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Transcon showcases its whole range at GPP ‘15

Transcon General Trading LLC was incorporated in UAE from 2003 to provide a ‘total solution’ to the printing industry in offset & digital, other material and services for UAE, Qatar, Oman and Africa has participated in the Gulf Print & Pack.

Talking about their participation, Anoop Nair, DGM for technical support & procurement commented, “We are participating for the second time in Gulf Print & Pack. This year seemed to be dynamic with increased interest among customers not

Qatar based Digital Print Centre has invested in Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East FZE, has delivered its first consignment of the newly launched bizhub PRESS C1100 series, to its distributor channels in the Middle East. Among one of the first customers to take delivery of the new C1100 was “Digital Print Centre” in Qatar.

Wassim Aldayah, GM, Digital Print Centre, said, “Konica Minolta is the leader in the digital print business, and we are thrilled to have such a prestigious brand as our partner, we continue to serve our

Al Dana launches three new machines under name ‘Xtreme’

Al Dana Vision has announced that it would be launching a non-woven bag making machine, flexo printing machine and glitter machine under the brand name Xtreme. Al Dana Vision is a trading company of machineries on printing, packaging, digital, binding and finishing.

Explained Ammar Taha, MD - Al Dana: “The non-woven bag making machine can produce different types of bags with online handle attachment like box-type bag; flat bag with side gazette, D-cut bags, and T-shirt bags (U-cut). The

Signtrade International inaugurates JAFZA head quarters

Signtrade International inaugurated it’s premises in JAFZA, UAE on January 12th, 2015. Designed and built, the new premises will give them 20,000 sq meters more and it has a proximity to sea and airport. Signtrade was established in 1988, in Dubai, U.A.E.

Speaking about the geographical location and advantages of the head quarters, Yasin Merchant, MD of Signtrade, commented, “This is strategically located at the cross roads of Asia, Europe and Africa, JAFZA has become the central hub, of the

Canon ME’s ‘Makaseb’ rewards scheme for its printing business in Egypt

Canon ME recently launched ‘Makaseb’, a loyalty and rewards program for all its customers involved in the printing and publishing sector in Egypt.

‘Makaseb’, an Arabic word for gains or profits, is a scheme aimed at incentivising Canon’s B2B partners in Egypt. The event held in Cairo recently saw the participation of various companies involved in graphic arts, Print-for-Pay (P4P), banking and other corporate sectors who have all been using Canon’s printing solutions for a considerable amount

Al Dana’s venture into digital as well as the finishing machines

Al Dana Vision was established in the year 2002, and it’s totally focused on providing a wide and integrated range of services in the book binding materials and machineries. Recently they have extended their services to digital printing and textile industry.

Al Dana is geographically based in Sharjah Industrial area where it is the sole agent of Velvet material from  France, PU material from Italy, PVC material from Finland, binding cloth from Germany, binding  accessories and all printing

Zebra launches printers designed for healthcare sector in ME

Zebra Technologies has launched new healthcare printers designed to operate in sterile clinical environments at Gitex 2014, adding to its healthcare portfolio. 

Zebra has also launched a new mobile printer for specimen collection that will help enhance patient safety in the region. Designed for use in sterile environments, the GK420 Healthcare printer can withstand regular cleanings with disinfecting solutions and allows healthcare professionals to label medications and specimens before and

Svara will distribute Swedish company’s products in GCC

Svara General Trading  (STG) company has confirmed that they have signed a deal with Sweden-based Fortex International BV to sell packaging boards  like PE board, food board, coated kraft back, duplex board and other speciality board  from various mills in the Far East and Europe to all the countries in the GCC region.

Explains director Abbas Jani, “SGT has marketing roots in UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for packaging boards.  We have a strong hold  in the region to sell container

35,000 fake printer ink cartridges seized by authorities in Riyadh

A total of 35,000 fake printer ink cartridges have been seized by the Ministry of Commerce in Riyadh, KSA, local media reported.

The authorities during the raids seized more than 5,000 packs of fake ink cartridges. Over 4,000 empty ink cartridges were about to be refilled, the paper said, adding that nearly 8,000 labels carrying HP trade marks were also confiscated. More than 25,000 packs, carrying HP and Canon brands, were seized.

In another campaign, the ministry’s field inspectors

Samsung announces its first assembly line in Ethiopia, Africa

Samsung has recently announced that it has opened its first ‘assembly plant in Africa, in Ethiopia’, with the factory established to manufacture up to 70 printers a day, the first models of which will be the ML-2160, SXZ-3405W, ML5015ND and SL-M8320D - a mixture of monochrome and MFP machines.
The plant was inaugurated by both Samsung’s African subsidiary, Samsung Electronics East Africa, and Tana Communication PLC.
At the inauguration ceremony, Tana’s CEO Sium Adugna stated that the plant, “in

Saudi converter adds two new FA-4 presses from Nilpeter

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based manufacturer of labels, Raqam International, has added two new FA-4 10-colour Nilpeter flexo presses to its operation to meet the increasing demand for labels.
These two Nilpeter multi-substrate flexo presses are an addition to their two Nilpeter offset MO-Lines already in production.
“To confront the imminent need for more volume in our production, we went looking for a flexo press with a consistent quality in repeat jobs, the fastest possible setup, optimum printing

QuadTech appoints Dynagraph as Middle East sales, service agent

Manufacturers ofautomated auxiliary control systems sold in 100 countries to  web offset newspaper, packaging, converting markets, and publication gravure market QuadTech has appointed Dynagraph as its sales and service agent in the Middle East. 

Jamal Kanaan, general manager, Dynagraph Dubai, commented: “We believe that our new partnership with QuadTech is important, especially to the future of the Middle Eastern flexible packaging market, which is currently experiencing double-digit growth

Printkom hosts workshop on publishing in Lebanon

Printkom (Canon’s distributor in Lebanon) an event which saw over 400 industry professionals converge to discuss the latest trends in the Lebanese book printing and publishing industry. 

The event, aimed at industry players explored the
latest technological innovations as well as trends shaping the local book printing landscape.

Keynote speech was delivered by Professor George Nubar of Helwan University of Applied Arts, who discussed the trends in the region and how this will affect the

Juffali, Heidelberg host seminar in KSA on ‘versatility of print’

Juffali Printing systems and Heidelberg Saudi Arabia conducted a seminaron “The Press Versatility from Commercial to Packaging” at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel in Saudi Arabia, attended by 55 participants from private and public sectors.  

Two speakers from Germany Felix Müller,  senior vice president for Sheetfed Product Management and Ralph Schoenfeld, regional business management -Dealer Network Area sales manager Postpress spoke on various topics including commerical finishing

HP’s new strategies in Africa/Levant for cartridges

HP launches new anti-counterfeiting strategy in Africa, the “Three-pronged” strategy involves creating awareness, enforcement and product packaging.
HP cartridges are now protected with security technology such as holographic properties and Quick Response (QR) codes which enable customers to validate the product using a smartphone or HP’s website. Furthermore, HP Authentication Software, which can be downloaded from HP’s website, offers support to customers so that they know not to choose

Turkey puts warning labels

Bottles and cans of alcohol sold in Turkey must soon bear warnings similar to those on cigarette packages, including the phrase "Alcohol is not your friend." Companies have 10 months to comply with the regulations, which were released last month.
The new regulations about the labels result from a law passed in May that restricts the sale and advertising of alcohol.
The law was one reason a wave of anti-government protests hit Turkey in June.
The labels also must indicate that only people over the

Global Graphics take new distributorship

Kuwait based graphics art supply company Global Graphics has recently signed a business collaboration with Germany-based, Gerhard Busch and Schneider Senator, to distribute cutting systems from Schneider and paper processing products from Busch in Kuwait.
General manager of Global Graphics Ayman Abou El Farag said, ”This is another remarkable step for us and we hope to expand our services for our customers in Kuwait.  We also sent our engineers to be trained at both Schneider and Busch.  
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KSA based government printers buy 8-colour perfecting press

One of the biggest
government printers in Saudi Arabia, Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMBSU),   has purchased a new eight-colour ROLAND 700 HiPrint perfecting press. IMBSU now owns eight Roland presses.
Ibrahim Al Moheimeed, printing press manager of IMBSU said : “It is all because of the short make-ready time, consistent premium print quality, low waste rate, and the high efficiency, that we decided to buy the 8-colour perfecting press.”
The printing house of Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn

Iraqi delegation trains at Print Media Academy

Print Media Academy Cairo (PMAC), held a training, in cooperation with Heidelberg Middle East, for an Iraqi delegation. The training was held in PMAC , in Cairo for 12 days from the 3rd till the 14th of February 2013.
The Iraqi delegation consisted of 10 members, mainly in entry levels. They were representatives from alJazeera printshop and elAttaba print shop in Baghdad.
The course covered “Printing Basics” with practical training to explore the details of the printing process.
“We had expert

Général Emballage selected for ‘Trophée de la production’

Algeria based Général Emballage was selected for the “Trophée de la production” (Production Award) by the Euro-Development SME programme out of 450 candidate companies.
Général Emballage specialises in the production and conversion of corrugated board, producing 60,000 tons annually. The company also exports 12% of its total production capacity, with plans to increase this quantity to 20% by 2014.
Général Emballage’s manager, Ramdane Batouche says, “We pay close attention to any shifts in the

Al-Sabah Newspaper in Baghdad chooses KBA single width Comet

Iraqi newspaper Al Sabah has purchased a KBA single width, double circumference Comet press.
The coldset/heatset press will primarily print the country's popular national daily, Al-Sabah part of the Baghdad based Iraqi Media Network (IMN). Like 200 newspaper, semi-commercial and book printers throughout the world IMN cites print quality, output and reliability as reasons for choosing the Comet.
The addition of a thermal dryer allows 8 of Al-Sabah's 48 full-colour pages to be printed in heatset on

Canon hosts partner conference on imaging technology in Morocco

Canon Middle East hosted its 2012 Partner Conference from 5th to 7th December 2012 in Morocco under the theme: "Build the Future". Over 100 Canon partners from 45 countries in the Middle East, North, West and East Africa region participated in the event that focused on the future of imaging technology.
Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon ME said: "In an ever changing environment, new technologies are constantly being integrated in everyday life. From input through cameras, to output through

Sinapse sells multi lingual press simulators to Obeikan, KSA



Suppliers of training simulators for flexo, gravure, and offset presses, Sinapse Print Simulators has sold multi-lingual press simulators to Obeikan in Saudi Arabia.

Obeikan has installed flexo and gravure simulators to complement the existing sheetfed simulator at the Riyadh Polytechnic Institute in Saudia Arabia.

Riyadh Polytechnic Institute (RPI) based in Riyadh, is a private-public initiative launched by the government of Saudi Arabia (Technical and Vocational Training Corporation) to

Al University buys SpeedMaster 52


Jordan University in Amman recently installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 - four-colour at its University print shop.

Officially launched by Dr. Akhalif Tarawneh, president of the University of Jordan, the press is capable of producing up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Jaradat, director of the university print shop said that the Heidelberg machine will help to complete their print jobs faster which would be helpful since there was a huge demand for printed materials from within and outside

Levant edition of USA- based magazine out

Named Entrepreneur Levant(a magazine whose US version sells more than 3.3 million copies monthly), the monthly magazine will focus on business in the region, and the people behind the business, hoping to serve as a platform for entrepreneurs and business leaders to share their insight and experience. Sections inside the magazine include Start-it-Up, Going Forward, Money and Technology.

The Levant edition was launched in July this year and is published under licence from Entrepreneur Media Inc

Youssef Allam at Drupa 2012

Sole distributors for Heidelberg in Egypt, Libya and Sudan, Youssef Allam Integrated Printing was represented by a team of 20 people in Drupa 2012, having its own meeting room to receive customers and partners. They organized a guided tour for 60 Egyptian printers, in coordination with the Egyptian Printing Chamber, introducing the printers to the two newly launched digital machines.

Youssef Allam invited Bernhard Schreier - chairman of Heidelberg and president of Drupa 2012 as a keynote

Central Press buys the 5 colour sheet-fed offset press XL 106

Amman, Jordan based commercial printers, Central Press has invested in the latest offering from Heidelberg, the 5-colour sheet fed offset press with coater, Speedmaster XL 106. The first such investment from Jordan, XL 106 is the successor of Heidelberg's Speedmaster XL 105 which was unveiled at Drupa 2012.

"The trip to Drupa is a tradition in our family-owned company. I am here with my father, who used to come to Drupa with my grandfather before," said Yousef Hammad, marketing manager at

Al Nazayer gets new Kluge EHF

Kuwait based, Al Nazayer Press has invested in Kluge EHF, die cutting, foiling and embossing machine.

The EHF features speeds of up to 3,300 impressions per hour and can accommodate up to 381 x 629mm sheets, with a maximum of up to 40 square inches of die area.

It has patented 'Delayed Dwell' technology which allows the EHF to start on impression sooner, bottom out and remain on impression longer doubling impression time with no loss of production speed.

El Yaman foresees huge boom in labels industry in region

Lebanese printer El Yaman Group has invested in a slitter-rewinding-inspection machine, the Jupiter 450, from Prati.

CEO, Mohamad El Yaman comments: "We saw the machine on live demonstration at Labelexpo and reviewed how it would integrate with our existing solutions. With this well equipped Prati machine, every order is digitally proved to be a conforming product and orders are automated and error free. The aim is to create reliability and consistency for our customers."

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Iraqi Ministry sends tech team for training at Print Media Academy

The Iraqi Survey Department, part of the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources sent 2 teams to train at the Print Media Academy Cairo (PMAC) in December 2011.

Twenty members of the Iraqi Survey Department, from technical printers, mechanical and electrical operators to printing managers participated in tailored training programmes focussing on montage and modern prepress. The coursework included guidance on the printing system, prepress & printing plates, colour system and modern printing, while