The latest edition of Africa Print Journal is online. In this issue we discuss the top four fastest growing areas in industrial printing. Industrial printers are having to adapt to evolving consumer and buyers' needs, which has enabled significant growth in four key areas of the market.
Other features in this issue:
Skills in a box
Most of the skill sets of the traditional printing industry are now shrink wrapped. That is, they are programmes that do what skilled people used to do. Remember dot etchers and strippers? Skill sets keep changing –– or disappearing.
Printing and publishing companies produce media communications. They print books, magazines, newspapers, catalogues, signs and displays and all manner of transactional prints. These are the visible forms of print, but there is plenty of the stuff that can easily be overlooked.
Ricoh provides insight into print trends
Digital fatigue is a phrase that keeps cropping up lately in relation to people’s reading habits. According to Vaughan Patterson of Ricoh SA, South Africans, it seems, want to buck the trends.
Enthusiastic visitors from the commercial print, label and packaging industry flock to Cape Town expo
The successful Africa Print Cape Town expo attracted 1210 visitors from the Western Cape and surrounding areas, including Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, North West Province, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola and Ghana.
Writing a ‘knock your socks off' service culture plan
One of the major weaknesses of most organisations is the top management’s lack of a service strategy. They fail to realise the strategic opportunity on how to use superior service as a vehicle to build market share and market dominance.
Short-run packaging is a huge opportunity for commercial printers
For many people, the mention of packaging print brings up visions of specialised carton presses and flexo printing. Traditionally, packaging print has been viewed as a long-run process, best suited to specialised manufacturers.
Africa Print Durban Expo Hailed A Major Success By Exhibitors And Visitors
The successful Africa Print Durban expo attracted hundreds of industry professionals from KwaZulu-Natal and surrounding areas. The event, which was held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 7 and 8 February, showcased cutting-edge technology, such as: digital printing, 3D printing, wide format digital and more.
Industry waste management plans – an opportunity to build better systems to protect
In December 2017, the government issued a gazette requiring the paper and packaging, electric and electronic, and lighting industries to prepare and submit Industry Waste Management Plans within nine months of publication of the gazette.