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Obeidat: We are growing in Middle East

In this interview Abdallah Obeidat, sales director MET, OKI Europe – speaks to Venkat Raghavan - assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA

How did your career start? What did bring you to the printing industry?
I started my profession as a computer engineer. But soon I realised that I had a passion towards colour which pushed me to study more about them. I did research and read about colour management, colour phenomena and related facts for two years. After gaining the knowledge in colour management, I ventured into printing industry. I received several offers to work for networking industry and server industry. However, I chose to proceed with printing industry as I already had identified it as my destination.

What are all your plans to ensure

Unrealistic pricing and extended credit terms are the two major challenges

Seddick Malek, group general manager of MBS Group Kuwait which owns Zabeel Printing Press LLC Dubai in conversation with Venkat Raghavan

Born and brought up in the United Kingdom, Seddick Malek graduated from a high school in the UK and then completed a degree in mechanical and production engineering. He holds diplomas in printing technology and business administration also. His first employment was for a flexographic label printing organization and then he proceeded onward to offset printing.

My dream is to open a training institute for Packaging and Plastics in UAE

C. H. Negandhi, managing director of Leo Pack LLC., Ras Al Khaimah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his experience and how to run a smooth business with the available technologies

Having more than two decades of experience in the printing industry C. H. Negandhi started his career in the year 1971. He pursued all his education in India and studied all his education in scholarship. He started his carrier as QC Manager after completion of academic studies with Vijay Flexible, one of

Don’t go for big investments without analyzing the needs of your business

Sunil C Thomas, managing director of Idealsun Group of companies, Sharjah in natter with Venkat Raghavan, shares his opinion about the current printing trends and explains the market opportunities in the coming years.

Formerly from India, Sunil C Thomas did his schooling in Government high school in Puliyur, Kerala. Later, he went on to pursue his Bachelors degree from Kerela but due to financial situations he couldn’t pursue his education which led him to shift to Kanpur. In Kanpur, he got a

Your goals can only be reached through the love you have for your work

Raja Kumar Gandhi, Managing Director of Hexxa Flexible Packaging in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his packaging industry experience and the current market trends going on in the industry.

Born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Raja Gandhi went to school at The Indian High School, Dubai. After finishing his schooling, he went to India and completed his Bachelors of Commerce degree from Bombay University in 1992. He went to the USA for his Bachelors of Science in Business

Lamya: Event will be on track like before

Exhibition manager of Paper Arabia discloses to us that why it is so important to take part in the Paper Arabia show and how do they differ from other shows in the Middle East market.

In this privileged and unbiased interview Lamya Zafati, exhibition manager of Paper Arabia – speaks to Venkat Raghavan - assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA, narrating the reasons for making the event to happen two years once and explains the uniqueness of their show and how well it is covered all the over the Middle

The money earned from the press has to be reinvested only in the printing

Madhusudanan Nayar, general manager of Zabeel Printing Press LLC, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his experience towards the printing industry as well as the other industry and how he is handling the current market

Hailing from Coimbatore and raised in Kerala, India, Madhusudanan Nayar completed his Schooling in St. Thomas Higher Secondary School in K K Pudur, Coimbatore and after completing it their family moved back to his hometown in Kerala. As soon as he landed, he started

The scope of digital printers is unlimited and it has to be garnered

Neil Dias, managing director of Print Outs, Dubai in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his insight of the industry and explains where the digital printing industry is heading.

Hailed and raised in Mumbai, India, Neil Dias came to Dubai in 1996. He has triple Masters qualifications: MBA in Strategic Management with Finance and Marketing as electives from University of Strathclyde, UK, Masters Diploma in Software Engg. from Aptech computers, Master of Science in Mathematics, University of

Always offer the best services with good quality to your clients

Pankaj Sehgal, managing director of Target Offset Printing Press, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, sharing his opinion on the current market and how to improve the business in the coming years.

 

Born and raised in Delhi, Pankaj Sehgal, completed his schooling in BVB school. After completing his schooling he wanted to pursue Diploma in Printing Technology, which made him to join in Pusa Polytechnic and completed the same in 1996. During the same period, he studied Bachelors of

There should be no compromise on the quality and delivery of the product

Bishwanath Sharma, director of Concept Flexible Packaging, LLC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his experience and the current trends and where the industry is moving toward.

Hailed from Bombay, Bishwanath Sharma has completed all his education from India. He has completed his Commerce degree from Bombay University in 1981 and with the interest in business, he did a small course for exporting and importing business. Finally, with the interest in business he and

Every business has their own business ethics and we should follow them

Thomas George, general manager of Tamir Printing Press, LLC., Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his experience and how to run a charming business under any circumstances.

 

Having more than two decades of experience in the printing industry Thomas George came to UAE in the year 1997. He pursued all his education in his native place called Kozhencherry, Pathanamthitta district from Kerala, India. During his career to gain experience in the printing industry, he worked in

Always understand the customers’ requirement and offer elite services

Dharmdev Bhatt, managing director of Amber Group of companies in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his views on the potential of packaging industry and how to be innovative in the market.

Formerly from India, Gujarat, Dharmdev Bhatt did his schooling in Sister Nivedita School from Gujarat. After completing his schooling he pursued Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and completed the same in 1996. Later, with the eagerness in the packaging industry he

Machines have to be run continuously with the existing overheads to get profit

Shah, director of Jaguar Printing Press, LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates in conversation with Venkat Raghavan to give an overview of the trends and enhancements of the printing business in this region as well as shared his experience and professionalism that he followed

Hailing from Pettai, Tirunelveli and settled in Dubai, Shah, accomplished all his schooling in his hometown. After completing his schooling he wanted to do something which was going around his mind from his childhood that

Healthy competition will bring more ideas and more innovative products

Christopher Santhaseelan, managing director of  SolidRock Advertising, Sharjah, UAE in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, explains about the industry expectation and where the industry is heading towards.

Christopher, well known as Chris in the printing and advertising industry, a printing technologist with passion in the printing from Southern part of India, Tamilnadu. In the wake of working in many organizations, his enthusiasm in the innovation and enterprise drive him to startup another

Always pay your supplier on time and keep your customers happy

Dr. Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh, managing director of Modern Printing Press & Stationery, UAE in conversation withVenkat Raghavan, shares his three decades of experience and explains where the printing industry is heading.

 

Born and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh completed his Bachelors in business at Al Ain University in 1984 and then continued to pursue his Masters. As soon as he completed his Bachelors degree he joined his family’s printing

Teamwork & building trust in customers makes you to achieve your goals

Seema Mathur, managing director of  Packtech Plastic Industries LLC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, tells us about the current trends and where the industry is moving toward.

Hailed from India, has completed all her education from India. She has completed her professional degree in Arts and with the interest in the printing industry she and her husband started the Packtech Plastic Industries LLC, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.
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Hold on to your existing customers by offering best service with good quality

Bhagawan Y, general manager, Crown Printing Centre, Abu Dhabi in natter with Venkat Raghavan, shares his opinion about the current printing trends and his approach towards the printing press all these years.

 

Formerly from India, Bhagawan Y did his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore. After completing his schooling, he wanted to venture his career in Engineering which made him to join Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics at BMS Engineering College and completed the same in

Systematic evaluation followed by a strategic plan needed for every business

Dharmesh Zavery, vice president for sales & business development in Huhtamaki MEA in discussion with Venkat Raghavan, shares his two decades of experience in the industry.

Originated from Gujarat and raised in Calcutta, Dharmesh Zavery has completed his Bachelors of Commerce in 1994 from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and went on to pursue post graduation degree before starting his working career. After working in India and Japan, he finally landed in United Arab Emirates to start his new

Success usually comes to those who are doing a thorough follow-up on all

Abdalla Rashid Ahmed Abdalla Alhammadi, managing director of Vision Printing and Publishing, LLC., Abu Dhabi in conversation withVenkat Raghavan, shares his opinion towards the current industry trends and what made him to start the printing press. 

 

Born and raised in Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Abdulla Alhammadi has completed his schooling in Al Khalil Bin Ahmed in 1992 and then started to pursue his degree in accountancy at Al Ain Unversity. Later, he discontinued his

To make your business profitable you need to give a competitive price

P. K. Abdul Kader, managing director of Metro Printing Press, LLC, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his four decades of printing experience and explains the transformations he saw in these years

Formerly from India, PK Abdul Kader did his schooling in St. Thomas School, Kerala. He started his career with UMA printers, Trisur, Kerala where he learnt all the printing basics. Later in 1976 he came to United Arab Emirates to start his career in printing industry. In a short span

There should be a governance or association to look at the credit policies

Jai Lilaramani, managing director, Dar Al Andalus Printing Pub. & Dist. LLC ., in conversation withVenkat Raghavan, shares his experiences and future of the printing press in the region

 

Formerly from India, Jodhpur, Jai Lilaramani did his schooling in Hanumant Sr Secodary school. After completing his schooling in 1989 he immediately came to Dubai to visit his uncle who was planning to start the printing press on his own. Even though he has applied for the pre engineering entrance in

Unhealthy competition in the market should be eradicated thoroughly

Jagannath M Wagle, managing director of Sigma Middle East Labels Industries LLC, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his experience towards the printing industry and what has to be done in the industry.

Hailing from Mumbai, India, Jagannath M Wagle has pursued his schooling in Little Flowers School in his hometown. After completing his schooling, he pursued BSC Physics and went on with BSC Tech (Elect). Apart from this he even has a Diploma in Advanced Computer Programming from

It is always easy to get a client, but retaining the client is the toughest part

Ahmed Al Nowais, managing director of Venus Commercial Printing Press L.L.C., Abu Dhabi in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his views on how  to improve and create more revenues to the UAE printing industry

 

Localite of emirates and educated in USA, Nowais completed his MBA in advertising and marketing in the year 1998 at the Portland State University, USA. After completing his degree, he did not want to waste his career in the country so he directly ventured  towards the

I always wanted all my products to meet the customer expecatations

Mohammed Al Hatem, general manager of Golden Paper Cup Manuf, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his opinion towards the current industry trends and what made them to start the business

Born and raised in Iraq, Mohammed Al Hatem has completed the schooling in his hometown. Since, his father moved to United Arab Emirates so he too moved along with them. Later, he started to pursue his degree in Architecture at American University, Dubai. He was passionate in their family business

Consistent efforts with honesty and devotion leads you to triumph

Mohammad Ghos Khawaja, managing partner of Al Omeira Printing & Publishing Co. LLC, shares his secret of success with Venkat Raghavan

 

Formerly from India, Mohammad Ghos Khawaja did his Science Graduatation from India. At the age of 12, he took the reins of life in his hand due to certain circumstances and he started to earn his own bread while studying in school by doing some trading. He then wanted to be self reliant as much as possible, and not to be a parasite to anybody, also

Always follow the business ethics and don’t take jobs just for taking it

Prasanna Naidu, general manager of Dubai Printing Press LLC in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his printing experience and narrated how the printing industry took the transformation in the last two decades.

Hailing from India, Prasanna Naidu completed his schooling at Bank Note Press Colony, Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. Later, he did his degree at the Institute of Printing Technology in Mumbai, India. After completing his education in India, he decided to start his venture in the same