SOTM June. Plastic film imports in Nigeria

africon was contracted to conduct a research on Nigeria’s plastic film industry. The objective was to attain profound understanding of the plastic film packaging industry, as well as to identify potential customers for a slitter manufacturer from Germany. Potential companies in this case included primary manufacturers of plastic film as well as plastic film converters.  

The growth of plastic film imports over the past ten years is a demonstration of the growth in the adoption of plastic film packaging in Nigeria as well as the slitter market. Polyethylene (PE) film is by far the most popular plastic film material used in Nigeria due to its versatility and wide areas of application.

If you would like to know more about the plastic film industry in Nigeria, how to access this market, who the right local partners and the customers are, do not hesitate to get in touch.

SOTM May. The aftermarket for commercial vehicles in South Africa

In late 2018, africon conducted a project on the independent aftermarket (IAM) for commercial vehicles in South Africa. The target of the project was to identify potential partners that are not only suitable, but also themselves interested to take up business with the client. Along the way, we scanned partners of most of Europe´s big aftermarket suppliers, from ZF, Mahle to Mann+Hummel and others.

Being Africa´s most developed country, the automotive aftermarket in South Africa presented itself with its own profile, own challenges and opportunities: South Africa is one of the very few African countries with a relatively strong base of local automotive parts manufacturers. A vast variety of international brands have long set up shop, some established their own offices and warehouses. The local motor vehicle fleet of more than ten million is one of Africa´s biggest but has recently only grown very slowly. Together with a sluggish economy, the parts market has become relatively competitive with firms fighting hard for market shares.

Nevertheless, africon successfully identified suitable gaps to enable our client´s market entry into Africa´s largest automotive premium parts market. The already existing volumes, together with a market that – in a global comparison – still has space for significant growth, open interesting opportunities for international firms.

Get in touch if you would like to know more about opportunities in Africa´s automotive aftermarkets!