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

Epson introduces new large format printers

Epson has launched new Large Format Printers (LFP) in signage and dye sublimation series at a two day regional channel partners meeting held in Dubai where the event was attended by many including media persons. Duncan Ferguson, business unit director, Professional Printing Solutions, Epson Europe; unveiled the new printers and highlighted how businesses can improve productivity, streamline workflow and reduce costs with the new series. Now available in the GCC markets, the newly launched

Plastivision Arabia and Print Pack Arabia to be hosted in Sharjah

The 3rd Plastivision Arabia 2016 and 2nd Print Pack Arabia 2016 will be held simultaneously at Expo Centre Sharjah from February 22nd to 25th. 

Both Plastivision Arabia and Print Pack Arabia are held in association with Indian partners - All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA) and Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), respectively -- which will help facilitate the participation of leading Indian industry players.

“The UAE imports

HP to demonstrate how to make profit from large-format

HP to demonstrate how to make profit from large-format print during SGI. Features of the booth will include and extensive print application area illustrating more than 30 different printed applications across very diverse materials, such as self-adhesive vinyl, pvc banners, films, papers and textiles, where visitors will be able to see, touch and learn the unlimited versatility of the latest HP Latex ink generation. Specifically, HP will show sign and display PSPs how they can innovate and open

Canon Middle East, recently announces the launch of five projectors

Canon Middle East, recently announces the launch of five projectors to its LV range including its brightest ever model – LX MU700.  The new models are designed to meet the varying requirements of customers and integrators, particularly within the business and education environments, thanks to improved connectivity, high brightness and flexible installation capabilities. Canon also launches two new professional presenters – the PR100 and PR1000, which provide class leading design and

Bobst Group has announced that it is expanding

Bobst Group has announced that it is expanding its distribution capabilities by establishing its own sales and services organization in Turkey. Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst said: “Turkey is a strong market at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, with positive growth prospects. This new subsidiary gives Bobst a strong platform to serve its customers in the region and is in line with its strategy to expand in fast growing markets across the globe. We are confident in the long term outlook for

Xerox has been recognized by the IDC MarketScape

Xerox has been recognized  by the IDC MarketScape: U.S. Managed Workflow Services Hardcopy 2015 Vendor Assessment. This new report focuses on the Managed Workflow Service (MWS) market, which the analyst firm defines as a set of services that automate and optimize vertical and horizontal document-intensive workflows and business processes.  The report cites Xerox as the only vendor that has a dedicated organization focused on workflow automation solutions and services.


Kimoha wins award at Finat Label competition

Kimoha won the new “Digital printing technology” category award at the 35th Finat Label Award Competition for its project, ‘Ajmal Exclusive Room Freshener’, printed on Xeikon 3300 digital label press with a DCoat 330 finishing unit.

Vinesh Bhimani, MD of Kimoha said: “Kimoha is committed to continually pushing production boundaries. We believe that we invested in the right technology when we chose Xeikon, and our decision was validated by the great response we got when we communicated its

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


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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.