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Royal Image acquires assets of LF printer, Photo Dimensions

Dubai based, large format digital print company, Royal Image has acquired the assets of Photo Dimensions, which is also into the large format printing business.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, owner of the company, Bassam Daoud said: "With the acquisition and our latest investment, we will become one of the largest large format printers in the UAE. We now have 14 printing machines, dedicated to digital printing, with a target of shifting from solvent to eco-friendly print operations. We now have an

Ali Alhashemi to sell Xeikon printers in GCC

Xeikon and Ali Alhashemi have announced the partnership for distributing the industrial digital printing press portfolio of Xeikon in the GCC.

Area manager for Russia, MEA at Xeikon, Vincent Van horenbeeck said: "We are focussing on applications like label printing, folding carton packaging and heat transfer segment. Our industrial press portfolio comprises of four different machines, the Xeikon's 3030, 3050, 3300 and 3500, each of them differentiating in speed and/or width. The speed goes up

Drupa conducts road shows in Dubai and Saudi Arabia

Drupa organised a road show 'Get Together at Drupa Networking Evening' on December 12th in Dubai. More than 100 people, mainly printers and distributors attended the event.

President and CEO of Messe Dusseldorf, Werner Dornscheidt said: "With 1,953 exhibitors from 53 countries and more than 174,000 square metres of space sold - these are the key figures for the 2008 edition - it is not only the biggest trade fair in its sector, it is also by far the most international one.

"64 per cent of the

IPEX Digital ME takes first baby steps with 46 exhibitors

The first edition of Ipex Digital Middle East took baby steps with 46 exhibitors from 8 countries participating at the show. A total of 2416 visitors from 16 countries visited the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) where the inaugural exhibition was hosted.

Binu Pillai, exhibition director, IPEX Digital ME said, "Our visitor promotion campaign was very targeted and aggressive. The quality of visitors were much appreciated by all the exhibitors. Specially the presence of key

Ali AlHashemi to distribute Basysprint UV CTP's in UAE, Oman, KSA, Qatar etc.

Dubai based distributors, Ali AlHashemi have entered into an agreement with Belgium headquartered Punch Graphix to distribute Basysprint UV CTP's in Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

G. Jayaprakash, general manager- sales & marketing said, "What makes the UV-setter unique is that it works with UV-sensitive plates instead of dedicated CtP plates, which are used by most other CtP platesetters on the market today. With the basysPrint UV-setter, you gain all the benefits of CtP, while

CEO of Jafza opens Kimoha's new manufacturing facility

Dubai based self adhesive labels and flexible packaging printer, Kimoha Entrepreneurs saw opening of its new manufacturing plant in Jebel Ali on 21st November 2011. The event saw attendance of 150 people consisting of suppliers and family members. Chief executive officer of Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority and Economic Zones World Salma Ali Saif Bin Hareb did the rope cutting cremony at the new plant. H.E. the consul general of India, Sanjay Verma was also present at the event.

Talking with

Sixth edition of print awards to be hosted on 8th Feb 2012

Printing and Publishing Group (PPG), under the auspices of Dubai Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the 6th Dubai International Print Awards (DIPA) at a press conference. The annual award ceremony will be held on 8th February, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai.

The chairman of PPG, Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh said that DIPA will invite entries from printers in the Middle East region, South Africa and Asia. PPG's aim, according to him, was to bring the regional print industry to a

Yash Grafix to service ME area

Distributors and manufacturers of printing machinery, pre-press and post press equipment, Yash Grafix will now service the Middle East markets.

Says Rajeev director marketing and administration, "Apart from supplying web offset printing press, we provide consultancy and our team of printing technologists, mechanical and electronic engineers ready to undertake turnkey jobs of repairing, dismantling and re-installation of any web fed printing press.

Expressing his opinion on the current market

Heliozid Oce focuses on wide format segment with Dubai road show

Heliozid Oce had organised a road show in Dubai on 29th September 2011.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Philippe Husni, managing partner said: "The large format printing segment (LFP) was most affected during the economic downturn on both CAD and Graphics Arts side. But within the LFP market we see the trend changing from black and white printing to colour printing. Going with the trend, Heliozid Oce is showcasing the colour wide format printers from Oce and Canon, for users from different industry

Heidelberg conducts seminar on Prinect with live demo

Heidelberg Middle East conducted a 'Prinect Seminar' on October 9 till the 13th 2011 in Dubai.

The 1st day had the 'Prinect Sales Seminar' for the sales team of Heidelberg Gulf and Saudi Arabia. The 2nd day was a customer live demo, followed by 3 days technical and software training for local Heidelberg service engineers.

All presentations/demos/trainings were given by Dominic Stahl, trainer coming from Heidelberg Germany accompanied by Dr. Ali Makari, area sales manager, Heidelberger

Manroland confirms insolvency

In a statement issued, the German printing press manufacturer confirmed that it had been forced to initiate insolvency proceedings following a "dramatic downturn in incoming orders" since mid-July.

The company has filed a request for self-administration in order to finalise its on-going restructuring efforts as a "debtor in possession", while court-appointed lawyer Dr Frank Kebekus will act as general representative for the restructuring.Werner Schneider, a financial auditor and tax consultant

Positive Packaging enhances its gravure press with new system

Suppliers of flexible packaging, Dubai-based Positive Packaging United's decision to boost capacity has influenced their decision to invest in QuadTech's Autotron 2600 with Clear Logic Register Guidance System on new Cerutti gravure press.

"We see the inclusion of automated press controls as vital, in order to assure consistently high quality standards demanded by local consumer goods customers, whose brands depend on distinctive, high-impact packaging to succeed," commented Pranesh Kankanwadi

Graphic Crafts introduces 'profit enhancing' machine to digital printers

Dubai based distributor, Graphic Crafts has launched a new 'low-cost, profit enhancing product' from UK manufacturer, Caslon.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, director, Nipam Kotwal said: "We have launched foil fusing machine targeting the digital printers. It is a process where foil is bonded to a toner image area that was created using either a laser printer or a copy machine. The main advantage is that it does not require any type of die. Gold, silver, metallic colours, flat and gloss pigment colour

UPP enters digital print arena with NeXpress SE 3000 buy

Abu Dhabi based United Printing and Publishing plans on expanding into the digital 'print on demand' segment with its newest investment, Kodak's NeXpress SE3000 digital production colour press.

Established in 2006, UPP is one of the largest printshop's in UAE and specializes in newspaper and commercial offset printing. With an annual turnover of AED 260 million and 500 employees, UPP's key clients include Abu Dhabi Media Company, Al Ittihad, Financial Times and educational books for Macmillan

Dubai Printing Press grows new wings with security printing

Dubai Printing Press has decided to go into value addition jobs with high profile printing jobs.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, General Manager, Vijay Menon said: "We got specialized software and a professional graphic designer Dr. Moutaz El Bahy to design and print high security products like anti copy, anti scan, hidden image and watermarks, micro lines and micro text, holographic stamping and holographic lamination. With professional designers, we can design something exclusive which can become

Demand for short runs determines Asiatic buy

Dubai based, Asiatic Printing Press chose to invest in a Kodak NexPress SE3000 digital production colour press for shorter run length jobs.

General manager, Vipin Ramachandran said: " A lot of our work is book printing, but the print runs are gradually coming down. With the digital and litho mix we have, we can be very flexible and that means we can help customers achieve whatever their jobs demand. We made a conscious decision for flexibility and quality. It also very closely matches the

Masar Printing Press get new AC maintenance provider

Dubai based, Masar Printing and Publishing has renewed the contract for the air conditioning of the plant with Al Reyadah. It is a UAE based contracting company that serve clients in the Gulf region.

Dr. Mohamed Yousef Mubarak, Technical Services Director, Masar said: "We are delighted to appoint Al Reyadah to manage the AC systems in Masar. The company won the contract for their high technical expertise and full dedication they showed to work with us in addition to their round the clock

ColorLines gets a new boss after resignation

Dubai based printing press ColorLines CEO, Tarek Jawharji has resigned from its position.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Tarek Jawharji said: "I had health problems in which doctors have advised me to reduce daily working hours. I am recovering from it but I need rest for about an year."

When asked about whether he would join back after one year he said that it depends my health recovery and new manager of ColorLines is from Lebanon. Jawharji will continue as partner in the printing press. "If they

Express Print wins contract to publish about 1 m copies of YP

Dubai based Express Print (Publishers) have won a 3-year contract to print 1 million copies of Etisalat's Yellow Pages.

Founded in 1988, by Abdul Qadir Mohammed and Abdullah Zubair, Express Print were the first to publish Etisalat's yellow pages along with Abu Dhabi based Al Wahda printers. The current contract was won through an open tender after more than 2 decades.

Express Print Services are also official suppliers of textbooks for the Ministry of Education.

Abdul Wahab, director of Express

IPEX Digital Middle East to debut in ME with Abu Dhabi as chosen venue

Informa Exhibitions is set to launch IPEX Digital Middle East at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) to provide a platform for digital technology in commercial and large format printing sectors in the Middle East region.

Scheduled to be held between 14th to 16th November this year, IPEX Digital Middle East will be an annual event as against UK event which takes place once every four years.

"IPEX Digital Middle East will cover the entire commercial and large format digital print

UPP is first in UAE to buy Value Liner to generate ad revenue

Abu Dhabi based United Printing and Publishing has invested in a new card gluer, ValueLiner which will be integrated into a Muller Martini SLS3000 inserting line. According to the print giant, 'the new card gluer opens up attractive advertising possibilities for UPP, using the front and back pages of four daily newspapers published at the new production facility commissioned recently'.

CEO Ali Saif Al Neaimi says, "The eye-catching effect on the front and back pages of a newspaper really does

Paper Link invests AED 800K in sheeting & rewinding machine

Dubai based, paper trader Paper Link International has gone for an investment of AED 800K in rewinding and sheeting machine setup. The machine is with deckle width of 2.8 meters. The company expects a return on investment within a year or 18 months.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, senior manager of marketing, Abdul Suboor said: "The main motive behind this project is to supply to excess demand from our customers. We feel there is still 20 to 25% difference between supply and demand. We get materials

Kodak to focus on MEA social media market

Kodak ME got a visit by their social media manager for EMEA region on 2nd June 2011.

Madlen Nicolaus visited the Dubai office to attend the Social Media Marketing Conference, which happened in Dubai. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, she said: "There are 700 million facebook users worldwide out of which 27.6 million are in Arab world with 78% annual growth rate that last year. On a global level, the UAE is the top Arab country in terms of Facebook penetration as percentage of the population. It is also

'Inkjet is the future' says HP's MEMA segment specialist

New incumbent to the post, Carl Boustany, segment specialist- HP, MEMA Direct Mail and Publishing places all his bets on the inkjet market. "While there is political unrest in certain countries in the ME, our focus markets are Saudi Arabia and the UAE. We are targeting 4 segments for inkjet namely publishing, book printers newspapers, transactional and transpromotional direct mail segments. Inkjet in my opinion is the future. In Europe for example publishers conventionally had huge

Publisher launches new bi-lingual magazine

Brownbook Publishing House has announced the launch of a new current affairs, monthly magazine titled Arab Eastern. The 40-page journal will be published in English and Arabic and edited by Anna Seaman, a former reporter with The National in Abu Dhabi.

"It is important for us to keep generating useful and interesting content," he said. "With Arab Eastern we are going to look at news and affairs. It will be a business and economic journal whilst all the time keeping our

First Sun Studio set up in Dubai to enter ME's interior market

Dubai based IT solutions provider ProTechnology and Russian UV LED printer manufacturer Sun Innovations have taken franchise for ME first 'SUN Studio'.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO of ProTechnology, Jamal Maraqa said: "The SUN group has three separate companies namely Sunflower inks which is a ink factory, manufacturer of printers Sun Innovations with service and support and the last one is Sun Franchise.

"Sun Franchise buys printers from Sun Innovations or their distributor and

HP, Dubai Police host press conference against counterfeit products in ME

HP Middle East, in conjunction with Dubai Police organised a 'Roundtable Conference' at Emirates Towers in Dubai, to discuss the growing challenges posed by counterfeit products in the UAE.

Fayez Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, an expert from the Forensic and Criminology Department represented Dubai Police and Amin Mortazavi took the questions on behalf of HP.

Mortazavi said, "In the last 4 years, we have seized nearly 9 million fake products in Europe, Middle East and Africa region

Al Shabak initiates CSR drive for recycling used banners

Dubai based sign and digital materials trader, Al Shabak General Trading has launched a new campaign of recycling the used banner materials.

The company in association with substrate manufacturer Ferrari has setup a collection centre in Dubai. The company will collect any used coated banners from digital printers. The banners will be send to Italy where they will be reused in Ferrari production chains and other industries. The initiative is called as 'Texyloop'.

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Al Taawon takes over Target PP & plans expansion in packaging

Sharjah based, Al Taawon Printing Press has taken over another Sharjah based Target Offset Printing Press.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, partner at new the company, Kuldip P. Sankhyan said: "The Target Offset was having issues with labour department. Their management approached us to take over the company. So now we have taken over total assets of the company including their machines without any liability as of February this year."

Target Offset Printing Press is about 20 years old and specialised in

CMS Printing invests in a lamination machine

UAE based CMS Printing Press has installed the D&K Proteus 72 thermal lamination machine in January this year.

Says general manager, Bryan Noronha, "We had a look at other machines from China before opting for this one for its longetivity. Other people we knew, also spoke well of the performance and speed of the Proteus, and we chose to invest in this machine."

The thermal lamination machine can print approximately 1800 sheets per hour. Among the other features the laminator has is the pneumatic