Quality & Safety Drive Uniprint’s New Accreditation

Quality & Safety Drive Uniprint’s New Accreditation

Uniprint has always been about providing their customers with the best possible products while maintaining a safe work environment for THEIR employees. With that in mind Uniprint’s latest accreditation, while somewhat unexpected, really is a no-brainer. Uniprint has been ISO 9001 accredited to ensure that they offer their customers the best product quality possible. However, recently Uniprint decided to invest further in product quality, health and safety at the Uniprint factory. The result was an ISO 22000 accreditation – a Food Safety Management System which includes HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), a preventative and systematic approach to food safety which minimises risks with regards to biological, chemical and physical hazards. “At Uniprint we work extensively with chemicals and adhesives, so it’s important that our customers know that we have the necessary processes in place to minimise these risks,” explained Akash Kalapdeo, Uniprint’s driving force behind the accreditation process. While Uniprint had been adhering to HACCP regulations for years they didn’t have the certification as evidence of their efforts. “We had the systems in place, but needed a certificate to prove it. This accreditation will make the auditing process much smoother which will improve operations and productivity,” continued Kalapdeo. Audits are a requirement for a food safe system and Uniprint customers, especially those who sell and distribute food products, often request audits of the Uniprint factory. This accreditation enables Uniprint to provide each customer with a certificate which states that their packaging and labels were manufactured in an ISO 22000 food safe system. Obtaining the accreditation required an audit to be carried out by and international certification body....
No Limits to Amarula’s Creativity

No Limits to Amarula’s Creativity

Over the years Amarula has become synonymous with Africa. From the heroic image of the African Elephant to the shape and colour of the bottle and the marula fruit itself, Amarula is quintessentially South African and a favourite parting gift amongst tourists at Duty Free outlets. This year, in order to drive sales through this essential Travel Retail channel, Distell required bespoke offerings of their product. They decided on a Limited Edition Collection of attractive and original Amarula bottles which screamed louder than ever before – “Made in Africa”. Seeing as Amarula is already deeply entrenched in African culture, this presented a challenge. They needed to further embrace their heritage without their product becoming too gimmicky. Taking cues from Africa’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage, Distell developed three original designs. It was a tough task and one that Uniprint undertook with zeal! To achieve the brief, Uniprint relied on the combined expertise of the production, creative and sales departments. These patterns were then printed on a sleeve made from PET 45um material using Flexo P2P technology. Due to the intricacy and vibrancy of the designs the printing process became extremely technical. They used a combination of fine screens made up of only 3 colours to effectively capture an authentic feel of African culture in the designs while HD technology brought the sleeves to life! It ensured depth, effect and clarity and eliminated colour variation, banding and gear marking. Achieving this effect within high shrink areas is complex, but due to Uniprint’s sophisticated printing equipment, expertise, professionalism and teamwork, they created a range of Limited Edition Amarula packaging which exceeded...
You Don’t Need a Mo to Save a Bro

You Don’t Need a Mo to Save a Bro

Every November men across the world grow their moustaches for what has become known as Movember. The goal: To sport a dashing moustache as a social reminder about men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer. This year Uniprint ran a Facebook campaign during Movember to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Fans were required to grow their moustaches, take a picture and post it on the Uniprint Facebook page. In return, Uniprint would donate R10 to the foundation for every picture posted. Throughout Movember Uniprint received numerous donations. The largest of which came from Garth Currie, Adam Curtis and Beetle Inc, so thank you to them for their generosity.  In response, Uniprint completed the donation of R2000 to the Movember Foundation. However, the way they achieved this result was quite interesting and unexpected… While only a few “mo posts” dotted the Uniprint page, the campaign received extraordinary engagement and coverage in the form of likes and shares. What does this mean? It’s clear that people do care about the issues at hand and that they are engaging with these issues on a deeper and more serious level. It’s clear that Movember is evolving for the better and is becoming more than cultivating upper lipholstery. The moustache, however symbolic, seems to have taken a back seat and the question of men’s health is now in the spotlight. From Uniprint’s perspective that’s exactly what seems to be happening, and if that is the case on a global scale – fantastic! After all, isn’t that the...
Uniprint Gives Back with Ucare Christmas Initiative

Uniprint Gives Back with Ucare Christmas Initiative

In the spirit of the festive season, Uniprint gave back to the community by contributing to the Ucare Christmas Initiative and spending time with the children at the St Thomas Home for Children on the Saturday 19 of November. Home to children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment, the St Thomas Home for Children cares for approximately 56 children and strives to teach them valuable life skills. Over the past two years, Uniprint has supported the children’s home by making donations and spending time with the children. On Saturday the 19th of November they did both. Each child received a Happy Meal and a Christmas gift, while the St Thomas child care staff received Christmas hamper buckets. “Uniprint’s contribution is absolutely amazing and words cannot express our gratitude,” said Marie-Therese Naidoo, head of the St Thomas Home for Children. “The children thoroughly enjoyed the lunch, the gifts and above all the time Uniprint took to spend with them and make them feel special.” Uniprint are proud to have brightened up the lives of the children at the St Thomas Home for Children at this special time of...
Uniprint Rolls Up Their Sleeves for SANBS

Uniprint Rolls Up Their Sleeves for SANBS

Uniprint employees gave back to their fellow South Africans through rolling up their sleeves and donating “the gift of life” this November. On Tuesday 14 November, Uniprint hosted the SABS Blood Drive at their offices in Springfield, Durban. In the build up to the visit, Uniprint employees were encouraged to get involved and make a donation. The response was fantastic. A total of twenty-seven staff members donated blood on the day with six of them making a donation for the first time. Uniprint general manager Leal Wright said, “We had hoped to reach a total of sixteen donors, but to nearly double that number is an incredible achievement. We would like to thank all Uniprint employees who took part in the blood drive for taking the time to support this worthy cause. The SANBS staff were also amazing as they really had to work under pressure!” Pleased with the turnout and the dedication of their staff, Uniprint are proud to have made a contribution to the SANBS as their donations will certainly make a difference and may even save a...
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