Paper World to debut in the ME with its first edition on 7th Mar

The first Middle East edition of Paper World will be held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre between 7th and 9th of March. For its launch event, organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt has announced its partnership with Remax - Europe's biggest trade fair for the recycling of printer materials and accessories.

"Paperworld is a proven success in its field organised by our parent company Messe Frankfurt in Germany and we believe that there will be a significant market for this new

Mondi launches 3 new papers at expo, to be distributed by Mepco

Paper World 2011 held at Frankfurt saw a 14% increase in visitors, with the actual number of trade visitors crossing the 51,000 mark. Over 150 regional and many global companies participated in the leading trade fair.

Mondi launched three papers at the expo; the 30% recycled paper Nautilus Refresh Triotec, DNS indigo and Color Copy indigo.

Faadi Baakhlini of Mepco Gulf (distributors of Mondi) said, "The new papers launched by Mondi were well received by our customers who visited our booth and

More visitors at Paper World '11

Paper Messe Frankfurt reports that there were 1,890 exhibitors from 71 countries present at the recent Paperworld Frankfurt and 51,038 visitors, up from 45,521 in 2010. The number of German visitors rose to 19,450 compared to 18,422 in 2010. Additionally, the number of international visitors rose to 31,588.

"The atmosphere among both exhibitors and trade visitors was first-rate. There were many interesting new products and marketing campaigns. Particularly noticeable were the efforts being made

StoraEnso participates with host of products

Finish paper manufacturer participated in the Frankfurt show with a host of products from multicoated fine papers for art books, annual reports and brochures to office paper grades including uncoated fine papers for office and digital printing, envelopes and notebooks.

Naved Qureshey, sales manager, Stora Enzo Middle East said, "We participate in Paper World every year, and as far as I can remember, and definitely since the last 5 years. We did establish new contacts, as is expected from a

Digi Matrix signs deals for 21 machines in MEA

Digital printing equipment distributor, Digi Matrix Technologies participated in this year's SGI showcasing their new range of products for digital advertising market. The company showcased for the first time in the show products like 3D imaging media materials which has started beta testing, Digi Bend, the auto bending machine and Digi Cam CNC router, etc. Digi Matrix also has signed a MOU (Memory Of Understanding) with DGI for their new textile machine (Fiber T).

The new Digi Bend, the

HP showcased dedicated creative latex applications area

HP's displayed their HP Scitex Industrial printers, geared towards print service providers who want to produce high-volume, durable outdoor and indoor applications, utilising a host of different media types. Also part of the showcase in SGI this year were advanced large format printing solutions from the HP Designjet portfolio, introduced to meet the changing needs of architecture, engineering, construction, mapping (GIS), MCAD and repro-house professionals.

HP latex printing technologies on

Epson showed presentations highlighting unique features

Epson showcased, at the SGI event this year, the Stylus Pro 9700, Stylus Pro 7900, Stylus Pro 11880, Stylus Pro WT7900 and Stylus Pro 4900, for the engineering scientific and display signage markets.

The Epson Stylus Pro 9700 incorporates the latest achievements of ink jet printing, combining the precision of a MicroPiezo TFP print head with the performance of UltraChrome Vivid Magenta Ink with application like production and contract proofing, as well as the quality fine-art and photographic

EFI confident of market returning to growth

EFI showcased its popular Vutek and Rastek wide format printers at SGI 2011. Frank Mallozi, Sr. vice president, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, said, "What we are seeing in the Middle East market is that the customers are starting to update their equipment, our GS series is very well received and our hybrid and roll to roll is also doing well. Yes, EFI is more focused to UV, and some may argue we are leaving a gap for solvent machines, but some Chinese manufacturers are selling solvent printers

TechNova launched One Way Vision & Dye Sublimation Paper

TechNova participated in SGI this year for the fourth time. TechNova focused on highlighting Total Media Solutions for Inkjet technologies. Company displayed a wide range of media solutions for Water-Based, Solvent, EcoSolvent, UV Cure and Latex Ink technologies.

Some of the products included: Backlit Film for UV Cure Inks which is a white matte front print, Backlit PET film for UV Cure inkjet printing application. It is ideal for outdoor backlit applications such as shop fascia, bus shelters

Giffin participated in SGI showing their Durst LF printers

Giffin Graphics showcased two of the Durst large format printers. One of the press, Durst Rho 500R claimed to be the fastest industrial 5 meter UV printer ever built. It has a speed of 400 sqm per hour which has 600 dpi 6-colour print quality with Quadro 30D Array technology. The Rho 500 is designed for printing a wide variety of large format display items such as 5m wide vinyl banners and mesh for facade cladding.

Another machine showcased was Durst Rho 750, UV Flatbed Printer with speed of up

Agfa launched their new solvent printer: Jeti 3348 HSS

Agfa participated in SGI this year launching their Jeti 3348 HSS which integrates the company's revolutionary new TurbTech drying technology. Company claims that the solvent printer is the fastest 3.25 m roll-to-roll printer in its class. Its 300 dpi resolution and four colour output makes it a productive solution for billboards, banners and posters, complemented by low running costs. The inclusion of mesh capability with a collector through now available on machine meaning porous materials

First time exhibitors, Chinese company Ink Bank

Manufacturers of ink for inkjet printing, Ink Bank participated at the SGI with all their latest products including quick drying inks which could be used with Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland.

The China based manufacturer also exhibited their environment friendly inks. Simon Wang, "We do not have any office in Dubai, but are selling directly in all the Gulf countries since the last 10 years reaching a turnover of $1 million in the regions in 2010. This is the first time we are participating

Intec participated for the first time in SGI this year

UK based Digital printer manufacturer, Intec Printing Solutions participated for the first time in SGI this year. They launched their PFS200 digital printer for professionally finished documents. With speed of up to 36 ppm colour, it can take media size of 328mm x 1.2 metre with 55 - 512 gsm printing capability.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, international business development manager, Kerry Button said: "We had positive response in the show. We showcased various possibilities with this printer. We

SIM Exhibition News


Jacky's participated in SIM this year showcasing the new HP's Z6200 photo printer. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, division manager for digital printing division, P. Viswanathan said: "This machine is showcased first time in ME now. One of the main features of this machine is, instead of regular CMYK inks, HP has introduced new chromatic inks which has significantly increased its gamut. The price of this machine is AED 80k. We could sell this machine to one of the printer in Dubai."



HP's collaboration with government and law-enforcement officials recently led to new major blows to counterfeiting of printing supplies for HP printers in this region. In total, local authorities seized more than one million pieces of counterfeit printing supplies and components.

"HP provides customers with a comprehensive print experience, ensuring they have the maximum opportunity to enjoy true interactive digital features with high quality, recyclable Original HP supplies," said Mr. Amin

Kamal Gaddas,CEO at Winsoft International

WinSoft International which is specialized in two arenas: as a publisher of its own software applications and as a localizer of international software applications participated in Gitex this year with their new logo and launching Adobe's Acrobat 10.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO, Kamal Gaddas said: "We have added international word to our name showing our openess to different cultures." Acrobat 10 has now connectivity with MS Office in which users can export back to word for editing.


Ashish Panjabi, COO of Jacky's Group of Companies

Jacky's participated in Gitex this year promoting their IT range of products. Company saw good market in large format printer sales. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer of Jacky's Group of Companies said: "We saw one order per one week for HP's large format printers. This is mainly because requirement in indoor printing market and POP signage."

Panjabi also announced that they will be participating in SIM 2010 (Signage, Imaging and Media) in Abu Dhabi from 28-30th

ProTechnology participates in Gitex with 12 deals for UV printer

Dubai based IT solution provider, ProTechnology participated in this year's Gitex showcasing the Sun Innovation's UV based large format printer Neo UV-LED.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Jamal H. Maraqa, managing director said: "We had very good response from Gitex this year with total deals expected to be 10 to 12 machines. We are also looking to appoint regional partners for Sun printers. We have signed up with distributors in countries like Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Qatar. These will be stock and

Epson will be targeting more vertical markets in ME market

Epson announced that its Gitex product showcase was classified into five sections - Education sector, Medical sector, Banking/Finance sector, Public sector, and Hospitality sector - in line with the company's plans to present a more target market-focused approach. At the stand, Epson demonstrated its range of inkjet and laser printers, scanners and projectors for business and public sector users. It also showcased small label, receipt and cheque printers and scanners for the retail and medical

UAE is projected to spend $4.79bn in ICT investment in 2010

The who's who of the information communication technology gathered under the massive roof of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, meeting customers and striking deals. The successful edition of the GITEX concluded on October 21, 2010 with tens of thousands of visitors attended the world's third largest ICT event.

Being the 30th anniversary of the show, the organisers have been trying to make it more interesting this year but drawing in big names such as Steve Guggenheimer

Printec enters into speciality paper business

Dubai based, trading company, Printec has entered in the paper market by introducing speciality paper range in this year's Paper Arabia exhibition. The company has created a new brand called as Maxnoa for all of its speciality paper range. The products launches are from Tullis Russell and from Indonesia. The products under newly launched Maxnoa include uncoated SBS Trucard range, maple pulp Naturalis range and business papers Advocate. The papers from Indonesia include Margono range which are

Arbros group booth has 500 visitors and prospective clients.

Dubai based wood and paper products supplier, Arbros participated third time in the Paper Arabia exhibition. The 15-year old company deals in the pulp, paper, packaging materials and wood in the region of GCC and Middle East. The company represents mills like Sappi, April and StoraEnso and has strategic alliance with mills from Sweden, United States of America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, South Africa, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, France and China. The range of products showcased

Paper Master launches NCR paper grades during the show.

One of the largest paper converters Paper Master and International Paper participated in Paper Arabia for second time. The company launched their NCR paper range during the show.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, company's managing director, Anwar Jessa said: "We will be selling NCR papers in sheets and reels as well. The papers are imported from China and we have exclusivity from this mill. We target a volume of about 100 to 150 metric tonnes per month to start with."

Talking about the price increase

Orient Links opens new sourcing office in West Europe

Dubai based paper distributor Orient Links has launched a new photocopy paper from JK Paper India. The new product which is called as JK Copier has a ColorLok technology for colour printouts. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, company's chairman, Sunil Bakht said: "This is a trouble free paper for richer colour which holds on better."

Company will also be opening a new office in west Europe. "It will be marketing office and will be used to source new types of papers and grades in packaging segment. It

Sun Paper bags 6 deals worth 4,000 metric tonnes volume.

Paper mill from China, Sun Paper group has established their representative office in Lebanon. The office has been started in June this year with volume of about 8,000 metric tonnes per month for MEA region.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO of the company, Jamal Bekdache said: "We expect to increase our volumes to 10,000 metric tonnes per month by end of the year. We are operating with 10 employees and will be starting our branch office in Dubai by next month. We are having coated and uncoated

Trident Group showcased their agro-based paper products.

India based, paper mill Trident Group participated in Paper Arabia this year showcasing their agro-based paper products. The company offered a copier and WF range of products in the show. The company with annual production capacity of 175,000 metric tonnes per year exports to ME market since two years. The volumes for MEA region contribute to around 2,000 metric tonnes per month.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Rajeev Gupta, head of business for Paper Group said: "The paper is produced by using wheat

Gruppo Cordenons signs with Sona Commercial for ME Region.

Speciality paper manufacturer from Italy, Gruppo Cordenons participated in Paper Arabia exhibition for third time.

The company has signed a new agreement with India based Sona Commercial to stock and distribute their papers. The deal was signed in June this year. Talking with PrintWeek MEA, Vikrant Chhabra, managing director of Sona Commercial said: "We will be focusing on micro marketing and deal with digital printers, ad agencies and free lancers. We have experience of 7 years of selling

APP claims 70 to 80% of paper imports to come from China.

Paper manufacturer APP participated third time in this year's Paper Arabia. APP launched a new type of packaging board named as Lampak during the show. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director at APP Indonesia, Suresh Kilam said: "We have acquired a company in Finland and their machines in for container board. We expect to do a volume of 250,000 metric tonnes per year with this new grade. Our target is to get 30% of the existing market. We have also launched new range of Hibrite office

Ekman expects to achieve a volume of 30,000Mt from ME

One of the oldest names in the paper market, Ekman participated in the Paper Arabia this year showcasing their range of services.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Kashif Amin said: "Pulp and recovered fibres contributes to 75% of our volume. We could do a volume of 3.2 million metric tonnes per year in last year. Our Middle East operation has started two years ago in September. We supply pulp and packaging fibres to tissue industry. Other business operations are export of waste

Mepco signs distribution deals with Bindal and Sun Paper.

Mepco Gulf participated in this year's Paper Arabia launching two new paper suppliers. Company has signed up with India's Bindal Papers Limited exclusive for MEA region. Bindal Papers is a $200 million annualized revenue company with paper machine of 5 metres deckle. It has products from 48 to 100 gsm in uncoated woodfree and branded multi purpose papers.

Talking with PrintWeek MEA, Mepco Gulf's managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: "We will have direct sales with these papers with competitive


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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.