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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

HP launches wireless printer for SMB’s in UAE

HP has unveiled the new HP DeskJet GT 5820/10 All-in-One series, in the UAE, targeted at high-volume home users looking for a wireless ink tank printer.
“High volume home users are focused on efficiency and are constantly on the lookout for innovation that can reduce cost and minimise disruption to their work,” said Stephane Rogier, Head of Print Business, HP Inc. Middle East. “The new HP DeskJet GT series makes high-quality, reliable printing more affordable and wireless printing and ink refill

Kodak: Prosper sale delayed, discussions to extend into ‘17

Kodak’s hopes of sealing the sale deal for its Prosper inkjet business by the year-end have been dashed, and discussions with potential purchasers will now drag on into 2017.
The group announced plans to sell off its Prosper high-speed inkjet business, including the new Ultrastream technology, in March. It will retain the legacy Versamark operation. At the time of its Q3 results in November, chief executive Jeff Clarke said that after gaining “a lot of attention and buyer profiles” at Drupa

Epson printer now certified

Epson has announced that its 10-colour SC-S80610 SureColor creative signage printer has achieved 98.2% of Pantone Solid Coated Colours1under the Pantone matching system, as evaluated and certified by Pantone. In addition, Epson announces the launch of the SureColor SC-P5000 17-inch printer. Designed for proofing, fine art and photography applications, the SC-P5000 can be selected with a violet or LLK inkset, and can achieve near-perfect colour matching of up to 99% of Pantone Solid Coated

New Egyptian law

New Egyptian law establishes media regulator picked by the President.  The law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, creates the so-called Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media whose chairman will be picked by President Sisi and whose remaining members will be appointed by him based on nominations from various bodies including the judiciary and parliament.  The new council is tasked with suing media organisations that violate its

GMT launched from Dubai in last month

A Middle East edition of B2C luxury watch magazine GMT launched from Dubai in last month. GMT Middle East will be published bi-monthly with 25,000 copies distributed in the GCC, Jordan and Lebanon, according to its advertising rate card. The Middle East edition is being published by Fadi Jamil, who previously published a regional edition of QP Magazine, and combines local content with international content from GMT’s editorial team in Switzerland.

Wan Ifra will be hosting the 12th Middle East Conference

Wan Ifra will be hosting the 12th Middle East Conference on 13-14 March 2017, in Dubai. The conference will offer industry executives with opportunities to learn more about the latest strategies to increase their revenues through both new and traditional channels. The programme and speaker list will be available soon. It is also known that the last conference was held between 24-25 February, 2016 in Dubai.

Canon has recently announced the launch of imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 Series

Canon has recently announced the launch of imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7500 Series of colour A3 multifunctional printers, which is available across Europe from the 1st November. Hendrik Verbrugghe,marketing director, Canon ME commented: “As the value of printed documents increases for businesses, there is a growing need for superior quality together with day-to-day functionality that sets the C7500 Series apart. Delivering maximum return on investment, the new devices offer the best of print and

MPS enters the UAE with EF flexo sale to Hexxa Flexible Packaging

Hexxa Flexible Packaging, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, has taken delivery of its first MPS flexo press, with a 10-colour, 430mm EF multi-substrate press equipped with the advanced Automated Print Control (APC) package for full automation, UV dryers and four hot air units.
Hexxa has recently invested in larger premises in Ras al Khaimah. With its new MPS flexo press, the company is set to achieve higher productivity in shorter print runs, as Raja Gandhi, MD and owner of Hexxa Flexible Packaging said: "We

7DAYS to go off newsstands

The December 22nd edition of UAE’s free tabloid newspaper 7DAYS that hit the newsstands was its last. The newspaper, owned by the UK-based Daily Mail & General Trust Plc (DMGT), has announced that it was ceasing the publication after 13 years, citing bleak prospects of print media.
Launched in 2003 as a weekly, the newspaper increased its frequency two years later to five days a week only to retract a less than a month ago. The newspaper  in financial trouble has also ann-ounced closing of

Sona Signature papers unviels two new papers for the UAE market

Sona Papers and Gruppo Cordenons hosted a gala which will diversify the Industry. There has always been a conversation about how the paper industry can better reflect the changing creative landscape through improved internal practices. It was a gathering of all the people from the UAE market who are a part of commercial print and packaging industry. The audience included high profile personnel from corporate companies, advertising agencies, and printing presses from the UAE market.
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