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

Xerox has launched the DocuCentre SC2020

Xerox has launched the DocuCentre SC2020, a budget printer equipped with Xerox colour printing technologies for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in select developing market regions including India, Eurasia and the Middle East. The new printer is an A3 multifunction device, designed to accelerate print jobs with colour copy and print speeds of up to 20 pages per minute (ppm). The device is equipped with Xerox’s laser scanning technology and produces scan speeds of 24 ppm for monochrome

Al Shabak and E-walls Studio Dubai has won MACtac Creative Awards

Al Shabak and E-walls Studio Dubai has won MACtac Creative Awards for April 2016. The award certificate was handed over to E-walls personally by Melis Michael export sales manager, MACtac who was in Dubai to announce the award. The project which won the award was the Aquarium Meeting Room, KHDA Dubai. This project proves that wide format media has found a place in the world of interior décor.


KBA and Xerox join forces for B1 sheetfed inkjet press, VariJet

The B1 digital space has a new entrant – KBA and Xerox have partnered on a sheetfed inkjet press, the VariJet 106.

The press is based on KBA’s Rapida platform combined with inkjet technology from Xerox’s Impika division, and is targeted at the folding cartons market. The two firms cited research from Smithers Pira that predicted growth of 40% in the digitally printed folded cartons market.  

Print speed of the VariJet 106 is 4,500sph at a format of 750x1,060mm, on substrates from 0.2mm to

Epson releases report on study

In a Epson study on the state of printing in the workplace conducted by market research company Kantar AMRB, 95% of respondents in UAE and KSA claim that printers are vital in terms of helping them to effectively work. 

This is in line with a similar study Epson did in Europe where 77% of respondents stated that printers were important in terms of helping them work more productively, with an overwhelming majority (83%) felt a “paperless office is unrealistic”.

Of the 150 organizations that

Canon hosted a roundtable to discuss MENA findings

Canon hosted a media roundtable to discuss MENA findings of Canon’s Office Insights 2016 report where the report studies information management and technology’s role in how it is managed. The study leverages findings are basically from business decision-makers and end-users across Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa.

During the roundtable, Martin Wootton, director  of Breaking Blue and Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director of Canon Middle East have discussed the

NDigitec invests in a 5 m, roll to roll inkjet printer, Vutek from EFI

Creative production company NDigitec has increased capacity with the purchase of 5 meter,  VUTEk GS5500LXr roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer from EFI. 

“With resolutions up to 1,000 dpi, the eight-colour VUTEk printer provides NDigitec with the precision and detail it requires in every print. We chose the machine because it has unprecedented dot quality that is unseen in the marketplace,” said Vatche Kavlakian, CEO, NDigitec.

NDigitec also operates a 2.5-metre hybrid UV inkjet printer and the

DEWA to focus on 3D printing

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) released an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the construction of 3D-printed Laboratories, to conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technologies, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site project in the world.

The Solar Park will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.

The park will feature the new lab, build with 3D-print-ing technology, under the umbrella of the Research and Development

Masar press backs Manroland through Foldline investment

Dubai based Masar Printing and Publishing has invested in the folding solution FoldLine from Manroland web systems into its new digital printing workflow with a Kodak Prosper 6000 C.

“Since last Drupa, we were thinking of expanding into digital printing and were seriously looking at different machines.  Last year, we finalised a good deal with Kodak, and Masar opted to become the first in the world to acquire the fastest digital press, Kodak Prosper 6000 C.   Naturally, the question that now

Al Ghazi Advertising backs Konica Minolta with digital printer buy

Ras Al Khaimah based Al Ghazi Advertising purchased the C71hc digital production printer from Konica Minolta during the Sign and Graphics Imaging show this year.

Explaining the reason for their decision, Rana Zulqarnain, general manager of Al Ghazi said: “The ability of the machine to use RGB as well as CMYK, gives it an edge over other similar machines. The mix widens the frame of  quality and gives more efficient results as required by our customers. With this investment, Al Ghazi becomes

Alpha Ink tied up with Printcolor to sell inks and solutions

Alpha Ink & Printing Materials Trading based in Dubai, UAE added one more feather to its cap by including Printcolor in to their range of distributorship. Printcolor is from Switzerland, who mainly offers innovative security inks and solutions for the plastic cards industries (Banking, ID, driving licenses, etc.), banknotes, ID documents, cheque, ballot papers and other security documents. Additionally, Alpha Ink are distributors of Atlantic Zeiser, Schober Technologies, Dimuken, James

Fespa will host regional events under its forum

This year Fespa, in association with its regional associations, is hosting local events in Africa, Mexico and Europe as part of its Profit for Purpose reinvestment programme and educational commitment to the global print community.

Profit for Purpose is the central philosophy that drives Fespa, which pledges to support global printers through a multitude of projects including regional events, which provide professionals with opportunities to gain knowledge and network with peers and industry

Canon ME opens office in Qatar

Canon ME announced the inauguration of direct operations Qatar through establishment of a B2B showroom in Doha.  Earlier Canon was present in the country through its partner Salam Technology.

“I am extremely proud of what Canon Middle East has been able to achieve, especially here in Qatar where our relationships and business are growing at a fast pace. This is in large part thanks to our imaging solutions distribution partner here, Salam Technology. Canon Office Imaging Solutions (Doha) was

25% of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

25% of Dubai’s buildings will be 3D printed by 2030 'Future will depend on 3D printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat," said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has launched the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote

OKI Europe has announced the appointment of Mathias Militzer

OKI Europe has announced the appointment of Mathias Militzer to the role of general manager for the Middle East, India and Africa with immediate effect. Militzer joins the business from Lexmark International, where he was general manager for the Middle East and Africa. He has also held senior roles at Sharp Electronics and Mars Inc. In his new role as General Manager, Militzer will hold responsibility for all aspects of the business, including executing growth strategies at both a

Canon Middle East was the Official Imaging Partner at World Art Dubai

Canon Middle East was the Official Imaging Partner at World Art Dubai, the 'affordable' art fair in the country, that was held in April at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road.  The event brougth together 140 local, regional and international galleries and artists, featuring a diverse collection of 3,000 contemporary art works priced from $100 to $10,000. Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East said: “World Art Dubai brings together young and emerging artists and

Xerox has announced it’s expanding what MFPs can do in workplace

Xerox has announced it’s expanding what multifunction printers (MFPs) can do in the workplace through advancements to its ConnectKey technology.  Among the expanded MFP capabilities is the new Xerox easy translation service app and the first-of-its-kind solution lets users scan a document through their MFP, snap a photo from their phone or upload it to a web portal. And the Xerox App Studio 3.0 allows channel partners to build and tailor MFPs using simple templates that modify and customize

Ban lifted for newspaper

Sudan’s highest court has allowed a leading newspaper to resume publishing, nearly five months after the authorities banned it from printing, the newspaper’s editor said on Monday.

Sudan’s powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) had suspended the independent Al Tayar newspaper in December after it published a series of editorials criticising the government over subsidy cuts on fuel and electricity. The newspaper challenged the NISS in the country’s Constitutional Court

Dubai launches International Centre for 3D Printing

Dubai Holding has launched the International Center for 3D Printing to make Dubai an international destination for 3D printing by 2030, reported Emirates 24/7.  

The project, located at Dubai Industrial City, will host 700 companies. It will include research centres and laboratories for testing materials used in 3D printed products within an integrated environment dedicated to serve construction, medicine, and consumer products sectors.

“The next phase of the International Centre for 3D

Canon unveils 12 new products and solutions in the Dubai event

Canon Middle East has launched 12 new B2B products and solutions during an exclusive ‘Canon for Business’ event held on 25th April in Dubai, UAE, which was attended by 150 C-level executives, IT chiefs, partners and key decision makers. During the event, leading businesses were given on-site product demonstrations and shown how the full portfolio of Canon’s print solutions, services and value-added support can help them grow their businesses. The news comes at a time when market intelligence

6th edition of Paperworld ME attracts over 7000 visitors

Paperworld Middle East 2016 (along with Playworld), which took place from 1st-3rd March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 7,115 visitors from 115 countries, 11 per cent up on the previous year, while 305 exhibitors from 36 countries showcased their latest wares, from office supplies, paper, school, party and gift articles, to toys, games, wrapping paper, printer consumables, and arts and craft supplies.

In its 6th edition, Paperworld Middle East 2016 also

The Designer wraps Aldar HQ building in Star Wars theme

Abu Dhabi based printshop, The Designer has executed a building wrap on the iconic coin-shaped Aldar HQ building in the capital. The 100 metre high installation featured an image of the Starkiller Base, from the latest episode of the blockbuster Star Wars franchise.

   According to Laith Al Taei, (owner of The Designer) the company was faced with the challenge of applying the installation in a very short time—trying to attract the attention of movie fans before the premiere of the Star Wars

SBA participates in Paris International Book fair

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) participated at the annual 4-day Paris International Book Fair in March this year.

The visit of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to the SBA stand at the fair was the highlight of the organisation’s participation. Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of SBA said; “The Paris International Book Fair is one of the most important literary events in which we participate. A huge number of attendees take part

Xeikon to show new machine

Xeikon will unveil its newly developed Flatbed die-cut unit, the Xeikon FDU at drupa 2016, which will be held in Messe Düsseldorf, between May 31st to June 10th.

Developed to aid end-to-end printing and converting for folding carton printers, the flatbed unit is suitable for nearline finishing of digital work but can also accommodate offset litho runs, according to Xeikon. 

Jeroen Van Bauwel, product management director said: “Our flatbed die-cut unit was designed specifically for Xeikon

Kodak announces its plans for Prosper sale

Kodak has hoisted a ‘for sale’ sign over its Prosper inkjet business, which was previously lauded as one of the manufacturer’s “four growth engines”.

The group announced the sell-off plan alongside its year-end results. It said it was already in talks with potential buyers about its Prosper inkjet business, which includes imprinting heads and the Prosper high-speed inkjet web presses.

The legacy Versamark inkjet business is not included in the deal, and will remain with Kodak. 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.