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The East African : Feb 2nd 2015
The EastAfrican 12 Special advertising section PUBLISHING, PRINTING AND STATIONARY COMPANIES JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Branding now offers personalised products Brands and colour are interlinked because colour offers a prompt method for conveying meaning and message without words SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican what she takes you fo≥ until, you pou≥ some liquid into it. Then it glows with you≥ po≥t≥ait and you can only then app≥eciate how fa≥ innovativeness in p≥inting has gone. Individuals and companies I a≥e emb≥acing p≥inting as a point of communication be it on b≥anding o≥ even app≥eciation. Whateve≥ is p≥inted on anything you wea≥, the ca≥ you d≥ive, the house you stay in tells mo≥e about who you a≥e and what you like. It might be I fo≥m of w≥iting, d≥awing, design, symbol o≥ a combination of them intended to identify an individual p≥oduct o≥ company’s p≥oducts o≥ se≥vices.” In othe≥ wo≥ds, a b≥and communicates the “idea” that communicates with the intended ≥ecipient. In Af≥ica, adve≥tising op- po≥tunities on televisions, newspape≥s, bill boa≥ds, newspape≥s and on fab≥ics o≠e≥s a c≥eativity oppo≥tunity to p≥inting companies as business seek to have immense impact. Digital billboa≥ds, online communications, and above all mobile have a b≥ight futu≥e t is you≥ bi≥thday and a f≥iend sends you a cup as a p≥esent. It looks so plain that you wonde≥ ac≥oss the continent. Uganda’s Quick Colo≥ P≥int o≠e≥s se≥vices in p≥inting, Design and P≥int, Digital p≥inting and Specialist p≥inting business activities Companies a≥e going be- yond the t≥aditional p≥inting to innovativeness emb≥acing colo≥ and design on thei≥ p≥oducts fo≥ sale and fo≥ f≥ee gifts to employees and custome≥s in fo≥m of pens, umb≥ellas, caps and t-shi≥ts. Flai≥ Kenya manufactu≥es pens with logos fo≥ companies in the colou≥s of the company’s choice. B≥ands and colou≥ a≥e inte≥- linked because colou≥ o≠e≥s a p≥ompt method fo≥ conveying meaning and message without wo≥ds. Leading companies ac≥oss the ≥egion including Coca Cola, MTN, Safa≥icom, KCB and Equity have an own colou≥ each that even f≥om fa≥ one can ≥ecognise the existence of such b≥ands. MTN has been voted the most valued b≥and in this yea≥’s edition of B≥and Af≥ica 100 ≥anking. The 2014 B≥and Af≥ica 100 is based on a su≥vey among a ≥ep≥esentative sample of eight count≥ies, cove≥ing the majo≥ sub-Saha≥an Af≥ica ≥egions to establish the best top 100 most admi≥ed b≥ands. In many companies including ai≥lines, hotels, banks A mug branded with a picture. Branding caters for both corporate and personal preferences and media houses, employe≥s p≥ovide employees and even custome≥s with pens that ca≥≥y the logo of the company, p≥oviding an oppo≥tunity to such companies as Flai≥. Mode≥n Lithog≥aphic (K) which aspi≥es to be a leading p≥int p≥oduction company in Kenya and Af≥ica th≥ough delive≥ing quality p≥int wo≥k and custome≥ se≥vice sees a g≥eat oppo≥tunity. “We have invested heavily on machine≥y and employees. We can also p≥omise ou≥ clients quality p≥inting, excellent custome≥ se≥vice and satisfaction,” says the company that o≠e≥s b≥anding, p≥inting and designing se≥vices to a wide ≥ange of clientele. Copy P≥o Kenya Ltd o≠e≥s p≥inting, b≥anding, photocopying, co≥po≥ate events se≥vices and sells p≥inting equipment. “The ma≥ket is wide and we look at tapping f≥om all f≥onts of p≥inting ≥equi≥ements, that is why we have a long list of se≥vices,” said company officials. The fo≥eseen ≥ate of g≥oss domestic p≥oduct fo≥ East Af≥ican companies implies the ≥egion will att≥act mo≥e investments and me≥ge≥s with ≥equi≥ements fo≥ p≥inting in o∞ces, p≥oducts and adve≥tisements inevitable. With expected g≥owth ≥ates of about 8 pe≥ cent pe≥ an- num, ≥ising consume≥ demand is fo≥ecast to add $1.1 t≥illion to Af≥ican GDP by 2019, and Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Nige≥ia, South Af≥ica and Egypt a≥e positioning to leve≥age this acco≥ding to a ≥ecent ≥epo≥t by Deloitte global consultancy on Af≥ica. A company that seeks to be competitive sets a b≥anding budget eve≥y yea≥ with specifications on whe≥e to invest. MTN has fo≥ instance been voted the most valued b≥and in this yea≥’s edition of B≥and Af≥ica 100 ≥anking. The 2014 B≥and Af≥ica 100 is based on a su≥vey among a ≥ep≥esentative sample of eight count≥ies, cove≥ing the majo≥ OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA, ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES ON TELEVISION, NEWSPAPERS, BILL BOARDS, NEWSPAPERS AND ON FABRICS OFFERS A CREATIVITY OPPORTUNITY TO PRINTING COMPANIES. sub-Saha≥an Af≥ica ≥egions to establish the best top 100 most admi≥ed b≥ands. Pa≥t of its success is in its adve≥tising and the designe≥s behind its adve≥tisements. Acco≥ding to Millwa≥d B≥own, a global company focused on b≥ands, media and communications, adve≥tising in Af≥ica is in a high-g≥owth phase, and in the excitement, adve≥tise≥s often take fo≥ g≥anted that ma≥keting messages will have an impact and be ≥etained. But TV is gene≥ally of poo≥ quality and TV adve≥tising often loses impact because it is di∞cult to see o≥ hea≥. High p≥oduction costs also make it di∞cult to p≥oduce and ai≥ quality ma≥keting communications. Radio has the best ≥each ove≥all, but this ≥each is f≥agmented; most Af≥ican count≥ies have ove≥ 100 stations, pa≥tly because of the multitude of local dialects. P≥int, though widely consumed, is less impactful than b≥oadcast media. Oppmez centre serves region’s industry By A CORRESPONDENT The EastAfrican shopping cent≥e in Kampala. This is a move, which will g≥eatly ≥e- I duce the cost of t≥avel and impo≥tation of the equipment f≥om ab≥oad. It deals in p≥oviding quality-o≠set pa≥ts, machine≥y, maintenance, delive≥y of new and used machines and installation. Although the company has footp≥ints in all the East Af≥ican count≥ies, it plans to establish Uganda as its hub. It is the only company that o≠e≥s se≥vices to the o≠set p≥inting indust≥y in the enti≥e ≥egion. The company impo≥ts a va≥iety of pa≥ts and machine≥y f≥om Ge≥many, US and Canada. All of which a≥e available in stock to handle daily p≥inting needs, which ≥ange f≥om a small ≥ubbe≥ sucke≥ to la≥ge o≠set machines. The asso≥tment of pa≥ts includes: cyl- inde≥ jackets, dampening cove≥s, feede≥ pa≥ts, g≥ippe≥ ba≥s, o≠set blankets, Plates, Rolle≥s, wash-up blades and so much mo≥e. Although the indust≥y has been g≥owing, conce≥ns have always been ≥aised With ove≥ 35 yea≥s of expe≥ience in p≥oviding and maintaining o≠set p≥ess equipment a≥ound the wo≥ld, Oppmez has opened a one-stop about the availability of some of these o≠set pa≥ts and machine≥y. In light of those conce≥ns, Oppmez assu≥es its clientele that it stocks a la≥ge invento≥y of pa≥ts and machine≥y locally. “We a≥e constantly innovating and ensu≥ing that we have quality technologi- cally advanced p≥oducts. In eve≥y case ou≥ aim is to build a st≥ong and lasting ≥elationship. We st≥ive to continuously meet the changing needs of the p≥inting indust≥y,” said Fatima Somji, a senio≥ sta≠ at Oppmez.
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