Beware the foreign invasion

There’s an alarming number of imported cosmetic and beauty products in South Africa, says Andrea Protti, marketing director of RAP International, and it’s high-time FMCG marketers and packaging suppliers pulled up their socks to challenge these alien invaders.     

When I scan the shelves of our esteemed retail giants, it occurs to me that there’s an overwhelming influx of imported beauty and personal care products in South Africa, mainly from European and Asian markets.     

These wily invaders are boldly seizing our shelf space thanks to a positive rate of exchange and an obviously inadequate South African import duty, and we’re letting them get away with it.

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Fresh features from Ferroprint

Ferroprint hits the high notes with an innovative multi-content label, writes Karen Stretch.

With an impressive line-up of ten Nilpeter presses, including the latest in servo-driven technology, Ferroprint’s core focus has always been on providing the best quality and latest techniques in label construction to meet market trends and evolving needs.        

Gone are the days when a paper self-adhesive label printed in minimal colours sufficed. Today’s consumers demand sophisticated branding and complete information about the products they purchase, while regulations are increasingly stringent regarding label declarations. 

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More capacity for ACF Labels

In a bold strategic move, narrow-web specialist ACF Labels has installed a wide-web Windmöller + Hölscher (W+H) Miraflex press in its Pinetown (KZN) plant. With a print width of 820mm, appreciably wider than its existing presses, this new machine adds significant capacity to this dynamic company.   

This state-of-the-art eight-colour flexographic central impression (CI) press is ideal for printing demanding designs on to label films. It also boasts BST’s Shark system, offering 100% fault detection that, according to general manager, Greg Petzer, is unique in South Africa on this web-width machine.

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Universal reinforces its potential

Having dug deep into its pockets to invest in a Soma flexo press and a Screen thermal platesetter, Universal Labels & Packaging is ready to face any high-tech labelling challenge, writes Karen Stretch.   

Some companies are just exceptional. Being properly equipped to produce top-quality products at competitive prices is undoubtedly a prime factor in raising an operation above the average, but it’s also likely that people with tenacity, vision and guts are driving things; and these are qualities that Brett Prawde, owner and director of Universal Labels & Packaging, and sales director, Vanessa de Scally, have in abundance.

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Afrimold is a hit

Afrimold 2011, hosted recently at Sandton Convention Centre, attracted 84 exhibitors from South Africa, China, Germany and Portugal and more than 2 850 visitors, reports exhibition director Ron MacLarty.   

Now in its second year, Afrimold focuses on tooling, mould-making, design and application development, and this year’s event included a comprehensive exhibition and conference programme. Afrimold is also affiliated to EuroMold, among the most respected exhibitions of its type in Germany, introduced to the market in 1994.

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