Always afford first preference to employees formerly the customer and finally to you

Philip James, managing director of Ali Jasim Printing Press LLC, Sharjah and Dubai in conversation withVenkat Raghavan, shares his vast experience towards the printing industry and how he handled the industry


Hailing from Kerala and raised in Kerala, India, Philip James completed his Schooling in Kerala and Bachelors of Arts degree in Commerce at Changanacherry in the year 1982. After completing his education in India he has joined as a forest officer in forest department at Kerala and worked there until 1987.  Later he decided to open a company in UAE, which made him to open his own company Ali Jasim Printing Press.

James says, “My career started in the year 1983 when I joined forest department which taught me what is the life

Always try to focus more on the global market and that would let to expand

Siju Madhavan, director of Al Alef Stationery & Printing Press L.L.C., Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his views to improve and to create more revenues to the UAE printing industry.


Raised in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Siju Madhavan completed the schooling from his Native place and the degree from Chempazhanthy. He pursued his Bachelors in Economics from Sree Narayana college and completed it in 2002. Later, he did his Master of Business Administration in HR and

Rising costs is the biggest challenge facing the print industry in UAE

Managing Director of Arabian Printing  and Advertising FZ LLC shares with Shilpa Jasani  his hopes for improved order bookings and concerns about rising costs, which affects the bottom line."Winning Expo 2020 has been a boon for the printing and other industries in the UAE, since all of us can see an upward movement in the regional markets,” explains the managing director and owner of Arabian Printing and Advertising Kunjumon Parakkal to the PrintWeek MEA team taking his interview.  “I foresee

Pay the supplier as well as the staff on time to enhance your tenability


George Varghese, managing director of Al Sharjah Neon & Printing Press LLC, Sharjah in conversation withVenkat Raghavan, shares his opinion towards the printing industry and how to financially handle the impediments


Kerala-born and raised George Varghese completed his Schooling in his home town. Later he did the Bachelors in Commerce in Panampilly Memorial Government College at Chalakudy and completed the same in the year 1985. After completing the degree, he studied Masters in

The UAE is definitely a class apart, as opposed to the rest of the GCC

Managing director of ABBA Printing Press, Alex Abraham highlights to Shilpa Jasani his thoughts on giving importance to quality over quantity and executing orders within the scheduled deadline.

Walking down memory lane, managing director of Sharjah-based ABBA printing press, Alex Abraham says, “After graduation, I joined the family owned printing press in Ajman. I took over from my father in 1997, which turned out to be an excellent platform to showcase my marketing skills since I hold a

Do a thorough analysis of the job before sending the quote to dodge from peril


Discussions of N. Sathyadevan, managing director of Nabeel Printing Press, LLC, Ajman with Venkat Raghavan about what made him constructive after spending 48 years in UAE.


An elongated period resident of UAE, he was the former finance & ddministration manager of Ras-Al-Khaimah Port Authority (Mina Saqr). He is also a well-known philanthropist and is involved in many social and charitable activities in the UAE and India. N. Sathyadevan, hailing from Kerala and holding his Post

We must maintain healthy relationships with clients as well as competitors

Owner and chairman of Economical Printing Press, Hassan Fahmi Alshunnar emphasizes toShilpa Jasani, the importance  of maintaining ethics while competing for orders..


In love with printing since his childhood days in Nablus (Palestine), Hassan Fahmi Alshunnar, was facinated by the mechanical processes of machines as they printed numerous sheets of paper.

Soon after his graduation from Al Azhar University, where he studied Urban-planning, Alshunnar migrated to UAE to chart his career.  He

“Our brand inspires loyalty”: Lebegue



Lois Lebegue, managing director, ALMA Region and vice president, Eastman Kodak Company, outlines his perspective of industry trends and future during visit.



Our guest writer Lois Lebegue vice president of East Kodak outlines his vision of Kodak in the Middle East region


You’ve recently been placed in charge of the ALMA (Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa) region. What prompted this new grouping??

We’ve come to realise that there are certain traits that are common to

Five years down the line, I would like to see Printwell expand in every direction

P M Shamsuddin, chairman and managing director of Printwell Printing Press talks to Shilpa Jasani about the times alphabet blocks were purchased for printing jobs to the current ultra-fast digital age.

P M Shamsuddin landed on Dubai shores 46 years ago, when there were not too many job opportunities.  “I was willing to take up any job, since my father died when I was very young and being the eldest, I had to support my family in Kerala, India.  The first job I got was as an employee in the

Never trick anybody and always gain the trustworthiness of your clients

Ajith Kumar B Pillai, managing director, Golden Line Printing Press LLC, Sharjah chats with Venkat Raghavan, while explaining how a company should be handled to attain success.


Completing the Bachelors of Arts in Economics at Sasthamkotta, Kerala, India, Ajith Kumar came to UAE in 1992. Since, his graduation is towards the economics he decided to challenge any industry which comes in his way but few of the senior persons as well as acquaintances suggested to him to enter the printing

Newcomers tend to undercut prices, leading to a challenging situation

Owner and director (marketing) of Chrysels Digital Advertising, Samuel Thomas shares with Shilpa Jasani his reservations of newcomers entering the market without sufficient knowledge or experience of the industry.

Advertising company for indoor and outdoor solutions, Chrysels Digital Advertising operates out of 25,000 square feet factory premises located in the Al Quoz area in Dubai.  The company specialises in flag printing, indoor/outdoor signage, POP, kiosks among others.
Chrysels Digital

Only with hardwork and God’s blessing you will be able to flourish

Sheela Rahim, managing director, Al Rawi Printing Press, Dubai in natter with Venkat Raghavan, shares her views and approach towards the printing press for all these years 


Born and raised in Kerala, Sheela Rahim completed her Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Alphonsa College, Kerala. After her post graduation in computer application she had a passion towards the printing industry and later with some experience she has opened a press on her own. 

Sheela says, “My career is a

Remember the lessons that recession has taught us & move forward with it

Varkey Oommen, managing director, Alpha Printing Press, Dubai in conversation with Prashant Chaurasia narrates his times in the printing industry from past four decades and discusses his endeavours for the years to come.

With an appetite of business and technology, Varkey Oommen hails from the beautiful town of Mannar located in Alleppey, Kerala, India. Varkey says, “I used to live in a very small village  where it was difficult to have a know-how about technology and business. This somehow

Quality in everything we do along with the competitive price and good service


Mohammed Abdul Rahman, managing director of Bin Omair Printing Press LLC, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his positive attitude towards the printing industry and how to handle the industry


Hailing from Kerala and raised in Kerala, India, Mohammed Abdul Rahman completed his Schooling in Kerala and Master of Arts degree in Malayalam. Later, he did a MBA in human resource and marketing in Dubai. After completing his education in India he decided to open a company in

Experience, good work and knowledge will perhaps save you for the long run

C.V. Kurian, owner of Century Printing Press based in Dubai shares with Prashant Chaurasia  his  interesting vintage take,  with  40 years worth of experience in the Middle Eastern printing & publishing markets.

‘Born Printer’ is apparently sufficient to describe C.V. Kurian. Rooting from Kottayam, Kerala which is popularly known as land of latex, and the land of first news paper, Deepika, Kurian got acquainted to printing at a very fledgling age. Kurian says, “My father was associated to

Its not only about what machinery one owns, but solutions one can offer


In conversation with Shilpa Jasani,   Amit Radia - Chief ‘Motivation’ Officer of Atlas Group reminisces about the regional print industry in the eighties and nineties, while cautioning against sharply rising costs

Born in Kenya, Radia migrated to the UK in the eighties and took up his first job as an estimator in a printing press. “Within the first six months of taking up my assignment, the production manager of the firm resigned and a lot of his work fell on my shoulders.  Though, I

Vertical quality-based expansion is the only necessity in present climate

Vatche Kavlakian, CEO, NDIGITEC explains Prashant Chaurasia  how he kept up to the expectations of the purging technologies and embraced the necessary potential in the fast growing markets of UAE.

Rooting from Armenian decent, Vatche Kavlakian is a computer graduate from Syria. At the dawn of 90’s Kavlakian utilized the then newly integrating technologies of computer and printing businesses starting with prepress. “My know-how about computers and interest in the field of art and creativity

To flourish, hold on to your loyal customers by continuing the service

Abdul Wahab Abdul Qadir, director of Express Printing Services L.L.C., Dubai in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, segments his opinion on how to approach the printing industry and to overcome the challenges


Formerly from India, Abdul Wahab did his GCSE’s in Surrey, UK.  Later came back to Dubai and studied Business Management in Dubai Aviation College. He has a BTEC National Diploma in Business & Finance, BTEC Higher National Diploma Business Studies and a Bachelors Honours Degree

Backing trade shows as progressively educative experience for advancement

David  Moujaes, general manager of Four Films Printing Press, Kuwait, in conversation  with Prashant Chaurasia, recalls the burgeoning of highly mechanized ‘metal slug era’ into the inevitable age of digital advancements for the assertive markets in Kuwait.

David Moujaes, son of George Moujaes, the founder and owner of Four Films Printing Press (Estd. 1976), Kuwait is the present general manager shouldering the responsibility since mid-nineties. Originally a Lebanese, born in Kuwait, he holds

Newspapers are no longer only about breaking news, rather indepth analysis

Senior vice president (finance and operations) of Galadari Printing & Publishing, Saghir Ahmed Khan gives Shilpa Jasani an ‘indepth overview’ of the trends and movements of the printing and publishing industry in UAE.


The future is digital platforms, by that I do not mean digital printing rather different forms of dessimination of information including web-publishing and online versions, e-newspapers, mobile applications among others,” explains the senior vice-president at Galadari

Working under times of crisis serves to strengthen an organization in long run

Mohsen Nasry, owner and general manager of Concorde Printing Press Shoubra, Cairo in conversation with Prashant Chaurasia elucidates his 30 years of experience in the ancient markets of Egypt, today facing an unprecedented economic challenge.

Electrical engineer by qualification, Mohsen Nasry studied at Ain Shams University, Cairo Governorate. He established the Concorde Printing Press in the capital city of Egypt in 1981,  starting with minimal investment & manpower of just 8 employees.

Success starts from a place of being happy and it’s a journey to be continued

Mumaij Moidu, managing director, Just Print Printing Press L.L.C., Dubai in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his methodology over the printing industry to provide high standards with professionalism 


Hailing from Kerala and raised in both the Kannur and Dubai, Mumaij Moidu completed his high school in Dubai and the degree from India. Later, he did a MBA at Inter American University. After gaining over 5 years of experience in the printing industry, he decided to set up his own

Success is never an accident. It is the final product of continuous hard work

Abdullah A. Al-Moallem, general manager of Khaleej Afan Printing Press, shares with Prashant Chaurasia  the experience & hardwork he put in to transform a small scale commercial print business into a ‘state-of-the-art technologically equipped press’.

A graduate in computer science, Abdullah A.Al-Moallem from Saihat (near Dammam), Eastern Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the vice-president of the Al-Moallem Group of Companies. His efforts and interest has transformed the Saihat Printing

At the end, price of success is from the hard work and commitment

Muneer Abdul Qader, one of the managing directors of Al Mufeed Printing Press LLC, Sharjah in colloquy with   Venkat Raghavan,  shares his opinions on how to approach the industry in terms of people and process management.


Hailing from Kerala, India and bagged with a lot of dreams towards the printing industry, Muneer Abdul Qader landed the shores of UAE in 1990. He started his role as a salesman at a printing company in 1990, later he and his brother, Abdul Nazar Ali has decided to open

In the seventies all youngsters in our village dreamed of coming to the Gulf

Chairman and managing director of Delta Group, Kabeer Jalaluddin shares with Shilpa Jasani his future plans of putting Delta Group in the forefront of the regional map

landing in UAE in 1977 at the ‘tender’ age of 21, current owner of Delta Group, Jalaluddin reminisces about his life journey.  “Looking at earning a fortune in life, I reached Dubai with stars in my eyes and got a sales and cleaning job in a garment shop in Sharjah.  At the end of the day, I was given AED 30/-  and terminated on

I foresee that there will be a big shift in focus from offset to digital printing

Riyaz Ahmed, chief operating officer at Spectrum Digital Printing Press, Dubai in conversation with Jalpa Shah, shares his views on how transparency with the clients can be the best way to regulate
the ups and downs of the industry.

Hailing from Mumbai and having a graphic arts background, Riyaz Ahmed, came to the shores of Dubai in 2003 for working in Prepress. Starting with the role of graphic designer in an ad agency, he moved on to become art-director for a fashion magazine and then