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Workz completes $1 m upgrade to facility

Workz has invested $1 million to upgrade its scratch card printing facility in Dubai. The investment will allow Workz to increase running speeds by 30% and subsequently boost its production capacity to over 150 million cards per month, announced the manufacturer. 

The upgrade comprises of multiple enhancements including a new UV inkjet variable data printer, additional inline print stations and card wrapping machines as well as camera and data verification upgrades. The custom-built, 40

OKI celebrates 30th anniversary in EMEA region

OKI Europe is celebrating 30 years of its presence in the Europe, Middle East and African printer market.
Tributes were paid to employees who have worked for the organisation since it was established in Europe 30 years ago. OKI’s partner in Greece, CPI, was also honoured for their dedication and 25-year-long partnership with OKI.
“We are incredibly proud of OKI’s significant contribution to the EMEA printer market over the last 30 years and the major product breakthroughs we have achieved,”

HP enters 3D printing market with its Multi Jet Fusion system

HP has ported its thermal inkjet know-how into a new 3D printing system that will be able to produce objects more than a metre wide.

Its new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing systems uses the same modular thermal inkjet heads that are used in everything from HP desktop printers to the T-series high-speed Color Inkjet Web presses.

A conceptual design of the 3D systems that HP unveiled alongside a new “blended reality” desktop product, Sprout, that is potentially of interest to packaging and

Xerox enters business deal with NDigitec

Dubai-based NDigitec has invested in the Xerox Color 1000 digital press to cater to customers with small format digital printing requirements.

"We always want to give our customers the best solutions and hence our decision to invest in the Xerox Color 1000. We have best production equipment across our divisions to give our customers a wide variety of solutions to choose from. This investment will help us in expanding our market and offerings to help gain market share in this area of

HP adds detail on corrugated co-development with KBA

HP has revealed more details about its plans for the packaging market including its collaboration with KBA to develop a high-volume inkjet web press.

“The market for digital print in packaging has only just started and we are talking to early adopters to better understand customer requirements,” said Hewlett-Packard’s Inkjet High-Speed Production Solutions Division vice president and general manager Aurelio Maruggi.

“Our discussions with major packaging suppliers about the capabilities and

Canon survey reveals print usage trends of SMEs in Middle East

A printer usage survey conducted by Canon Middle East among 1,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the GCC revealed that their use of multi-functional printers (MFP) are not being fully optimized.

The study titled -  ‘Canon GCC SME IT and Office Print Trends’, aimed to find out whether small businesses throughout the region are using the full features and maximising the benefits offered by MFPs.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East observed: “Now more than

Vision printing press invests in H’berg’s Suprasetter CTP A-106

Vision Printing and Publishing in Abu Dhabi has bought CTP Suprasetter A-106 Prosser Raptor + 85T from Heidelberg.

“After keen-sighting the features we have bought this machine,” says Abdalla Rashid Ahmed Alhammadi, general manager of Vision Printing. He further commented, “the three features which fascinated us are, the easy instalment and training provided by the company to train our staff; availability of customer services throughout the UAE and their prompt response to our any inquiries

Brother launches range of MFC's, printers, label printers in ME

Brother International (Gulf) FZE has announced the launch of new models of  printers, multi-function centers (MFCs), label printers and sewing machines for the Small Offices and Home Offices (SOHOs) and Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) segment.

Soichi Murakami, managing director of  Brother said: “We understand the business needs of its customers and strives to stay at par with their requirements by introducing its new product ranges. Our new range of printers, MFCs, electronic labellers have

Sharjah based company gets distributorship

A Sharjah based company AGE Graphic Equipments FZC gets the distributorship from US based company, Color-Logic Inc.

Richard Ainge, chief technology officer from Color-Logic has briefed the process behind this, “The system comprises of three primary components, colour communication, colour design, and colour visualisation.  Our system works with most types of printing, including offset, flexo, screen, digital press, inkjet and gravure, using either CMYK plus metallic silver ink or white ink

Signage Middle East awards announced for 2015

International Expo Consults (IEC) organizers of the annual Sign & Graphic Imaging Exhibition (SGI Dubai) have announced a partnership with UAE-based events and publishing company Enthralogy to host the first Signage Middle East Conference and Awards.  

The Signage ME Conference will be held on 10th-11th January 2015 in Dubai. It will be a regional educational and networking platform for signage professionals and enthusiasts to learn about new technologies, explore new markets and

Heidelberg slashes post-press offering

In June, Heidelberg chief Dr. Gerold Linzbach didn’t beat around the bush when it came to telegraphing his intentions for parts of the group that were described as “less strategic”.

“We have some non-core business lines or products in which we will no longer invest,” he stated. “We will look for ways to make them more profitable and operate them primarily to generate cash. Why would you allocate large resources to a business that is clearly not as attractive as your core business? Just for

Gulf Commercial Group enter mid range market as resellers for Riso

Dubai based distributors Gulf Commercial Group will be distributing digital printers from Riso in the UAE market.

Islam Salah, PPS Division Manager -UAE commented: “By adding Riso to our  product range, GCG will have mid-range production machines with low initial investment and highest colour speed (150 ppm colour), and a completely new technology in the UAE market, that is production inkjet.  

Everyone in the industry knows that production inkjet technology is the future of digital

Real Time purchases Agfa’s Jeti UV flat bed digital printer

Dubai based Real Time Advertising has invested in the JETi HDC 1224 – UV flatbed printer from Agfa mainly for its capability of printing on a variety of media.

Explains managing director Udayan Kasinathan: “As a company we are focused on brand activation with a clear aim of offering our customers the right solutions that would put their brands in an advantageous position. We have been constantly investing on both skilled manpower and machinery. While we did have a few other options of brands

Workz opens new HQ and hits 5bn data records after ISO certification

Secure printing and services provider has  officially opened its new Dubai headquarters and hits 5 bn data records after ISO security certification.  

Established in 60,000 sq feet facility includes a new expanded fulfilment, card and packaging printing facility as well as logistics and warehouse space. As the largest telecoms logistics and fulfilment centre in the region, the new facility will further increase the company’s current production capacity to 60M+ retail packs per year.

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Alpha buys two Xerox digital presses in 2014

Dubai based Alpha Printing Press has recently purchased the Xerox Color 1000 Press to cater to its customers' requirements.  Earlier in the year, Alpha  also invested in the Xerox Color J75 Press.

Commenting on their decision, Oomman Varkey, director at Alpha said: " “Xerox enabled us to step into full colour digital production only four months after initial investment in mid-production. We understood the business potential and have already achieved in excess of 30% running cost savings

Canon completes colour cutsheet press line-up

Canon Middle East launched a new colour production cutsheet press, the imagePRESS C800 Series. The comprised two models are the 70ppm imagePRESS C700 and the 80ppm imagePRESS C800.

It features, high production speeds of up to 80 impressions per minute on a  range of media by using the Advanced Twin Belt Fusing unit, the imagePRESS C800 Series can run at maximum speed on heavy stock up to 220 gsm ‘without diminishing’ print quality. 

The imagePRESS C800 Series can produce duplex print jobs

Linzbach calls time on under-performing postpress products

Heidelberg has announced a major shake-up of its post-press operations that will result in it exiting the saddle-stitcher and perfect binding markets entirely.

Muller Martini will take over the service and parts business relating to Heidelberg’s saddlestitching and adhesive binding products; while its packaging post-press products such as the Diana folder-gluer will in future be manufactured by Chinese OEM partner Masterwork Machinery, although Heidelberg will continue with sales and service

International Printing Press invests $96k in perfect binder


Dubai-based International Printing Press has purchased Morgana’s PUR Digibook 300 perfect binder from Afra International.
Explaining the validity of their decision, Medona A. Fernandez said, “Morgana is a reliable brand in print finishing and it is represented by Afra - a reliable local partner, with whom we have been dealing since the last 14 years. We have a range of Morgana and other machines purchased over the years from them, and have experienced unmatched timely technical and spares

Workz has launched scratch card printing facility in Dubai

Secure printing and services provider, Workz has announced the official launch of its scratch card printing facility at IMPZ, Dubai.  
Established in 5,600 sq feet area, Workz owns a custom-built 16 station flexographic printing press that can convert blank paper to finished cards in two and a half minutes.
Workz Director Brad Taylor commented: "We are very excited to officially launch our new facility as we believe we offer clients three significant advantages from their existing options; first

ETG to distribute Duplo products in Gulf region


Emirates Trans Graphics (ETG), Dubai a part of Ali Alhashemi Group has been appointed by Duplo International as the exclusive distributors for their full range of products including digital duplicators. This distributorship extends to the entire Gulf region which includes U.A.E, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The agreement was recently signed at the Dubai head office of Emirates Trans Graphics between Bruno Picquet, C.E.O. Duplo International and Mohammad Al Hashimi, C.E.O. of

IEC to introduce ‘SGI Textile’ pavilion in ‘SGI 2015’

International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of the Sign and Graphic Imaging show has announced that ‘SGI Dubai 2015’ will include an exclusive textile printing focused pavilion called ‘SGI Textile’.
This announcement will see the introduction of new technologies under two broad printing categories namely ‘technical fabric’ and ‘garment decoration’ alongside other major pavilions. The 18th edition of the show will be held from January 11th to January 13th, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade

Ruler inaugurates state of art Holy Quran printing center


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai has launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Holy Quran Printing Centre.
The state-of-the-art printing center is the first and only one of its kind in the world, that provides copies of the Quran in all typescripts, writing styles and variant readings for all Muslim countries.
With an annual production capacity of 6 million copies, the centre initially aims to print the ‘Khalifa Bin Zayed Mus’haf’ (edition of the Holy Quran)

Imprint invests in PUR binding machine


Ajman and Sharjah based  commercial printers, Imprint Printing Press has purchased the PUReBind Ultra machine from Welbound Worldwide to add to its exisiting machines - the Speed Master 52, die cutting machine from Bobst, various CtP's, folding and perfect binding machines.
Explains general manager  Sam Michael: "We have invested in PUReBind Ultra machine from Welbound Worldwide since the brand is well accepted in the Middle East market for their perfect binding machines and our association with

Heidelberg business review underway, looks at new buys

Heidelberg will review its ‘weak margin’ product segments over the next six months and could spin-off or discontinue some of its operations, while at the same time looking to acquire in growth areas.
The world’s biggest press manufacturer announced the latest stage in its reorganisation today, along with a target to achieve EBITDA margins of at least 8% by its next financial year.
It also confirmed the $5.4m  net profit for the current financial year on sales of $3.26bn in its preliminary

Nabeel invests AED 5.4 m in 4- colour press from Heidelberg


Nabeel Printing Press added one more Heidelberg machine to its product line - the CD 102.  
Explaining their reason to invest another AED  5.4 million in a new printer, director Jain Sathian says: “Investing in a 100x70, 4-colour machine with water based coating when we already have 100x70 5 colour machine with coating in-house was mainly to serve fast turnaround jobs that needed to be delivered overnight.”
“Already we have a huge demand for these kinds of jobs in hand.  This investment will

Colorline invests half million to buy H'berg's Suprasetter CtP A75

By Shilpa Jasani
Ajman based commercial printers, Colorline has invested half million dirhams to purchase the Suprasetter CtP A75 from Heidelberg.
 Impressed with the quality and  advanced technology of the printer, Musthafa K H, managing director of Colorline commented: "We were keen to enhance our production capacity, while simultaneously minimizing  the plate production time and cost impact, this steered our decision in favour of the Suprasetter."
Colorline previously owns two PrintMaster GTO

Heidelberg ME, Ricoh's regional partnership


Heidelberg Middle East announced a regional partnership with Ricoh to expand digital offerings to its customers under the name of Heidelberg Linoprint.
Zeid Al Jehni, general manager of Heidelberg ME commented: “Heidelberg Middle East is a total solution provider for the printing industry. From prepress to offset & flexo, from commercial to industrial packaging, Heidelberg is adding digital to its portfolio. Customers will benefit from Heidelberg’s experience in the region to offer the