DuPont Packaging Graphics recently conducted the second in a series of flexographic printing seminars in Eastern Africa in conjunction with major flexo industry associates, including Tesa, Esko, Chespa, and Windmöller & Hölscher. Held in Nairobi, Kenya, the seminar was attended by almost 50 printing experts representing the entire value chain from pre-press to press from more than 20 companies in the growing Eastern Africa region. The seminar was titled “Quality at its Best – Advancing Flexography in Africa,” and featured the use of DuPont™ Cyrel® flexographic systems to meet the high expectations of reliability in the entire workflow, including in the final printed product.
“Eastern Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world where there is a significant increase in demand for sustainable packaging solutions, and a higher expectation of quality,” said Hans-Peter Hormann, Business Development Manager DuPont™ Cyrel® EMEA. “Flexographic printing is delivering sustainability, productivity and quality to help packaging printers address these needs, and as one of the market leaders in this industry, we are pleased to collaborate with our customers to share our expertise. We are encouraged by the growing number of attendees in this series of seminars - we estimate that more than 250 attendees from Nigeria, Tanzania, and Kenya have gained important insights from these seminars to date.”
The seminar received positive reviews from both participants and presenters:
Johan Bastiaen, Sales Account Manager Middle East & Africa ,who represented Esko with his presentation “Results that make you smile,” stated, “It is satisfying to see the enthusiasm of the attendees after presenting the printing results, which are standard these days within a Flexo-printing process.”
Vincent Marzin, Sales Manager Export Sales, Industrial Division, of Tesa, added, “There is no way not to roll out Flexo in Africa on a large scale. There is a vast demand for quality and sustainability solutions.”
After watching the “Virtual drupa 2012” video from DuPont, Richard Okemwa, Sales Co-ordinator, from Sanjac Packaging Limited, the major flexo distributor in Kenya, commented, “We have not been able to attend drupa 2012 in Germany this time. However, we feel delighted to see, that drupa show came to us.”
Tristan Zesiger, Division Manager Technical Sales Printing and Finishing Machines, and Peter Daniel, Regional Sales Manager, who presented the abilities of latest press innovations of Windmöller & Hölscher expressed, “Global collaboration is key for sustainable growth in Africa. At Windmöller & Hölscher, we are happy to work closely with the major flexo players in the market to support Africa’s great potential in providing innovations that work well in this region.”
Joachim Siekiera, Chairman of the board, from Chespa added, “we see a great benefit for us, but also for the flexo market in Africa, to show effective printing solutions from pre-press, substrates, inks, flexo-plates to flexo presses, that are cast in one pour. This is really a great chance as we don’t build on legacy business, but provide almost a new flexo community on the green field. The demand is huge!”
DuPont Packaging Graphics expects to continue the series of flexo-seminars in Africa next year, and to strengthen a regional contact network through the African DuPont organization and through specialized dealers in the region. Please contact DuPont Packaging Graphics through the website to inquire about future regional seminars and offerings.
DuPont Packaging Graphics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats; including DuPont™ Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, DuPont™ Cyrel® Round sleeves, mounting and finishing products. For additional information on DuPont Packaging Graphics products, please visit http://www.cyrel.eu.
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