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MENA region’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector, Gulf Print & Pack 2019 was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general of Dubai Department of Information.

Hosted at World Trade Centre in Dubai from 15-18 April, the show attracted 8,737 visitors from 90 countries according to the organizers. Afra International, Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, Phoenix Technologies, Prestige Graphics, Ricoh and Xerox were among the leading manufacturers that took part in the exhibition.  

Amit Radia, chief executive officer of Atlas Group, said: “This year, Gulf Print & Pack was very focused, and with a wide variety of equipment on show. Considering the market environment, it was great to see such a positive response from the attendees. I believe we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel for the print industry in the region and those who have reinvented themselves will see positive growth after the last few challenging years.”

Echoing this enthusiasm, Chris Lynch, head of Production Technology and Graphic Communications Services, Xerox Middle East & Africa, said: “We were delighted with the level of interest in the Xerox stand and record sales of our Iridesse and Versant machines. This was helped hugely by being part of the Innovation Trail, which really created momentum in the run up to and during this year’s show, and all our live demonstrations had a fantastic turn out. The seminars we hosted in the dedicated presentation area on our stand were likewise well attended.” Xerox sold 6 Iridesse and 22 Versant 180 press machines at the show.  Canon announced that it sold more than 30 machines, anticipates that sales will reach $1.5 million, while Afra sold its lamination and packaging machines.

Gulf Print & Pack is due to return to World Trade Centre in Dubai from 6-8 June 2021.