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Al Mawrid backs packaging by investing in Gallus' flexo press with add-ons

Al Mawrid Printing & Advertising has invested €4.5m in a Gallus ICS 670 press and associated prepress equipment in response to growing demand for high-quality packaging in the region.

The 350-staff United Arab Emirates printer, which is part of the Dubai-headquartered Thomsun Group, has purchased the press at Drupa.

Al Mawrid has specified the new modular press with a continuous unwinder, two gravure print units, cold foil and lamination capability, as well as seven 'Easy Value Add' (EVA)

Print stalwart announces resignation, assigns deputy

Print veteran, Kishor Gohil, the vastly experienced general manager of Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing (AGPP) bids farewell to the industry in the Middle East, assigning his competent deputy, Lakshman Ganapathy to the top job.

"There comes a time in everybody's life when regardless of your passion for your profession, there are other things in life that take precedence and such a time has come for me. I would also like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to every body who I have

PPG to commence fresh innings under new leadership and committee

Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) is to start a fresh innings under incumbent chairman, Mazen Haj, managing partner of Printec LLC.

An honorary position, the new chairman has moved up from the position of vice-chairman. The latter post will now be held by Zahir Hassan of Power Print.

Says the new chairman, "While we are very proud of the increased stature of the PPG over the last 6 years, we have new vision for the group. We aim to rope in end-user print buyers like advertising agencies with

Canon ME signs Drupa deals worth $3.5m

Canon Middle East shared its success at Drupa where it had its largest-ever stand at 3,750 sqm.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Professional Print Solutions, Canon Middle East, Ayman Aly said: "We had great success in Drupa in which we could generate atleast 800 leads from MEA and could sign worth $3.5m. We have sold more than 130 machines.

"We had atleast 50 success stories from Europe showcased in the stall and it was very useful information for MEA customers. We showed all real

Al Ghurair Printing Press become proud owners of first iGen4 digital press in UAE

The first high end digital production machine, the iGen4, from the stable of Xerox to be sold in the UAE was to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing.

Capable of printing more than three million A4 pages per month on substrates ranging from 65 to 350 gsm, the press can operate at a speed of 120 impressions per minute (ipm) for 7" x 7" substrate to 40 ipm for 14.33 x 22.5".

Kishor Gohil, general manager of Al Ghurair says, "The iGen4 has an auto colour calibration system which ensures

Al Sidra invest AED 400,000 in 4 colour offset machine from Autoprint, India

Sharjah based Al Sidra Printing Press has become the first printing press in the UAE to spend AED 400,000 in the 4-colour sheet fed offset machine, the Dion 450, made by Indian manufacturer, Autoprint.

Joji Joseph, the owner of Al Sidra Printing said, "We were satisfied with the print quality of the machine, which tilted our decision in favour of the 'cheap and best' 4-colour offset Dion 450."

Exclusive agents for all Autoprint products for the U.A.E., Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait since August

Boettcher focuses on ME with IMPZ office

German manufacturer of rubber rollers, Boettcher (Drupa-Hall 16 Stand D 21), has expanded their presence in ME by having direct sales office in UAE. The five staffed office in IMPZ, Dubai has warehouse in Jebel Ali to cater to the entire ME region.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, regional sales manager, Pius Marokky said: "We set up an office to have direct relation to the customers. They can have quick supply from us and no need to wait for one month shipment. We also run exchange offers where we

Post holders should not stay on beyond 6-8 years: ex-chairman

Ahmad Al Shaikh, the ubiquitous face of the Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) has resigned the post of chairman, which he held since the inception of PPG, 9 years ago.

"It was not a sudden decision, I had conveyed my resolve 2 years ago, but was asked by the chamber and PPG team to continue for some more time. In my opinion, any person cannot contribute to an association beyond 6-8 years, after which new blood should be brought in," explained Al Shaikh, when asked that he resigned soon

KBA will launch inkjet web press at Drupa '12

KBA along with their partner Giffin Graphics conducted a seminar in Dubai on 28th February 2011 about Drupa launches.

Presentations were given by Dietmar Heyduck, vice president sales for Asia and ME along with Michael Grieger, senior sales manager from KBA Sheetfed division.

One of the main highlights was the launch of new inkjet presses developed jointly with world's largest printer, RR Donnelley. The press which is suitable for multiple applications like books, commercials and magazines etc is

Al Mansoorah invests AED 9 m in H'berg's 6-colour press

Sharjah based Al Mansoorah Printing Company has placed an order for Heidleberg's 6-colour press, the SpeedMaster CD-102 with online UV.

Ali Kazani, business development manager said, "We have ordered the press in January and hopefully it will be delivered and installed in our printshop sometime April/May this year. We have already purchased three Heidelberg presses including a five colour SpeedMaster, two colour Sormz and a single colour GTO-52."

Established in 1992, Al Mansoorah are members

Al Ghurair PP buys MGI, enters in card production market

Dubai based, Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing has gone for MGI Jet Card machine for plastic and paper card production solution. The machine uses single pass piezo UV inkjet technology with speed of up to 8,000 simplex colour cards per hour.

The machine is ISO CR-80 compliant printer for plastic cards with printable format in full bleed mode 53.98 x 85,6 mm. The supported thickness are ranging from 350 to 1000 microns with an automatic print head adjustment.

Company is going one step further to

Participants raise the bar at the sixth edition of DIPA in Dubai 2012-03-01 1102

Hosted under the patronage of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai International Print Awards (DIPA) 2012 announced annual awards in 25 categories to participants from North Africa, Levant and Indian sub-continent. A dinner ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai and was attended by senior members of the printing and publishing industry, government officials and members of the press.

Addressing the gathering, Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh

3M protects warranty with training program 2012-03-01 1103

3M Gulf carried the training program in Dubai recently dedicated to graphic printers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Walid Feghali said: "The purpose of this training is to protect the warranty. This was targeted to the second level applicators, as if the application of the graphic film is not correct the vehicle will not look nice. The heating, cutting and stretching has to be correct in order to have clean application."

The training was organised in KSA on 5th and 6th of February. The two sessions

Express Printing invests in production printer, C8000 from Konica Minolta 2012-03-01 1104

Dubai based Express Printing has invested in Konica Minolta C8000 Digital Laser Production Printer from distributors. Emirates Trans Graphics. The order for the machine was placed during IPEX 2011.

Abdul Qadir, managing director commented, "The heavy weight Konica C8000 with inline finishing system will enhance our digital production by facilitating printing post cards, stickers and envelops as well as various A3 size substrates. The performance of Konica Digital productions systems provides

Kimoha's Asher receiving award from the President of India

Chairman of Kimoha & Al Ansari business group, Kiran Asher was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by President of India, Pratibha Patil.

This award instituted in the year 2003, is among the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians in acknowledgement of their achievements in the field of community service, promoting the prestige of India, and in fostering the interests of overseas Indians.

When asked about his reaction on hearing the news, Asher said, "I am extremely happy! It was yet

Decent invests 1.8m in 4-colour offset press

Sharjah based commercial printers, Decent Printing Press has invested AED 1.8 million in Heidelberg's 4-colour Speedmaster 52, with high pile delivery and IR dryer.

Ashok N.L. managing director said, "This is a zero-maintenance machine, which is already up and running since one month. We are happy with the speed and performance of the press. The IR dryer is a suitable feature since our customers come to us with a very tight deadline and we are able to deliver jobs on time. Besides which, we

Kodak says there is no impact of Chapter 11 on ME operation

Kodak ME emphasised that the non-US subsidiaries were unaffected by the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Talking with PrintWeek MEA, managing director of International cluster, Kodak (Near East), Komal Sharma said: "We continue our regular operation and we are in touch with all our customers. All our customers understand that the objectives that we have under Chapter 11 are more corporate driven. It is a US legislation that allows companies to reorganise and restructure while allowing

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