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.

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.