Nashua Limited is the leading distributor of digital office automation equipment and document output solutions in Southern Africa, having retained the number one market share in the country for over 25 years.
Ever since it was established in 1973, Nashua Limited has constantly been an innovation thought leader in the office automation industry. This position has ensured that its customers have always been able to better manage their operational costs, productivity and time management, and keep up to speed with the fast paced business environment.
As the largest independent distributor of Ricoh printing equipment in the world, Nashua is able to provide customers with state-of-the-art technology from a globally recognised and trusted source. Ricoh, a Japanese company, is considered the global leader in digital office print solutions, and Nashua is able to draw on its extensive sales and support networks in order to offer its customers the very best in office automation solutions.
In recent years, Nashua has moved away from being a purveyor of box-dropping, to a company that incorporates each element of the printing solutions process, and manages the entire life-cycle of a document.
Nashua’s dominant position has been achieved through offering its clients a comprehensive and customised end-to-end solution, regardless of the industry they operate in.
Nashua’s comprehensive range of products is agile and flexible enough to fit into any company’s operations, and ensures that its pay-off line, “Saving you time. Saving you money. Putting you first”, is a literal reality for customers.
These hardware devices enable customers to fully integrate their printing requirements with tools that manage and control printing within any office environment.
As such, the company endeavours to provide its customers with peace of mind through offering comprehensive and innovative hardware and software business solutions such as Digital Storage, Variable Data Printing, Managed Print Services and Managed Document Services.
History of Nashua:
Nashua South Africa was acquired by the Barlows Group in 1983. Until then, the company had been a subsidiary of Nashua Corporation, a US-based company which manufactures and distributes a variety of products all over the world. Since the mid-1990’s Nashua has been part of the Reunert Group, specialising in servicing the corporate business market.
Green Initiatives [back to top]
Nashua has a firm commitment to ensuring that our own business is green, and that our customers are also able to reduce their carbon footprint. Therefore, our solutions have been designed to lower the amount of paper our clients print, while still maintaining a high level of efficiency. We also have functionality built into our devices that reduce electricity consumption when not in use.
We are also currently in the process of gaining ISO 14001 accreditation, which is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how you can go about putting in place an effective environmental management system.
This could not only provide accreditation to companies conducting business with us, but will also allow us to conduct green IT reporting, and contribute even more significantly towards lowering our clients’ carbon footprint.
Click here to see our Environmental Policy.
BEE [back to top]
In 2005, Nashua Limited became the largest black empowered organisation in the office automation industry, when the decision was taken to merge our major account direct selling operation with the former black-owned franchise Nashua Kopano.
This structure represents 20% of all Nashua sales throughout the country, and provides the empowered company with an 8% share of the South African office automation market.
This partnership is a practical implementation of Nashua’s empowerment policies, the result of which is a true BEE organisation, suitably experienced to take on the challenges of our industry.
Click here to see our BEE certificate.
Milestones [back to top]
1973: Nashua South Africa is established as a subsidiary of the US-based Nashua Corporation.
1975: Nashua Corporation and its affiliates achieve a significant breakthrough in plain copier technology through the introduction of the liquid toner process, which has several advantages over conventional methods of document reproduction.
1983: Nashua becomes the market leader in the South African photocopier market with a 35% market share, and is acquired by the Barlows Group
1984: Nashua acquires the Ricoh agency from Mercedes Datakor and switches from liquid toner copiers to dry toner technology.
1989: Nashua expands its base and enters the personal computer market in South Africa with the introduction of a range of IBM-compatible computers and laptops.
1993: Reunert acquires Nashua in the unbundling of the Barlows group.
1997: Nashua pioneers the introduction of digital copier technology by launching the Aficio range of Ricoh digital copiers, and achieves a massive 50% market share in the launch year.
2003: Nashua wins the Ricoh “Distributor of the Year” award, and wins the same award two years later
2006: Nashua wins the Ricoh “Marketing Company of the Year” award
2010: The Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation is officially launched
2011: Nashua attains Microsoft Gold Partner certification, which represent the highest degree of Microsoft technology competence and expertise. It allows Nashua to offer customers expanded and improved solutions and competencies,
Sponsorships [back to top]
At Nashua, we are passionate about our country, and firmly believe that the spirit of South Africa is embodied in our sporting heroes. Thus, we have invested a considerable amount of money over many years in the sponsorship of sport, in order to promote sporting excellence, growth and development.
We are currently the proud sponsors of the Nashua Titans, the Nashua Sky Diving team, and the South African Sport and Arts Hall of Fame. We are also the official time keeper for the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation [back to top]
Nashua is a company who really cares, and believes wholeheartedly in giving back to communities. As such, we have supported children’s charities in South Africa for many years, and officially founded the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation in May 2010 to consolidate all our corporate social investment initiatives.