The majority of raw materials is imported into Africa, and supply logistics and local currency rates play a significant role
Shem Oirere, Africa Correspondent11.21.16
Access to raw materials by ink manufacturers in Africa remains a major challenge for companies operating in the market because nearly the entire demand is met through imports.
The impact of importation of ink making raw materials is closely tied to the efficiency of Africa’s supply logistics and the volatility of local currencies, which have dictated the performance of the ink industry in recent years and are also likely to influence outcomes of ink companies’ investments both in the short and medium term.
“The majority of raw materials required for ink manufacturing is imported from outside Africa,” said Pieter Jordaan - Flint Group VP and GM, Africa in an email response.
He said the reliance on raw material imports “provides unique challenges to the ink manufacturer as we have to consider the impact of the distance from the supply lines and volatility in currencies.”
Flint Group launched a joint venture with South Africa’s Contine
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