Michael Aengenvoort praises the enormous impact of the company’s regular newsletter, and the excellent results that come from advertising and reporting Rotocon’s success stories through the pages of PPM. ‘We’re very happy to advertise in PPM,’ Michael insists. ‘It’s among the very best magazines in our industry, not only in South Africa but worldwide!’
Dear Gill, How are you? Hope all is well at your end. Just travelling to India and have been reading the October 2015 issue of your magazine. Congratulations on a very well presented article about our company. Job well done. Unfortunately I missed you at the time of your visit due to a business trip. We’ll catch up next Drupa hopefully. Take good care.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the brilliant job they did in the last P&PM magazine (October 2015). Your tremendous skills to make things look so sophisticated and still easy when reading amaze me. Perfect job. Thank you!
[important color=purple title=Ian Vowles, retired marketing director, Nampak Cartons & Labels, Johannesburg, South Africa]
Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this wonderful five-year milestone. In my opinion, PPM has been the best thing that has happened to the industry for a long time. Keep up the excellent work and have a happy festive season and a good and healthy 2012.[/important]
[important color=blue title=Penny Haw, freelance writer]
I’ve just read your Festive 2011 edition. Wow! Has it really been five years? You have done wonders. While all other publications are bemoaning ‘shrinking ad budgets’ and ‘the death of print media’, you, Susi and your team are proving that when you do a consistently good job in every area of publishing, everything else falls into place. Are there any other trade publications that average 114 pages per edition? And, while other editors claim ‘people don’t have time to read features’ and that ‘600-word articles are wordy enough for the 21st century reader’, happily you (and VANITY FAIR!) are NOT contributing to the ‘dumbing down’ of readers. And the quality of design, pictures, etc, is equally impressive. Congratulations, Gill. You remain an inspiration to me. (And, while I’d be first in line to buy your book, I don’t expect it to happen soon. I cannot imagine you ever retiring.) [/important]
[important color=green title=Sue Charlton, SJC Creative, Johannesburg, South Africa]
Gill, I have just seen my first copy of PACKAGiNG & Print Media. Wow! It looks very healthy. Congrats[/important]
[important color=purple title=Simon Downes, Shave & Gibson Packaging & Security Printing, Durban, South Africa]
Gill, I really would like to express our appreciation for the fantastic exposure and professional approach throughout the project [Shave & Gibson’s 30th anniversary profile – April 2011], which rendered it a surprisingly painless and enjoyable experience. Please pass on our thanks (again) to Banie, who is the wizard that you promised. I have been surprised at the depth of the reach of your publication, as everyone in the industry seems to have seen and read the brochure. This was money well spent. Best regards [/important]
[important color=red title=Megan Kronberger, FIMA Films SA (Pty) Ltd, Krugersdorp, South Africa]
Just wanted to say I received the March issue of the P&PM this morning – and what a great issue Well done [/important]
[important color=blue title=Nick Coombes, The Publicity Studio Ltd, Dover, UK]
Just to say well done on the latest issue of P&PM – it looks good and reads well! [/important]
[important color=grey title=Nigel Sunley, Sunley Consulting, Johannesburg, South Africa]
As someone who spends a lot of time trying to assist often spectacularly ignorant marketing and graphic design people in complying with our new food labelling regulations, I just wanted to compliment you on February 2011’s Editor’s Letter.
It struck a chord with those of us who battle with the hype, exaggeration, technical ignorance and often downright lousy communication skills of some (but to be fair not all!) of the people concerned. It seems to me that some sort of training course to inject some of the practical knowledge required would be great thing as they clearly don’t get it during their formal education! Maybe something for IPSA to undertake?
Regards & compliments on the on-going high quality of PPM! [/important]
[important color=blue title=Michael Moyo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe]
I really enjoyed the Festive and October issues of PPM, especially the Nando’s story. I always thought the company was formed abroad but it was a pleasant surprise to discover it was born in Africa! I also enjoyed the ‘canned water for kids awareness programme’ story. It’s a lovely humanitarian initiative and I wish more could be done for the under privilaged. I love the editorial style of your magazine, as well as the layout and design. I also believe that your magazine can be used as a career-building tool to offer job vacancies. I can’t wait to see the New Year issue (2011) of PPM! Keep on writing and hats off to the packagingmag staff — you guys are great! [/important]
[important color=purple title=Simon Downes, Shave & Gibson Packaging & Security Printing, Durban, South Africa]
I read my favourite monthly at around 01:30 this morning – couldn’t put it down! Thanks so much for the coverage that you provide for us; we really do appreciate the professional and artistic creations. We have taken the view that we don’t need a publicist when Gill’s around. I am looking forward to working with you on our 30th.Merry Christmas to you, Susi and families. I hope that 2011 is even more successful and enjoyable than this past year. Best wishes[/important]
[important color=red title=Meghan Draddy, Nandos, South Africa]
Just a small note of thanks for the lovely article (Festive 2010). All of the best for the festive season![/important]
[important color=green title=Mark A Spaulding, Converting Quarterly, US]
Congratulations on another terrific, all-encompassing issue (October 2010). I’m working my way through it now! Thanks.[/important]
[important color=orange title=Jonathan Musikanth, Mondi Packaging, South Africa]
Just a brief note to say thank you for the fantastic article. It is much appreciated. The added bonus was to meet you and, of course, the good laughs.[/important]
[important color=red title=Geoff Thomason, Expack Projects, South Africa]
I will be renewing my subscription and would like to say that PPM is the most up-to-date and informative packaging monthly around, as has been for many years. Well done to all of you.[/important]
[important color=purple title=Brian Osborn, past ‘Transvaal’ and IPSA national chairman]
The 40tth Anniversary memento of IPSA is a masterpiece. Many faded memories of the past were recalled in story and picture and I remember attending meetings in Modderfontein in the latter half of 1970 before the relocating to the Wanderers Club!
The pictures of events have enabled me to see the faces of people, either from industry or IPSA, whom I got to know or deal with over the years…
At 77 I must be amongst the older group of IPSA members. I eagerly await PPM each month and get annoyed when we have postal delays in Graskop! Regards to everyone who remember me.[/important]
[important color=red title=Aubrey Parsons, Past President, SAAFoST, South Africa]
Just opened my weekend mail and found IPSA’s 40th anniversary edition. First of all, thanks; but even more important you have, as expected, produced another winner. It makes superb reading. Congratulations.[/important]
[important color=blue title=Keith Pearson, President, World Packaging Organisation, South Africa]
I have spent some time paging through IPSA’s 40th Anniversary memento with some emotion, being reminded of the commitment of so many people over the years. The document also records the growth of IPSA as the organsation has established itself as a respected servant and supporter of the South African packaging industry.
With 40 years of success, we can rest assured that what has been achieved by so many faithful and energetic people is indeed sustainable in character.
Thank you for all your efforts in capturing the character of IPSA[/important]
[important color=purple title=Pierre Pienaar, Australia]
Gill, your IPSA profile is fantastic and a very good and accurate account of events. You’ve obviously spent endless hours putting this together — an effort well worth while. This will be a treasured item for me. There were so many aspects I had clean forgotten about, for example when we had the seminar in George to try and get the Southern Cape kick started in 1995.
I’ve also noticed how gracefully we’ve all aged! I remember, in 1990, the first seminar in PE after we got the EC Region going again where you, Chin and Bill attended as speakers. It brings back fond memories.
Oh, it has been wonderful reminiscing again and to see all the folk, many of whom I’d forgotten, who played a significant role in shaping IPSA.
Many thanks to you all, it’s great to keep in contact.[/important]
[important color=red title=Dudley Flugel, Nedbank, South Africa]
IPSA’s 40th anniversary profile is special and I’m proud to be a part of it.
[important color=grey title=Kishan Singh, IPSA, South Africa]
Having just read IPSA’s 40th anniversary profile I must congratulate you on a sterling effort.
The structure of the publication was brilliant, great opening remarks from Bill, then the history of the stalwarts, the changing faces of Natex, recognition of effort over the years, education, Goldpack Awards … all brilliantly woven together making for extremely interesting reading. I actually read it from cover to cover, gaining lots of insight into IPSA. I’m sure that this would be of great interest to many people in the packaging and related industries. Definitely a publication to keep forever! Great job, very impressive![/important]
[important color=blue title=Megan Crawcour, Nampak R&D, South Africa]
Having received the IPSA 40th anniversary profile I’m convinced it will be on my book shelf indefinitely!
Many thanks for the article on education and the other interesting items. Congratulations on a great publication.[/important]
[important color=red title=Deryk Champkins, South Africa]
Seeing the latest magazine in my post box yesterday afternoon I can understand how busy you are! The IPSA 40th anniversary brochure was the cherry on the top! What memories that brought back – people I had forgotten even existed! A really great read and I couldn’t put it down until I had devoured the whole thing. Thank you.[/important]
[important color=orange title=Roger Carey-Smith, IPSA South Africa]
Whilst I have not yet had the time to thoroughly read through the IPSA anniversary profile, at first glance I am humbled by the IPSA history and the very small part I have managed to play in shaping that, recently. So many wonderful and capable people have gone before us and I just hope that in 40 years time I rate a small passing mention! Well done![/important]
[important color=purple title=Anne Willis, IPSA, South Africa]
I am full of admiration for the 40th anniversary profile sent out with your August issue. It is a masterpiece – congratulations! You must be very proud of the final product.[/important]
[important color=green title=Fiona Rasburn, Bespoke, UK]
I love some of the old pictures in the IPSA 40th anniversary profile! My goodness, I didn’t realise you, Gill, were bitten by the bug quite so early but it’s great to see a woman in a prominent role in the industry so consistently. And you haven’t changed a bit![/important]
[important title=Mike Blundell, South Africa]
Your 40th Anniversary IPSA publication is SUPERB. What a lovely memento for those of us who were around at the beginning. And don’t we all look so young and good looking![/important]
[important color=red title=Maarten Schurer, South Africa]
The print copy of the magazine and the IPSA 40th anniversary profile arrived just in time for me to take them overseas with me. What a wonderful memento to keep! Congratulations to all of you at PACKAGiNG & Print Media for this outstanding issue![/important]
[important color=grey title=Werner Hämmig, MDC Max Daetwyler, South Africa] Everybody in Switzerland is very happy with your great article. Well done and thank you so much once again.[/important]
[important color=blue title=Hans Jörg Brudermann, Daetwyler SwissTec AG, Switzerland] Thank you very much for the online July Issue of PACKAGiNG & Print Media. Like the entire magazine, the article on SwissTec is great and we are proud to get so much attention! Your article is also published on our homepage under News & Events. Again, we thank you very much and send our very best wishes to South Africa![/important]
[important color=orange title=Robert Albrecht, Daetwyler Graphics, Switzerland] Sorry that I could not be with you during your last visit to our company. However I have just seen the result of your visit in form of a fabulous article about Daetwyler SwissTec. Congratulations to you and your team for a job well done.[/important]
[important color=purple title=Basil van Rooyen, Australia] Congratulations on the brilliant and patriotic concept you’ve adopted to KEEP THE FLAG FLYING after the 2010 World Cup. I hope it gathers traction everywhere. I am copying this to some SA friends both in SA and ex-pats – the former for action where feasible and the latter for awareness. Any and every effort to keep the momentum of South Africa’s moment in the sun is to be applauded. It is an opportunity to be grabbed with both hands by all, and especially by those in power, to consolidate the connectedness between all South Africans.[/important]
[important color=green title=Aron Clarkson, StarOne Group, Spain] I must say you guys really make good jobs of your articles. I’ve had many done in my lifetime and you really are the best by far – and I really mean that, it is not just lip service! Your magazine is presented in such a good way. Congratulations, as I know how much work it takes to bring something up to that standard. I really love the online magazine, too. It’s just like a printed magazine where you turn the pages! That’s really neat! Many thanks, the article looks great and very professional. Really appreciated…[/important]
[important color=red title=Mehanaz Ali, SIG Combibloc, Dubai] Congratulation on another great edition [June 2010], it looks brilliant![/important]
[important color=blue title=Corinna Kuhn, Messe Düsseldorf, Germany] I just flipped through your latest issue and I can’t help it – I just like your way of writing very much![/important]
[important color=green title=Bruce Beswick, Beswick Machinery, South Africa] Just a quick note to say, once again, how delighted we are with the fantastic job you did on the Thuthuka article. We have forwarded this to our overseas principles who are equally delighted and they, too, will be sending this to many customers around the world. A HUGE well done and thanks for the professionalism.[/important]
[important color=grey title=Colin Meder, ITT International, South Africa] Thanks and congratulations on a magnificent copy of PACKAGiNG &Print Media. The online reading was outstanding. Well done Gill and the team![/important]
[important title=Maarten Schurer, South Africa] WOW! What a superb website! Fresh, modern, uncluttered, easy to browse and the online magazine is stunning! (I even found my own face in the July issue…) Congratulations, you have exceeded all expectations. A new standard has been set.[/important]
[important color=orange title=Brenna Sharp, Knilam Food Packaging Solutions, South Africa] Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I am really delighted with our 10th anniversary profile. Thanks once again.[/important]
[important color=purple title=Karen Denton, Knilam Food Packaging Solutions, South Africa] Though I am sure you need not be reminded, I cannot let the opportunity slip by to commend your entire team on their professionalism and efficiency. Their passion for this magazine and what they do is inspiring![/important]
[important color=red title=Rudi Burger, South Africa] Very smart website Gill – conveys a very professional non-nonsense image. Good luck with your future plans.[/important]
[important color=blue title=Inès A. Melamies, International Public Relations, Plasmatreat Group, Germany] Ladies, I can only say…
…CONGRATULATIONS to the most powerful packaging magazine on this planet and to its fabulous team!!![/important]
[important color=grey title=Amanda Jones, Paragon Inks, UK] I like the layout and ease of picking up the latest editions online… Great![/important]
[important color=orange title=Umashani Naidoo, Tigerbrands: Snacks & Treats, South Africa] I was so pleased to receive the June edition of Packaging & Print Media and then to read the article: ‘We’re on-line’. I must say well done to you and your team for the new electronic mag. I am now able to forward snippets to the brand team, should there be innovations that have potential for confectionery. Once again, well done!.[/important]
[important color=green title=Samantha Martheze, South Africa] Congratulations! I am so thrilled to see your stunning website and I think that you ladies are just amazing.[/important]
[important color=red title=Aubrey Parsons, Nimue Skin Technology International, South Africa] You are all the perfect MIRACLE team. Wishing you continued success.[/important]
[important color=blue title=Mathilde Delville, Bespoke PR, UK] I’m pleased to see that PACKAGiNG & Print Media is now being published in an electronic format, as well as in its usual printed format. I really like the look of the online magazine and congratulations for the very good work!
I would be happy to receive the link to every new issue online.[/important]
[important title=Dewald Rosema, Exell Technologies, South Africa] I have to take my hat off to Gill and Susi. You are doing an awesome job and I can only believe that you still have a few more tricks up your sleeves![/important]