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Gulf Print & Pack hosts over 200 exhibitors

Gulf Print and Pack 2017 was hosted at the Dubai World Trade Center between 26th-29th March.  The 4-day event saw the participation of over 200 exhibitors from the commercial printing and packaging industry.
Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general of Dubai Department of Information to Dubai World Trade Center inaugurated exhibition.
Visitors arrived from many countries in the region including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrian, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Qatar, Sudan among

Fuel-efficient race inspires Sharjah recycling drive

Mughees Khan began building a car four years ago to represent the American University of Sharjah (AUS) for a fuel-efficient race which has since spilled over into his family’s business.
The Khan family owns the Al Fayadh Printing Press in Sharjah. Khan is now the business development director for the company. “After the Shell Eco-marathon, it made me think that we needed to consider the environment. It played a major part in the team using only $5,000 to create its prototype. And it inspired

Alpha partners with ELT author

MENA education and learning publisher Alpha Publishing partnered with renowned English Language Teaching (ELT) author, Cheryl Palin at this year’s TESOL Arabia to deliver a full house workshop on “The Power of Stories”.
Cheryl, who traveled from the UK to join Alpha Publishing specifically for TESOL Arabia, presented her material on day two of the three-day conference which took place from March 9th – 11th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dubai.
Alpha Publishing’s range of ELT publications being

Atlas to foray into personalised solutions with new iGen 5

Enhancing capacity, Dubai based Atlas Printing Press has purchased the second iGen, this time opting to invest in the 5-colour iGen-5 which also has the packaging module.  The printhouse has earlier invested in the iGen-4.  
Explaining his reason for this investment, Amit Radia, CEO of Atlas Printing Press said: “We are targeting a lot of point of sale products, which can be handled well by the iGen 5, with its capability of getting the right corporate colours. The one factor that tilted my

Paperworld trade fair to showcase sheet solutions in Dubai

The 7th edition of Paperworld Middle East International Trade Fair for stationery, papers and office supplies is expected to showcase new solutions in paper sheets and other office equipments at WTC, Dubai from 14-16 Mar.
According to the sub-West African representative, Exhibition and Trade Fair, the 3-day Dubai event will host around 305 exhibitors from 36 countries. The fair will present business enterprises with the opportunities to network and collaborate with exhibitors from many different

Col.ART has invested in Xerox Versant 80 Press

Col.ART Publishing & Advertising LLC has recently purchased Xerox Versant 80 Press from Fanar Solutions (Xerox Emirates LLC). They opted for this brand, as it is the pioneer and has the most advanced name in the photocopy industry.
Speaking about the investment, Rajesh Krishnan Kutty, managing partner of Col.ART, said, "The worth of the total investment comes around AED 300,000 which is inclusive of accessories like cutting machines, laminating machines and spiral binding machine, etc

3M continues expansion of print wrap films

3M continues expansion of print wrap films with the launch of 3M Envision Print Wrap Film 480mC, now featuring the many high quality benefits of Comply Adhesive with micro technology. Additionally, 3M continues to expand the IJ180 family with new 3M Print Wrap Films - IJ180C-10LSE and IJ180-10SLS, designed for low-surface energy plastic and stainless steel surfaces respectively. “With the recent introduction of Comply Adhesive with micro technology to the IJ180 family, we knew the next step

Mike Horsten is to leave Mimaki to join HP

Mimaki EMEA general marketing manager Mike Horsten is to leave the Japanese-headquartered wide-format kit manufacturer to take up a new sales role with HP.  “I really enjoyed working at Mimaki but I just see that HP is giving me the opportunity to enhance my career further.  I’m extremely excited and really looking forward to it. I see the challenges in front of me yet I’m leaving a fantastic team, an innovative company and products in a broad range of segments, ranging from small-object to

EGYGRAFX GULF wins the "Wall of Fame" competition at SGI Dubai

EGYGRAFX GULF wins the "Wall of Fame" competition at SGI Dubai 2017. SGI Dubai 2017 organized this year a "Wall of Fame" competition in which exhibitors were asked to showcase creative printing executions. The selection of the winner was based on an independent panel of judges, SGI's social media and trade visitors at the show. EGYGRAFX GULF submitted a creative print which was executed by their LDP UV LED printer and won the first-place prize for their LDP being the most creative printer in

Fespa launches second global Print Census

Fespa has launched its second global Print Census.  The Fespa Print Census 2014/2015 collected more than 1,200 completed surveys from respondents including screen and digital printers (34%), commercial, quick printers and reprographic shops (15%), signmakers (13%), industrial manufacturers (8%), graphic designers (7%) and advertising agencies (5%).
The second edition of the research will delve further into the six overarching trends to emerge from the analysis of the 2014/2015 census. These

Heidelberg boss plans digital revamp, more M&A

Heidelberg’s new chief executive plans to revamp the manufacturer’s organisational structure to align it with “the digital future” and also has a number of potential acquisitions in his sights.
Rainer Hundsdörfer, who joined the company last November, announced plans to realign Heidelberg’s structure to accelerate the company’s digital transformation alongside its Q3 results.
“We are getting the company fit for the digital future,” he said. “To do that, we will develop and roll out our own

Canon releases office printer

Canon Middle East announced the release of the i-SENSYS LBP312x, a small footprint, ‘high-productivity printer for use in fast-paced work environments where space is a premium’.
The new device combines sharp double-sided printing and mobile connectivity, making it suitable for busy workgroups in small office spaces.
Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME: “Canon builds its products around working with our customers to understand their needs.  The LBP312x is built to address the needs

Papers Worldwide will take move towards supplying to digital

Distributors of speciality papers - coated, uncoated, art, luxury, FSC and recycled papers  Papers Worldwide is making a decisive shift towards digital. The Dubai  based distributors will be introducing and supplying pre-coated, cutpack sized digital papers  by August this year.  They plan to stock and sell in varied sizes as required by customers.  
Speaking to PrintWeek MEA, Vikramjeet Singh Judge, managing director- Papers Worldwide: “We can see a decisive shift towards digital  due to runs

Heavy weights at Gulf Print ‘17

Gulf Print and Pack will be held in Za’abeel Halls at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from 26 - 29 March.
Confirmed exhibitors  include Heidelberg, Giffin Graphics, Kodak AFRA, Ali Alhashemi Trading, Bobst, Canon, Heliozid and Prestige Graphics.
First-time exhibitors debuting at the show include Barberan, Holoprint Security Solutions, Imaging Care, Konica Minolta, PACFORT Packaging and Sun Papers & Labels.
Michael Hodge, sales director of Gulf Print & Pack said: “Trade shows are a great

20th edition of SGI Dubai hosts 400 exhibitors from 36 countries

The 20th edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging show was inaugurated by Mona Ghanem Al Marri, director general of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO). Major brands including Agfa Graphics, Cannon Middle East, Flex-Europa, Signtrade, Jacky’s had unveiled some of their latest innovations at the show, though some big names like Giffin Graphics, Saga Digital were missing at this year’s event.
During the inauguration, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman of IEC stated that, “The 20th edition of SGI

Nilpeter hosts an event with new distributor Vetaphone in Dubai

Nilpeter hosted an event with their new distributor Vetaphone at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai on 8th January. Customers and media persons attended the event. During the event, they explained how Vetaphone helps the clients to increase the surface adhesion on plastic and metalized films in Extrusion or Converting processes through Corona & Plasma systems.
Talking about their new distributorship with Vetaphone for GCC, Shyam Babu, director of Nilpeter commented, “Nilpeter always wanted to deal

Dubai Police UL discuss the risks of 3D printing

Dubai Police is collaborating with 3D printing experts to outline the risks posed by 3D printing with a two-day workshop covering the emerging industry, processes, materials and quality as well as the various safety considerations.
According to Wohlers Associates, the global 3D printing market – or additive manufacturing as it is also known – is expected to reach $21 billion by 2020 with safety equipment, toys, construction and manufacturing products among a range of goods that are expected to

HP Inc. awarded their channel partners during Sign and Graphics Imaging ME - 2017

HP Inc. awarded their channel partners during Sign and Graphics Imaging ME - 2017. UAE – Best Pagewide Partner for Al Suwaidi, Saudi Arabia – Best Partner in All Across Products for Al Eqtessad. A lucky draw on Latex partner was conducted and the winner were Kuwait – NAF and Lebanon – CIS Buro. Elie Saab and Najib Kfoury from CIS BURO together, said, " We feel excited and proud for receiving this award. Our efforts has been recognized and we feel proud for it. We represent 17 brands and in HP

Plastivision Arabia will be held along at Expo Centre Sharjah from December

Plastivision Arabia, will be held along with 4th Arabia Mold and 3rd Print Pack Arabia at Expo Centre Sharjah from Dec. 11-14, 2017, organized by Expo Centre in association with All India Plastics Manufacturers Association and the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The exhibition is going to break new ground this time. The launch of special focus areas will be another advantage that will be adding immense value to Plastivision Arabia 2017, which is part of an exclusive

UK will be the ‘country of honour’ at Sharjah Book Fair

UK will be the ‘country of honour’ at Sharjah Book Fair. The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has announced that the United Kingdom (UK) will be the ‘country of honour’ at the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The announcement is part of UK/UAE 2017, a year of bilateral cultural exchange between the two countries organised by the British Council. Ahmad Al Ameri, chairman of SBA, said: “The selection of the UK as ‘country of honour’ at SIBF 2017 exemplifies the deep-rooted

Bahrain is heading towards the adoption of a new press and e-media law

Bahrain is heading towards the adoption of a new press and e-media law that would preserve the rights of journalists and media persons and would criminalize whoever assaults a journalist. During a Cabinet session held earlier this week, Bahrain’s ministers discussed a draft press and e-media Law that would replace Law 47/2002 on the Organization of the Press, Printing and Publishing. Bahrain Minister of Information Affairs Ali Al-Rumeihi told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that the new law would

Annual conference EFI Connect kicks off with AI address

EFI chief executive Guy Gecht highlighted Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the next big thing for the industry in his opening address at EFI’s annual user conference, Connect.
Gecht had actually worked on an AI project when he was at university 30 years ago, which involved attempting to make a computer recognise different handwritten letters.
“It was very difficult for a computer to do that, and the key thing was could it learn over time. It was so tough [for the computer to achieve this], I

Paperworld to be held between 14-16 March

The annual office supplies and office paper exhibtion - Paperworld Middle East will be held between 14th -16th March this year at the Dubai  International Convention & Exhibition Centre.  
Organised by Messe Frankfurt, the show will have participation from manufacturers and distributors of office equipment, paper shredders, engraving machines, presentation aids, organisational aids (including organiser, timer), mailing, adhesives, stamping, office accessories, writing and drawing utensils

Tech-ni-Fold targets ME

Creasing experts Tech-ni-Fold and its sister-company, innovative digital finishing solutions provider, CreaseStream, have joined the roster of exhibitors at this year’s Gulf Print & Pack show in Dubai.
After focussing its efforts on seeking the right partner in Turkey during 2016, Tech-ni-Fold turn their attention toward the Middle East to expand its distribution network even further. After 18 years in business Tech-ni-Fold has assembled an expert team across more than 40 countries to

Delta Group unveils state-of-the-art facility in Dubai

Delta Group has announced the inauguration of a new multi-service facility which will host several of its subsidiaries. Located in Dubai’s National Industries Park (NIP), the 250,000 sq.ft. facility will offer a comprehensive range of end-to-end solutions under one roof.
     This includes the Group’s Delta Printing Press as well as Brandscape Advertising, Magic Screen, Pulp, Delta Labels and Delta Interiors. Equipped with the latest technology, the fully integrated facility is the first of its

Open House event held at Hexxa Flexible Packaging Solutions

Open House event held at the premises of Hexxa Flexible Packaging between January 24 and 25 which was attended by senior management executives across the label industry including Kimoha, Pacman – CCL, Future Pack, Sigma Labels, Matrix Pack, Medad, Nuplas, Emirates Printing Press, Express Group, Repotronics, Namma Digtech and Repro Flex 3 (R3). Apart from this, the event was attended by few media persons from the industry. During the Open House the new MPS 430 MM press was shown to all the

NDigitec opens new facility

NDigitec has announced its decision to open a new, dedicated facility within Dubai Production City aimed at further enhancing its overall fabrication competency amidst a surge in demand for its fabrication solutions and services in the UAE region. The new facility will offer a range of services.
Vatche Kavlakian, CEO of NDIGITEC, commented: “NDIGITEC is witnessing a sharp growth across all its competencies, making it a one-stop destination for all creative production needs. The concept of

HP aims to open up new market segments for their customers

In this exclusive interview, Ernest Azzam, HP’s Regional Business Manager Large Format Printing MEMA, shares his thoughts on the HP’s current stand in the market and their plans to handle them


There are a handful of sellers like Canon, Océ, Ricoh, Seiko, so how would you like to differentiate HP from others?
HP focuses on delivering the best technology and service to our customers while providing the best support to our partners. HP has the largest portfolio in the industry for outdoor and

9th Edition of Paper Arabia ‘16 exhibition held at WTC, Dubai

9th Paper Arabia 2016, the international exhibition for paper, tissue and converting industries organized by Al Fajer Information and Services, was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Saeed bin Hasher Al Maktoum at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event happened between 13th through 15th of December.
Paper Arabia 2016 is a platform for buyers, producers and investors working across the paper industry.
 It has witnessed the participation from paper producers and tissue producing

OKI's Smart Colour Solutions event, Dubai

OKI invited a select number of press and analysts to witness their new launch and discover how OKI is helping business to "Make a Big Impression". The event happened at Conrad Hotel, Dubai on December 7. During the event they launched a new range of colour printers and multifunction printers (MFPs).
Talking about the printers and MFPs, Mathias Militzer, vice president (META), OKI Europe Ltd, commented, "The new portfolio is designed to change perceptions of what a printer can do for businesses