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Kutty practices ‘honesty as the best policy’ in his daily business practices

Rajesh K Kutty, managing partner, Col.Art Publishing and Advertising LLC, UAE, in conversation with Venkat Raghavan talks of his experiences.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Rajesh K Kutty completed his graduation in Commerce from Kelkar College, Mumbai & post graduated (PG) from Mumbai University. After completing his PG, he worked in India for some years and later came to Dubai to join the family business.
Speaking about his career and how he got into printing, Rajesh K Kutty, from Col.Art Publising and Advertising LLC said, “After completing my degree in the year 1993, I started my career as an account assistant in an auditing firm. A year later I joined an IT company as a commercial executive & worked there till 1996. However

Six ways to attain growth by thinking differently about your business

Lawrence Lee, VP, incubation and strategy at Xerox, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

In the age of digital disruption, every company needs to think differently about their business – both to grow beyond their core markets, and to head off competition from new entrants. But often the exact skills that helped companies succeed in the past prevent them from finding success in the future. At Xerox we have reinvented the company multiple times as technologies

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.

Canon UVgel: Solving the Wide Format Productivity Puzzle

Ayman Ali, senior marketing manager – B2B, Canon Middle East, explains to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

The digital revolution in wide format printing for signage and graphics has undoubtedly opened up many avenues of opportunity for print service providers (PSPs). Developments in hardware, media and inks over the last decade have enabled PSPs to diversify their product offerings and extend their business capabilities.

The continuing good news for signage and graphics

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

Everyone can bounce back if they have their hope and works towards it

Amit K. Singhal, director of Global Packaging FZE, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his views on the current packaging industry and his future plans.

Originally from and raised in Mumbai, Amit K. Singhal completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1995 from Guru Khalsa College, Mumbai and prior to that he completed his schooling from Pathak College in Santacruz, Mumbai. After completing his degree, he joined National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), Mumbai to

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

Authentication vs Authorization: What’s the difference? Why should you care?

April Bourne, LSS Black Belt, Xerox manager sales enablement and training, research & product development, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

There’s a big difference between gaining successful entrance to the king’s castle (Authentication) and what you are allowed to do once you are inside (Authorization). Chances are, as a visitor, your actions and movement will be restricted and for good reason. Just because you got through that big iron door does not

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

Demand for lightweight media drives new possibilities in mono

Ayman Ali, senior marketing manager – B2B, Canon Middle East, explains to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

For today’s digital print service providers (PSPs) and in-house print rooms operating with small format cut-sheet digital presses, the capability to print on lighter weight substrates is opening up a vast array of opportunities, thanks to four key market drivers which are stimulating increased demand for lightweight applications.

Growing legislation – Widening

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

Success can be attained in business only after achieving the desired output

Shawaf Muhammad Sheriff, director of Ajmal Printing Press, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his technical experience.

Hailing from UAE, Shawaf Muhammad Sheriff completed all his schooling at New Indian Modern School, Sharjah. Later, he did his Bachelor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at BITS Pilani and completed the same in 2010. After completing his education in Bachelor degree, he decided to do post graduation in Energy and did it in Heriot Watt University. After

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

What does the office of the future look like?

Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

Over the past decade, we have witnessed the evolution of offices to become more open, light and comfortable to help professionals relax so that they can be more productive. But visions for the ‘office of the future’ are making a leap in response to rapid technology advancements in automation, IoT and voice activation which are all set to play a bigger role in future ways

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

Everyone has to evaluate the market before making any huge investment

Noor Khan, general manager of Middle East Printing Press, LLC in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his four decades of printing industry experience and narrates the future of the printing and where it’s heading towards.

Born and brought up in Pakistan, Noor Khan has completed all his school from Karachi. He has completed his Masters in Political Science from Karachi University. He landed in UAE, Dubai in 1979 and directly joined Dubai Islamic Bank Printing Press. He worked for 24 years

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.
Talking about the education, company specialization

Starchless depositing of gelatin gummies

Bosch Packaging Technology, unveiled its starchless depositing method for the production of pure gelatin gummies in silicone molds. Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA talked to Frank Jansen, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology about this new production method.

What are the most important trends in confectionery production in your opinion?
We have identified growth opportunities for various product groups. According to research conducted by Allied Market Research, the

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

Hardwork and teamwork is needed for every company for taking it to next level

Shijo Lonappan, director of Silver Point Printing Press, LLC, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his opinion about the current printing trends and where the printing industry is heading towards.

Born and brought up in Trissur, Kerala, Shijo Lonappan completed all his education from his home town. After completing his education, he managed a screen printing division and he learnt all the basics of printing from the press. He worked for eight years in India and then something

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

Li: It’s your time to shine forever”

Pui-Chi Li, head of marketing for the Middle East and Africa at Xerox – speaks to Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA

There were many industries which was doing far better than printing industry when you have graduated so what inspired you to start your career in printing industry?

Initially – like many young people–I joined an industry rather by coincidence after pursuing a job listing for a role I believed would be a prospective one in a region I felt was dynamic. That

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

The print industry in the region, must focus on their credit period to clients

Manish Mukundan, director of Liberty Printing Press, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his intuition about the industry.

Born and raised in UAE, Manish has completed all his schooling from Dubai. He had a passion towards printing industry since his childhood, which made him to join London College of Communication in London, England for pursuing his education in BA (Hons) in Print Media Management. Later in 2010, he came back to UAE and joined his family business. He also has a

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

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