Kodak plans further revamp of European sales structure

Kodak is planning to reorganise its sales territories in a move that could see the UK become part of a ‘Southern Europe’ cluster along with France, Spain and Italy.

The proposals have been announced internally, and appear likely to result in layers of management being removed.

In a statement, a Kodak spokeswoman told PrintWeek: “Kodak is reorganising its global Print Systems division operations to achieve a more efficient, customer-centric focus by reducing levels of management and

3D Printing Olympiad offers UAE students to win Dh10,000

Inspired by the Innovation Week, ATLAB is organising Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad, for young people in Dubai.

A trip to UK and Dh10,000 award are being offered to students who could unleash their creativity in designing three-dimensional models.

A technology-based learning solutions firm has invited entries from students to enroll in the region’s first 3D printing competition.

The contest themed “Design your own consumer product” seeks participants to design and 3D print an innovative

Jacky’s ties with Screen for Truepress Jet 3200

Jacky’s gets the distributorship of Screen for Truepress Jet 3200 UV printer where initially they will distribute in parts of GCC. The product will be making it’s debut in the region at Sign & Graphic Imaging 2016.

Speaking about the tie-up, Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer, from Jacky's commented, " Screen is a name that anyone in the pre-press or press industry knows about and their reputation proceeds them.  It is an honour for us to be associated with them and the values that

Kodak would like to focus on ‘profitably sustainable print’

During a trip to the region, Brad Kruchten, president of Print Systems Division- Kodak met channel partners and trade media.

Travelling from Rochester to Dubai and Istanbul, Kruchten interacted with the trade media and channel partners from the region. 

“Our vision is very simple, and that is to enable our customers to be profitable and sustainable entities.  As the industry evolves, it is becoming harder and harder for the printer to remain profitable. And from our standpoint we would like

Xerox to review entire portfolio following challenging results

Xerox is undertaking a review of all of its businesses in the light of disappointing financial results that could result in the sale of some of its operations.

As the $19.5bn turnover group announced Q3 results showing a decline in sales of 10% to $4.3bn during the period, chairman and chief executive Ursula Burns said Xerox was considering “a range of opportunities” aimed at maximising shareholder value.

“Although we already have taken steps to accelerate cost reductions and prioritise

Canon, Cerebra for surveillance market in UAE

Canon ME partners with Cerebra Middle East to distribute security and surveillance solutions in UAE ahead of Expo 2020.

As part of the new partnership, Cerebra Middle East will be an authorised partner for the sale of Canon’s  range of Network Visual Solutions which comprise of network cameras and  solutions in the UAE. The alliance will enhance Canon’s IP security camera business, especially in the government, industrial and retail sectors, where the company is exploring business

Epson offers new ink system

Epson has introduced a new 4-in-1 printer - L655 with an ink tank system for ‘fast’ double-sided A4 printing, with 11,000 pages of ink included right out of the box.   The L655 prints A4 pages at an ISO print speed of up to 13.7ppm and 1,200 dpi scanning.  

Khalil El Dalu, general manager, Epson Middle East explained: “Refilling using individual ink bottles is quick and easy thanks to fast ink top-up technology, clearly labelled bottles and drip-free nozzles. The L655 introduces duplex

Several exhibitors to showcase UV LED-solutions at SGI 2016

At Sign & Graphic Imaging Dubai 2016 several exhibitors will be showcasing UV LED-solutions offering the region further potential for savings while maintaining print quality. "Reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing solutions - may it be within printing or other industries - is one of the main targets that print service providers should strive at. In the UAE, energy prices are set to rise and solutions that require less energy to operate are favourable. The environmental impact

Xerox has announced the launch of two new products

Xerox has announced the launch of two new products for sharing, annotating, storing and securing documents and data - Xerox Digital Alternatives and Xerox DocuShare.  Xerox Digital Alternatives 2.0 is a desktop and mobile assistant application that automates paper-based workflows while  Xerox DocuShare 7.0, a new release of the ECM solution, designed to help companies capture, store, manage, retrieve and share information that drives day-to-day business processes. “We’ve focused on

OKI has launched a new A3 colour printer

OKI has launched a new A3 colour printer - C911dn suited to medium-to-large office workgroups.  The C911dn operates at speeds of up to 50ppm and offers 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution and can print on a high maximum paper weight of up to 360gsm (320gsm duplex),.  The C911dn is a graphics-oriented A3 colour printer designed for both creative and business use.  "The new C911dn A3 colour printer delivers a fantastic price-performance ratio for the office market," said says John Ross, general

Epson has announced the launch of three new full HD home cinema projectors

Epson has announced the launch of three new full HD home cinema projectors - EH-TW5350, EH-TW5300 and EH-TW5210 in both 2D and 3D. All three projectors include a newly-developed noise cancelling chip, a white and colour light output of 2,200 lumens, 5W embedded speaker and an image size up to 332”.

Narasingh Dass Group added one more eco friendly product

Narasingh Dass Group added one more eco friendly product to their portfolio called Printable Wood where it is made up of 100% wood with no plastics involvement.

Speaking about the product, Vedansh Gupta, Jr. Solution Provider from NDG commented, “We have started with Printable Wood, as an addition to our range of eco-friendly paper since it enables our creativity. The surface is so smooth, that it enables it to be treated just as you would treat paper in your digital press. We have this

Eska’s worldwide Frog award received by Zabeel Printing Press

Zabeel Printing Press, Dubai recently received the Eska’s Frog award for the packaging division. The event has happened in Dubai at the Zabeel office in front of Gimpex and Eska team.

Robert Zwart, sales manager from Eska, said, “In 2010 Eska Graphic Board organiszed the first Eska Frog Award competition for its customers. The aim of this yearly product contest is to create more attention to the beautiful products that are made from Eska graphic board. The customers are invited to send 

HP’s MPS at Al Noor hospital

Al Noor Hospitals Group has cut printing costs by 30-40% at two of its main facilities, after deploying HP managed print services.

The deployment at the Khalifa Street and Airport Road Hospital Campuses, which was implemented by Alpha Data, is the first phase in a project to replace ageing print hardware across the group’s nineteen medical centers and three hospitals. This first phase covers around 70% of the two hospitals, and includes the oll out of multi-function devices and single function

Kyocera moves more into eco-friendly

Kyocera Document Solutions moves more into Ecosys a unique technology which is been used for their printers and MFP’s. ECOSYS. An acronym of Economy, Ecology and System Solutions, ECOSYS was introduced in 1992 and has been their core product concept ever since. Based on a hard-wearing drum and other long-life components, ECOSYS guarantees cost-efficient copying and printing with a minimal impact on the environment.

Talking about their product, Masahiko Murata, added, “The entire range of

Al Shabak launched the Multi-Fix

Al Shabak General Trading Co. LLC, Sign & Digital Print Media Division, distributors of MACtac Self Adhesive films since 1997, launched MULTI – FIX, a brand promoted, marketed and manufactured with the technical expertise of MACtac, the European leaders in the manufacture of innovative self adhesive products for the advertising industry.

At the launch event, which was held recently at Le Meridien Hotel, Airport Road, and attended by over 200 industry professionals, Govind Unni, sales

Canon reveals its path ahead

Chairman and CEO of Canon, Fujio Mitarai outlines the vision and strategy for Canon at a once-every-five-years global event  - Canon Expo 2015. Shilpa Jasani  reports from Paris....


Over 1,600 journalists from EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region converged on the Grande Halle de la Villette expo grounds in Paris to listen to the keynote speech given by the chairman and CEO of Canon, Fujio Mitarai on the 4th October, 2015.

The once every-5-years global event showcased a

DWTC hosts Gitex in October

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, officially opened the landmark 35th GITEX Technology Week which happened from 18-22 October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. During the event they have displayed the 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, Drones, Building Sensors, and many more.

This is the first time they had a separate division for the 3D printing where it allowed all the 3D companies and distributors to create awareness as well as to

Heidelberg confirms B1 sheetfed inkjet plans for Drupa

Heidelberg will go head-to-head with Landa at Drupa – the manufacturer is readying a B1 sheetfed inkjet press targeted at folding carton printers.

The simplex press will be based on Heidelberg’s Speedmaster platform, fitted with Fujifilm’s water-based Samba inkjet heads. It will print onto standard paper stocks.

The new press will ship “soon after” Drupa. “This has to work out of the gate,” said vice-president of digital printing Jason Oliver. “Top quality is what people are used to in

Xerox launches Arabic user interface into the ME

Xerox is announcing a new Arabic user interface for its ConnectKey technology-enabled multifunction printers (MFPs). The new language functionality will answer the user’s need to work and collaborate in Arabic.

   “Xerox places a great deal of importance on its presence in the Middle East and the Arabic user interface feature is an innovation that comes naturally. We are committed to supporting our customers regionally and we believe ConnectKey will offer seamless workflow for any MFP user. 

Mimaki unveils new UV printer

Mimaki has announced the launch of a new industrial small format UV inkjet flatbed printer - UJF -7151 plus, which has a maximum printable size of 710 x 510 mm (28 x 20in).

“Mimaki has always been a leader in the development of inkjet printers,” explained Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Recently, there has been growing demand for digital, on-demand, and plateless inkjet printing because of its ability to quickly provide high-mix and low-volume printing. The high

Welbound unveils the HotCase 500 at Gulfood manufacturing show

Welbound Worldwide (P) Ltd, one of the India's leading graphic art equipment manufacturer, has demonstrated the hot melt glue case sealing machine HC500 in Gulf Food manufacturing show which happened in Dubai. The machine was already launched in India during the Bobst Innovation show, which happened in February this year and has already made an impression in the market.

V S Sudheeran, Welbound’s MEA head, said, "Hotmelt sealing makes the shipping cartons tamper evident and this is probably

25th anniversary of TheMagicTouch

TheMagicTouch celebrated 25 years of worldwide operations during a special Anniversary Congress held in Amsterdam on October 3rd, 2015.

Speaking on the occasion Rifki Hussain, director operations of Magic Touch Advertising Dubai, said, "It was a glorious event where the global network of distributors and representatives met and relived the journey of TheMagicTouch, themed as “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow”. The evolution of printing was showcased in a synopsis from the early analog printers to

HP announced three new LaserJet printers

HP announced three new LaserJet printers with increased security features. “Protecting against security breaches is one of the biggest challenges our customers face,” said Tuan Tran, vice president and general manager, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions business, HP. “HP is helping customers secure their devices, documents and data by defending our enterprise printers with the strongest protection in the industry.”


Ndigitec's “The 1st Full HD Flexo Certified Prepress Company”

Ndigitec has announced that it is now “The 1st Full HD Flexo Certified Prepress Company in the Middle East by Esko”.  Marketing manager Sai Naveen comments: " We always strive to give our customers the best in prepress solutions and we achieve this through the best technology, know-how, experience and most importantly the drive to better our solutions in each and every job we undertake. This perseverance has resulted in various accolades and certificates over the years."


Epson participated in the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai

Epson participated in the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai showcasing its 2 new  printer models - WorkForce Pro RIPS models - WF-R8590D3TWC for A3 size papers and WF-R5690DTWF for A4 size papers,  with its  Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology that according to Epson,  uses 'high-yield ink supply units for printing up to 75,000 pages between ink changes'.  Khalil El Dalu, general manager, Epson Middle East said: “GITEX Technology Week is where the future of technology comes alive. We

Agfa and Blue Rhine sign deal for synthetic paper in UAE

Agfa and Blue Rhine have recently signed an agreement for distribution of Agfa’s Synaps synthetic paper in the United Arab Emirates. The agreement covers the distribution of Synaps OM for offset printing and Synaps XM for xerographic or dry toner printing and also includes the pressure sensitive Synaps AP and Synaps AR, respectively with permanent and removable adhesion strength. 

“After a market study with digital Xerography printers to show them the advantages of using Agfa’s Synaps on

Al Ghurair backs C1100 production printer from Konica Minolta

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing purchased the bizhub PRESS C1100 from Konica Minolta in April this year. 

Expressing satisfaction with the performance of the printer, Lakshmanan Ganapathy, general manager of Al Ghurair Printing             explained: “For investment into digital machinery, every printing press has different requirements - its capability of printing on different substrates, price, value-add options, output etc. Al Ghurair requires printers that can work 24/7, and can

Paper Arabia hosted on 14-16 September

Paper Arabia, the exhibition for Paper, Tissue & Converting Industry covering cardboard and corrugated in the Middle East has been inaugurated by H. E. Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Second Vice-Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre on the first day where the event has happened between September 14-16, 2015. 

Talking about the event, Paper Arabia team commented, “Most of the visitors were decision makers where many of them or either chairman or president or managing director or CEO or general

Al Ghurair ‘satisfied’ with new printer from GCG

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing have invested in the inkjet printer ComColor 9150  from  Riso, purchased from distributors Gulf Commercial Group.

General manager of Al Ghurair, Lakshmanan Ganapathy explained: “Since the last one year, we were in search of a machine that can print on NCR paper, since we had a huge requirement of printing on this paper.  We are satisfied with the performance of this machine, which runs the NCR paper like any other paper.  Though laser technology can produce


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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.