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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

Epson launches UAE recycling program

Epson has launched a recycling programme in the UAE to enable their customers to send back used Epson products for recycling, free of charge.

All customers purchasing an Epson printer or projector until the 30th April 2019 can trade in their old printer or projector and receive up to AED 1,600 ($435) cashback. The old products will be taken into Epson recycling programme.

Jeroen Van Been, director of sales, Epson Europe BV said, "At Epson, we recognize the importance of preserving our

3M hosts a special Illuminated Signage Institute event in Dubai

3M conducted a special Illuminated Signage Institute event on 13th February 2019. The full day training event was held at the 3M Innovation Center in Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE. 50 of the region’s biggest signage professionals were in full attendance at the informative event. Attendees to the event included 3M SELECT Platinum, Gold and Silver partners and they came from UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Pakistan.

The focus of the training event were 3M films and overlaminates. These are designed

HP and Dubai Cares launch Recycling campaign

HP has launched a new campaign, in partnership with Dubai Cares, titled ‘Reinvent Hope’, which aims to provide vulnerable children and young people with access to quality education, while addressing the region’s growing e-waste challenges.

Aligned with HP’s global ambition of enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, the partnership with Dubai Cares focuses on improving access to quality education. This will result in having improved education and safer learning

SGI Dubai to extend into allied fields by 2020, announce organizers

The 22nd edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging 2019 show was officially inaugurated by Mona Ghanem Al Marri, director general of Dubai Government media office. One of the largest shows for the graphics and signage industry in the region was held from 13th-15th January, at DWTC exhibition halls.
  This year had reduced participation from many key players, attributed partly to the slower economy and increased cost of exhibiting.
Among the major brands that participated were Canon Middle East, Epson

Epson highlighted 'Value Added Signage Solutions' at SGI

With the theme ‘Value Added Signage Solutions’, Epson  participated for the tenth year at SGI Dubai 2019, the region’s largest event for Signage, Digital Signage, Retail Signage Solutions, Outdoor media, Screen and Digital printing industry. Epson showcased their new digital signage solutions, latest video projectors line and software solutions for signage.
On display at Epson’s stand was the latest innovations in printing for signage, graphics, dye sublimation, textile, and labels. These

OKI Middle East highlighted ‘The Power of Innovation’ at SGI

OKI Middle East showcased a wide range of innovative products catering to varied needs of the print businesses underscoring its theme for the show ‘The Power of Innovation.’
OKI’s range of solutions for the retail segment created a buzz at the event as attendees were able to experience an exciting variety of the products in the Retail Section and through our own Virtual Reality showroom at the stand. Retailers at the show commented on how OKI’s compact and powerful application & solutions

Konica Minolta to take part in Gulf Print and Pack 2019, Dubai

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East will be taking part in the Gulf Print and Pack 2019 running from 15th to 18th April at Dubai World Trade Centre. As one of the leader in the commercial printing and packaging industry Konica Minolta will display its integrated offering for the commercial and packaging industry. In addition, the company will also give live demonstrations of its latest technologies and products which aim to shape the future of the printing and packaging industry in

Canon Middle East unveils the smallest five-ink single function printer

Canon Middle East recently announced its smallest five-ink single function printer. The Canon PIXMA TS704, perfect for the home or small office, includes a 350-sheet capacity across a 2-way paper feed, an array of connectivity options and compatibility with a range of paper and creative apps for limitless personalization.

Compact in size is 18 percent smaller than its predecessor, the PIXMA iP7240, the Canon PIXMA TS704 packs a punch with features including voice control, connectivity and

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan joins 14th WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, (WAN-IFRA) has announced that His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Tolerance of the United Arab Emirates, will be the guest of Honour for the 14th Middle East Conference, which takes place on 6 and 7 March 2019 in Dubai, UAE. His Excellency will also give the opening keynote presentation for the conference.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan is the Minister of Tolerance in the new Cabinet

HP and UAE authorities seize over 450,000 illicit items

HP and United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities conducted a number of highly successful operations throughout 2018, to disrupt the trade of counterfeit HP branded cartridges across both the UAE and internationally.

From July through to December 2018, UAE officials raided a number of clandestine workshops and private residences in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where significant volumes of illicit, HP-branded products were concealed. As a result, these anti-counterfeiting successes have

Ardagh Group introduces new Can for luxury Iced Coffee product

Gaya Gold Coffee, a UAE-based luxury coffee brand, is currently in the news for unveiling an eye-catching metal can packaging for iced coffee. Reportedly, the exquisitely-designed coffee packaging, is manufactured at Ardagh Group’s plant in Deventer, Netherlands, and has already taken over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) market. Reports claim that it is likely to be introduced in other Middle Eastern markets soon.

According to sources familiar with the development, the unique can was developed

Digital signages embedded with artificial intelligence will command a larger market share

Digital signages, LED and other related industries can increase their market share by adopting an artificial intelligence framework.  This is a work in progress, however, International Expo Consults (IEC) believes that the players with the AI vision will have the first mover advantage and the impact can be witnessed in a span of 2-3 years.

According to the IEC, the organisers of ‘SGI Dubai 2019’, Middle East’s largest sign and graphic imaging show, some of the exhibitors have already started

Toil & Tinker takes GCC’s first six-colour Xerox Iridesse

Toil & Tinker, Dubai has installed the first six-colour Xerox Iridesse Production Press in GCC. Iridesse is equipped with six toner stations and can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and white or clear dry ink in a single pass.

Speaking about the reason for choosing the Iridesse, Paul Green from Toil & Tinker, said, “We started Toil & Tinker four and half years ago. We opened a tiny shop in Dubai Garden Centre with one small printer and 3 employees. I was working in

Agfa ME to focus on JETi-Mira LED

Agfa ME to focus more on Middle East and Africa with their JETi-Mira LM, a UV LED curing flat bed printer.
 Speaking about the JETi-MIRA, Som John, GM of Agfa ME, said, “JETi-Mira LM, is an award winning & versatile UV LED curing flat bed printer. It can virtually print anything and even on all rigid substrates with strong adhesion of inks and wide colour gamut. In addition, it can print on flexible substrates with the usage of RTR option. The product is targeted towards digital wide format

Masonlite plans to focus more on the latest technology equipments

Masonlite, Dubai has planned to focus in exploring the metal industry with latest technology equipment like Fibre Laser, CNC Routers, and many more.
Talking about Masonlite, Sunil Purushothaman, general manager from Masonlite, said, “Since 1980, we were there in the market and we were one of the pioneers in this industry. We have always tried to bring innovative products to this market and it’s going good until now. Recently, we have introduced many products like UV Flatbed Printer, CCD Router

Four Kuwaiti newspapers to go off shelves

Four leading Arabic newspapers have announced their joint decision to go off shelves for economic reasons. Al-qabas, Alrai, Aljarida and Alanba agreed to grant their personnel a day off every Friday, which means that their print papers will not be available for readers on Saturdays. The four daily Kuwaiti newspapers said that their sizes would also be changed early February to cut costs. They announced that their online digital Arabic papers would continue operating everyday as usual.

Wishing all our readers a happy New Year

Thank you to all our readers, advertisers and partners for their invaluable support over the past 12 months; we really couldn't do what we do without you all.

The year had its own ups and downs due to the trends in global market. As long as readers are there print industry will evolve. Finally, everyone is hoping to have a big boost from EXPO 2020 and with the UAE governments initiative we are hoping to have an excellent 2019 in terms of prosperous business. 

As a short brief, PrintWeek MEA

MENA printing business forecast to grow to $32bn in 2019

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to present one of the world’s key growth regions for printing.

In 2019, the total value of the commercial print business in MENA is forecast to reach $32 billion, according to exclusive research from Smithers Pira, the worldwide authority on the packaging, print and paper supply chains. They released the data ahead of the 2019 edition of Gulf Print & Pack, the leading industry event for the commercial print and packaging industry in the

The 10th edition of Paper Arabia 2018 ends with positive sign

The 10th edition of Paper Arabia which happened from 16-18 December 2018 at DWTC ended with positive sign for the organizers and industry. It should also be noted that until 2018 the show was conducted annually and from this edition it was moved to Biennial.
Region's one of the leading suppliers displayed products, machinery and equipment at the exhibition which showed a huge amount of deals contracted than the previous edition.
Cementing its reputation as the leading fair for industry

Epson highlights the importance of photo printing for professional photographers

The digital era has transformed the field of photography. Many photographers now offer ‘digital photo libraries’ to customers instead of photo albums and prints. And while this may have a positive impact on the bottom line, according to Epson, there is a lot to be said for the printed photograph as a tool to help photographers grow their skills, and turn leads into a loyal customer base. 

Printed photographs as an addition to professional photography service will be well received by

Neenah announces strategic distribution partnership with Sona Commercial LLC

Continuing its mission to be one of the leading global manufacturer of fine paper and packaging, Neenah, Inc. announces a new strategic distribution partnership with Sona Commercial LLC to distribute its products in the Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent. Earlier, Neenah was distributing its products through Papers Worldwide in these markets.

Based in Dubai, Sona Commercial LLC is a decade old organization engaged in the marketing and distribution of fine papers. Sona Commercial LLC

Papers Worldwide revamps logo and business strategy

Papers Worldwide recently announced their new company logo and company colours as part of the ongoing evolution of the company and its brand.

Talking about the revamp, Vikramjeet Singh Judge, chairman of Papers Worldwide commented, “Our business has changed and evolved over the years, and we felt this is the precise time for a change. We have refreshed and redesigned our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic path forward and unswerving commitment to the industry and our

Canon to showcase wide range of indoor and outdoor signages at SGI Dubai

Canon Middle East to showcase some of the finest indoor and outdoor signages along with an array of large format and flatbed printers among other solutions at SGI Dubai 2019. The show will be held from 13th – 15th January 2019 at Halls 4,5,6,7 and 8 of the World Trade Center in Dubai.

SGI Dubai is one of the most anticipated events in the signage and graphic imaging industry in the Middle East. It's one of the premier show in the signage, digital signage, outdoor media, metals and engraving

HP announces new print consulting services and solutions

Today, HP Inc. unveiled a range of new services and solutions to help businesses gain more flexibility and scale. The security technology and enterprise expertise includes a powerful new HP FutureSmart firmware release for HP Enterprise-class printers and MFPs, Immersive Analytics Service and the integration with both McAfee Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) – an industry first for print devices.

“Empowering customers to

Tarsus Group unveils new Brand Print portfolio

The organizer of the Labelexpo Global Series, Tarsus Group has unveiled a new portfolio of trade shows targeting the branded print market, which aim to connect the whole print supply chain.

There are four Brand Print events planned: Brand Print Thailand – Bangkok; Brand Print Turkey – Istanbul; Brand Print China – Guangzhou; and Brand Print Mexico – Mexico City. The first of these will be Brand Print Thailand, scheduled to take place over 7-9 May 2020 in Bangkok. 

Aimed at printers/converters

Tetra Pak grabs best exhibition stand award at Gulfood Manufacturing

Tetra Pak, one of the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company received the “Best Stand Award” at the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition, today. 

Khaled Ismail, vice president communications - Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa at Tetra Pak said, “Gulfood Manufacturing is the most important regional event in our industry. It enables us to meet with our customers and showcase our innovations. We are here for the fifth consecutive year and with our largest

HP accelerates 3D printing mass production with new customers, applications, and partners

At formnext 2018, HP announced new and expanded installations of its HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions to meet the growing worldwide demand for production-grade 3D manufactured parts.  HP showcased the explosion of new applications across the transportation, industrial, medical, and consumer sectors, including new PA-11 applications, and initial customers of its new HP Jet Fusion 3D 300 / 500 solutions.  HP also announced a design-to-print workflow with Autodesk to enable generative design

‘Wall of Fame’ to showcase creative masterpieces from across the globe at SGI Dubai 2019

International Expo Consults LLC (IEC) part of Falak Holding, announced that the much awaited ‘Wall of Fame’ competition will once again be a destination for some interesting creative masterpieces during the SGI Dubai 2019 show.  SGI Dubai 2019 is the largest printing, signage and imaging exhibition in the Middle East, bringing together key stakeholders of the industry on a single platform. Participants in the 3rd edition of the ‘Wall of Fame’ competition will be showcasing their most creative

Epson unveils two new mobile scanners

Epson’s latest mobile A4 scanners are ideal for scanning and processing data on the move or in compact, busy office environments. The DS-70 and DS-80W have been designed for businesses looking for a mobile solution for staff to take on the road or use around the office.

Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle East, said: “With the choice of both wired and wireless scanning solutions, these new scanners are ideal for those who need a fast scanning solution on the go. We’ve designed the

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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. 

     
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