Yeni Fowotade and Omegie Momoh from africon at the event.
africon was selected as a knowledge partner for EMWA (Equipment & Manufacturing West Africa) which took place a few weeks ago. Our team members in Nigeria visited the event, which brought together leading suppliers and manufacturers from around the world. It took place over a span of 3 days, with about 20 companies in sectors such as automotive, machinery, equipment and manufacturing exhibiting their products and services.
africon leveraged the opportunity to present ourselves and network with companies across key sectors. Our role as a knowledge partner was also to provide information on the manufacturing sector in Africa. Ms. Yeni Fowotade presented on the opportunities for industrial products, tools, and machinery suppliers in Africa.
Overall, the event was a huge success, and we look forward to more engagements.
Some pictures from the event
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With our philosophy of “bridging potentials“ where we consult the management of global companies on their Africa strategy (beginning with their market entry until the local implementation) we are growing our team.
Amamchukwu Okafor joined africon GmbH as a Business Analyst in August 2020. He is based in Nigeria, the largest market in Africa, and a key focus country for many of our clients. Prior to joining africon, Mr. Okafor consulted for a number of local firms and German institutions in Nigeria. He holds a consecutive Master’s degree in Economics and Strategy from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. His interests are in infrastructure, energy markets, logistics and business cycles. Amam is supporting several companies with in-depth local market research, entire market analysis, strategy development, partner identification, sales, and business development among other activities in Nigeria.
“For me, it has been a tremendous learning and growth experience with africon. I look forward to more projects”, says Amam.
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The growth of plastic film imports over the past ten years is a demonstration of the increased adoption of plastic film packaging in Nigeria. Along with the growth in usage of plastic films comes a vast variety of opportunities related products and services – from raw materials to mechanical engineering.
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, or who the right local partners and customers are, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
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africon CEO Marc-Peter Zander is an external PARLA expert on Africa’s cultural and economic sector and has decades of experience with the continent. If you have followed us for a long time, you may know that he has spoken on many occasions as a keynote speaker, panelist and moderator on culture in Africa. See more from our news section.
He has vast experience in market entry consulting, regional focus Africa, Africa´s economy, banking IT, FMCG, steel and packaging. He is also a member of the International Advisory Network for Africa and has been working on Africa since 2002.
Since 2016, Parla and africon work together in consulting international firms on their cultural understanding with the key regions of Nigeria and Kenya.
Get to know more about him as well as his speaking portfolio here .
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African and German firms discuss market potential in
Key players from Africa and Germany exchanged ideas on how to do business in Africa at the METEC 2019 Sub Saharan Africa Workshop. This workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities of the African metallurgy market. Speakers from a variety of African and European countries and companies were invited to hold presentations and participate in panel discussions thus giving the international audience an excellent insight into the African markets. The METEC Sub Saharan Africa Workshop took place for the first time on June 26th, 2019 during the METEC trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was initiated and organized by africon GmbH in close cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf and “The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association” in Germany (VDMA) represented by Dr. Timo Würz, Managing Director of VDMA Metallurgy. More than 50 attendees participated in the high-level workshop.
The event was characterized by an open and lively exchange
between all participants and panelists. Opinions were exchanged, similar and
differing ones debated, and many conclusions drawn. Several key challenges not
only to European firms, but to African nations and industries were identified.
The following recommendations arose:
firms should consider Africa as a market. Although often small and
sometimes challenging, some African markets can be very profitable and provide
huge long-term growth opportunities. Many Africans already appreciate European
firms have to understand that Africa is a huge and diverse continent.
Especially smaller firms will not be able to deal with all countries at once. Clear
priority countries have to be defined early on.
are a critical bottleneck locally. Training and education for staff is a
key to success. Organizations like the German VDMA are in a position to support
here as well.
adequate aftersales service is key for EU machine suppliers to African
customers. To achieve this at reasonable costs, teaming up with other suppliers
or utilizing locally present external service providers can be beneficial.
Creating service hubs in certain countries can be equally help. E.g. Kenya can
be used as a hub for East Africa.
firms often have to show flexibility in their commercial terms and
conditions, as well as showcase cultural understanding for the other involved
firms – wherever possible – have to check on their pricing models as
this is still a huge issue. In that context, modular/scalable solutions are
often highly appreciated. Offering German solutions made in lower cost
countries like India can be interesting entry level options as well.
“As africon, we were very pleased to see a lively event with valuable insights for both existing market players and new entrants. We hope the valuable contacts exchanged on the event will bear fruits in future”, summarizes Mr. Marc Zander CEO and Partner africon GmbH.
Details about the Programme
addressed: Needs and expectations of German/international metals production,
metals processing and metallurgical machinery sectors when looking into doing
business in Africa (e.g. technology, education & training, competition,
Panelists included Dr.
Tim Nikolaou (Managing Director, Frech Group, Germany), Mr. Cedrick Lusaka
(Area Sales and Project Manager – Africa, Maschinenfabrik Herkules GmbH &
Co. KG, Germany), Mr. Solomon Mulugeta (Director, Ruhe Consult and
General Manager, Ethiopian Association of Basic Metals and Engineering Industries), Dr. Norbert Völker
(VDMA department of educational policy / Skilled workers for Africa Project
Manager), Mr. Glen Dikgale
(President, South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF), South Africa. The
Panel was Moderated by Marc
Zander (CEO & Partner, africon GmbH).
Panel 2 addressed: What the African markets offer to and
need from German/international metallurgy, steel casting and metal companies
willing to start business in Africa? (e.g. market potential, financing, local
The panelists included
Mr. Till Schreiter (Managing Director, ABP Induction Systems GmbH,
Germany), Mr. Bobby Johnson (Sector Chairman, Kenya Association of
Manufacturers KAM, Metal & Allied Sub Sector as well as Director, Steelmakers
ltd, Kenya), Mr. Ime Ekrikpo (Director Steel & Non-Ferrous Metals
Department, Ministry of Mines & Steel Development, Nigeria), Mr. Gupta
Gagan Santosh (Chairman, Kamal Steel Group, Tanzania), Mr. Dieter Brandstätter
(Managing Director, ANDRITZ Maerz GmbH, Germany ). The panel was moderated by Friedrich
Wagner (VDMA department of foreign trade).
Over the past 4 years africon has been supporting IAM (Independent After Market) automotive clients with their Africa growth strategies, providing research and data. A clear focus has been on the markets Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya where africon supported clients in the markets of filters, spark plugs and engine parts to grow their business.
Within a forum organised by the company Wolk After Sales Experts, Marc Zander, CEO & Partner at africon presented the chances in Africa for IAM companies and recommended the following key points to observe with a market entry into Africa: Increasing know how on the African market to understand the market value chain; increasing sales efforts to be closer to clients and partners; selection of key distributors who also serve the informal markets.
“Over the past 5 years Africa has been growing with more than 6%. This offers great chances for automotive companies in the IAM sector”, concludes Marc Zander.
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last October africon published its first editorial addressing the future of the Steel industry in East Africa at the 3rd journal edition of the International Tube Association. The article started by highlighting how East Africa distinguishes itself by economical growth and political stability in the region and being the least dependent on primary commodities such as gold or oil in comparison with other african regions. The East African region was projected to capture the highest regional economic growth over the past year in Africa. The article then went in depth to analyse those macro-economic factors and focused on the drivers of steel industry that promote economic growth in Africa and especially in East Africa.
Now you can read the full version of the editorial here or download it as a white paper
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The agrofood event took place alongside the plastprintpack event from the 26th to 28th of March, 2019, featuring over 120 exhibitors from 24 countries. africon was part of the 2,094 visitors in attendance, and was well represented by our Nigerian team.
Asides the display of new technologies and products by exhibitors, the event included a very insightful 3-day conference, where industry experts shared their knowledge and foresight about different topics relating to the food and beverage processing, plastics and packaging business in Nigeria.
According to africon representatives, it was such an interesting and insightful event, and they had great interactions with many exhibitors and visitors .
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Let us look at the automotive market in sub-Saharan Africa narrowing down to the aggregate value of three main automotive service parts which are: Filters (consisting of air filters for internal combustion engines, as well as Oil or petrol filters for internal combustion engines), Spark plugs, and Brake parts. The total combined import value of these automotive parts in sub-Saharan Africa was $753 million in year 2017. Brake parts recorded the highest import value worth $388 million which is 52% of the total import value of the three selected automotive parts combined, while spark plugs were the least of the imports valued at $58 million.
Based on our analysis of the available data on automotive parts imports in sub-Saharan Africa, we found that South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, and Ghana were the top five importers of filters, spark plugs and brake plugs into sub-Saharan Africa in the year 2017. South Africa being the largest market, accounted for 47% of these automotive parts imports worth $355 million, while Ghana being the fifth largest market was worth $21 million.
The major export partners were China, Germany, South Africa, Belgium and USA. However, the data from year 2007 shows that Germany was the largest exporter of these automotive parts to the Sub Saharan Africa region until 2013 when China took over as the largest exporter to the region. Brake parts were also the largest exports (of the three parts) from China and Germany while Filters were the largest exports from South Africa, Belgium and USA.
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The Nigerian automotive industry appears to be an interesting market, as our research on the automotive parts market shows that the market size is worth USD 4.4bn or more.
The total vehicles in operation in Nigeria is currently estimated at 12.7 million, and Nigerian drivers spend an average of USD 350 on automotive parts per year.
Interviews conducted with various automotive experts in Nigeria also confirmed that the market for service parts accounts for the biggest share of the automotive market.
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