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Liberty invests AED 1 m in Petratto Metro 78 folder-gluer


Liberty printing press has bought Petratto Metro 78 folding & gluing machine from Afra.
Briefing PrintWeek MEA of reason for this investment, operations manager, Manish Mukundan says “Being around for 25 years in UAE print market, we were always into commercial printing segment, this investment will take us a step closer to packaging.”
Petratto is well known for its folding and gluing options and to have a closer look at the machine, I have visited the Petratto stand at Ipex2014 in London

Sultan inaugurates Sharjah Publishing City

Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi,  ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated Sharjah Publishing City (SPC),  a special zone for hundreds of publishers and stakeholders in the publishing industry.
The major new project of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) aims to provide an investment environment for publishers from around the world through its provision of “world-class” publishing services that include printing, licensing and distribution.
Phase one of the landmark project, located near the intersection of

F7 Printers and Sam Ink partners together

F7 Printers partners again with Sam Ink for the Eco Solvent inks. As a next phase they are planning to introduce UV Ink series as well for DX5, DX7 and Ricoh Heads.
Talking about the partnership, Sreekumar Rengan from F7 Printers, commented, "The expanded interest for Eco Solvent Ink in the market and look for a trustworthy maker drove us to have this tie-up. Since 2006, we have been having association with Sam Ink and around three years back we had plans to begin the 'bottling plant' in UAE

Canon partners with eXtra

Canon Middle East has signed with United Electronics Company (eXtra), as a strategic partner for Canon Office Personal Products (OPP) in Saudi Arabia.
“The Middle East is undergoing a largescale transformation, and Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of this change. People in KSA are technologically advanced, and with a connected young population, the country will continue to lead retail consumption, thereby contributing to economic growth. Together with United Electronics Company (eXtra), Canon

SGI Dubai to have live car wrapping demonstrations during the 3-day event

SGI Dubai to have live car wrapping demonstrations during the 3-day event. As part of the exhibition, several vehicles will be made available for the demonstrations. In previous editions, numerous brands from Al Futtaim Motors were utilised for the car wrapping demonstrations. Signtrade, Signmax, Strings International and Al Shabak partcipated in the demonstrations among the exhibitors of the last iteration of SGI Dubai. “Year on year, there is a steady growth in the number of automobiles

Heidelberg demonstrated Smart Print Shop

Heidelberg kept a special event on ‘Building the Smart Print Shop of the Future’ in Dubai at their office on 25th November. During the event, Anthony Thirlby, Prinect general manager Worldwide, gave the Keynote. The one-day event the visitors were given a detailed information on how Prinect workflow allows them time to run your business, how to react to reporting data, and ultimately improve the level of business productivity and profitability.

During the event, Thirlby, explains the issues

IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH promoted their event in Dubai

The organizer of the event in 2018 for the processing & packaging industry choose Dubai to launch in the Middle East its two shows IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH and to present a new and unique event for these key sectors, The Innovation Alliance, to be held from 29 May to 1 June 2018 at Fiera Milano, Italy.
The food processing and the packaging industries represent two strategic sectors in the GCC economy that are witnessing a continuous expansion. While food manufacturing units have been

Heimtextil media promoted their show in Dubai

Messe Frankfurt organized Heimtextil media roundtable conference on 25th October at H Hotel, Dubai. The exhibitors for the 2018 event are expected to be 3000 and they are expecting to 3200 in the next couple of years. Prominent exhibitors from the Middle East who will be present at Heimtextil 2018 include: Al Guthmi from Saudi Arabia, leaders in furnishing fabrics, curtains and home accessories, KC Fabrics from the UAE also home to make an impact with their fabrics and furnishings, which

Epson launches cartridge free printers, reducing ink costs

Epson has announced the launch of the next generation of EcoTank ITS printers (L4150, L4160, L6160, L6170, L6190), which feature a new design - cartridge-free printers with a front ink tank.
Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle East, says: “Our original ink tank system broke away from printing conventions; it came with a substantial quantity of ink and removed the need for cartridges thanks to an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank fitted to the side. The latest models continue

Giffin Graphics showcased latest technology in Dubai

Giffin Graphics conducted a four-day event in DWTC from 16 to 19th October. They have invited the customers and media persons to showcase the latest digital printing technologies from Ricoh and Duplo.
Alexandre F Najem, manager - machinery division from Giffin Graphics, said, "During the event, we launched the Duplo DuSense DDC-810 and fifth colour station-neon pink toner on the Ricoh Pro C7100X cut sheet digital production presses. Both the product has received a very good response

Fujitsu World Tour held in Dubai

The Fujitsu World Tour is on the road again for the 10th consecutive year, this year in Dubai on 27th of September at Waldorf-Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah highlighting how Fujitsu is partnering with customers to co-create the digital future.  The theme is Digital Co-creation, focusing on how Fujitsu works in tandem with customers to connect the digital dots and support business growth. Fujitsu expects to welcome over 500 attendees in the UAE and more than 14,000 attendees in total, across the

Xerox partners with Redington

Xerox Emirates has appointed Redington Gulf as its authorised distributor in the UAE. Through this partnership, Xerox Emirates aims to expand the reach of its A3 office entry level multi-function Printers’ (MFP) and Xerox Scanners in the SME segment and grow its market share by over 200 percent.
According to Xerox Emirates, the partnership gives the firm access to Redington Gulf’s “strong and extensive network of IT resellers, supply chain facilities and capitalise on its vast experience in the

DigiTrading has brought hydrographic printing technology to UAE

Recently opened company, DigiTrading has brought hydrographic printing technology from India, to be introduced into the UAE market. Abdul Razack, managing director from DigiTrading, commented: "Hydrographic printing is a well-known technique in industry for transferring colour inks on a thin film to the surface of a manufactured 3D object. It enables high-quality colouring of object surfaces and works with a wide range of materials. “This technology has been around for 8-10 years or more and

SGI Dubai confirms the Wall of Fame for 2018 event

SGI Dubai confirms the Wall of Fame for 2018 event. All the competitors will be allowed to showcase their creative campaigns through this property. Talking on the ‘Wall of Fame’ concept, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman, IEC, said, “Every year our exhibitors have new creatives rolled out using the latest that technology has to offer. Even some could be featured in an art gallery. We just want the world to appreciate their creations and recognize and applaud their ingenuity in our own unique way

HP to use 3D for footwear

HP has announced that it will be launching a new platform for  custom-fitted and individualized footwear through 3D scanning, dynamic gait analysis and manufacturing technologies.  Named FitStation, HP claims that it is the next step in the company’s journey to reinvent how the world designs and manufactures with commercial 3D technologies.
FitStation powered by HP is a hardware and software platform that captures 3D scans of the foot, foot pressure measurements, gait analysis and volumetric 3D

Heidelberg announces raft of new features for Versafire users

Updates for the Versafire CV and CP family of presses include a new neon spot colour, Prinect 2018 with improved DFE functionality and new substrate management and business analysis tools.
The first in a string of enhancements for the Versafire presses is the release of a new neon pink spot colour that will be available for specification on new Versafire CV five-colour devices. It is also possible to retrofit existing machines.
The new toner adds to the neon yellow that was released last year and

Arjowiggins pop up exhibition held at Dubai

The pop-up exhibitions by Arjowiggins held at the Concrete at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai from 26-28 September. A special preview was arranged for the media and important persons on the first day evening. During the three day event they showcased over 150 projects printed worldwide in 2016 on Arjowiggins’ creative papers.
Christophe Balaresque, luxury brands & marketing director at Arjowiggins Creative Papers, said, “The original idea sparked in 2014 but the 1st event went was kept on 2015 with

Gulf Print & Pack Advisory Board discussed on various issues

The Gulf Print & Pack Advisory Board inaugural meeting held at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai. Currently, the board is comprised with around 20 members from the industry.
The meeting was attended by Mike Hodge from GPP/Tarsus, James Samuel from GPP/Tarsus, Shyam Babu from Nilpeter, Nour Labidi from Bobst, Pratik Sardesai from Kodak, Rahul Dasgupta from Giffin Graphics, Bazil Cassim  from GPP/ Tarsus, Mammen Thomas and Venkat Raghavan from Printweek, and Anil Nath from ME Printer.
The members

HP participated first time at The Hotel Show after Index show

HP participated at The Hotel Show by showcasing new technologies that are empowering hotel designers and manufacturers to re-imagine new possibilities with printed decorations.
Ernest Azzam, regional business manager, large format printing, Middle East Mediterranean & Africa, commented, “This is the first time we are participating in the hotel show. We wanted to show that what we could do with LaTeX technology to the interior designers, owners of facility providers, and much more

Epson opens their interactive centre in the region at DAFZA

Epson Middle East has opened its new regional headquarters at Dubai Airport Freezone. The new facility is having 600 sq.metre and was officially opened by H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, director general of DAFZA. Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle East. The event was also attended by Media persons and guests.
All the visitors were given an exclusive tour of their new facility and Epson’s first interactive Experience Centre in the region.
Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle

Konica Minolta introduces AccurioPress series of printers

Konica Minolta has announced the launch of its AccurioPress C6100 Series of colour production printers, suitable for graphic communication providers, CRDs and Print for Pay operations.  The AccurioPress C6100 Series is now available in the 85 ppm C6085 and the 100 ppm C6100.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East confirmed that the AccurioPress C6100 series will be available from November 2017 through
Nayyar Ansari, business development manager, responsible for Production Printing in the

Flex Films Dubai unveils products

Flex Films and Uflex Limited has engineered low opacity, good gloss white, anti-static twist wrap polyester film FLEXPETTM F-WTG-AS.
Talking about this new film, Anantshree Chaturvedi, VC and CEO Flex Films Intern’l said, “Convertors catering to candy/confectionery brands had been asking for a white glossy substrate with low opacity for imparting superior aesthetics to their packaging!”
Speaking about the newly launched substrate, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman & MD of Uflex Limited said, “With

MEPCO reveals financial health

The Middle East Paper Company ‘MEPCO’ has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2017. Net profit increased from AED 3.13 million in the first quarter to AED 17.82 million in second quarter of 2017, representing an improvement of 459%.  
Commenting on the announcement, Sami Safran, CEO of MEPCO, said: “We’re pleased to announce a strong performance in Q2 2017. MEPCO has shown consistent growth in both revenues and returns on a yearly and quarterly basis. Recent profit growth

Canon launches new imagePROGRAF PRO-6000

Canon Middle East has launched its new 12-colour 60-inch large format inkjet printer to complete the  imagePROGRAF PRO series. The PRO-6000 offers photo printing with a 12-colour ink system, dual-roll printing and   is now available in 60 inches.     
Suitable for advertisements, graphics and posters for indoor and outdoor use, the PRO-6000 features the newly developed LUCIA PRO pigment ink and transparent Chroma Optimiser ink.  
Ayman Aly, senior regional marketing manager, BIG Marketing, Canon

Arjowiggins pop up exhibition in Dubai

After the success of the European tour, the pop-up exhibitions by Ariowiggins go overseas in 2017 to showcase exceptional printed applications from all around the world during 3 days in Dubai. Apart from Dubai venue, the exhibition to happen in Seoul and Shanghai. The pop-up exhibition was first initiated in 2015 and held in 6 major European cities which attracted more than 4600 visitors.
The first pop-up exhibition will take place in Dubai on 26, 27, 28 September in Concrete at Alserkal Avenue

Machinery makers eye Sharjah plastics show

Machinery makers eye Sharjah plastics show. The rapid expansion of the GCC’s downstream industry is a key factor that is generating global interest in a plastics exhibition and conference in Sharjah. Organized by Expo Centre Sharjah in association with All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA), the 4th Plastivision Arabia 2017 has already seen some of the leading players from across the world confirming their presence. “Today, Plastivision Arabia is one of the biggest gatherings of

SGI Dubai organizers are more positive with the exhibitiors

SGI Dubai organizers announced that they have sold out 57% of the total capacity even before 5 months prior to the show. The 2017 edition of the show welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 36 countries spread over 22,000m2 and registered over 40 new exhibitors. The 2018 edition of the show will be by far the largest showcase since the inception of the show approximately 20 years ago. “We are delighted by the response that we are receiving from the exhibitors which is not just from the

OKI added new products to its portfolio

OKI has added the Colorpainter, Teriostar and A3 colour smart ES94x6 MFP Series printers to its South Africa portfolio. The Colorpainter E-64s and M-64s are large format inkjet, highly durable graphics printers that are well suited for both indoor and outdoor applications. These Colorpainter printers offer the sign and graphics market unrivalled image quality printouts, including banners, backlit, fleet and vehicle graphics as well as wallpaper, pop displays, floor and exhibition graphics, and

Vayu Media invests in F7-3200D printer

Vayu Media from Bahrain invested in F7-3200D eco solvent printer which was built on the latest Drop on Demand DX5/7 technology from F7 Printers also known as Fortune 7. The printer has precision two core printheads by Epson backed by Piezo printhead technology and it has a high resolution printing table & feeding system.
Saji Paul, general manger from Vayu Media, commented about the reason for the investment, "We have been thinking for an investment for a while and when we have been

Uflex has developed its Speciality Polymeric Film as advacements

Uflex Limited has developed a speciality polymeric film to replace Bi-axially Oriented Polyamide (BOPA) or Nylon Film from flexible packaging material. The product is available for Middle East market and the customers can order any quantity. In addition, they are ready to offer sample reel for trials.
Talking about this development, Jeevaraj Pillai, joint president, packaging and new product development, Uflex Limited said, “It took us almost 9-10 months to develop the new speciality polymeric

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    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.