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Taking on new territories – The GAPP expands

June 15, 2017adminUncategorized0

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There are times in any organisation, business or industry when opportunities present themselves. At these junctures it is important to carefully consider all the angles before making a decision, because there is a difference between boldness and recklessness, between vision and short-sightedness. One has to consider the long-term implications for the existing enterprise and whether the new opportunity has longevity.

This was the situation which faced Sentient Publishing almost two years ago upon the first visit to Kenya. The market in Kenya, and East Africa as a whole, is growing rapidly and still has a great deal of potential across all sectors. There is a strong drive to grow and expand the printing, packaging and signage market in this region.

A look at any of the recent reports on the status of the market where current trends come under scrutiny shows that in every sector, Africa is considered a strong growth market in years to come. Africa is seen by many as the great untapped potential. When it comes to tapping this potential there are numerous different theories. In recent years the opinions of how to make the move into Africa have ranged from using South Africa as a stepping stone, to making direct inroads.

International companies look to Africa as the one market where they can increase market share or in some instances even dominate the market. The problem they have is the lack of knowledge and understanding of ‘the African Condition’, the intricacies of doing business in Africa. In a lot of respects it is similar to the difficulties that companies experienced when the markets of the Far East, and in particular Japan, started to open up. There are certain idiosyncrasies involved in doing business in Africa which occur nowhere else.

Based on the potential of these markets along with the opportunity to provide a much-needed source of information, the decision has been made to expand The GAPP into the East African market. Commenting on this move, Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing said, ‘I have been genuinely impressed by the vibrancy and drive of the printing, packaging and signage market in East Africa. It is a market which is hungry for growth. The one thing that this market lacks is a viable source of information. All the major players in the supply of equipment to this industry are present but they cannot give a complete overview.

‘The decision to open an East Africa edition of The GAPP is based on the desire to feed the need for information while reporting on the events and happenings in the markets of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is important to stress that this will not be a case of sending the South African GAPP Magazine into these markets but rather, we will be creating a dedicated publication for those markets. It will feature general industry news and information but there will also be specific coverage from those markets.’

The GAPP East Africa will become the source of information for printers, packaging and signage companies on the latest technologies and products available on the international market. It will also offer them the ability to showcase their installations, achievements and accomplishments to the industry in those markets.

The first issue of the magazine, which will be printed in Kenya, will be distributed in Mary this year and will cover all aspects and sectors of the market.

Celebrating The Pinnacle of Excellence

June 15, 2017adminUncategorized0

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At a glittering formal gala dinner in The Ballroom at Monte Casino, the South African Printing, Packaging and Signage industry turned out on Thursday 20 October in its finery to celebrate The Pinnacle of Excellence in all aspects of printing.

The winners in 34 categories of print ranging from litho through to flexo, signage through to gravure and print design through to environmental considerations were announced to the almost 400 guests assembled to celebrate printing in all its facets. The real hero of the event was print quality as printers in all sectors showed that attention to detail and the drive for quality of the highest calibre is still the primary concern for discerning and conscientious printers.

The GAPP Awards was designed to be an all-encompassing printing competition judging all different types of printing with the aim of promoting print quality and creating a sense of pride in the industry to which we are affiliated. Printing, in all its facets, makes an extremely valuable contribution to the economy of the country and despite the challenges that printing has faced in recent years, is still a viable and essential communications medium.

Work on establishing the awards commenced a little over two years ago and culminated in the gala dinner. The process included devising a list of categories which would encompass all aspects of the industry, creating an event format and even designing a bespoke, hand-made trophy and modern certificates featuring a custom-designed unigram. In consultation with the industry and through the assistance of our Convener of Judges Erich Kühl, the list of categories grew from the initial 20 to 30.

At the same time, sponsorships from industry players not only ensured that a memorable event took place but also showed that the industry supported this initiative. Almost a year ago the process of receiving entries was opened with the creation of a dedicated booking website where companies could log their entries online. An agreement with a courier company allowed printers to submit entries easily and without incurring any extra costs over and above their entry fee. The entry fee meant that a very real and practical contribution to the industry can be made. A portion of every paid entry fee is being allocated to the establishment of a training bursary fund which will allow new, willing people to be trained to work in the printing, packaging and signage industry.

According to Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing, publisher of The GAPP Magazine, ‘We are passionate about this industry, not only because our livelihood comes from this industry but also because we know and understand the true value of printing in the communications spread. As individuals our link to the printing, packaging and signage industries extends far beyond the magazine. The GAPP Awards is our way of recognising the true worth of this industry and the varied players who make it what it is.’

Entries, once submitted and received, underwent a pre-judging process to ensure that they were judged against similar entries. The judges were given the directive to ensure that entries were ideally placed in order to allow them to be correctly judged. The judges actually determined that in certain of the categories it was essential to split the category in order to make the judging process fair and representative. The determination was also made that in order for an entry to be considered eligible to receive a Gold Award it would have to achieve a minimum score of 80 per cent.

The judging panel, under the guidance of Erich Kuhl consisted of Gavin Turner of Intamarket, Kevin Naidu from Kemtek, Vaughan Patterson of Ricoh, Gisele Gurgel of Tetra Pak, Caroline Coughlan of Antalis, Neill Moross of Troika, industry consultant Keith Solomon and Johan Swanepoel of UVO Communication. Each judge brought with them specific knowledge and expertise which was used extensively in the judging process. The Judges determined that in three of the final 34 categories no Gold Award would be presented.

Where applicable, either two or three Winning Achiever awards were presented per category along with a Bronze, Silver and Gold award. Certificates were presented for each level of award along with a custom-designed, hand-made trophy for the top three levels in each category.

Almost 400 printers, signage manufacturers, packaging manufacturers and suppliers to the industry came together to acknowledge and recognise the very best quality and the achievements by the companies who had submitted the more than 350 entries across the 34 categories.

The sponsors for the event were asked to present the Gold Award winners with their trophies and certificates on the evening. As the Associate sponsor for The GAPP Awards 2016 Avery Dennison presented the awards in four categories, while the other sponsors presented awards in correlation with their level of sponsorship. The proceedings for the event – as well as off-the-cuff entertainment – were facilitated by the Master of Ceremonies Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson.

The awards presentation:

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Single Sheet
No Winning Achiever awards were presented
The Bronze award was presented to Multiprint Litho for ‘Operation Hydrate Posters’
The Silver award was presented to Ren-Form for ‘DSSA Fun Brochure’
The Gold award went to USS Graphics for ‘Role Model – Women’s Day’

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Annual Reports
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Matcom Printers for ‘Gauteng Province Annual Report’ and Multiprint Litho for ‘Interwaste Integrated Report’
The Bronze award was presented to House of Print for ‘TFG Integrated Annual Report’
The Silver Award was presented to House of Print for ‘Fidelity Annual Report’
The Gold award went to House of Print for ‘Bestmed’

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Magazines
Winning Achiever Awards were presented to Zero Plus Printers for ‘De Lig 2015’ and DNA Print and Packaging for ‘The Ridge Chronicle’.
The Bronze award was presented to Paarl Media KwaZulu-Natal for ‘Prestige Magazine’.
The Silver award was presented to Business Print for ‘DeKat Magazine’.
The Gold award went to CTP Printers Cape Town for ‘Africa Geographic Yearbook 2015’.

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Books
Winning Achiever awards went to CTP Printers Cape Town for ‘Food & Home Entertaining – A Year of Seasonal Dishes’ and Shereno Printers for ‘Degrees of Excellence’.
The Bronze award was presented to CTP Printers Cape Town for ‘Empathy’.
The Silver award was presented to Mailtronic Direct Marketing for ‘Home Explorer’.
The Gold award went to Multiprint Litho for ‘Reimagining South Africa’.

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Brochures
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Business Print for ‘Image 2015’, Oranje Print and Packaging for ‘Boran Journal 2016 God’s gift to Cattlemen’ and UVO Communication for ‘Bloodline Africa’.
The Bronze award was presented to UVO Communication for ‘Piet Warren 2015’.
The Silver award was presented to Templer Industries for ‘Pureflow’.
The Gold award went to Multiprint Litho for ‘The New Renegade 2015’.

Commercial Litho Sheetfed – Stationery
A Winning Achiever award was presented to O.H Frewin Printers for ‘A2 Calendars’.
The Bronze award was presented to Shereno Printers for ‘Portraits of Wildlife’.
The Silver award was presented to Business Print for ‘Prince Albert Karoo South Africa’.
The Gold award went to Formeset Print for ‘Namibia into Infinity – Panorama Edition 2016’.

Heatset Litho Webfed
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Paarl Media Cape for ‘Fresh Living (Pick ‘n Pay) – August 2016 Issue 98’, CTP Printers Cape Town for ‘Gay Pages – Winter 2016’ and Paarl Media KwaZulu-Natal for ‘ML July August 2016’.
The Bronze award was presented to Paarl Media Cape for ‘House and Leisure August 2016’.
The Silver award was presented to Paarl Media KwaZulu-Natal for ‘Fitness July-August 2016’.
The Gold award went to Paarl Media Cape for ‘Go! – August 2016’.

Coldset Litho Webfed
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Caxton Printers for ‘Saturday Citizen 23 July 2016’ and Lowveld Media for ‘Lowvelder Friday February 20, 2015’.
The Bronze award was presented to Caxton Printers for ‘The Star Tuesday July 26, 2016’.
The Silver award was presented to Caxton Printers for ‘The Times Monday July 25 2016’.
The Gold award went to Caxton Printers for ‘Business Day Thursday July 28 2016’.

Packaging – Corrugated/Flute
No Winning Achiever or Bronze awards were presented.
The Silver award was presented to Colourtone Aries for ‘Singleton 12 Year Old and 2 Glasses’
The Gold award went to CTP Cartons and Labels for ‘Foot of Africa Shiraz Viognier’.

Packaging – Flexible
Winning Achiever awards were presented to New Era Labels for ‘250ml Satiskin Bath Oil’, Tetra Pak for ‘Pure Joy’ and Ren-Flex for ‘Blossom Epic Spread’.
The Bronze award was presented to New Era Labels for ‘750ml Auto Punch Concentrated Fabric Softener’.
The Silver award was presented to New Era Labels for ‘400ml Lux Sheer Twilight’.
The Gold Award went to New Era Labels for ‘500g Nola Squeeze Original Mayonnaise’.

Packaging – Paper/Board/Kraft
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Proprint for ‘Renew Champagne’ and Monty Print for ‘Standard Bank Creating a Class of our Own’.
The Bronze award was presented to Colourtone Aries for ‘Amarula’
The Silver Award was presented to DNA Print and Packaging for ‘Inecto Ultra Gloss’.
The Gold award went to Printafoil for ‘Scottish Leader A New Perspective’.

Labels
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Ren-Flex for ‘Fairfield Dairy Yoghurt’, SA Labels for ‘Glistening Green Tea & Pine’ and HP Labelling for ‘Food Lover’s Signature Balsamic Vinegar’.
The Bronze award was presented to Business Print for ‘USN Hyperbolic Mass’.
The Silver award was presented to HP Labelling for ‘Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2016’.
The Gold award went to HP Labelling for ‘Chivas Regal 18 Gold Signature’.

Labels – In-mould
No Winning Achiever or Bronze awards were presented.
The Silver award was presented to Vitri Designs for ‘Lip Ice’.
The Gold award went to Vitri Designs for ‘Knorr Cup A Soup’.

Flexo Printing – Labels
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze award was presented to Uniprint Labels Division for ‘Republic Rum Infusion’.
The Silver award was presented to Flexible Packages Convertors for ‘McCain Skinny Fries’.
The Gold award went to Flexible Packages Convertors for ‘McCain Crisp Sweet Potato Fries’.

Flexo Printing – Corrugated
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze Award was presented to Mpact Corrugated for ‘Creative Colours’.
The Silver Award was presented to Golden Era Printers (Flexo Division) for ‘3 Litres Drostdy Hof Claret Select’.
The Gold award went to Golden Era Printers (Flexo Division) for ‘3 Litres Drostdy Hof Natural Sweet Red’.

Flexo Printing – General
A Winning Achiever award was presented to Merpak Envelopes for ‘The Hub Club’.
No Bronze award was presented.
The Silver award was presented to Amcor Flexibles (Durban) for ‘Kellogs Corn Flakes’.
The Gold award went to Golden Era Printers (Flexo Division) for ‘150g Smarties’.

Gravure Printing
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Amcor Flexibles for ‘Woolworths Foods Easy to Cook Potato Bake’ and Amcor Flexibles for ‘Knorr Sauce’.
The Bronze award was presented to Amcor Flexibles for ‘Omo Hand + Comfort’.
The Silver Award was to Amcor Flexibles for ‘Sunlight Tropical’.
The Gold Award went to Amcor Flexibles for ‘Amajoya’.

Signage – Rigid
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze award was presented to 2Spec Print Solutions for ‘Kellogs Boards’.
The Silver award was presented to Clear Design for ‘Pure Hemp’.
The Gold award went Clear Design for ‘Sony Acrylic Artwork’.

Signage – Flexible
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Cloud 9 – Dros Food Restaurant for ‘Vineyard’ and Dpi Concepts for ‘Hugo Boss Backlit Fabric’.
The Bronze award was presented to 2Spec Print Solutions for ‘Discovery Awards Fabric on Frame’.
The Silver award was presented to Bidvest Digital for ‘The Media Shack Fabric Banner’.
The Gold award went to Kaytie Identity Promotions for ‘SASSA Scarf’.

Signage – Poster/Billboards
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze award was presented to Cloud 9 – Dros Food Restaurant for ‘50% Off Burger Special’.
The Silver award was presented to Ad Outpost for ‘Clemen Gold’.
The Gold Award went to Ad Outpost for ‘Obaku Denmark – Feel the Moment’.

Signage – Non-paper Substrates
A Winning Achiever award was presented to Harrogate for ‘Samsung S7 Standee’.
The Bronze award was presented to Sharpline Signs and Graphics for ‘My Bikini’.
The Silver Award was presented to Harrogate for ‘Intel-Powered Laptops’.
No Gold Award was awarded in this category.

Signage – Vehicle Wraps
A Winning Achiever award was presented to Sharpline Signs and Graphics for ‘Memba Boat Wrap’.
No other awards were awarded in this category.

Digital Printing – Full-colour
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze award was presented to Multiprint Litho for ‘Dolce and Gabanna backlit cards’.
The Silver award was presented to Salty Print for ‘Let’s Make Excellent Happen’.
The Gold Award went to New Era Labels for ‘750ml Arendsig Sauvignon Blok A9’.

Full-colour Digital Printing – Publications
A Winning Achiever award was presented to 24Hour Photobooks for ‘Moments in Africa’.
The Bronze award was presented to Orms Printroom for ‘Oceans of Life’.
The Silver award was presented to Multiprint Litho for ‘The Landy & I’.
The Gold Award went to Multiprint Litho for ‘It’s Not Blood’.

Full-colour Digital Printing – Stationery
A Winning Achiever award was presented to 24Hour Photobooks for ‘Promotion 24Hour Photobooks’
No other awards were awarded in this category.

Variable Data Printing
No Winning Achiever awards were presented.
The Bronze award was presented to Color in Mail for ‘We Love The Season of Gold’.
The Silver Award was presented to Blue Avenue Partners for ‘Coca-Cola Personalised Packaging’.
The Gold Award went to Bowens for ‘Nex Media Vol 3 Issue 2’

Special Techniques and Finishes
Winning Achiever awards were presented to ProTouch for ‘Frozen Ice Shattering’, Pivot Press for There are Still Mysteries’ and ProTouch for ‘Investec Folder’.
The Bronze award was presented to Bowens for ‘Photo Album’.
The Silver award was presented to Colourtone Aries for ‘Don Julio’.
The Gold award went to Murtan for ‘Barclays L’Atelier’.

The Bronze award was presented to Bowens for ‘Photo Album’.
The Silver award was presented to Colourtone Aries for ‘Don Julio’.
The Gold award went to Murtan for ‘Barclays L’Atelier’.

Screen Printing
There is only a Gold Award presented in this category which went to USS Graphics for ‘Role Model – Women’s Day’.

Folding and Finishing
No Winning Achiever or Bronze awards were presented.
The Silver award was presented to Ren-Form for ‘Vega Quack Quack’.
The Gold Award went to Bowens for ‘Photo Album’.

Cutting Processes
No Winning Achiever awards are presented.
The Bronze award was presented to Bidvest Digital for ‘Rocket Restaurant Menu Holders’.
The Silver award was presented to Vixtrix Signs for ‘Castle Lite’.
The Gold award went to A Signup Corporation ‘for Cell-C Fabricated’.

Self-promotion
Winning Achiever Awards were presented to Murtan for ‘Multi-colour Foiling’ and Monty Print for ‘Spirit of Africa 2016’.
The Bronze award was presented to SA Reserve Bank for ‘SA Reserve Bank 2016 Desk Planner and Tent Calendars’.
The Silver award was presented to Shumani Mills Communications for ‘Advance Beyond Print’.
The Gold award went to 24Hour Photobooks for ‘Promotion 24Hour Photobooks’.

Innovation
Winning Achiever awards were presented to Printafoil for ‘Scottish Leader A New Perspective’, Bowens for ‘Glenmark Synalar Human Anatomy’ and Uniprint Forms Divisions for ‘Ebola Clinical Specimen Laboratory Forms’.
The Bronze Award was presented to Gordons Productions for ‘Deeper Paper Plates’.
The Silver award was presented to Monty Print for ‘Standard Bank Creating a Class of Our Own’.
The Gold award went to Blue Avenue Partners for ‘Paper Wallets’.

Environmentally Sound
There was only a Gold award presented in this category which went to Multiprint Litho for ‘Come Play – The Story of 012 Central’.

Graphic Design on Print
A Winning Achiever award was presented to Lowveld Media Graphic Department for the design by Delene van Straten for ‘Autodealer – Automotive Supplement inserted into Lowvelder Tuesday and Mpumalanga News 23 February 2016’.
No Bronze or Silver awards were presented in this category.
The Gold award went to Mullen Louw Johannesburg for ‘It’s Not Blood’.

The future will require some work.

April 7, 2016adminUncategorized0

 

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This was the general outcome of The GAPP Conference in Association with Nashua, which was held at the Propak Africa show on 16 March at Nasrec. Speakers from the political, economic and industry sectors all addressed the fact that there are difficulties which lie ahead but that those difficulties can be overcome with the right attitude, participation and forward planning.

Sponsors of The GAPP Conference included Nashua which was the Associate Level sponsor and co-host for the event, Konica Minolta South Africa, Kemtek Imaging Systems, Hi-Tech Inks and The SA Print Directory. The role of master of ceremonies was carried out with consummate professionalism by Derek Watts, well-known television presenter and award-winning journalist.

The conference was opened by Sentient Publishing Managing Director Vikesh Roopchand who welcomed the guests, thanked them for their attendance and then thanked the sponsors and the speakers for their participation and contribution in bringing the valuable information to the local printers, signage manufacturers and packaging suppliers.

The keynote speaker, Justice Malala, addressed the political situation in South Africa focusing on the current events and how they will impact and influence the future. His presentation entitled ‘Beyond the Noise – South Africa political trends 2016 to 2026’ clearly showed just how intertwined the economy of the country is with the political situation. He addressed a number of relevant issues including GuptaGate, the Nkandhla debacle, the situation around the finance minister and the upcoming municipal elections. Delegate comments included, ‘Good, level-headed overview of our political landscape,’ ‘Unbelieveable speech and an incredibly dignified and knowledgeable person. I was transfixed from the moment he started speaking until the end’.

The second speaker of the day was by Mike Horsten, General Manager of Marketing from Mimaki Europe, who spoke on opportunities presented by large-format solutions for the growing market sectors of textile printing and packaging production. His presentation entitled ‘Digital Packaging and Textiles is not a waiting game it’s on today’ focused on applications which printers or packaging manufacturers can look at as potential areas of growth for their companies. Attendee comments included, ‘He was quite entertaining and thus engaging. He delivered quite a lot in a short time frame’, ‘A good opportunity to understand the SA market and to do something different’.

Linda Jackson spoke on the things that packaging printers need to know in order to be able to print for food-based packaging. While the packaging sector is clearly a market experiencing strong growth, there are a number of laws and regulations controlling what can be on the packaging, both in terms of the types of inks and chemicals used, as well as the information that can or must be displayed on packaging. Delegates commented, ‘A very informative and well-presented presentation’, ‘Informative. Highlighted how important the food label is in our life’, ‘What an eye-opener. We don’t take notice of what could harm us and our families’.

The first presentation after the lunch break was from Laurel Brunner a UK-based industry journalist and industry analyst. She informed printers on best practises to ensure that their companies are able to weather the changes which have impacted the printing industry on a global basis. She explained that print definitely has a future but that in order to make the most of the industry, printers will have to adopt an intelligent approach to their businesses. Comments included, ‘Informative, well-researched and well-delivered’, ‘Great talk, Consolidated what we know and what we should be doing’, ‘Although not the easiest presentation to listen to, the context was interesting and a big eye-opener’.

The final presentation of the day was from South African economic journalist Alec Hogg whose speech ‘Tap dancing in a warp speed world’ looked at the current economic situation and how things could be expected to progress in the near future. He too drew a clear link between the political situation and the impact on the economy. He also showed that a number of factors need to work together in order for the economy to stabilise. The question on everyone’s lips at the time was whether the international ratings agencies would downgrade South Africa’s fiscal status and unfortunately it seems that there is very little of chance of this being avoided. Delegates commented, ‘Very interesting global and local overview in a snapshot’, ‘Good presentation, encouraging us to believe in ourselves and strive to work hard every day’, ‘Interesting to hear about where our economy is potentially headed and what we can do to thrive in the current economy’.

The response from delegates to the presentations was overwhelmingly positive, given the broad range of topics and market sectors there was something for everyone.

Commenting on the conference after the event, Vikesh concluded, ‘The overall response from delegates was very positive and we will certainly be hosting more conferences in future. We have started with a very high calibre of speakers and topics and we aim to continue in this vein. We believe conferences offer the best means of imparting relevant information and we seem to have found a winning formula.’

The GAPP Conference Sponsors announced

February 11, 2016adminUncategorized0

The GAPP Conference Logo-09.02.2015Sentient Events, a subsidiary of Sentient Publishing and organiser of The GAPP Conference, has announced the sponsorships it has received for the conference which will take place at Nasrec on 16 March as part of the Propak Africa show.

The Platinum level sponsor for the event is Nashua with the conference being known as The GAPP Conference in association with Nashua. Additional sponsorships have been received from Kemtek Imaging Systems, Konica Minolta South Africa and The SA Print Directory.

The GAPP Conference will be held in the Black Eagle Room at Nasrec and will include tea breaks, lunch and the opportunity to interact with speakers. Proceedings for the day will be managed by the Master of Ceremonies Derek Watts, award-winning journalist and anchor of MNET’s Carte Blanche. He will be joined by Justice Malala who will outline the political state of the country and what we can expect in the run-up to the elections scheduled for next year. Alec Hogg will give an overview of the economic climate in the country and where South Africa finds itself as part of the world economy. Both topics are areas of on-going concern and interest to all South African.

These two well-known business analysts will be accompanied by industry speakers Linda Jackson focusing on the role played by standards in the packaging industry, Mike Horsten who will look at the large-format printing and signage market and, Laurel Brunner who will address the state of the international printing industry.

Said Leon Minnie, Product Manager Digital Print Solutions at Konica Minolta South Africa, ‘We have put our support behind this conference because we believe it offers a unique opportunity for players in the printing, packaging and signage sectors of the local market to obtain a concise understanding of the state of the economy and the country and then, have that contextualised according to the sector of business they are in. We will be encouraging our clients to attend this conference as we believe it can help them to make reasoned and strategic decisions for the future of their companies, giving them a competitive edge in a very contested industry as well as, one that are going through massive changes.’

Said Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Events, ‘We are delighted that some of the leading companies in the local market have put their support behind The GAPP Conference. We believe we have attracted speakers and delegates of the highest calibre to offer delegates valuable information for the future of their businesses. We have addressed the main sectors of the industry and also business in the South Africa context. We would welcome other market leaders to add their support for The GAPP Conference either through sponsorship or attendance at the event. This is the first conference of its kind in the local market and will surely give delegates a clear advantage.’

For more information on The GAPP Conference in association with Nashua, or to reserve your seat visit www.sentientevents.co.za or call 011 475 5095.

Kemtek sponsors The GAPP Conference

January 29, 2016adminUncategorized0

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The GAPP Conference taking place at Nasrec on 16 March in Association with Nashua, has attracted the attention and additional sponsorship of Kemtek Imaging Systems. The GAPP Conference is a business seminar addressing the printing, packaging and signage industries.

The Conference, which features leading business, political and industry commentators and speakers, will be held in conjunction with The GAPP Print Expo trade show taking place at Nasrec from 15 to 18 March as part of the Propak Africa Show.

According to Gavin van Rensburg, Group Managing Director of Kemtek Imaging Systems, the conference offers the industry as a whole the opportunity to gain useful insights into the future. He added, ‘At a time when there is uncertainty about economic and political factors in our country combined with a difficult climate in our industry, this conference will help answer many of the questions which are on people’s minds. We are happy to sponsor this conference and to assist in bringing this information to our clients and the market as a whole.’

The GAPP Conference will be held in the Black Eagle Room at Nasrec and will include tea breaks, lunch and the opportunity to interact with speakers. Proceedings for the day will be managed by the Master of Ceremonies Derek Watts, award-winning journalist and anchor of MNET’s Carte Blanche. He will be joined by Justice Malala who will outline the political state of the country and what we can expect in the run-up to the elections scheduled for next year. Alec Hogg will give an overview of the economic climate in the country and where South Africa finds itself as part of the world economy.

These two well-known business analysts will be accompanied by industry speakers Linda Jackson focusing on the role played by standards in the packaging industry, Mike Horsten who will look at the large-format printing and signage market and, Laurel Brunner who will address the state of the international printing industry.

Said Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Events – a subsidiary of Sentient Publishing, ‘This sponsorship by Kemtek, in addition to the Association sponsorship by Nashua, shows that the industry sees the need for top-level information and realises the value in the line-up of speakers we have attracted to the conference. Our aim is to inform and educate printers, packaging manufacturers and signage suppliers on the latest trends and developments and to provide them with everything they need to take their companies forward in the current climate. This is the first time that a conference of the stature is taking place and we, at The GAPP, are thrilled to be able to bring this to the industries we serve and are so passionate about.’

For more information on The GAPP Conference, how to become a sponsor or to reserve your seat, visit www.sentientevents.co.za or contact Sentient Events on 011 475 5095.

January 14, 2016adminUncategorized0

The GAPP Conference in association with Nashua

The GAPP Conference, a printing, packaging and signage conference taking place at Nasrec on 16 March 2016, will be held In Association with Nashua.

The Conference, which features leading business, political and industry commentators and speakers will be held in conjunction with The GAPP Print Expo trade show taking place at Nasrec from 15 to 18 March as part of the Propak Africa show.

Said Jessica Midlane, Brand Manager at Nashua, ‘The coming together of like-minded and business-savvy individuals in the Production Print industry in South Africa has previously been limited to large and impersonal gatherings. The world-class knowledge share and level of expertise at The GAPP Conference promises not only to be hugely informative, but will also give the chance for these individuals to share experiences and network on a level that holds true value.’

The GAPP Conference will be held in the Black Eagle Room at Nasrec and will include tea breaks, lunch and the opportunity to interact with speakers. Proceedings for the day will be managed by the Master of Ceremonies Derek Watts, award-winning journalist and anchor of MNET’s Carte Blanche. He will be joined by Justice Malala who will outline the political state of the country and what we can expect in the run-up to the elections scheduled for next year. Alec Hogg will give an overview of the economic climate in the country and where South Africa finds itself as part of the world economy.

These two well-known business analysts will be accompanied by industry speakers Linda Jackson focusing on the role played by standards in the packaging industry, Mike Horsten who will look at the large-format printing and signage market and, Laurel Brunner who will address the state of the international printing industry.

Brent Gehlig, Product Manager for Production Printing at Nashua added, ‘2016 is an important year for Nashua – our business has been structured so that we can actively concentrate on our eight lines of business – Production Print being one of them. The technology that Nashua can offer to both existing and potential clients in this arena is world class, and we are excited to show the market our capabilities through the sponsorship of The GAPP Conference. This combined with the super mix of leading experts on the relevant subject matter and the opportunity to provide real value to our existing and potential clients makes this an ideal opportunity for Nashua.’

Said Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Events – a subsidiary of Sentient Publishing, ‘We are delighted to have Nashua as the Platinum Sponsor for the inaugural staging of The GAPP Conference. We believe we have attracted speakers and commentators of the highest calibre to offer delegates valuable information for the future of their businesses. We have addressed the main sectors of the industry and also business in the South African context. We would like to express our thanks to Nashua for this sponsorship and henceforth the 2016 conference will be known as The GAPP Conference in Association with Nashua.’

For more information on The GAPP Conference, how to become a sponsor or to reserve your seat visit www.sentientevents.co.za or contact Sentient Events on 011 475 5095.

The GAPP Print Expo: Are you there?

September 10, 2015adminUncategorized0

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Think of your favourite tradeshows, the ones that left you exhausted, but in a good way. Think of what you achieved and what you saw at the show. Remember all the people you know who you saw at the show. Attending a trade show for all of us is one of those things that we don’t necessarily want to do but we know that the end result will be worthwhile.

However, exhibiting at a show carries with it a number of emotions. You have to consider costs, not only of the process of exhibiting at the show, but also the cost of the things that you will have on your stand and the time away from the office. These raise some mixed feelings, causing you to think about the value of exhibiting at a show compared to the potential returns. At the end of the day, you know that your presence at the show is important. It maintains brand awareness, it shows your customers that you are active and it sets your position in the market.

The one area of concern is whether you will achieve the volume of visitors that you would like to see and whether the attendees will be interested in your offering and whether they will be of the right calibre. What you need is some assurances. How can you get these?

You need partners who have the right links to the market you are involved in and also partners who have expertise in organising and arranging tradeshows with a proven track record. The combination of The GAPP Magazine and Specialised Exhibitions brings you just such partnerships.

The GAPP Magazine brings you industry trends, developments and news. It also has a direct link to more than 22000 readers across the combined platforms of the printed magazine and the electronic newsletter. Combine this with the extensive industry knowledge of the team at the magazine and you have a dedicated vehicle for addressing your market. If you then consider the expertise of Specialised Exhibitions at organising trade shows and you have a formidable union.

It is on the basis of this union that The GAPP Print Expo has come about. There are now just seven months until the doors open on the co-located shows including The GAPP Print Expo, ProPlas, Foodpro and ProLabel. Situated in Hall 7 at Nasrec, The GAPP Print Expo is the largest show dedicated to all forms of print bringing it in line with the coverage of the magazine which addresses all aspects of the printing industry. As this point, Hall 7 is more than 90 percent sold with just a few stands still available.

The last show held in 2013 attracted more than 13000 visitors including a large presence from neighbouring African countries. Through the marketing efforts of The GAPP and its associated publication The GAPP Contacts, an even larger African contingent is expected in 2016.

That is not all. In addition to the attraction of the largest show of its kind on the African continent, The GAPP will be running a two-day conference aimed at senior decision-makers and buyers of printing services. Speakers from the upper echelons of the printing industry will appear on the same platform as leaders from business, industry and government to give delegates an overview of the future of our country and industry.

Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing commented, ‘To obtain more information on exhibiting at the show or participating in the conference please contact Sentient Publishing on +27 (0) 11 475 5095 or e-mail: sales@sentientpublishing.co.za.

The GAPP Awards: What you are striving for

September 10, 2015adminUncategorized0

GAPP AwardsTrophies

Competition is generally healthy; it creates the drive and desire to do better. Winners want to retain their top-notch position and those who fall short want to dethrone the winners. But titles come and go. It is the lasting mementoes and reminders of the competition and the achievements which carry the real value. Trophies and certificates can be displayed for customers, suppliers and the industry as a whole to see and admire.

Until recently there was no competition for the local printing industry. At the beginning of this year, Sentient Publishing launched The GAPP Awards as the only and most representative printing competition for the local industry. For the purposes of the competition and in keeping with the coverage of The GAPP Magazine, printing refers to any process where an image is created on a substrate.

The GAPP Awards are now open for entries and are progressing well. Sponsorships are gradually filling up and entries are being received. So, what is it that you will be competing for? These spectacular trophies (pictured above) have been designed and hand-crafted by Hypenotik Design based on a concept devised by the team at Sentient Publishing to capture the essence of The GAPP Brand. It is a strong, modern design emphasising the new and modern look and feel of The GAPP while at the same time reflecting the tradition and history of the printing industry and the various processes which make it up.

The GAPP Awards is a broad-spectrum printing competition designed to give printers the opportunity to compete against other printers in similar sectors. A total of thirty categories have been determined to ensure that printers from all sectors of industry can enter and compete. The aim is to make the competition as representative as possible in order to ensure that printers from every sector have the ability to enter.

A full list of the competition categories can be found on the new and dedicated website www.thegappawards.co.za which offers a single source for all the information on the competition. The category description will help you to determine the best category for you to enter. However, should you enter into the wrong category, the judges in the first round of judging will have the ability to move your entry if they feel that you have made a mistake.

So, why should you enter?

There is no question that quality is a must in the modern printing, signage and packaging industry. Customers will not accept anything less than the absolute best quality. But quality is a subjective thing and only by looking at print from a position of knowledge, expertise and understanding of the intricacies, can true quality be determined. This is where The GAPP Awards will allow printers to compete against each other because their work will be judged by an independent panel of judges who have experience in the various sectors involved.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to printers from all sectors of the industry irrespective of the type of substrate used, as each different type of substrate or printing technique will be addressed by a specific category. Each entry carries an entry fee – a portion of which will be retained for training purposes. Entries can be submitted by printers themselves, by their customers or by anyone associated with the job such as advertising or design agencies. It is important to note that entries can only be submitted with the approval of the specific printer as it is the printer who will win the award. Clients, agencies and other suppliers involved in the production of the job will be able to purchase additional certificates after the awards ceremony.

How do I enter?

All entries must be made via the website with a comprehensive section explaining the entry process. Once the entry form has been submitted and the payment for the entry made, a physical copy of the entry form plus two samples of the printed entry (or a portion in the case of larger works) must be sent to the address given on the website. The entry will only be considered complete once all these steps have been completed.

How often can I enter?

The aim should obviously be to enter as many times as possible across a number of different sectors. This increases your chances of winning an award. Awards will only be presented if the quality of entries in each of the categories meets a certain standard. The decision of what constitutes sufficient quality will rest with the judges and they will determine if awards are to be presented or not.

How will judging work?

There will be two rounds of judging. The first round will determine the quality of all the entries to be considered. Sub-standard entries will be removed from the judging process. The focus will be on print quality, not design and the onus will fall on the judges to determine the difference. Design for print is a separate category. It is also at this stage that the judges will check to see whether all entries are in the correct category. Once the preliminary judging has been concluded, the remaining entries will go through for final judging.

Who will the judges be?

Judges will be selected by an independent convenor of judges. Sentient Publishing, its staff and agents will not play any part in the process of selecting judges, other than putting names forward from the list it receives as recommendations.

All that remains now is for you to start entering your jobs. One way of selecting the jobs to enter is to have an internal competition. This will allow you recognise individual operators or teams within your own organisation thereby encouraging them to improve their own quality, which benefits everyone. You can then enter the very best work which your company produces. Start compiling your work and get those entries in and one of these fantastic trophies could be taking pride of place in your company.

Sentient Publishing makes it two for two

August 4, 2015adminUncategorized0

New ABC High res logo

In the just over two years since Nex Media magazine was launched it has gone from being a new entry into the market to one of the only magazines in its sector to have been certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.

Nex Media was launched in January 2013 addressing all aspects of marketing and media including both above- and below-the-line. The magazine addresses all of the latest trends and developments which are being experienced. It also features thought leadership and opinion pieces from leaders in the industry.

The certification gives readers and advertisers the assurances that claimed distribution figures are correct. The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) conducts a full audit of the figures including verifying the volumes printed, the volumes posted and the number of returns. It also looks at how returned copies are handled and processed.

The certification of Nex Media by ABC marks the second publication from Sentient Publishing to achieve certification. The GAPP Magazine – addressing the printing, signage and packaging industry was first awarded its ABC certificate two years ago, just two years after it was launched.

Said Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing, ‘We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to achieve ABC certification for Nex Media within two years. Establishing a new title in a niche market is no small task especially when you consider the fact that we had to start from a zero base in terms of the readership database.

‘Managing the database of a new magazine is a long and time-intensive process but it is even more difficult in the marketing industry where unsolicited mail is treated harshly by people who know and understand the Consumer Protection Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act. This certification gives us the transparency which provides peace-of-mind for the recipients of our magazines.’

Readership of Nex Media is growing through the online copies of the magazine and the distribution of a monthly newsletter.

The GAPP Printexpo: Creating a winning formula

August 4, 2015adminUncategorized0

Printexpo logoThe GAPP Print Expo is part of the Propak series of exhibitions and is a joint venture between Sentient Publishing, publisher of The GAPP Magazine, and Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, owner of the Propak and associated exhibitions. The GAPP Print Expo will be held conjointly with Propak Africa from 15 to 18 March 2016 in Hall 7.

The agreement is a synergistic alliance between two specialist companies, the one with a knowledge and understanding of the printing industry and the other with the know-how and expertise in presenting industry-leading exhibitions. The GAPP Magazine is the only broad-spectrum trade publication serving all aspects of the printing industry while Specialised Exhibitions has more than 40 years of experience in staging business-to-business trade shows.

Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing explained the role of The GAPP Magazine in the joint venture as the vehicle best suited to addressing the needs of the Printing Industry due to the close relationship that the magazine enjoys with its readers, whether printers, packaging manufacturers or suppliers to the industry.

He added that with a recipient list for its printed version of more than 4000 and an additional 6000 online readers, The GAPP has the widest readership across the broadest range of market sectors. Add to this its online newsletter in conjunction with its linked directory The GAPP Contacts and you have a company and publication with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the South African Printing Industry.

He went on to explain that the format for the show will incorporate two specific series of conferences and seminars. The GAPP Conference will bring leading international speakers from all sectors of the printing, signage and packaging industries to address delegates on topics which are relevant and pertinent to the players in the local market as well as addressing international trends and developments which will have a bearing on the direction of future business locally and internationally. In addition, Printing SA will be presenting training conferences.

Gary Corin, managing director of Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery explained the roles of the respective parties. He stated that Specialised Exhibitions has a long-standing connection to the printing and packaging industry in South Africa through its Propak series of exhibitions. He also mentioned that the face of the printing industry is changing and that it is no longer enough to have experience, what is necessary is a thorough and close knowledge of the industry.

Gary went on to state that it is the role of trade shows and exhibitions to act as a conduit between suppliers and their customers which requires that there is a perception and understanding of the value-add that can be offered. This extends beyond the mere presentation of a venue and opportunity for interaction but requires additional benefits for both parties.

The GAPP Print Expo will bring the leading suppliers from all print-related sectors of the market to one venue with the aim of providing a platform for discussion and to generate interest in the latest systems and technologies available on the market. Visitors will be privy to the very latest solutions in the areas of signage, large-format, digital and conventional printing to meet the needs of all sectors of the market. Peripheral and ancillary products, services and solutions will also be demonstrated.

Based on the previous success of the combined Propak series of shows, it is expected that more than 13 000 visitors will attend the shows over the three-day period. In addition to the local visitors, a large contingent of visitors from around Africa is expected to attend the shows.

For more information on The GAPP Print Expo and how to exhibit or to register contact Sentient Publishing on 0861 111 987 or visit the website www.sentientpublishing.co.za