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Digital goes heavy metal

For all digital print’s many advantages, there are some applications that have remained stubbornly the preserve of more conventional processes. And this is a problem for anyone wanting to produce short-run jobs economically, while exploiting print’s unique tactile and aesthetic qualities.

For print to compete with other media, it needs to play to its sensory strengths while addressing its cost weaknesses. If you want to add value to short runs, then you need to be able to do so without incurring the extra processing and materials costs that go along with conventional processes.

Some added-value print and finishing techniques have already been addressed by toner and inkjet technologies. Coating and varnishing, for

Pimp your press

You wouldn’t put diesel in a Ferrari,” argued Tottenham Hotspur FC manager Harry Redknapp earlier this month. The analogy is apt; his view was that Premier League footballers should avoid alcohol in order to prolong their careers. The Spurs boss could easily have been talking about a press; giving it the kind of care normally reserved for a high performance car will ensure that it doesn’t behave as erratically as a drunken footballer after a night on the town.

It is an

Neil Stacey

Neil Stacey, a Golf lover, is the Head of Printing and Packaging Division at Technochem Services Est.

- How did you get into printing?
I was offered a role for a major UAE Print/Packaging company, whilst I was still in the UK.


- What do you like most about your job?
The variety of the work and the people you get to meet.


- What is the worst thing about your job?
Having to go out in near 50 degree heat in the summer!


- What would be your dream job?
Touring golf professional.


- What was the

Digital print steps up to the plate

Improvements in technology and deteriorating market conditions have meant that whereas once   newspaper publishers shunned digital, they are now clamouring to use it

It recently transpired that when newspaper giant News International was in the planning stages of what would eventually lead to a web press investment at its UK sites, it seriously considered including digital presses in the spend.

The plan centred on placing machines to produce The Sun and The Times in commercial

khaled abdullah

Khaled Abdullah is the Gulf area manager of CMYK Print Solutions.
How did you get into printing?

I did my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Printing.

What do you like most about your job?
Making friends from all over the world, getting to know more people.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Lazy summer season.

What would be your dream job?
A sailor would be fun.

What do you like about living in this part of the world?
Combining the East and the West cultures, and bringing out a

Print gets some new material

Paper’s environmental credentials are central to the sustainability of commercial print jobs, but what about other print applications and the media they use? In the signage and display sectors, plastics are as likely to be used as paper and board and the provenance and disposal of those plastics is becoming as important to those markets as  those of paper in general print.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl, is a ubiquitous material, but its use is under threat in many

Ralph Busselot

Ralph Busselot is the managing director of Colourbyte, Dubai

How did you get into printing?
I started a typesetting business in Cyprus in 1983.

What do you like most about your job?
Learning every day is what I like most about my job.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Chasing payments is a tough task.

What would be your dream job?
Working with the latest technology in print.

What do you like about living in this part of the world?
Cosmopolitan mix, ability to travel

What is your favourite phrase?

New era for consumables

Superior solutions and environmental considerations have put a huge premium on consumables, but it still pays not to go cheap

On-press consumables for offset presses have changed almost beyond recognition in the past 10 years. The general formulas of fount solution, inks and washes, together with the materials used to make blankets and roller coverings, have undergone dramatic changes to cope with developments in both press technology and the new, more exacting

Jayakrishna valluru

Jayakrishna Valluru is the sales manager at AGE Graphic Equipment, Sharjah

How did you get into printing?
 I did an engineering course in printing.

What do you like most about your job?
An opportunity to work with the right team supported by a great and
ethical management.

What is the worst thing about your job?
To deal with people who resist change.

What would be your dream job?
My current job is my dream job.

What was the best deal you pulled off?
Retained one of our biggest customer this year.

Whom do

The Lesser of Two Evils

While international trends are leaning more and more towards the use of environmentally-products, printers and print buyers in the Middle East are also starting to see its relevance - making the shift to the use of recycled paper and now, environmentally-friendly inks.

 But to what extent is this trend paying off?

 Are vegetable oil-based inks finally getting ahead of the more hazardous mineral oil-based inks?

 “Our customers have been asking for vegetable-based

POOJA KHULLAR

Pooja Khullar is the sales manager at Kwality Printing and Stationery and works in Dubai

 

How did you get into printing?

I found printing very interesting as my grand father had a printing press in (Punjab) India and I got an opportunity to join Kwality Printing & Stationery Dubai.

What do you like most about your job?

It is a challenging job with the different requirements.

What is the worst thing about your job?

Every customer gives order today & required delivery

One stop printer's shop

Historically, if you wanted to buy a printing press you would go to a printing press manufacturer or licensed dealer; if you wanted to purchase consumables for that same press then you would strike a deal with the company who sold you the machine or alternatively you would set up an account with a consumables specialist; and if you wanted to buy paper then you would go to a paper merchant.
You could drill down even further into these sectors and separate digital press dealers from

Tadayoshi Muroya



Tadayoshi Muroya is the sales & marketing manager, Graphic Division

How did you get into printing?
After my university, I joined Fujifilm and was assigned to work for
Graphic Systems Division.

What do you like most about your job?
I get to meet new people and build long term relationships.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Busy, busy, busy and the sleepless nights I have.

What would be your dream job?
Anything that I can do to contribute to human welfare and society.

What do you like about

Eng. Jamil I. Al Adani

Eng. Jamil I. Al Adani is a business development manager of Saudi Arabia based company Copatra Graphics.

 

How did you get into printing?

I started my career as Sales Engineer in Folding Carton Packaging Factory.

 

What do you like most about your job?

Communication with manufacturers of the industry from all over the world, enriches my knowledge with new technologies and ideas.

 

What is the worst thing about your job?

Dealing with credit requests of price-oriented customers

 

What

Iftikharuddin Babar

How did you get into printing?

Since school days, printing was somewhere in the mind as an option. I used to think printing & publishing as a provider of "food for thought". I have been involved in various activities in my college days - Editor of College Gazette and reporting for a newspaper etc. I came to Saudi Arabia and joined Al-Madina Newspaper in 1983 and "this is my career now".

What do you like most about your job?

Challenges, innovation, market dynamics, meeting new people and

Najm Njeim

Najm Njeim is the regional sales manager of Dynagraph, Dubai.

 

How did you get into printing?

From its large format angle.

 

What do you like most about your job?

Converting rolls into printed sheets.

 

What is the worst thing about your job?

The limitation of working only 8 hours per day.

 

What would be your dream job?

I am living the dream

 

What was the best deal you pulled off?

Sold the first new units of L3000 in the middle east.

 

Whom do you admire in print?

Mr

JAGDEEP SINGH

How did you get into printing?

In 2004, I took an opportunity to work as senior sales and marketing executive for LG advertising materials distributor in UAE. As it was a sales profile and related to the advertising industry, I didnt think twice.

What do you like most about your job?

I got an excellent opportunity to spearhead the Graphic Division of our company and a chance to apply my entrepreneurial skills and take decisions related to the business.

What would be your dream job?

Manufacture world

Sawsan Madhoun

Sawsan Madhoun is a marketing manager of CMYK Print Solutions.

How did you get into printing?
Meeting influential people in the printing industry through my father’s advertisement business lead me to where I am today.

What do you like most about your job?
It is not a routine job gives more room for creativity. That’s always a fun challenge offers me networking and growth opportunities.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Leaving Lebanon, my homeland.

What would be your dream job?
Not to have a job

Q&A Sascha Csoti

How did you get into printing?

I am working for a paper trading company. This includes printing more or less.

What do you like most about your job?

The personal contact with clients and the possibility to create and build up new business ideas.

What is the worst thing about your job?

No time to rest. You always have to keep thinking about the future.

What would be your dream job?

I have it already.

What do you like about living in the UAE?

The hospitality and freedom of business.

What is your favourite

Sai Naveen

Sai Naveen, a sports enthusiast is the marketing manager of NDIGITEC, IMPZ, Dubai

How did you get into printing?
My entry into the printing industry was by chance and my current profile was by choice.

What do you like most about your job?
The responsibility and learning that comes with handling the end-to-end marketing activities of a global organization.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Not getting to spend enough time with family.

What would be your dream job?
To work at a crocodile park.

What

nida awan

How did you get into printing?

I have been working with Tecom for 4 years, which has various entities focusing on printing and advertising

What do you like most about your job?

I love being in sales, focusing on media which is very interesting

What is the worst thing about your job?

That I have to drive all the way from Sharjah

What would be your dream job?

Owning an advertising company

What do you like about living in the UAE?

I have lived here all my life, I like the cosmopolitan feel of the place

Alok Kabra

Alok Kabra, is the general manager of Zabeel Prinring Press based in Ajamn, UAE

How did you get into printing?
I am a printing Engineer from Rajasthan, India.

What do you like most about your job?
All jobs in our commercial printing industry are creative and different.

What is the worst thing about your job?
When we are not completing our task in time.

What would be your dream job?
My dream is to become one of the world’s best printing professional.

What was the best deal you pulled off?
When I signed a

Samir Khoudja

How did you get into printing?

I entered print market after offer from Bobst group about 25 years ago. The offer came to me after finishing my PhD.

What do you like most about your job?

Good thing about my job is that I get to meet more people.

What would be your dream job?

To be artist. Its completely different but I used to be artist during my school days.

What do you like about living in the UAE?

The people in this region are king and warm to others.

What is your favourite film?

Citizen by Orson

Vishwas Dharm

Vishwas Dharm is the Technical Sales Manager Printing Division,
Chemical Marketing & Distribution Company Ltd. Dammam, KSA

How did you get into printing?
I have studied Printing Technology  at NRIPT, India.

What do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people, travelling, and lots of learning on daily basis.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Have to stay away from the family sometimes for even more than a week.

What would be your dream job?
I feel I am doing the same.

What do you like about

Q&A Hridesh Methwan

How did you get into printing?

It was a beautiful co-incidence, through one of my closest friends I happened to meet Mazen Haj, the MD of Printec and his enormous confidence and trust in me to achieve his vision, is what all motivated me to opt into this amazing industry.

What do you like most about your job?

Meeting highly creative people and dealing with them at their level fascinates me the most. There are tremendously talented and honed people existing in this industry and to work with them

Prashanth K

Prashanth, a James Bond fan is the sales manager of Gimpex Papers

Why did you get into printing?
Printing has been my passion since I selected my career option.

What do you like most about your job?
Learning different things everyday.

What is the worst thing about your job?
Growing competition and collections.

What would be your dream job?
Large cash sales orders & no competition.

What do you like about living in this region?
Peace, good environment, and no politics.

What is your favorite phrase or