New Arabic-Latin typeface

A new bilingual Arabic-Latin language typeface developed in response to the fast growing Arabic market has been unveiled by Global Graphics’ fount foundry URW++. Boutros-URW Franklin Gothic Arabic is the result of a unique collaboration between London based Boutros which has specialised in Arabic founts since 1966, and URW++ the designers of founts for Mercedes Benz, Siemens, General Motors, Blizzard (Activision) and developers of the highly successful Latin face URW Franklin Gothic. 

The new

Al Madina Printing Press goes process free with Sonora Plates

Al Madina Printing Press, (part of the Al Madina Supermarket group) has  recently decided to eliminate all processing in their prepress environment with the purchase of Kodak’s Sonora XP process free plates. 

“The decision to move to Sonora Plates was shaped by two factors. We wanted to eliminate the costly and time-consuming process of disposing of chemicals and complying with government regulations,” said N.P. Mohammed Ashraf, GM of Al Madina Printing Press.

“Equally important was our

Heidelberg to showcase new Gallus Labelfire at Switzerland

A prototype, new-generation Gallus label press is expected to pull in around 1,000 visitors when it is unveiled in a few weeks’ time. The mach-ine goes on show at special open days in Switzerland running from 20th to 22nd September this year.

The new flexo press is based on a new platform that in future could be configured to a customer’s needs in level of automation or the web width, it was announced.

Gallus will launch the first series with a width of 440mm. The modular platform means

Samsung has appointed the Gulf Islands Group as official distributor

Samsung has appointed Gulf Islands Group, leading provider of IT Solutions, as official distributor of its office automation services in the United Arab Emirates.

Speaking of the agreement, Ismail Yoon, President, Samsung Gulf Electronics commented, “Not only will it consolidate our prominent market position in the industry, the agreement will significantly boost the reach of Samsung’s latest printing solutions that stand to benefit from the additional support  in areas such as sales

Océ Arizona 2200 series out

Canon Middle East annou-nced the global launch of the Océ Arizona 2200 Series (Océ Arizona 2240, 2260 and 2280) of UV flatbed printers suitable for print service providers, fine-art print producers and photo labs. 

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME and Canon Central and North Africa: “Right now, the opportunity for mid-volume PSPs to grow and diversify is enormous.  But in order to do this successfully, they must offer speed and efficiency alongside print quality, as the demands

Canon launches new high-speed i-SENSYS printers

Canon Middle East, announces the launch of four new mono and colour single    function printers (SFPs).   The i-SENSYS LBP351x, LBP352x, LBP710Cx and the LBP712Cx are designed to address the print challenges of large enterprises and offer improved productivity and flexible configuration in a robust, compact design. All these printers are available in the market from July 2016.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa, comments: “These

QIPC to boost Omani company

The Dutch specialist in measurement and control equipment for the printing industry, Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), has received a new order from Omani Establishment for Press, Printing, Publishing and Distribution L.L.C. in Oman. QIPC will be responsible for installing an mRC-3D system for colour register in its plant, based in the Omani capital of Muscat. Omani Establishment decided to invest in colour register because it now wants to focus its efforts increasingly on commercial products

Zimsec to buy multi-purpose printing press for security

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) says it has completed constructing a printing house and will soon buy a multi-purpose printing press as it moves towards closing exam leakages. 

The in-house printing press is among measures, a majority of them Information Communication Technology (ICT) related, the examination body is implementing to curb recurrent leakages and improve efficiency. In an interview on the sidelines      of the ongoing Association for Educational Assessment in

ECZ happy with ballot paper printing quality


The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is satisfied with the quality of work done by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing of Dubai in the ongoing printing of ballot papers for next month’s general elections.

ECZ commissioner Frederick Ngándu described the work done by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing as excellent.

Dr Ngándu, who joined the team which is monitoring the printing of ballot papers for next month’s general elections and referendum, said he is impressed with the amount and

Nabeel Printing invested in Ricoh C7100X from Giff in Graphics

Nabeel Printing Press, LLC,  Ajman, has recently invested around 280,000 AED in the Ricoh C7100X from Giffin Graphics. This machine is the second machine to their digital facility where the first one is  the Canon's Océ CPS900.

Speaking about their investment, Jain Sathian, director of Nabeel Printing Press, said, "As there is an increase in short run fast turnaround jobs as well as there are lots of new papers in the market which requires immediate drying which is not available in offset

International Expo Consults stated about the MENA regions technology

International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that with the onset of new technology, the 3D printing industry is poised to spiral to new heights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 3D (three-dimensional) printing works much like an ink-jet printer only instead of ink, a 3D printer uses additive materials and builds or prints a solid object by adding layer upon layer of material until the desired design is completed. “Several mega projects in the GCC region are

Seiko Epson Corporation has announced it's cumulative global sales

Seiko Epson Corporation has announced that its high-capacity ink tank printers have achieved cumulative global sales of 15 million units.  Epson first launched the high-capacity ink tank printers in October 2010 in Indonesia. Since then, the high-capacity ink tank printers have continued to be introduced into 150 new countries and regions including the Middle East.  Khalil Al Dalu, general manager Epson Middle East, says: “With 15 million units sold, we’re proud to say that this new concept

Canon Middle East has launched imageRUNNER 2204 series

Canon Middle East has launched imageRUNNER 2204 series of A3 multifunctional range with three black and white A3 models.  The new models are designed to handle the workloads of small workgroups with a 60,000 page duty cycle as well as black and white print, copy and colour scan at up to 22 ppm.  The user interface, driver and labels are all available in a range of languages including Arabic, offer connectivity with ethernet and Wi-Fi as standard as well as support for mobile printing and

Xerox announces post-split name, highlights risk

As Xerox inches towards breaking into two standalone listed companies at the end of this year, it has unveiled   the names of the post-split businesses.

The $11bn document technology business, which includes its graphics operation, will retain the Xerox name. The $7bn Business Processing Outsourcing business will be rebranded ‘Conduent’.

Speaking in an interview at Drupa, Xerox chairman and chief executive Ursula Burns, who will become chairman of the document business post-split, said that

Labeltech installs first slitter rewinder in the ME

Dubai-based label printer Print Pack Labels Industry has added a Labeltech IT350 slitter rewinder inspection machine to its production portfolio. Sold by Ali Alhashemi Trading, Labeltech’s UAE representative, the machine is equipped with 2-in-1 slitter system, stroboscope lamp and Labeltech Furu inspection system.

The investment is intended to support the printer’s continuing growth, and enhance        its productivity in response of its customers’ increasing demands.

‘Labeltech and Ali Al-

Canon wins BLI award

Canon Middle East has announced that it has won the  ‘A3 MFP Line of the Year’ award, along with seven other awards from testing and research organisation, Buyers Laboratory (BLI). 

“We are extremely proud that BLI has recognised our imageRunner Advance office range as their Line of the Year for 2016 and with Pick awards across all key segments.  Since 2010, Canon has received over 100 major industry awards for its office technology,” commented Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon

Vertex Printing invested in RICOH Pro C7100X series from Pixel Digital

Vertex Printing Press, LLC, Dubai has invested in the five color production printer RICOH Pro C7100X series from Pixel Digital Systems LLC.

Talking about their investment, Mouhamad Koudmani, managing director of Vertex commented, "The investment came in the March month after a deep analysis, we found that this printer outperforms all comparable brands, and that makes it one of the best choices in the market, and thanks to this machine, we can serve our clients better and faster. One of the

Zeej Print celebrates its silver anniversary

Zeej Print celebrated their 25th anniversary with awards to their employees.

During the event they had several employee appreciation rewards to encourage their performances like, best design of the year award, best product of the year award, best sale of the year awards, and many more.

Speaking about the company, Zeej Print, Ahmed Siddiqui said: "We are focused on improving business services through a meaning full innovation in the areas of Printing and Advertising office supply and

GITEX 2016 to change how visitors view the world

GITEX 2016 to change how visitors view the world. The Middle East IT spend is set to reach $212.9bn in 2016, a 37% increase from the previous year, this puts GITEX at the centre of a thriving global ICT economy. GITEX Technology Week 2016 will host exhibitors, entrepreneurs and experts and showcase evolving technologies, such as virtual reality, drones and robotics. Trixie LohMirmand, senior VP, exhibitions and events management at DWTC said: "GITEX is at the global nexus of trade and

Canon unveils Pixma G-Series printers at LuLu Hypermarkets

Canon unveils Pixma G-Series printers at LuLu Hypermarkets. Canon recenlty unveiled three new printers – the PIXMA G1400, PIXMA G2400 and PIXMA G3400 – at LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets outlets across Saudi Arabia, all capable of printing up to 7,000 color and 6,000 black pages from a single set of ink bottles. Featuring Canon’s brand new genuine Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS), each printer uses refillable ink tanks to offer volume printing that significantly reduces ongoing ink expenditure

OKI Europe has announced the appointment of Mathias Militzer

OKI Europe has announced the appointment of Mathias Militzer to the role of Regional Vice President for the new Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region with immediate effect. Militzer continues in his capacity of General Manager where he oversees operations from their Dubai office. In his new role as Regional Vice President, Militzer will hold responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the business, ensuring profitable and sustainable expansion, as well as, significantly improving

Epson has reported significant orders across its range of printers

Epson has reported significant orders across its range of printers from companies visiting its booth at drupa. “We have had a very successful show,” says Duncan Ferguson, executive director, professional printing & robotics, Epson Europe. “This was Epson’s biggest ever showcase for our most complete range of inkjet printers for prepress, signage, photographic, textile and label applications. The stand was extremely busy with huge interest from visitors from around the globe and we are

First Pagewide XL 8000 in UAE purchased by Connect4

Dubai based Connect4 has purchased the first HP Pagewide printer to be installed in the UAE, with their investment in HP Pagewide XL 8000. This printer according to HP is the ‘fastest large-format monochrome and colour printer’.

Jineesh Veliyath, head of production at Connect4 commented, “The speed and high quality output from the HP Pagewide XL 8000 will enable us to expand our customer portfolio. The quality of the print is phenomenal, every fine detail looks perfect and jobs will now take

Abu Dhabi on 3D printer patent

Researchers from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi have filed a 3D printing patent for a new method for 3D printing ultra-strong lightweight ‘architectured foam’ structures that can be made from a variety of metals, plastics and composite materials. The new structures can even be programmed to exhibit excellent thermal, electrical or mechanical properties, paving the way for a large number of applications.

This has been realized by a research team led by Dr. Rashid

X-Rite and distributor Al Shihab Al Thahabi conduct workshop

X-Rite partnered with distributor Al Shihab Al Thahabi to conduct a colour management seminar in Dubai in May.

The seminar focused on how integrated end-to-end colour measurement and management solutions from X-Rite Pantone for a range of industrial applications from paint & coatings to textiles, plastics, food, construction chemicals among others.

“We were pleased to join with X-Rite Pantone in delivering this vital information to our community,” said Shamil Majeed, sales manager of Al

Drupa announces scrapping of its three-year frequency plan

Drupa organiser Messe Dusseldorf has scrapped plans to change the show to a three-year cycle, and will stick with a four-year rotation.  PrintWeek had been unable to find any major exhibitors that were in favour of the three-year frequency announced last year, and there was a view that the world’s biggest print expo could have been diminished if it had pressed ahead with the plans in the face of opposition from key exhibitors.

Explaining the decision to stick with the familiar four-year

HP hosts 'Printing Briefing' event in Dubai, launches new products

HP held an event ‘Printing Briefing’ on May 3rd at their Dubai office. In the event they have enlightened their three major printing platforms like Officejet pro series, Pagewide technology, LaserJet’s with JetIntelli-gence. Apart from this they have launched many new products under pagewide technology, scanjet and few more. 

Pawel Miszkiewicz, Printing HW Category Manager at HP, commented, “HP is in the printing business for more than 30 years where we have more than 10,000 patents and we

Xerox enhances inkjet press with additions

Xerox has announced that it has added new inline finishing features to boost the productivity of its Rialto 900 Inkjet Press.  Printers will now be able to print, perforate, cut and stack a job all in one run with the two new inline finishing options announced Xerox.

“The Rialto 900 packs a lot of performance in a small footprint,” said Chris Irick, worldwide product marketing manager, Entry Produc-tion Inkjet, Xerox. “The new inline finishing options maximize productivity by automating the

Zeej Print opens another branch in Dubai

Zeej Print opens another branch in Dubai. The new branch in Business Bay, Dubai was opened in March to support the existing another branch in Dubai. Apart from this two Dubai branches they have around 18 branches in Saudi Arabia. Zeej print team commented, "The new facility offers quick turn-around most of the immediate requirment products. You will be able to print the business cards instantly and you don't even need to wait in the long queue for placing the order  rather you could place the

Flint Group has become the first official ink licensee of Variprint

Flint Group has become the first official ink licensee of Variprint - the next generation of the DataLase  Inline Digital Printing solutions. Flint Group is the first ink supplier to sign a licensing agreement with DataLase to incorporate Variprint technology into its inks and coatings. Product director of Paper and Board EMEA at Flint Group, Kari Raassina, said: “The Variprint solution from DataLase demonstrates a high level of innovation and enables us to respond to brands’ demands for


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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.