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Fespa Digital in Munich hailed a record breaker

Fespa Digital 2014 has been hailed a double record breaker by the organiser after the Munich event smashed the attendance and exhibitor figures of the 2011 Hamburg iteration.
“It was amazing, it’s actually quite difficult to be considered about it when you’re 30% up the previous biggest show, but the event was just incredible,” said Fespa chief executive Neil Felton.
One of his highlights was the level of visitor revisits: 49% compared to Hamburg’s 40%, which he said was another indicator that

NDigitec launches web shop for Middle East customers

Dubai based distributors NDigitec has launched a web shop, Dubaiprint.com for their customers in the Middle East.

Explains CEO Vatche Kavlakian: “DubaiPrint.com is the first integrated virtual retail store for professional customers who are looking for hassle-free printing solutions in the Middle East. It is a web-to-print platform to order all your printing requirements which be delivered to your doorstep. The web shop is developed in Netherlands and the US with the help of our rich

Info Graphics to distribute paper converting machines in region

Dubai based distributors Info Graphics has signed an agreement to distribute paper converting machines from E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako.

Abdul Hakim, general manager of Info Graphics commented: " E.C.H. Will is the sister co mpany of Pemco,  which manufactures cut-size ream wrapping and packaging systems for the paper industry. All three manufacturers offer a full range of proactive services in support of  cut-size or folio paper converting machines. We opted for these brands since

DIPA commemorates 69 winners from 23 categories

Chairman, PPG : “The printing industry is seeing growth, the winners and participants are those who will drive this growth”  

TheInternational Print Awards 2014, were celebrated with much pomp and ceremony.  Hosted on 28th April at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, the event saw 69 winners walk away with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards given in 23 categories to participants from  GCC countries, India and Lebanon.

Held under the patronage of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy

Victoria press invests AED 6m in new packaging solutions

Ajman-based Victoria Printing & Publishing LLC has added a bunch of packaging solutions to their existing printing and finishing unit. Recently, during Print Pack Arabia 2014, Victoria bought 8 new packaging machines from AFRA International FZC.

Julian Pozza, divison manager of Victoria Printing & Publishing said, “We have invested predominantly in packaging machines from AFRA International FZC which include - Heidelberg 70 x 100 5 colour printer, 4/6 corner gluing machine with pre

Future Flex buys 9 colour Cerutti and W&H press

Future Flex, part of Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries Group (ENPI) has invested in 9-colour Cerutti and Weidmuller(W&H) printing machine, because of its cold seal technology, bar code scanner, delta value, automatic viscosity controller.

Rahman Adil, general manager - sales and business development comments: "Our decision to invest in machine of Cerutti Weidmuller(W&H) was to have the latest technology in printing, in order to offer best quality of products and services

Synergies Tech steps up with marketing strategies

Dubai based Syenrgies group expands its printing division with marketing strategies. Backed with sales offices in Middle East and African countries, Synergies Tech, Dubai, provides a one stop shop for all the offset printing requirements. 

Shariq Mulla and Shadab Mulla, directors of the company explains, “Initially, we  planned to grow step by step and ensure that the quality is upto the mark, and now it is been accepted by the market as we have received very good response. Our focus would be

4th edition of Paperworld ME with increased participants

The fourth edition of the region’s leading trade fair for stationery, paper and office products, Paperworld Middle East 2014, got underway with 14% larger than the previous edition. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry inaugurated the show who was accompanied by a number of senior industry representatives and senior managers from organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.

Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4th -6th March 2014, the

Jacky’s to distribute MakerBot’s 3D printing products in the ME

Jacky’s Business Solutions will distribute MakerBot’s latest range of 3D printers such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, as well as the entire MakerBot 3D Printing Ecosystem in the Middle East region. 

Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer of Jacky’s Business Solutions said, “The 3D printing market has been growing by leaps and  bounds. Brands like MakerBot are at the core of this movement because they have not only brought

Express backs packaging with new investment in machines

In a bid to strengthen its packaging line, Dubai-based commercial printers Express Printing Services has invested in a die-cutter and folder-gluer from Master Works.

Abdul Wahab, director of Express Printing comments, “Our strategy was to strengthen our packaging business by adding a new line of printing and finishing line. We have worked backwards and installed the MK Die Cutter and Folder Gluer first.” 

“This has helped us tremendously in reducing delivery time and being able to execute

Emirates Printing Press buys 1st ‘super-fast’ iGen 150 in the GCC

Emirates Printing Press (EPP) has invested in the ‘super-fast digital  press’, iGen 150 manufactured by Xerox. This press is the first one of its kind in the entire GCC region.

Explaining their reason for purchasing this machine, CEO Mohamed Al Shirawi and executive director Samuel Natarajan said, “We decided to invest in the iGen 150 to fulfill the demands of our customers for quick turnaround of short run commercial and packaging jobs. This is the first iGen 150 in Middle East. The main

Chrysels buys LFP from Signtrade in Dubai

Digital printers for indoor and outdoor signage, Chrysels Digital Advertising has invested in a direct dye sublimation machine from Mimaki, the JV5 320, purchased from Dubai-based distributors, Signtrade.

Says owner and director (marketing) Samuel Thomas, " Since this is the one of the most advanced machine used in the textile industry especially in Europe, we opted to invest in this printer. The main features which tilted our decision in favour of the Mimaki are the fast direct and

Print Pack Arabia to unlock opportunities in MEA

Aimed at highlighting the opportunities in the regional printing and publishing industry that is set to grow to $7bn by 2015, Expo Centre Sharjah is launching a new trade event, Print Pack Arabia, from April 7 to 10, 2014.

A press conference held on Monday, 24th February to announce the details of the event was addressed by Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah, and C.P. Paul, general secretary of Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA)

Toray to showcase its waterless technology

Manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, Toray will present waterless printing benefits at 9th WAN-IFRA in the Middle East. According to Toray, waterless offset printing is an environmentally friendly printing process that delivers higher quality, reduces waste and increases the productivity of newspaper and semi-commercial printing operations.
Mitsunori Hayashi, GM- sales and marketing, Toray Graphics said: ““Ecological printing is no longer seen as an expensive luxury, but as a

Canon launches 2 new LF, 6-colour printers

Canon Middle East has launched two large format imagePROGRAF models for in-house poster and POS printing.
    The new 24” imagePROGRAF iPF6400SE and 44” iPF8400SE have been designed produce an A1-sized poster on coated paper in one minute in ‘Fast Mode’, and offer a low cost of investment  option as they’ve been developed specifically for entry level users.
“In the corporate, retail and hospitality markets, in particular, there is a growing demand for large format printers to enable users to

The Week to bring out its Middle East edition

Publishing house, Motivate and British publisher Dennis Publishing have entered an agreement to launch a licensed edition of The Week in the Middle East, ameinfo reported.
The Week Middle East will be published in English and be available across retail outlets across the GCC and by subscription.
Ian Fairservice, managing director and group editor, Motivate said: “The benefit  of The Week is that it offers a curated one-stop-shop for credible, global and regional news, business and current

8th edition of DIPA scheduled for 28th April: PPG

Dubai International Print Awards ceremony will be hosted at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai on 28th April, the committee members of Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) announced at a press conference.
Submissions are open to printers and publishers across the award categories and the deadline for entries is April 15, 2014. A new award has been added for DIPA 2014, which seeks to find excellence in rotogravure or engraved images, relevant to label and flexible packaging material.  Last year’s

Ajman based Imprint buys Ricoh Pro from Giffin Graphics

Accommodating short run jobs, Ajman-based Imprint   Printing  Press bought Ricoh Pro C651 EX digital unit from Giffin Graphics.
Sam Michael, general manager of Imprint said, "Giffin & Ricoh are trusted names in the market and their support in terms of service is meeting the expectations of clients. The machine Ricoh Pro C651 EX was bought to accommodate short run jobs & quick delivery with quality. It is a part of our expansion as we aim for being a one-stop-shop solution for our

Col.Art buys Alphajet and Tigertec from Helious at SGI

Dubai-based Col.Art publishing and advertising company has recently bought two machines eco-solvent printer Alphajet and CNC router Tigertec from Helious at SGI 2014.
Rajesh Kutty, managing partner of  Col.Art said, "We have invested in Helious machines AlphaJet and Tigertec to be in a line with the market trends and being competitive by having inhouse production facility."
"AlphaJet is an eco-solvent printer having features like low odour ink and long durability of colours in outdoor print

NDigitec to be sole distributor for De-Mill Ltd products in UAE


De-Mill Ltd strengthens its sales force in MEA by creating a sole distribution partnership with NDigitec (Namma Int’l Digitec FZ LLC) in the UAE.
Sai Naveen, marketing manager of  NDigitec said, “We are glad to be a sole distributor of De-Mill Ltd  in the UAE. They are a Finnish based manufacturer of graphic media board named D-Board, an inverted corrugated carton board. It is 100% recyclable board and can be used as the integral material for all types of advertisement and promotional

Printwell’s latest buy, mat cutter from AGE


Dubai-based Printwell Printing Press has invested in Mat Pro ULTRA V 150 mat  cutting machine from AGE Graphic Equipments  FZC, Sharjah.
Zayed Bin Shams, director of Printwell Printing Press said, “We were in search of a machine to serve our clients with quality prototypes for short run jobs. Thus, we bought Mat Pro ULTRA V 150 meeting our requirement such as capability  of  complicated jobs with utmost precision and that in proper price and wide range.”
The machine combines features of

Universal to operate new packaging lines

Universal Flexible Packaging has started operating 2 new fully automatic packaging lines - one to  manufacture courier bags and the other for producing chicken bags ,bread bags and diaper bags.
    Sudin Gopinath, general manager explains, “Our Wicketer machine made by Indian manufacturer, Mamatha Machinery has a capacity of 60 tonnes/month for each line.  Our new line can make 100tonne of lamination PE films  and high clarity  shrink films.”
    “With Dubai winning Expo 2020, we see the

17th edition of SGI creates buzz in the signage industry of MEA

Sign and Graphics Imaging Show 2014 was officially inaugurated by Mona Al Marri, director general, Government of Dubai Media Office. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz - chairman of International Expo-Consults and Sharif Rahman, CEO of International Expo-Consults were also present along with other senior industry officials  during the inauguration of the 17th edition of the show.
The show was held at the Dubai World Trade Center  between 7th-9th January 2014. A total of 400 exhibitors from 30 countries

Konica Minolta and Juma Al Majid hosts an event in UAE

Konica Minolta and and Juma Al Majid Establishment  organized customer workshop on Photo Book solutions. The event  was held at Digital Imaging Solutions Centre managed by Juma Al Majid Establishment which has a complete lineup of Konica Minolta Solutions.
Tanveer Ahmed Khan general manager Juma Al Majid OFE division and Takashi Abe, general manager CP division at Konica Minolta, Japan, did the formal opening of the event.
Photo Professionals from across the UAE were present  at the workshop to

Blue Rhine takes new distributorship in GCC

Blue Rhine has taken ditributorship of Blackman & White, a cutter manufacturing company based in England.
Vinod Kumar, technical manager, Blue Rhine said, “Blackman & White expertise in manufacturing flexible cutters such as Mastercut VersaTech, Orion model and Genesis. Apart from flatbed cutter heads and  router heads, they have capacity to fix laser head in the same machine as per the requirements. Blue Rhine will be concentrating on Versa-Tech Flatbed & Genesis models to handle

Canon hosts ME partner conference in Dubai

Canon Middle East held its 2013 Partner Conference in Dubai under the theme ‘Steering to Our Vision'.
The three day conferencewas hosted  at Fairmont The Palm, Dubai.  A total of 100 partners from 45 countries in the Middle East, North, West and East Africa region attended the event.  The agenda consisted of Canon’s business strategies, objectives and latest innovations for 2014. A series of presentations and forums were organised to focus on key areas including  product segments, sharing best

Three Nilpeter presses at Ajanta Packaging with latest buy


Ajanta Packaging has invested in  FB-3300, 10-colour UV flexo press purchased from Nilpeter at their Sharjah unit.
Chandan Khanna, managing director, Ajanta Packaging said, "We have been catering to clients with requirement of small and medium run jobs in this market. Our aim was to consolidate our position in five years in the U.A.E."
With emphasis on and demand for high quality, Khanna decided to export the new Nilpeter FB-3300 to the Sharjah unit.  With four plants in total, two in India and

DWTC goes green with Dilli UV machine from DigiMatrix Tech

Dubai World Trade Center  (DWTC) has invested in a UV printing machine, the DILLI RTR3204D purchased from DigiMatrix Technologies.
Says managing director of DigiMatrix, Bilal Al-Hattab, “This is the 3rd machine sold to DWTC in the last 2 years.  They had purchased the DGI solvent printer, 2 years ago and now they have invested in the DigiRob for the foam and engraving jobs for events and exhibitions. The Dilli RTR uses UV technology and so is environmentally friendly.  It can operate at 140

NDigitec X60 relishes creativity in ME region

NDigitec X60 is a Dubai-based CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) studio serving the Gulf, Europe and Russian region. Managed by Dutch photographer, Rob Marinissen, X60 produces CGI from a photographer’s perspective. "I believe that in the next 10 years commercial photography will be largely replaced by CGI," says Rob.


CGI being its's spear-point, X60 is also asked for photography, retouch, video, concept, design with  CGI. "This is really what we had hoped; to deliver a full set of creative

Autoscreen International opens its doors in Middle East markets

Autoscreen International Trading LLC, a start-up company will enter the Middle East market with office in Dubai.


Autoscreen formally commenced operation on 12 November, 2013 as a one-stop source for printing related products and services, which will include brands such as Ulano, USA; Nitokku, Japan; Extris, Italy; Zhongyi, China; Nyssa, JM Coatings, Magnum Magnetics, USA; SkyScreen, India; Grafica Flextronica, India and other top international names. The company will cater to the entire Middle