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Printing Industry East Africa

The Printing Industry in East Africa 2018

Carole Veitch | Burundi; Comoros; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; Reunion; Rwanda; Seychelles; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda | 08 November 2018

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Introduction

East Africa, which recorded an economic growth rate of 5.9% in 2017, is the fastest growing region on the African continent. The region, where counterfeiting is rampant, is also one of the world’s most rapidly expanding markets for security printing. Professional printing service providers perform a critical role across all sectors of the regional economy. Driven by economic development, urbanisation and population expansion, demand for packaged consumer goods has soared across the region in recent years, presenting a multitude of opportunities for printers of packaging and labels. Although the East African printing market remains relatively untapped, many stakeholders believe that the industry offers high-growth potential. 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.

Strengths

• East Africa has a rapidly developing printing sector which offers a comprehensive range of services.
• Innovative developments have been made in the security printing segment.
• Larger regional printers have harnessed new technologies and enhanced their service offerings.
• Print packaging, securing printing and textile printing are growth segments.
• Professional printing service providers, notably security printers, perform a critical role across all sectors of the regional economy.
• The EAC Common Market Protocol provides for the progressive transformation of the EAC into a single market that allows for free movement of goods, persons, services, labour and capital.

Weaknesses

• Corruption, notably the printing of copyright-protected material and the production of illicit labels for counterfeit products, is rampant.
• East African print service providers are generally uncompetitive as production costs are high.
• Regional printers are highly dependent on imported inputs and, as such, are exposed to pricing challenges resulting from exchange rate volatility.
• Technical service support is inadequate or absent in most East African cities.
• The industry is capital intensive.
• There is a critical shortage of people with the requisite skills and experience to operate sophisticated printing and finishing systems.

Opportunities

• Exporting to other African markets, where there is growing demand for printed packaging, printed labels, educational printed matter, electoral security printing, textile printing and flatbed UV printing.
• In the security printing segment, the development and roll-out of anti-counterfeiting measures offers high-growth potential.
• The commercialisation of 3D printing.
• The expansion of digital printing services, particularly for the packaging and textile markets.

Threats

• Political and economic instability.
• Security risks.
• The declining consumption of material in print format, which is being driven by the uptake of digitisation.

Outlook

The high-growth East African bloc has emerged as a regional powerhouse on the African continent. Despite the fragility of some East African states, the overall economic outlook for the East African region is positive and the African Development Bank forecasts that growth will remain on an upward trajectory in 2018 and 2019. Role players say that opportunities for companies in the printing sector are plentiful, particularly in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Demand for print services in these countries is expected to remain robust, notably in the security, packaging and textile markets. In keeping with global trends, stakeholders expect to see greater convergence of traditional and digital printing solutions taking place across East African markets.

The Printing Industry in East Africa
The Printing Industry in East Africa 2018

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Table of Contents

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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