Out of home group put on ice due to weak economic climate

Shoof, the outdoor advertising arm of the Arab Media Group, along with Ströer Concept Outdoor have pulled the plug on the out-of-home group, Ströer Concept Shoof.

Chairman of Concept Group, Aldrin Fernandes said the company was “put on hold” due to the current economic climate. This venture would have required a significant amount of investment. Given the current economic climate, such an investment is not viable.”

He said the decision was taken on March 1

New members elected to PPG board an ‘asset’ says general secretary

Several new executive members have been elected to the board of the Printing and Publishing Group (PPG).

Its general secretary Sebastian Lonth said that the new members are an “asset” to the committee.

The board now comprises Modern Printing Press’s managing director, Ahmad Al Shaikh as chairperson and Colourlines CEO Tarek Jawharji as vice chairman  while executive committee members include Emirates Printing Press CEO Mohamed Al Shirawi, Heidelberg sales and

New printing press aimed at specialised jobs opens in UAE

A new printing press, Master Printing Press, has been established in Dubai. The new company opened its doors in February and has 35 employees.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, the company’s managing director, Haris Kauth said they offered specialised jobs for corporate clients, a section of the market in which the company had a stronghold.

“We do gift vouchers with bar coding applications and cater to various print buyers like shopping malls in the UAE and in other GCC countries like

Tamir Printing Press invests in press and post press machines

Sharjah-based Tamir Printing Press in the UAE has invested in various machines, from pre-press to post press. 

The purchase includes a thermal platesetter from Screen Plate, a four-colour sheetfed offset press Rapida 75 from KBA with a water-based coater, infra-red dryer and extended delivery.

In post press, the company has installed a booklet maker from Duplo and a Shoei folding machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, the company’s managing director, Thomas George said: “We

Publishers Association set up to improve industry in UAE

The UAE Ministry of Social Affairs plans to create a UAE Publishers Association that will operate as a public welfare society with its headquarters based in Sharjah, UAE.

According to online media reports, the association’s objectives aim to improve the publishing industry in the UAE, represent UAE publishers locally and internationally, develop the publishing profession in the UAE, protect the interests of UAE publishers, cooperate with local bodies working in the fields of

Horizon Print Industries invests in a 75cm press to target publications

Horizon Print Industries has invested in a five-colour Shinohara 75 with inline coater.

According to the company’s managing director Aunali Khimji: “We saw the machine running in Kuwait and believed that it could match the quality of any European machine. Makeready of the machine is quick, and we are satisfied with the quality.
“In terms of price, there is also a considerable difference,” he added.

Khimji said that the company had been looking for a 75cm press as

Al Badr Printing Press invests in four-colour

Sharjah-based Al Badr Printing Press has invested in a four-colour Heidelberg GTO 52.

The UAE-based company’s general manager, Jose Thomas said: “The GTO 52-4 is the right press to use when moving into multicolour short-run quality offset printing.
“We are currently involved in the printing of short run colour jobs like brochures, leaflets, newsletters and office technology stationery, among other things.”

The machine, installed in December, has a Prinect Classic

Titce Printing Press invests in two machines due to growth

Dubai-based Titce Printing Press has invested in a four-colour Heidelberg CD 102 and a three clamp Eurobind 1200 perfect binding machine.

On the company’s choice of machine, managing director, Hassan Ali Dakroub said: “We decided to go with the CD 102 because we get many commercial jobs requiring thick cardboards. This machine can take a wide range of printing stock up to 1mm.
“Space restriction was the main reason behind the EB 1200 investment.
“Besides being

The National scoops 22 awards for news design competition

Abu Dhabi Media Company’s flagship English-language newspaper, The National, has scooped 22 awards for the 30th annual Society for News Design competition. The newspaper, which was launched in April last year with Lucie Lacava as design consultant, received recognition for feature design as well as news, business and sport presentation.

The number of awards that The National bagged put the newspaper at number ten during this year’s competition, which helped in putting the UAE

Recession impacts on printers' move to IMPZ 2009-02-01 11

The global economic crisis looks to be having an impact on the relocation of printers to Dubai’s International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
Managing director of Kwality Printing and Stationery, Haridas Mohanlal Bhatia said: “We have been allotted a space in IMPZ and are working on moving there but because of the slowdown we have to postpone the move, possibly until 2010.”
News detail:
The global economic crisis looks to be having an impact on the relocation of

International titles to be digitally produced 2009-02-01 12

Atlas Media Communications is to digitally produce several UK, European and US newspapers in the Gulf region as part of a multimillion dollar contract with Newsworld Corporation.
The project is believed to be the first such project outside of New York and London.
The contract sees a $2.5million investment into a new Screen Truepress Jet520.
Atlas Media Communications chief executive, Amit Radia, said five daily newspapers would be digitally produced.
“There will not be any

Dubai Awards honours 'innovative' printers 2009-02-01 13

The “most talented and innovative” printers across the GCC were recognised at this year’s Dubai Print Awards.
Calling it an award that “raises the bar for the printing industry”, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s second vice chairman, Hisham Al Shirawi, said the growth in the number of award categories was a reflection on the growth of the industry itself.
“It shows that (the region) is working towards improving products to