Regional printers recently got a dose of a 5-day training programme in Dubai. Three distributors jointly hosted an intensive training programme for 'Materials- related printing problems and solutions' between 27th to 31st March.

Afra International, Percept General Trading and Sahebson Trading took this initiative from Dubai. The training was given to 18 people pre-selected from 8 companies across GCC. The training was conducted by Heidelberg India's Print Media Academy.

The sessions were conducted by 2 professors, who also gave the presentations; Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, head of Print Media Academy, India and Munish Kaushal, senior application specialist, Heidelberg India.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Anayath said: "According to our survey, almost 67% of the printing problems arrive from materials and these are ones which are ignored most. There is no use of having best machines if these problems are not addressed."

One of the organisers, Vinay Krishnan, general manager at Afra Printing Equipment Trading said: "This is the first time that anybody has organised a training programme like this. After this, the perception of the printers looking at the press problems will change."

When asked about how printers in ME can improve themselves, Anayath said: "The application know-how can be improved in the region. There is also a lack of training for printers and capacity utilisation."

The five day, 40 hours training programme was divided into understanding materials and substrates, properties of substrates, inks, pressroom chemicals, varnishes and coatings sections.

The last day was dedicated to discussing typical press problems.