. The networking around the event was mutually perceived as very valuable.

The feedback on the seminar from the attendees was very positive. Frederic Muriungi, Sanjac Packaing Ltd., Kenya commented: “Thanks to Flexofit for taking the time to come and showcase their expertise, we learnt a lot. We would love to have some trainings locally. The seminar was informative and educative, I am looking forward to the next seminar!”

This seminar was also reported on by FlexoGlobal, Flexpack, and Global Print Monitor.


Flexofit-Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

Our first Flexofit seminar in Nairobi, Kenya on the 8th October 2015 was a great success. We welcomed representatives of well-known European Flexo suppliers at the Ole Sereni hotel, where they gave presentations to the Kenyan audience. It was great to meet all our friends and customers from Kenya as well as new faces and share with them the benefits of our new business and the news of flexoprinting.

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1510 Flexofit Presentation of Flexo Nairobi Kenya

More seminars are planned in the coming months. Watch this space for news about Flexofit workshops in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.