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General manager of QPress, Farag Ahmed Abdulmajeed explains to Shilpa Jasani that creativity arising from healthy competition and customer satisfaction are the keys to success.

I am passionate about printing.  The continuous technological evolution in machinery and equipment, the modern software and professional applications appeal to the printer in me," explains the general manager of QPress, Farag Ahmed Abdulmajeed.
A commerce graduate from Ain Shams University, Egyptian national Abdulmajeed joined QPress as financial manager in 2002, moving his way up and now holds the post of general manager. "I started my career like any other young man, graduating from university, took up a job, working hard to achieve my goals.  From 1985 to 1995, I worked as an accountant in the press of Ministry of Interior.  Even as a hobby along with general reading, I always, keep in touch with new developments in print."
Doha-(Qatar) based Qatar Printing Press (popularly known as QPress) was founded in 2002, with 30 employees.  The printshop now employs 125.  "I was involved in the project right from the beginning. We conducted a feasibility study and found that there was a need in the market for a printing press with better technical proficiency.  QPress was created with the aim of fulfilling that need."
Qatar Printing Press was established under the patronage of the owner Sheikh Rashed Bin AbdulRahman Bin Jabor Al Thani.  Sister concerns,  Full Colour Advertising, the digital arm and Qatarya Media Productions, the advertising and signage division have been established under the umbrella organisation QPress to cater to different segments.
The printshop undertakes offset printing jobs from magazines, books, posters, folders to paper bags among others.  "I see tremendous technological advancements in printing machinery and print know-how.  The different types, qualities, materials and shapes of paper available today is enormous.  Printing is growing by leaps and bounds.  The print industry in Qatar is not much different from the rest of the region, but what distinguishes Qatar in the industrial printing sector is that we are usually looking for what's new and modern to best serve the needs and requirements of the market.  Differences among market segments are a healthy phenomenon according to me, since from this, arises creativity."
QPress currently works in local markets, aiming to consolidate its position before venturing overseas.  "We have started implementing our 5-year plans to upgrade machinery and equipment.  Also, training programmes for our staff and technicians have been undertaken to improve their skills and performance," adds the general manager.
Counting Doha Bank, Qatar National Bank, Al Jazeera, Masraf Alrayan, Qatar Petroleum, Ministry of Municipality, Urban Planning, Statistic Authority, Ministry of Labor among its esteemed clientele, QPress recently won a prestigious contract to print books for the Supreme Council of Education (SCE) (ministry of education).
"We signed a one-year contract in October this year with SCE for printing 44 different types of books.  Total number of books will amount to 309,307.  We were also awarded a tender with Ministry of Justice to print their monthly newsletter and book of legislation.  This will be a 2-year contract," says Abdulmajeed.
Going down memory lane, Abdulmajeed remembers  the initial years.  "Certainly, there were difficulties in the beginning, but such challenges were overcome by the efforts of our experienced staff, who have always worked together as a team.  On our part, regardless of the economic situation we do not make employees redundant.  We would explore every alternative rather than shed jobs.  The company provides staff with housing, transportation and other privileges.
QPress recently acquired a UV and lamination machine and 2 units of spectrometer. "We are proud of the fact that when our clients want us to deliver large orders in a short timespan, we leave no stone unturned in executing the job on time.  Though there may be a period of stagnation in the market, experienced and skilled people will always have enough work," concludes Abdulmajeed.