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The Printing Industry in South Africa
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
20 August 2021
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The Printing Industry in South Africa


The print media sector has experienced significant disruption from digitisation and declining advertising spend over some decades. The decline in newspaper and magazine circulation was exacerbated by lockdowns, and resulted in several large companies closing or restructuring. Associated Media Publishing closed down in 2020 while Media24 announced the closure of several newspapers and magazines and the consolidation of some of its business operations and Caxton & CTP closed 10 magazine titles and distribution. The pandemic caused increased demand for packaging due to the growth in online sales and greater demand for digital printing.


New Technology


Digital printing technologies continue to displace conventional analogue processes and one of the biggest developments in printing has been the shift towards smaller runs with greater customisation. 3D printing is increasingly popular and being used for a growing number of applications. Smart labels become active in response to a trigger and store information such as expiry dates, batch information and product tracking data, while radio-frequency identification can be attached to products for tracking and tracing. QR codes are also used for item identification, product tracking and providing information to consumers.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the printing industry and includes information on the newspaper and magazine industry and printing of packaging and labels and other printed matter. It includes information on the state of the sector, the effects of the pandemic on sales, circulation and advertising, the performance of major players and corporate developments. There are profiles of 71 companies including the major players in printing such as Novus Holdings, Caxton & CTP, Bidvest’s office and print division, Hirt & Carter, and the Government Printing Works. Profiles also include print packaging players such as Mpact and Nampak, whose Bevcan division prints on the cans it manufactures. Publishing groups profiled include Media24 and Arena Holdings.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4.1. Local 7
In August 2021 the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported that there were increases in some newspaper circulations figures during the first six months of 2021. In Q2, Business Day and Cape Times showed the highest increases, although they increased by less 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 25
4.1.2. Regulations 26
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 28
4.2. Continental 29
4.3. International 31
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 32
5.1. Coronavirus 32
5.2. Economic Environment 33
5.3. Rising Input Costs 33
5.4. Off-shoring of Printing 34
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 34
5.6. Cyclicality 37
5.7. Environmental Concerns 37
5.8. Labour 38
6. COMPETITION 41
6.1. Barriers to Entry 41
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 42
8. OUTLOOK 43
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 43
10. REFERENCES 44
10.1. Publications 44
10.2. Websites 44
APPENDIX 1 46
Summary of Notable Players 46
ORGANOGRAM 52
COMPANY PROFILES 57
180 DEGREE DIGITAL PRINT CC 57
ABC PRINTERS (PTY) LTD 59
AFRIPACK (PTY) LTD 61
ALTSTADT PRINTING CC 64
APPLE PRINT AND PACKAGING CC 65
ARENA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 66
ASSOCIATED PRINTING (PTY) LTD 69
BEITH DIGITAL (PTY) LTD 71
BENCHMARK SIGNAGE (PTY) LTD 73
BIDVEST PAPERPLUS (PTY) LTD 76
BUSINESSPRINT (PTY) LTD 79
COLOUR DISPLAY PRINT (PTY) LTD 80
COLOURTONE ARIES (PTY) LTD 82
CREDA COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 84
CTP LTD 86
DIE CUT NATAL ENTERPRISE CC 90
FINISHING POST (PTY) LTD (THE) 91
FISHWICKS PRINTERS (PTY) LTD 93
FORMESET PRINT (PTY) LTD 95
G M GRAPHIX (PTY) LTD 97
GOLDEN ERA PRINTERS AND STATIONERS BOPS (PTY) LTD 98
GOVERNMENT PRINTING WORKS 100
HIRT AND CARTER (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 102
HP LABELLING (PTY) LTD 104
HR LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTERS CC 105
IM DESIGN FACTORY (PTY) LTD 106
INTERNATIONAL TRIMMINGS AND LABELS SA (PTY) LTD 107
JEAN AND IAN SHORT CC 109
JETLINE FRANCHISES (PTY) LTD 111
KADIMAH TRADING CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 113
KNOX PRINTING COMPANY (PTY) LTD (THE) 115
KWIK PRINTING WORKS CC 117
LEBONE LITHO PRINTERS (PTY) LTD 118
LEXLINES PRESS (PTY) LTD 120
LOTUS LITHO (PTY) LTD 122
MCC LABEL PAARL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 124
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 126
MINIT PRINT SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 133
MINUTEMAN PRESS INTERNATIONAL INC 135
MORTIMER OFFSET (PTY) LTD 137
MPACT LTD 139
MULTIPRINT LITHO (PTY) LTD 144
NAMPAK PRODUCTS LTD 146
NOVUS HOLDINGS LTD 149
ORANJE DRUKKERY (PTY) LTD 152
PRINTAFOIL (PTY) LTD 154
PRO BIND PRINT FINISHING (PTY) LTD 155
PRO-TOUCH DIES CC 156
RAND DATA FORMS (PTY) LTD 158
REN-MEDIA CC 160
RPC ASTRAPAK (PTY) LTD 161
SA LABEL PRINTERS (PTY) LTD 164
SACKS PACKAGING (PTY) LTD 166
SCREEN IMAGE CC 168
SCREENLINE (1971) (PTY) LTD 170
SHERENO PRINTERS CC 172
SHUMANI MILLS COMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 175
SIGN AND SEAL LABELS (PTY) LTD 177
TANDYM PRINT (PTY) LTD 179
TAURUS PACKAGING (PTY) LTD 181
TELESCO INVESTMENTS CC 184
TETRA PAK SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 185
THORNBIRD TRADE AND INVEST 100 (PTY) LTD 187
TROPIC PLASTIC AND PACKAGING INDUSTRY (PTY) LTD 189
TSHWANE PRESS (PTY) LTD 191
TYGAN DIGITAL AND SIGNAGE (PTY) LTD 193
TYPO PRINTING (PTY) LTD 195
UNIVERSAL LABELS (PTY) LTD 197
USS GRAPHICS INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 199
UVP VELTOPAK (PTY) LTD 201
ZELPY 1624 (PTY) LTD 203