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The Printing Industry in East Africa
BY Carole Veitch
Kenya
08 November 2018
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The Printing Industry in East Africa


East Africa, which recorded an economic growth rate of 5.9% in 2017, is the fastest growing region on the African continent and one of the world’s most rapidly expanding markets for security printing. The printing industry in East Africa is generally underdeveloped and in some countries, barely functional. Factors such as poor quality, high pricing structures and delivery delays have compelled many publishers to engage the services of printers from countries where services are generally of a significantly higher standard.


Challenging Environment


East Africa’s printing industry has been constrained by over-reliance on imports, lack of availability of raw materials, high production costs, lack of infrastructure, skills shortages, lack of access to finance and foreign currency, political and economic instability, low levels of investor confidence and high levels of corruption and criminal activity, notably counterfeiting. Traditional printing, including printing of publications and textile printing, has been disrupted by rapid advances in digital technologies. Increased demand for packaged consumer goods presents opportunities for industry players. Other growth segments include signage, outdoor advertising billboards and security printing. There is strong demand for anti-counterfeiting printing measures including tamper evident inks and instant verification security inks.


Report Coverage


This report examines East Africa’s regional economy in general, with a particular focus on the printing sector in the East African Community member states and Ethiopia. It includes profiles of 37 companies including De La Rue Kenya, a subsidiary of De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial printer of banknotes, Nampak Kenya and the previously state-owned Rwanda Printing and Publishing, operated by a consortium comprising Rwanda’s Great Lakes Communications and Media Centre and the Kenya-based company Print Fast Kenya.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. OVERVIEW OF THE REGION 1
2.1. Geographic Position 3
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 6
3.1. Industry Value Chain 8
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 11
5.1. Local 11
5.1.1. East African Trade 14
5.1.2. Corporate Actions 15
5.1.3. Regulatory and Policy Environment 15
5.2. Continental 16
5.3. International 16
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 18
6.1. Economic Environment 18
6.2. Socio-Political Environment 20
6.3. Digitisation 23
6.4. Labour 23
6.5. Rising Input Costs 24
6.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 24
6.7. Environmental Concerns 26
7. COMPETITION 27
7.1. Barriers to Entry 27
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 28
9. OUTLOOK 29
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 29
11. REFERENCES 30
11.1. Publications 30
11.2. Websites 31
APPENDIX 1 33
Summary of Major players 33
COMPANY PROFILES 36
AFRICA PRINTING PLC 36
AGUTEX LTD 37
ARTISTIC PRINTING ENTERPRISE 38
AVIQ PRINTERS AND STATIONERS 39
BECONNECTED INDUSTRIAL PLC 40
BERHANENA SELAM PRINTING ENTERPRISE 41
CENTRAL PRINTING PRESS PLC 43
COLORZONE STUDIO PLC 44
COLOURS LTD 45
DE LA RUE PLC 46
ECLIPSE PLC 48
GENERAL PRINTERS LTD 49
GIANTS PRINTING AND DESIGNS SOLUTIONS 50
IN-LINE PRINT SERVICES LTD 51
INKPASTE PRINTERS AND STATIONERS 53
IPRINT LTD 54
JAMANA PRINTERS LTD 55
KAPARI LTD 57
KULGRAPHICS LTD 58
MANIPAL INTERNATIONAL PRINTING PRESS LTD 60
MEX BURUNDI 62
MINISTRY OF INTERIOR & COORDINATION OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT 63
NAMPAK KENYA LTD 65
NEJASHI PRINTING PRESS PLC 66
NEW VISION PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD 67
PICFARE INDUSTRIES LTD 71
PRINTEX LTD 73
PRINTFAST KENYA LTD 74
RAMCO PRINTING WORKS LTD 76
RODWELL PRESS LTD (THE) 78
RWANDA PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD 80
SKANEM INTERLABELS NAIROBI LTD 81
STANDARD LABELS LTD 83
TANZANIA PRINTERS LTD 85
TANZANIA PRINTING SERVICES LTD 86
TECHNO MARKET LTD 88
UNIVERSAL PRINTERS COMPANY LTD 89