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...
Uniprint Takes on Movember

Uniprint Takes on Movember

Cancer is a truly devastating disease that, whether directly or indirectly, affects everyone. In South Africa, 1 in every 8 men will be diagnosed with either testicular or prostate cancer in their lifetime. That’s an alarming statistic, and it’s one which has propelled Uniprint into action as they gear up for Movember 2016. This year, the Uniprint team are taking the fight to cancer by growing their moustaches (known simply as mo’s during this time of year) to raise funds and awareness around men’s health issues, but they are not doing it alone. The Durban-based printing company has challenged their customers to grow their mo’s too, stating that they will donate R10 to The Movember Foundation for every mo picture a customer posts on the Uniprint Facebook page. Uniprint are also encouraging their customers to get behind Movember by making donations on the Uniprint Movember page (http://mosista.co/uniprint). In addition, Uniprint will be running an internal competition to get the team fully behind the campaign. Each department has also been encouraged to grow their mo’s, take a group photo and post it on the Uniprint Facebook page. The department which grows the most impressive set of mo’s with be awarded a fantastic mystery prize. While it’s easy to get caught up in the novelty of Movember, Uniprint are focused on making a real difference this year. Through their own contribution and with the help of their customers they are committed to raising funds which can be used effectively towards critical research and patient care in the ongoing fight against testicular and prostate...
Uniprint’s Latest Triumph

Uniprint’s Latest Triumph

Following their recent acquisition of Triumph Printing & Packaging, Uniprint has once again strengthened their service capacity and capabilities. The latest feather in Uniprint’s cap, the Triumph acquisition is not a case of assimilating the competition in a move of aggressive expansion. On the contrary, this is a partnership between the two printing giants that are a really good fit. Although both companies may seem like large business entities, they share a rather unusual characteristic. Essentially, both companies operate with a family business legacy and share similar ethos and values. These similarities, coupled with the opportunity to grown their market share, made the acquisition more than a smart business move for Uniprint – it was a no brainer. “Joining forces allows the two companies to achieve production efficiencies and improve capacity and capability in solid board and single-face cartons. This, in turn, allows us to better serve our established FMCG and industrial markets,” says Uniprint’s general manager, Leal Wright. Now part of the Uniprint family, Triumph will continue to operate as a separate entity but their significant presence in the KZN and Gauteng folding carton sectors will add scale to Uniprint’s packaging division from their board-sheeting and converting operation in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal. Wright stressed that the union of the businesses presents an exciting combination for their customers who have reacted positively to the development. “For instance, Uniprint is heavily invested in digital printing, which can be creatively applied to the folding carton business,” said Wright. The Triumph acquisition is Uniprint’s third in the last three years – including Ferroprint in 2014 and Paper Genie in 2015 – and...
A Local Product for Lucky Pooches

A Local Product for Lucky Pooches

Processed dog food was first introduced in 1860 by an American named James Spratt. Branded back then as Spratt’s Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes, the 19th century dog food product was widely popular and today, over 150 years later, bone-shaped biscuits are still manufactured in the very same factory where Spratt developed his dog biscuit breakthrough. Fast-forward to present day South Africa and local pet food entrepreneur David Dunton is also innovating tasty dishes for our furry friends. Inspired by Murphy, his fussy eating Irish Terrier, Dunton developed Murphy’s Gravy; a delicious and healthy dog gravy product which pets find irresistible. After sourcing expertise from local nutritionists, cooking process consultants and veterinarians, Dunton turned to Uniprint for packaging assistance. Using a printed shrink sleeve, Uniprint completed the circle in the Murphy’s Gravy product development and helped deliver an attractive, easy-to-use, convenient and most importantly 100% locally manufactured premium dog gravy to the supermarket...
Investing in Future Leaders at DUT World of Work Career Fair

Investing in Future Leaders at DUT World of Work Career Fair

Recently, Uniprint took part in the DUT World of Work Career Fair, an annual event where top performing students are offered internships and graduate jobs from participating businesses. This year Uniprint, along with 100 employees from over 10 industries, took part in the exhibition to try and attract the top young talent to their business. Uniprint believes in investing and developing the future business leaders of tomorrow and every year the company commits to providing 15 internship opportunities to talented and eager students who are willing to learn new things, enabling them to gain work experience to complement their studies. The DUT World of Work Career Fair is an amazing opportunity for any graduate, and the inquisitive and enthusiastic students at this year’s exhibition didn’t take it for granted, and wasted no time in submitting their applications. The exhibition ran for two days and in that time Uniprint received an incredible number of applications and attracted many of the young potentials to their ranks. The students who are selected will receive internship opportunities ranging from engineering, human resources, sales & marketing, information technology, and finance. These interns will be given a chance to work on real projects and be exposed to Uniprint’s people, culture and the fast-paced, ever-changing printing environment. The interns will receive a hands-on experience that will assist them in identifying where their skills can be utilised as they begin their careers. The printing industry requires a variety of skills, and this internship opportunity will give interns a chance to explore their skillsets within the industry to see where they could best add value to the...

IEC Salutes Uniprint after 2016 Municipal Elections

The recent South African Municipal Elections were hailed by the participants, the electorate and the observers as a resounding success. Once again the IEC delivered a free and fair election at polling stations around the country, but the IEC has been the first to admit that this would not have been possible were it not for the logistical success of the election and the tireless input of companies like Uniprint. Ballot papers are a critical component of any election and during municipal elections the printing and distribution process is especially complex. Aside from the sheer number of ballot books, each containing 100 ballots, which need to be delivered to polling stations around the country, different regions require different variations according to the parties which will be running for office in their respective municipal districts. This year a total of 73.9 million ballots of 4649 variations were printed for the local government elections and considering the fact that the project needed to be completed within a 10 day target period, commercial printers such as Uniprint had the odds stacked against them. Uniprint was charged with printing approximately 21.5 million ballot papers for KwaZulu-Natal and North West, and after working tirelessly towards their target they produced a result which Simon Boyle, Senior Manager of Logisitics and Infrastructure at the IEC, hailed as “noteworthy and indispensible”. “I wish to convey the thanks and appreciation of the Electoral Commission of South Africa to Uniprint for their role in making a success of the South African Municipal Elections in 2016,” said Boyle. Boyle then extended his personal gratitude to the Uniprint team stating, “I...
Uniprint Gets Their Hands Dirty for Mandela Day

Uniprint Gets Their Hands Dirty for Mandela Day

On Monday the 18th of July Uniprint held their Sales and Strategy Conference at Champagne Valley Sports Resort in the Central Drakensburg. The annual event provides the Sales Team with an opportunity to network and enjoy some well-deserved downtime with their colleagues, and this year a number of Uniprint employees took the time once the formalities had been concluded to give back to the community in the spirit of Mandela Day. Closely located to the resort is Mjwayeli Primary School, an underprivileged and underfunded school which educates the children of the Central Drakensburg region. Knowing they could make a small difference, The Uniprint delegates visited Mjwayeli Primary School where they spent 67 minutes giving back to the community by painting one of the school’s classrooms. As part of the #WeLoveLife initiative, the Uniprint delegates were incredibly happy to take part in the Mandela Day Challenge and everyone who participated found that taking the time to give back and help others is a truly rewarding...
50 Insanely Creative and Stunning Packaging Designs

50 Insanely Creative and Stunning Packaging Designs

Think about your most recent purchase. Why did you purchase that specific brand? Was it an impulse buy or something you genuinely needed? Now that you’re thinking about it, odds are, you bought it because it was interesting. Yes, you may have needed shampoo, but did you need that specific brand? The one with the sleek, expensive looking bottle? No, but you bought it because you thought it would make you feel fancy, even if it’s the same product as what’s in the discount bin. This is the purpose of packaging. Packaging, when done correctly and creatively, is ultimately what sells your product. It draws attention, sends a message, and makes consumers feel a certain way. Knowing how to make your product stand out amongst all the others on the shelves can be hard, so take a look at these 50 awesome packaging examples and tips to draw inspiration and learn how to make your packaging appeal to the masses. 01. Use Patterns Behance/Anagrama Use patterns to step up a simple take on packaging. This tool packaging is simple in structure, yet gets taken up a notch with the interesting striping on the background. The color scheme give it a quality, all-American feel, and the tools speak for themselves. 02. Consider All Available Space Behance/Anagrama When creating a package, utilize every inch that you can. This box uses a pretty floral pattern on the interior. Instead of leaving the inside untouched, the pattern makes the box feel more upscale, which, in turn, makes the product inside seem more upscale. 03. Don’t Be Afraid of Simplicity Behance/Anagrama Sometimes simplicity is...
Above the Fold

Above the Fold

Uniprint Develops Exceptional Creative Packaging for Sales Conference Each year the Uniprint Sales Conference provides Uniprint’s 40 strong Sales Team with the opportunity to network and enjoy some well-deserved downtime with their colleagues. The event, however, poses a unique challenge to Business Development Manager Gavin Clark and the Packaging Division who are charged year-after-year with creating new and exciting designs to create hype in the sales office. Purpose. Passion. People. The 2015 conference spanned two days and took the Sales Team on a journey through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where they visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Piggly Wiggly Farm Stall and Karkloof Canopy Tours. The brief sounded straightforward: create a design which shows the team members what we’re capable of and gets them excited for the year ahead. But Gavin and his team were well aware that to deliver brilliance they needed to think outside the box… So they did exactly that! Design 1: The Invite To invite the Sales Team on this exciting adventure they came up with an ingenious hexagonal prism design as a fresh take on an event invite. The prism folded multiple ways and contained small gifts which were housed in various compartments to introduce the different legs of the trip. Design 2: The Gift Considering the fact that the conference was a getaway, the team put their heads together to come up with a creative way to thank the Sales Team for their attendance. They developed a design which when folded together looked like an authentic leather suitcase. The case was filled with products donated by customers and carried Uniprint branding. The theme of...
25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece of trash to be thrown away. These 30 ingenious packaging designs, however, prove that a well-designed package can complement or even enhance the product it was designed to carry. Good design isn’t just about the product – it’s about good packaging as well. The honey pots are an excellent example of packaging design. The hexagon shape is perfect for representing what’s inside the jar, and it can be stacked to form a honeycomb pattern. And the hexagonal cap doubles as a honey dipper as well. A jar like that complements its product and makes it more of a pleasure to use (as if using honey could get any better). Some of the other packaging, while not exactly useful, is still helpful and stylish. The Note headphones’ packaging serves to give them a strong association to music, while the tea hangers or Kiss juice boxes make their products just a bit more fun to use. It doesn’t always have to be about function. 1. Gnome Bread Packaging Designed by Lo Siento Studio 2. Note Headphones (Designer: Corinne Pant) 3. Beehive Honey Squares Designed by Lacy Kuhn 4. NYC Spaghetti Designer: Alex Creamer 5. Ford Ranger Extreme: Matchbox Advertising Agency: JWT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6. Creative Japanese Pastry Packaging Designer unknown 7. Tea Hangers Designed by Soon Mo Kang 8. Origami Beer Designed by Clara Lindsten 9. “City Harvest” Grocery Bag Designed by Andy Winner and One Show Merit 10. Honey Made by Bees Designed by Maksi Marbuzov 11. Kokeshi Matchsticks Designed by kokeshi-m.com 12. Kiss –...
40 Modern Electronic Packaging Designs Inspiration

40 Modern Electronic Packaging Designs Inspiration

1.One Less Drop Electronic Packaging Designed by Heckler Design The product’s mass and shine are its primary selling points. Wrapping it tightly in a clear box was the best way for people to appreciate those qualities.” 2.X-Doria Electronic Packaging Designed by Knoed Creative “X-Doria is an international electronic accessories brand. They came to us in need of a complete brand overhaul including a new vision for the brand, redesigning the logo, designing a new packaging system and a shiny new website. With competitors like Incase and Griffin, we had to make sure their packaging turned heads without alienating them from the market. Careful consideration was also given to the logo, making sure it would work well across all applications like embossing, stamping and embroidery.” 3. WISPR Electronic Packaging Designed by Sequitur Creative & Thing Tank “We were tapped by the world’s leading manufacturer of portable ‘herbal’ vaporizers (yes, those) and asked to help them them create a category. Their previous vaporizer, the IOLITE, was a huge, huge success. But they wanted to reach out to a whole new demographic—basically design-savvy, urban consumers who wouldn’t be caught dead in a head shop. People who, given the option, would go bananas for a vaporizer that was entirely at home in their home, next to their iPhone. And their Chemex. And their Tivoli Radio. And the keys to their 3 Series. Our brief: to concept, position, name, package, and market a line of vaporizers that are as covetable and elegant as they are intuitive and easy to use. A few hilarious un-focused groups later, and voila! The WISPR.” 4. Student Work Electronic Packaging Designed by Andrew Jonathan & Elvina Evania...
50 Best Chocolate Packaging Design Ideas

50 Best Chocolate Packaging Design Ideas

MERCHANDISING FMK Chocolate (design & process) via Robert Urban Chocolate (design & process) / manufactured to anniversary of Faculty of Multimedia Communications in Zlín Hnina – Healthy Chocolates via Isabela Rodrigues Packaging with all the love that chocolate is made. Caramela chocolate boutique via Anagrama Caramela is a chocolate boutique located in Monterrey, Mexico. The packaging design is inspired on industrial packaging systems used adhesive stickers and identification codes as part of the brand’s language stylizing them with simple layouts and joyful colors.  Chocolates with attitude 2012 via Bessermachen DesignStudio A 1.5 kilo chocolate box as a manifest about brand personalities and packaging design.  The box consists of 12 small differentiated boxes. Each box represents an archetype/a personality in a typographic solution. The chocolate’s taste were selected to fit each personality.   Gema Packing and Lettering via Renan Vizzotto Gema Packing and Lettering Maya Chocolates – Branding & Packaging via Eri Liougkou  Maya Chocolates branding and packaging design – Personal project. Reserves via Maija Rozenfelde Packaging series for Salzburg Chocolate Werks, a chocolate brand from Austria. To emphasize their 100th Anniversary, the main theme to explore was Wiener Werkstatte and the designs of their time. Sabadì via Happycentro Sabadì is a brand that mainly focuses, since its birth, to eatables that have a magic inside. The first product that came out of this brand is a “cioccolato di Modica”, a typical sicilian way of making chocolate, in this case made by extraordinary cocoa selected in Ecuador, in six combinations with strong personality. The raw materials used come from fair trade producers and Slow Food presidia with respect for small indigenous communities, the environment and biodiversity. MAGI – Custom Homemade...
Uniprint Spread Smiles and Warmth this Winter

Uniprint Spread Smiles and Warmth this Winter

On Saturday the 4th of June the Uniprint Team brought warmth and happiness to the lives of the children at Edith Benson Children’s Home in Sherwood. Realising that the chill of winter, a feeling which those who live on the East Coast are unaccustomed to, was already settling over Durban and the surrounding areas, the Team set out to ensure that this winter is not a bitter one for the children. Aside from brightening up the children’s day with smiles and games, such as face painting and a jumping castle, Uniprint also donated R500 in cash for food and supplies along with 60 blankets to keep the children warm throughout the winter ahead. The Team had a fantastic time with the kids and, as always, they thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community and enrich the lives of...
70 Creative Moolicious Milk Packaging

70 Creative Moolicious Milk Packaging

Organic Valley Milk by Lisa Ellerin & Chris Yoon Gyíktej Lizard Milk by Dora Novotny Milk Bottle by Anna Bognar Kido Milk by Esra Oguz Lancaster Dairy by Danielle Hop Milko by Alfonso Sotelo Nava Nude Jr. Strawberry Milk by Andrianto Kwan Lattina by Alessandro Dallafina & Team The Future Packaging Milk by Fidel Lopez & Sergio Mena Aluminum Milk Pack by Baita...
Uniprint Scores for The Sunflower Fund in Charity Soccer Match

Uniprint Scores for The Sunflower Fund in Charity Soccer Match

On Sunday the 15th of May, Uniprint’s 5-a-side soccer team took to the field in a charity soccer match at the Al-Falaah College Indoor Astro to raise awareness for The Sunflower Fund. The match took place after the Springfield Retail Centre 5-A-Side Soccer Championship final which had been postponed due to heavy rains on Sunday the 8th of May. The final proved to be a riveting spectacle and UKZN Westville emerged as the champions after a series of thrilling goals. Always ready for a challenge, Uniprint stepped up to the plate to take on the newly crowned champions in what was sure to be a nail-biting encounter. The teams didn’t disappoint and after a stunning display of teamwork and skill, Uniprint was victorious; edging UKZN Westville 3 – 2 as the day’s display of silky soccer skills came to a close. Uniprint then donated R5000 to The Sunflower Fund to contribute to research in the ongoing battle against Leukaemia and other life threatening blood...
35 Recyclable and Eco-Friendly Packaging Designs for Inspiration

35 Recyclable and Eco-Friendly Packaging Designs for Inspiration

Nowadays, the most popular practice in packaging design is towards the use of eco-friendly materials. These are the ones that which are biodegradable and also recyclable. Indeed, investing in this kind of packaging is worthwhile as are own very existence is under a threat due to our own disregard of our environment. Among the companies, the trend now is to adopt recyclable and eco-friendly packaging designs as part of their thrust to become socially responsible business operators. In this article, we are sharing with you some of the recyclable and eco-friendly packaging designs that you can use as inspiration. These are ideas encompasses packaging for different types of products. Here you will find that the usual approach in making earth-friendly packaging designs is to use biodegradable, carton or paper-based material to create a variety of packaging. Also pervasive is designing for dual, multi purpose or reusable containers after the same has served its primary function. We are inviting you to share more packaging along this line if you feel that there are still more packaging whose design and materials are eco-friendly. Enjoy! Cuppow This is Cuppow – a new lid that lets you drink like a boss from virtually any wide-mouth canning jar. It’s a simple, eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs. Mode Tea Identity and Package Design The Mode Tea project was an exploration in sustainable packaging methods and processes. Through extensive research of the principle of sustainability, a packaging scheme was devised which could be fully recycled or reused. The materials proposed would all come from sustainable sources...
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