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

Canon ME awards channel partner, announces new products

Canon Middle East handed out nine business awards to  channel partners in the Office Personal Products (OPP) and Office Imaging Products (OIP) categories.

"As part of our ongoing partner programme, Canon Middle East seeks to continuously recognise the contribution of key players and team members of the IT Dealer Channel who contribute to our success,” said Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East.

The launch event saw the participation of Canon Middle East’s tier-1 partners

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award revealed its shortlist of contenders

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award revealed its shortlist of contenders. The list, for the 10th year of the award, includes two titles in French, one in English and four publishing houses. The titles named are nominated for the Arab Culture in Other Languages award, while the publishing houses – Asala Publishing and Dar Al Saqi from Lebanon, Obeikan Publishing, from Saudi Arabia and Dar Toubqal from Morocco – have been nominated for the Publishing and Technology award. The English title nominated is

Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network has axed 500 jobs

Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network has axed 500 jobs in a move aimed at cost-cutting and focusing on the state-owned broadcaster’s digital platforms. The Doha-based network will reduce its staff by about 11 per cent, with most of the job losses coming from its workforce in Qatar, the company said in a statement. The network had about 4,500 jobs before the layoffs, a company spokesman said. “Over the past few months, we have carefully evaluated every option available to the network in order to

Paperworld Middle East 2016 hosted the Paperworld Recycling Competition

Paperworld Middle East 2016 hosted the Paperworld Recycling Competition to highlight the importance of recycling in schools. The Gulf Indian High School won the 2nd Paperworld Recycling Competition for its sculpture based on the Dubai’s Expo 2020 theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’  The winning project came out on top of ten finalists, with its carefully crafted sculpture created entirely from recycled paper and school stationery.  While Honey Matias from Harvey Nichols Al Tayer

World's first virtual reality book launched

World's first virtual reality book launched. Children in the UAE are set to enter a fun new age of reading with the launch of the world's first virtual reality book in Sharjah. The service will be available in both Arabic and English. This is an initiative by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) as part of its campaign to promote the eighth edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), which will take place from April 20-30, 2016 at Expo Centre Sharjah. SBA chose the title ‘Baba

Mimaki sells 30 units of LFP 3.2 m UJV55-320 printers at Fespa

Mimaki has reported a sale of 30 units of its 3.2m wide UJV55-320 printers, launched at the Fespa Digital show. 

   Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe commented: “We knew the new UJV55-320 press had a lot to offer to the market and would generate strong interest, but we had no idea it would generate quite that much! It is clear that its size, features and price point offer a perfect combination for both existing and new sign and display graphics businesses. We can

Tinkerine & PRECISE ties

Tinkerine Studios Ltd., the Canadian manufacturer of desktop 3D printers and creator of a 3D printing educational curriculum, has just entered into a distribution agreement with PRECISE Group, a 3D printing service and distribution company from the UAE that operates throughout the Middle Eastern and North African markets to offer 3D printer products, and online training support.

The agreement with Tinkerine means PRECISE Group will now offer to its customers a complete 3D printing bundle

Second edition of Print Pack Arabia hosted in Sharjah

The second edition of  Print Pack Arabia was hosted at Expo Centre Sharjah between 22nd-25th February this year. The exhibition was held jointly with the third edition of Plastivision Arabia and the third edition of  Arabia Mold. The event was opened by Deputy Ruler of Sharjah H. H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salim Bin Sultan Al Qassimi.

Expo Centre continued its association with Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufa-cturers' Association (IPAMA) for Print Pack Arabia, All India

Al Ain National Printing Press invests in Xerox’s Versant 80

Al Ain National Printing Press (AANPP) Press has installed the automated colour production printer from Xerox, the Versant 80 in its premises, to boost its on-demand print capabilities.

Feras Fenari, owner and managing director of AANPP commented: “While the technological superiority of this press is clearly evident, what stood out for us during its installation was Skytech (a Dubai-based technology and services provider and Xerox’s  partner for UAE and GCC  region) and Xerox Emirates’

Afra participated in the Print Pack Arabia for the second time

Afra participated for the second time in the Print Pack Arabia exhibition after seeing their response from the first edition. 

Speaking about their participation, Vinay Krishnan, general manager, commented, "We have showcased around 21 products and all have received good response from the visitors where we even sold most of the displayed machines. The SnapBook Pro is one of the most appreciated products in the event. Nowadays, most of the commercial printer is suffering a lot due to the

Canon ME has launched three new printers

Canon Middle East has launched three new printers – the PIXMA G1400, PIXMA G2400 and PIXMA G3400 –which according to the manufacturer are capable of printing up to 7,000 colour and 6,000 black pages from a single set of ink bottles. The PIXMA G1400 is a single function printer, while the PIXMA G2400 and PIXMA G3400 are All-in-One printers offering print, scan and copy functionalities.  Each model in the range can prints borderless 4 x 6” photos in 60¹ seconds.

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) and Xerox to be a sponsor for the Vodacom Super Rugby competition

Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) and Xerox announced that they will be an additional sponsor for the Vodacom Super Rugby competition in 2016 and will take up a position on the back of the Emirates Lions jersey. Xerox is currently the title sponsor for the Currie Cup. The new sponsorship comes in the wake of what was an exceptional 2015 for the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) going on to win the Currie Cup and being the first team in nearly 20 years to go unbeaten in a season.In 2016, the Lions

HP has announced that it will exhibit the industry’s broadest portfolio of digital printing solutions at drupa

HP has announced that it will exhibit the industry’s broadest portfolio of digital printing solutions at drupa 2016, including HP PrintOS, a cloud-based operating system that reinvents how customers manage print production. The new platform will make its worldwide debut at drupa 2016.  “HP is bringing the full power of our vast portfolio of digital printing solutions to drupa 2016, featuring breakthrough innovations,” said Rob Le Bras-Brown, global head of print marketing, HP Inc. “With

Canon & Invest to train 20 SMEs

Twenty local professional printing SMEs in Ghana are to benefit from a commercial and technical skills training programme expected to improve production in the country. The programme dubbed “Profess-ional Print Excellence” is a partnership between non-profit organization Invest in Africa and imaging solutions leader Canon.

Canon will provide specialised printing training for 20 SMEs from Q3 2016 to Q4 2016, followed by a mentorship programme in 2017, while Invest in Africa will provide

Xerox Emirates and Almoe group sign partnership agreement

Xerox Emirates expands its channel network in the UAE by signing up with the Almoe Group for the sale of Xerox branded cut sheet paper.

“We believe that with this new partnership, Xerox Emirates will add a measurable value to Almoe’s offerings, servicing a wider range of customers and resellers. This partnership will also help us to further expand our company’s presence across various verticals including the public sector and education in particular”, says Andrew Horne, general manager at

Epson increases the production of its ink bottles

In 2010, Epson launched sales of high-capacity ink tank printers in emerging markets to meet the need in these markets for low-cost prints with genuine Epson print quality. The company progressively rolled out sales and today also sells these printers in the Middle East. Unit shipments worldwide in the 2014 fiscal year (ended March 31, 2015) were strong, showing 40% year-on-year growth, and the company foresees even higher demand in the home and office markets.

The popularity of Epson ‘s

UAE-Kalimat bags award

In a new achievement for the publishing industry in the UAE Tongue Twists (Lisanak Hisanak) by Kalimat has won the ‘New Horizons’ category of the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award after being the only Arabic book to be shortlisted for the award in 2016. The award winning book is written by Fatima Shara-feddine and illustrated by Hanane Qai.

Kalimat is the first Emirati Publishing House to win the most important award in the children’s publishing market. Jury members said that the inventive

Xerox split ‘optimal’ as company sees sales decline

Xerox’s split into two companies is the “optimal path forward” for the company, according to its chief executive, as the company promised “a number of exciting production printing annou-ncements” at Drupa.

 Speaking to investors following the company’s Q4 and full-year results, chairman of the board and chief executive Ursula Burns said the Document Technology business, which includes production printing and had a 2015 revenue of $11bn, could see strong profitability and cashflow through

SGI 2016 hosts 13,ooo visitors and 400 exhibitors at DWTC

The 19th edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging show (SGI) 2016 was held between 10th-12th January at Dubai World Trade Center.  The 3-day event saw participation of 400 exhibitors and had 13,000 visitors. 

“We are very happy that the new introductions as well as the host of innovations have been received so well by the public. In bringing the newest and most sophisticated  machines and software solutions to the MENA region and beyond, we make it possible for print service providers to always

Digimax Digital Studio invests in UV inkjet printer from Durst

Bahrain based photography / art shop Digimax Digital Studio Lab & Graphics has invested in the UV inkjet printer from Durst - P10 160 purchased from Giffin Graphics at SGI in Dubai.

Explaining the reason for their investment,  owner and manager, Pauly Verghese said: “The main feature that I liked about the Durst Rho P10-160 was the high print quality and its speed. When testing my own images and substrates it produced amazing results and this tilted my decision in favour of the printer. 

HP has introduced Laser Jet Enterprise printers

In order to reduce the threat of malware, HP has introduced Laser Jet Enterprise printers, which can detect and thwart malicious BIOS attacks; along with Whitelisting, which ensures known, good firmware can be loaded and executed on a printer; and Intrusion Detection, that provides in-device memory monitoring.

According to HP Middle East print hardware category manager Pawel Miszkiewicz, at present, printer security is an overlooked security risk. As a result, most organisations are

3D printing in focus at Arab

The impact of 3D printing in healthcare has been groundbreaking with companies now looking to print whole and functioning organs.

From opening of the world’s largest wellness village at the Dubai Healthcare City to introduction of new 3D technology in healthcare that is changing lives, the 41st edition of Arab Health Exhibition and Congress saw thousands of visitors on the first day. Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, inaugurated the event that

Saudi Print and Pack expo leads to 414 deals

The 13th edition of Saudi Print and Pack attracted more than 26,000 visitors over 4 days. The exhibitors, along with the visitors, have expressed their contentment with this year’s edition, and valued the efforts of the organizers, Riyadh Exhibition Company, who managed to gather prominent key players in the biggest specialized industrial gathering in the Kingdom over a total area of 15000 sqm.

“Since its inception, this exhibition has been positioned as one of the biggest, most successful 

FESPA Africa Forum visits Lagos and Nairobi to discuss the market

The first FESPA Africa Forum will be hosted in the growth economies of Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya with the objective of bringing together industry professionals from the digital wide format printing and signage sectors to discuss the future of the market, upcoming trends and new opportunities.

The FESPA Africa Forum is an opportunity for owners and top management of print and signage solution providers to connect with industry peers and experts to learn ways to diversify and grow

Samsung Electronics South Africa announced its new Xpress C430 and C480 series

Samsung Electronics South Africa announced its new Xpress C430 and C480 series of colour printers and multi-function printers. The series include 430W single-function colour printers, 480W multi-function printers that can print, copy, scan and C480FW 4-in-1 MFPs with additional faxing capability. Designed for small-office and home-office (SOHO) users who look for efficiency and depend on mobile devices, these printers come with features such as scan-to-email and mobile printing support. "We are

Artists make paper relevant at city gallery

Artists make paper relevant at city gallery. A local gallery here is displaying the work of several artists solely using paper to express themselves, as a commentary on a world facing the rapid encroach-ment of digital technology. Hafez Gallery is displaying the work of solo show artist Raeda Ashour and others including Afsoon, Mohammed Al-Ajlan, Lulwah Al-Homoud, Fahad Al-Niymah, Nasser Al-Salem, Jean Bagoussian, Fadia Haddad, Miriam Londono, Abdulrahman Katanani, Filwa Nazer and Hala

EFI has announced the launch of the Imaging of Things

EFI has announced the launch of the Imaging of Things exchange ( - an online community for EFI customers looking to connect with and share ideas with other print professionals and print buyers looking for  innovative applications.  The online community, which is supported and promoted by EFI, is free for customers to join and use. They can post photos and videos of their most creative work produced on EFI industrial inkjet printers.  EFI customers, along with ad

Mimaki adds light black colour to its portfolio of sublimation inks

Mimaki has announced that light black ink will be added to the range of spot colours, offered by its SB410 sublimation ink products. The light black ink will be available from February 2016.

Light black joins the recently announced New Neon yellow and pink fluorescent inks, which are suitable for low-volume high-quality use in fashion and sports- and swimwear.  This will expand apparel production possibilities for users and will increase the versatility of the TS300P-1800 printer, a

Atlas Media ties up with GMC, D-Tech for variable software

The Atlas Group in Dubai announced a tie up with software company for variable data communications, GMC and Turkish software company D-Tech at an event  in Mariott Marquis, Dubai. Atlas invited their clients from the banking, insurance and data-specific industry to present live demonstrations and case studies where the GMC and D-Tech services had been implemented.

Amit Radia, the CEO of Atlas Media, said, “Our tie-up with GMC and DTech will provide clients with a whole range of print and


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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.