Printing SA recently held a well-attended annual dinner, which celebrated industry excellence, and its conference, which highlighted the latest industry trends. Both events were sponsored by main sponsors FP&M SETA and FESPA; Gold sponsor Novus Print; Silver sponsor Agility Health, Bronze sponsor Heidelberg and exhibition sponsors Africa Print, Sign Africa and FESPA Africa.

Printing SA Marketing Manager, Abisha Katerere, said, ‘Without the support of the industry through our dedicated and loyal sponsors, such events would never take place. We hope that the rest of the industry stakeholders that attended were inspired by this showcase of support, in light of the theme for the two day conference, which was ‘Empowering the Industry’.

See the highlights of the conference and dinner in this video:


The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA was established by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education and Training on 1 April 2011 after government took a decision to cluster sectors in order to strengthen value-chain linkages between related industries. The FP&M SETA consist of 13 sub-sectors, namely the clothing, footwear, forestry, furniture, general goods, leather, packaging, printing, print media, publishing, pulp and paper, textiles and wood products sectors.

Although classified individually, the sub-sectors are closely integrated. Together they create tremendous value in the lives of consumers, by converting lumber, pulp, natural or synthetic fibres and animal skins/hides into finished products such as furniture, clothing, shoes, protective equipment, paper and paper board, printing (books, magazines, etc), industrial fabrics and extending into high-tech applications in many different industries (automotive, health and building construction to name a few). If you think about it, you can’t go through a day without using one or more of the products manufactured in the fibre processing and manufacturing sector.


FESPA is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Founded in 1962, FESPA organises the leading exhibitions and conferences for this community. Since its inception over 50 years ago, FESPA has been supporting the print community via successful exhibitions, events and publications, providing education and networking opportunities.

FESPA’s successful worldwide events generate profits, which are reinvested for the benefit of the global print community. Via their network of 37 national associations, FESPA supports hundreds of projects each year to educate and grow the industry.

Novus Print

With continued and substantial investment since 2000, Novus Print’s plants are equipped with the most advanced equipment available in all areas, including pre-press, press and post-press. The on-going implementation of faster, state-of-the-art technology ensures highly efficient, fully automated production processes that deliver quick, high quality printing of almost any format.

From gravure to heatset web offset, and sheet-fed to coldset, their ongoing investment in world-leading printing technology and presses positions Novus Print as a leading print supplier in South Africa and on the continent. Their print technology focus is complemented by a rigorous process focus and client-first approach. From education to retail, government to media – Novus Print services the print needs of clients across multiple sectors. Whether it is newspapers, books or magazines, personalised catalogues, flyers or brochures, they replicate it pixel-perfect, time after time.

Agility Health

Agility Health’s unique healthcare risk management solutions integrate administration services and world-class technology with its forward-thinking risk management programmes through innovative technology and independent clinical product development processes. Agility Health is a subsidiary of Agility Holdings and one of the ten largest open medical scheme administrators in the South African healthcare industry. Its business model ensures a boutique, specialised service provision. As a result, the company is able to ensure customised service centres, key executive involvement and implementation of sophisticated healthcare strategies.

Agility Health, with its global footprint through investments in healthcare, technology solutions and financial services, predominantly operates in South Africa and has successfully concluded projects across a broad spectrum of clients throughout the African Continent. Highly automated intelligent processing, effective clinical risk management and high quality reporting are all value propositions for medical schemes administered and managed by Agility Health’s national operations.


Heidelberg has been a major provider and reliable partner to the global printing industry for many years. They offer customers all the components tailored to their requirements for successful business operations. They are also advancing the digitalisation of the industry, providing integrated and reliable production processes, financially optimal investments and smooth access to all necessary materials.

Their products, service offerings and consumables, in addition to their partnerships, are tailored to meet specific future-oriented customer needs and are geared towards customers’ economic success. To achieve this, they offer an all-round service with reliable presses and fully integrated solutions with the right services and consumables, which guarantee the utmost availability of all means of production and a smooth-running, continuous production process. The range extends from state-of-the-art digital technologies to preconfigured standard offset presses with corresponding cost benefits and fast delivery times, through to individually configured special presses for maximum productivity and every conceivable print application.

Africa Print Expo

The event is a showcase for the latest technologies and trends in digital printing presses, binding equipment, digital packaging solutions, screen printing, digital textile printing, finishing equipment, ink, software, pad printing, paper and board, litho print solutions, encapsulating/laminating and digital label printing. The next Johannesburg event will be held from 9-11 September at Gallagher Convention Centre. Regional expo’s will also be held, with the first event taking place in Bloemfontein on 12 February at Ilanga Estate.

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