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EPA association held a meeting

The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) held a meeting with its member publishers to prepare a clear strategy for improving the UAE’s publishing industry and advance the role of publishing industry professionals.
Held as one in a series of meetings, the session was moderated by EPA’s VP, Ali Al Sha’ali. It examined a range of ideas and proposals that would contribute to developing the publishing sector in the nation in a way that will be conducive to the birth of such creative and intellectual

First Flexofit seminar took place in Senegal to promote the event

For more than 2 years, Flexofit has conducted seminars all over Africa focusing in English speaking nations. Now Flexofit held the first Flexofit Senegal Seminar in the capital Dakar on the 20th June completely in French.
The local expert audience was delighted to learn from and meet with leading international producers. Represen-tatives from global producers like Chespa, DuPont, Esko and Tesa met with the leading businesses from Dakar and the region. The broad audience of local industry staff

Lexmark unveils laser printers

Lexmark International has announced the launch of its new laser printers for the SMB’s. The 23 new laser printers, from entry-level monochrome and colour to workgroup devices and MFPs, come with a 4-year guarantee.
Nathan Nayagar, MD of Lexmark South Africa and English speaking Africa, says: “Our newest line of printers help small and medium companies compete in a big business world. This latest range is well-suited to small and medium businesses that want compact printers with a big impact

New Heidelberg CEO sets out ambitious growth plan

Heidelberg’s new chief executive Rainer Hundsdörfer has outlined a five-year plan that would see Heidelberg return to being the “high-growth and profitable lighthouse of the industry”.
It also revealed further details of its new digital strategy, first discussed at its annual results last month, when it announced a yearly sales boost after a strong Q4.  The deal for Fujifilm’s EMEA pressroom chemical plant is set to be completed in July and will add around €25m in sales to the group’s

HP launches pocket sized Sproket photo printer

HP has launched the pocketsized Sprocket Photo Printer allows users to print photos from a smartphone or tablet virtually anywhere.
Portable and small enough to fit in a pocket, the printer can print snaps that are instantly shareable, colourful and can even be personalised with filters, frames, emojis, text and more. Sprocket is available in white with rose gold accents and comes with a 10-pack of HP ZINK Photo Paper for AED 499. Packs of HP ZINK Photo Paper (50 sheets per pack) are available

Samsung holds Gulf partners summit in Dubai

Samsung Gulf Electronics recently hosted the Samsung Partner Summit 2017 under the slogan of ‘New Opportunities Ahead’ at St Regis Hotel in Dubai, UAE. Samsung communicated its vision by introducing new products and solutions as well as holding interactive Q&A session.
Samsung launched 13 new innovative and customized solutions projects in key growing verticals such as government, construction and education to support their partners’ in enhancing the value proposition for their customers

Saudi Arabia’s act on fake item

HP has announced multiple seizures of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers. The company supported officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce, alongside local police, who confiscated more than 145,000 illicit items in separate actions. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce conducted several raids at both warehouses and showrooms of four major counterfeiting syndicates. Some of those distributors were also involved in

Xerox launches new series of MFPs for small and medium enterprises

Xerox launches new series of Multifunction Printers for small and medium enterprises. Xerox debuts a new product series, the Xerox VersaLink B7025/B7030/B7035 multifunction printers, as part of the company’s ConnectKey portfolio that launched earlier this year. Built-in on each of the devices in this series is a tablet-like touch screen interface that can be personalized for different work environments or users. They offer built-in apps on the Xerox App Gallery that can help organizations

UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019

UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019. Signalling a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE and the Arab world, Sharjah has been crowned with the prestigious ‘World Book Capital’ title for 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The honour is a recognition of the emirate’s pioneering role in supporting and expanding the local and regional publishing industries, promoting reading to become an intrinsic cultural practice, as well as

Canon Middle East extends its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio

Canon Middle East is extending its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio with the launch of the Océ VarioPrint i200, a 200 page-per-minute (ppm) sheetfed inkjet press which brings the benefits of the previously launched Océ VarioPrint i300 to customers with lower volume requirements. Along with the release of the Océ VarioPrint i200 model, Canon is introducing the option of MICR inks to users of the VarioPrint i-Series, while the launch of the next generation Océ PRISMAsync controller for both the

Immensa Labs unveils 3D printing facility

Immensa Technology Labs has launched the country’s first 3D printing facility in line with the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’ launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.
Immensa's facility houses  eight 3D printing systems and offers 30 materials for production. It is equipped to build and manufacture production parts, components and one-off prototypes for customers across a variety of industries using a range of  technologies including Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

EMEA printer shipments have stabilised in first quarter

Driven by multi-function devices, unit shipments of printer hardware to EMEA have stabilised in Q1 2017 showing an increase of 1% year-on-year compared to a fall of 8% in Q1 2016, according to market analysis company Context.
“The Middle East and Africa (MEA) outperformed other regions with unit shipments increasing by +7%, following the double-digit decline last year”, says Zivile Brazdziunaite, Imaging Market Analyst at Context. “All categories, except for laser MFPs, registered positive

Xerox debuts with new families of MFPS for large workgroups

Xerox debuts two new product series – the Xerox AltaLink C8000 and B8000 – as a part of the company’s ConnectKey portfolio that launched earlier this year. Xerox’s ConnectKey technology transforms traditional printing devices into smart, connected workplace assistants that reflect the evolving needs of today’s businesses.
According to the company spokesperson, “The AltaLink product family serves large work groups and busy offices by delivering new levels of simple and secure on-the-go

Signtrade’s key solutions at SGI

UAE-based Signtrade will be showcasing its latest technical innovations and technologies at the SGI Dubai.
Lauding Signtrade’s particpation, Sharif Rahman, the chief executive of IEC, said: “The signage and outdoor media industry in the Middle East is growing at a rapid pace and we have seen a lot of interest from the exhibitors from across the globe.”
Yasin Merchant, managing director, Signtrade, said: “We are pleased to be associated with one of the distinguished shows in the region. Our

Rashid Printing opens up new channels for growth with Kodak

Rashid Printing invests in Kodak Nexpress  SX3300 digital production colour press to accomodate their short run jobs needs.
Speaking about the reasons for opting the colour press, Zoeb Boxwala, director, Rashid Printers, commented, "We have been doing a lot of printing for high-end customers, but over the years we’ve seen the runs getting shorter and shorter. With our existing offset equipment, we recognized that the cost viability from a production point of view was quickly decreasing. We

Epson launches high-speed business A3 MFP in the ME

Epson launched its next generation of superfast eco-efficient business inkjet printers, the WorkForce Enterprise, at a launch event in Dubai attended by Epson’s business partners from the region and media persons. This ultra fast 100ipm departmental colour office A3 printer delivers the ecological benefits that only inkjet technology can offer, providing a low power solution with fewer supplies at the price of a departmental laser copier. The WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 is joined by a 75ipm

Konica Minolta, Juma Al Majid hold seminar on work flow

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East and Juma Al Majid Establishment, Konica Minolta UAE distributor, recently organised a seminar on ‘Work Flow Solutions’ in Dubai. The seminar was the 1st of its kind to be held by Juma Al Majid, where industry experts discussed the latest technological developments in the area of business visibility with structured process enhancement practices.
The event was attended by industry professionals who experienced innovative and beyond conventional means

Digital Factors unviels their own card printers

Digital Factors FZCO, one of the leaders in identity card printing solutions across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region,  announced the launch of a new brand of card printers in the UAE at an event in Dubai which was attended by media persons. The new brand named DF marks the 1st entry of a UAE-brand in a sector crowded with brands from the US and Europe. During the event they unveiled their DF150, DF250, DF350 & DF350L.
Mohammed Zaheer, group general manager at Digital Factors

Epson and Masonlite has confirmed their presence for SGI

Epson a prominent SGI Dubai exhibitor has confirmed its presence at SGI Dubai 2018. Talking about SGI Dubai, Shihab Zubair, regional sales manager - Professional Solutions, Epson Europe, stated, “We are pleased to be associated with SGI Dubai - one of the prominent shows in the region. Our PrecisionCore TFP printheads demonstrated at SGI is one of our major break-through innovations and is the result of one of the largest investments in research and development in Epson’s history, merging the

NDIGITEC renews ties with BOBST in the Middle East during the Gulf Print & Pack

NDIGITEC renews ties with BOBST in the Middle East during the Gulf Print & Pack. “NDIGITEC’s pre-press operation is one of the few in the Gulf region that can produce the high definition flexo plates that unlock the full potential of the advanced BOBST high speed flexographic presses,” says Hagop Tavitian, BOBST-Lyon export manager for Africa and the Middle East region. Shahe Kavlakian, executive manager of NDIGITEC Prepress, says: "Many of our customers who have BOBST flexo corrugated

Canon Middle East announced the release of three new multifunctional printer ranges

Canon Middle East announced the release of three new multifunctional printer ranges, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C255/355 series, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 series, and the imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4500 series.  The platform embeds itself into a range of modern office workflows and supports a range of mobile document handling applications including industry standards such as Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and MOPRIA.  Shadi Bakhour, B2B business unit director, Canon ME commented: “With the three

HP premieres first Print and Cut portfolio at Fespa

HP has launched its first home-grown print and cut units with two new dual-device wide-format machines that were given their European debuts at Fespa.
“This is a complete HP solution, with a printer and a cutter, with an integrated workflow,” said Jordi Casas, EMEA large-format production category manager.
“So, we are taking the whole workflow and making sure that the customer can control all the elements. So rather than end-users having to manage one printer from here and a cutter from somewhere

Emirates Printing Press opens new facility in Dubai

Emirates Printing Press (EPP) based in the UAE, has announced the opening of its third printing and packaging facility, built over a 255,000-sq-ft area in Dubai Industrial Park. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Abdulla Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Industrial City; Mohan Valrani, senior vice chairman and managing director of Al Shirawi Group of Companies; Mohamed Al Shirawi, CEO at EPP, as well as senior representatives of Dubai Industrial Park and EPP.
On the new facility, Belhoul said: “Our

HP to create new realities

In partnership with regional designers, HP participated at this year’s INDEX exhibition and showcased its revolutionary technology that caters to the interior design industry. At the trade show, HP collaborated with international design company, Robin Sprong and local designer Manal Bassay, founder of Fiore Nero Interiors, to artistically showcase its technology to visitors.
HP’s end-to-end solution allows customers to add their unique designs to 3D renders on HP’s Sprout Pro to see how their

Konica Minolta’s PRESS helps Golden Paper Cups short run jobs

Golden Paper Cups Co. LLC located in Ajman, UAE utilizes the full ability of Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1085 for all their short runs.
Talking about the reason for opting the bizhub Press, Mohammed Al Hatem owner of Golden Paper Cups, commented, “We have an excellent reputation of delivering first class service to both large and small business. But one of the challenges was to be able to produce shorter run lengths for bespoke good quality cups at a competitive price. In addition, print runs

Vinsak upgrades Roll Lifter for Middle East

VINSAK,  suppliers of Printing and Packaging solutions have developed Roll Lifter series to ease the handling/movement of rolls at print factories. VRL 250 and VRL 400 are the new models launched. The new VRL series is equipped with safety brake for loading, unloading, and transporting the rolls safely which reduces or even eliminates some occupational injuries. The roll lifter can be rotated over 360º for precise alignment.
Sanjdip Kandhari, director-manufacturing, VINSAK added: “In 2016, we

IPTians@Gulf recently celebrated their third anniversary in Dubai

Fifty members from the Institute of Printing technology had gathered at Ramada Chelsea Hotel and announced several major plans to help each other and also to the printing and advertising industry by offering manpower, technical and technology support.
   Silver Star, Afra, and Sona Commercials sponsored the event.
Talking about the event, one of the spokesperson from the group commented, "We started this group three years back to bridge all the gaps between the IPT students. The group always

Flint Group has announced two new appointments in Europe Middle East and Africa

Flint Group has announced two new appointments in Europe Middle East and Africa to drive the development of its sales in the folding carton and commercial print sectors.Grant Penfield, currently MD for Druckfarben UK, takes over the position of EMEA Business Director, Sheetfed Commercial. Jim Buchanan, currently Global UV Business Development Director, takes over the position of EMEA Business Director, Sheetfed Packaging.  Penfield and Buchanan both report to Romain Boulot, VP Sales and Global

China embosses its mark on Abu Dhabi book fair

China embosses its mark on Abu Dhabi book fair. China is the Guest of Honour at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) and one could experience that it has made its presence felt from the moment one enters the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) grounds, where the event is being held. A giant wall of books is acting as a canvas for Chinese artist and teacher, Jack Lee, at Hall 11’s entrance, where the China Pavilion is located. He has chosen to paint the Great Wall of

Sharjah Ruler to acquire Dh2.5m worth of children’s books

Sharjah Ruler to acquire Dh2.5m worth of children’s books. All books from publishing houses participating at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival will be bought for Dh2.5 million by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The move aims to enhance the content of books available in Sharjah’s libraries, and to supply them with new published works that complement Sharjah’s cultural vision. Ahmad Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of Sharjah