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Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing has enhanced capacity by backing the packaging segment with new investments. In the last few months, the printshop has purchased 2 Komori machines – a 4-colour and a 6-colour with coater, the iUV600s LED UV 4-colour digital printer, the Riso ComColor GD 9630 and Xerox CP 1000i.
Explaining their reasons for this invesment, general manager Lakshmanan Ganapathy says: “In the printing industry the demand for newspapers, magazines, brochures, books, and office stationery are in decline and the demand for packaging, advertising, security printing, labels are increasing. We are investing in machineries that are suitable for the growing segments in the printing industry so that they will support our growth plans for a longer period of time. Komori’s HUV print is as glossy as conventional offset printing, which allows us to print commercial and packaging jobs without the time-consuming changeovers of other hybrid machines. The Komori 6-colour press is equipped with HUV/classic UV/IR lamp dryers, providing the versatility “to choose the best and most cost-effective method for printing all kinds of orders”, “be it the short run or long run, be it commercial printing of books, magazines, or packaging print of plastics, metallised boards. Al Ghurair already has a Mitsubishi 5-colour+coater, so that with the addition of 4- and 6-colour presses, we can “maximise the use of each machine’s capabilities.”  
When questioned about the finishing applications of Xerox’s CP 1000i, Ganapathy explained: “We are fully satisfied with the performance of the Xerox CP 1000i. Our digital printing volumes are growing and our IGEN is aging , which is why we added a Xerox CP 1000i for additional support. It has additional capabilities to print silver, gold and clear varnish which can enhance our offerings to customers. Besides that, Xerox offered us a good deal and the reliability of Xerox machines with their unmatched service support is relatively higher than the other offers we had.”
Undertaking orders for the printing of NCR forms with barcode/QR code and variable data, Al Ghurair also purchased the Riso 9630 inkjet printer. “Riso inkjet machines offer unmatched productivity for printing NCR forms. We have printed several million NCR forms using our Riso machines without which it would have been impossible,” concluded Ganapathy.