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

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


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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.