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."

Among the features of

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

XOL Automation are appointed resellers for 3 manufacturers

Lebanon based engineering company XOL Automation, serving the converting and web handling industry in the MENA region, have been appointed as resellers for Cloeren Incorporated, Martin Automatic and Switzerland based, Pantec GS Systems.

Speaking of all the three manufacturers, Marcel Hage, chairman of XOL Automation said, "Since 1975, Cloeren has set the standards for innovation in the design and manufacturing of feedblocks and extrusion dies."

Among the MENA countries where XOL will represent

GEBO upgrades plant with new installations

Egypt based publishing house GEBO has ventured to upgrade its printshop with two Heidelberg installations. The publisher, with 24 outlets in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, KSA and Jordan, has invested in the SM102, 4-colour 70-x100 press this year, in addition to the SM 2-colour press purchased in 2010.

Dr Ahmed Mujahid, top honcho at GEBO said, "This first installation serves GEBO's objective in achieving higher accuracy and better quality. Relying on Heidelberg in shifting from CTF (computer

Special mag for Palestinians

Development & Media Freedoms (MADA) and WAN-IFRA, has launched the debut issue of MADA El-E'lam, the first specialised magazine on media affairs in Palestine.

"We hope the magazine will make a contribution towards highlighting the problems in the Palestinian media and become a vital resource for journalists by providing exclusive information," said MADA editorial director Mousa Rimawi.

MADA is a nonprofit organisation that seeks to develop the Palestinian media, defend journalists and monitor

Kodak launches GCG in Ethiopia with reseller

Kodak and its distributor Typotech Imaging Systems launched its Graphic Communications Group (GCG) in Ehtiopia during a ceremony hosted at the Hilton Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian market predominantly comprises commercial and publishing printers. Typotech feels the Kodak solutions fit the Ethiopian market needs perfectly, as Alfred Kandarah, managing director for Typotech says: "The local market is ready for the Kodak prepress, press and workflow solutions. The output these deliver is greatly

Digital media sector in GCC surges by 18% in Q1 2011: AIMS report

Advanced Interactive Media Solutions (AIMS), the Middle East partner of SCALA noted that there is a surge in demand marked by an 18 per cent growth of the digital media sector in the GCC in Q1 2011 compared to Q4 2010, a growth trend driven by the strong ROI of digital signage solutions.

AIMS recently installed the first state-of-the-art digital menu board at the latest location of Taco Bell in Kuwait, within the Shaab Area, with installation in more branches in Kuwait already

Al Ghad buys software for last minute editing

Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad invests in software package for correction and last-minute editing of PDFs, as well as an ink saving tool, at the WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference in Dubai.

Mohamad Alayyan, publisher and CEO of Al-Ghad, and Ramsay McAllan, account manager Middle East at OneVision, signed the contract for a software package of Speedflow Basic Plus at the 6th WAN-IFRA Middle East conference in Dubai.

Wissam Makhlouf, production manager at Al-Ghad said: "During a series of consulting

Al Bayader starts new office in Damascus

UAE based manufacturer, Al Bayader has opened a new showroom and warehouse in Damascus, Syria to cater to packaging market in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

The new office which comprises of a 350 sq metre office and showroom and a 3,000 sq metre warehouse, is located at the Eighth Gate development, which is 12 kms from the city centre - while its warehouse is situated at the industrial zone of Sahnaya, to serve as a logistics facility for Al Bayader in Syria.

"Syria and the Levant are

PMA, H'berg to host workshop

The Print Media Academy (PMA) and experts of Heidelberg will be hosting a print workshop at the Golden Tulip Hotel de Ville Beirut, from March 14th-March 17th, 2011.

The 3-day print seminar aims to help printers increase dwindling profit margins and uncover untapped print production capacities.

Participants will learn how a philosophy of avoiding waste, empowering employees and increasing productivity can make their business much healthier. The emphasis is on synchronizing workflows, raising the

Indian firm Uflex will invest $135 m in Egypt

Uflex, India's largest flexible packaging company is expanding into Egypt and Dubai to be in close proximity to its markets.

Continuing with its strategy of capacity expansion, Uflex will be adding manufacturing lines for new product categories across facilities in Egypt, Mexico and Dubai.

In Egypt, the company is increasing production capacities for BOPP films (bi-axially oriented poly propylene film) to 35,000 TPA; 30,000 TPA of PET (polyester) and 12,000 TPA of CPP films aggregating to total

Label Plus reposes faith in Mark Andy with its third investment

Leading label printers from Lebanon, Label plus have invested in their third Mark Andy this year. Haytham Sinno, owner and Managing Director of Label Plus says, "We acquired our first Comco narrow web press in 1999, the year Label Plus was established. Comco has been acquired by Mark Andy Inc. in recent years. Our next investment was the Mark Andy 2200 in 2006 at the Labelexpo in Brussels and last year expanded its machine park and bought a Mark Andy 2200 XL. A few months later in 2010 we

Lebanese printer goes for new binding line

Bekdache Et Fils SAL (SKB) has invested in a fully automated B1 thermal lamination system and a multiplex collator from Col-Tec.

The laminator from Proteus works at speeds of up to 30 metres per minute.

Tony Hajj, said, "We tested the machines before opting to buy them. What we liked was the quality of the finish and the price tag of the equipment. Besides that, the distributors Printtec offered good service and though the machine has been installed it is not fully operating yet, but that is

Jordan Press Foundation buys double width KBA Commander

Amman based, Jordan Press Foundation (JPF) has placed an order for double-width KBA Commander heatset press for printing newspapers, semi-commercials and hybrid products.

The Commander will be installed at a new production complex near Amman airport that will include a new mailroom and central store. Jordan Press expects the machine to be installed in one year.

Fahed Fanek, chairman of Jordan Press said, "The project is the biggest investment to date by a Jordanian media company in newspaper

French newspaper in Lebanon has upgraded

Lebanon based, french publication, L'Orient-Le Jour has signed an agreement with Layout International to acquire the latest workflow solution known as NewsPress.

NewsPress is asoftware designed by Layout specifically for newspapers and magazines, it was learnt. It allows editors, department heads, sub-editors, correctors, production teams, chief editors and designers to log on to a single centralised server in order to process their daily work.

The software has a multi-lingual interface

Masterpak's eco initiatives

Masterpak, a plastic Polyethylene (PE) film manufacturer based in Lebanon has announced that it will further integrate environmentally friendly practices in its daily operations, it was learnt.

Masterpak said that it recycles 100 per cent of its PE waste and re-uses it to reduce the consumption of virgin raw materials, energy usage and water pollution.

The administration has already adopted energy saving practices, which include simple initiatives, such as turning off power-consuming appliances

Alef establishes regional office.

Media sales representatives of the Economist Group, Alef Publishing and and Media has opened a regional office in Beirut to cater to business in five countries: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq.

Rabih El-Amine, CEO of Alef Publishing said, "As the world appears to be coming out of recession, we believe that the region will have a greater interest in The Economist Group's products, including the magazine, conferences and other opportunities."

The new office will be

Lebanese printer enter into labels with UV

Lebanon based commercial printer, Modern Printing has diversified into narrow web label market. This comes with installation of Mark Andy 2200XL UV label press.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Richard Nasraoui said: "We have customers to whom we need to supply both offset and flexo products.

"Also Lebanon is a small market and in which it is difficult to grow vertically. So one has to expand horizontally and add diversified solutions.

"This machine was the solution to

Kuwait based company invests in latex printer for outdoor jobs

Kuwait based advertising production house, Delite Eng Center has installed HP’s L65500, purchased for $ 165,000.

Talking about their latest acquisition, Taiyab Ali Lashkari, managing director, said, “We were impressed with the product which can produce indoor quality results for outdoor jobs.  Besides our past experience with HP has been satisfactory. They always upgrade and improvise their products to make them user friendly.”

Specialising in digital, photo and screen

Beirut media city in pipeline as investment firm launches plan

A new media city could be in the pipeline for Beirut in Lebanon, adding to the growing number of media cities being set up in the Middle East.

An investment firm based in Beirut, Kuv Capital, says it has launched an initiative for the proposed media city where software developers and others in the creative sector can set up shop.

According to several media reports, the company says it is prepared to invest some $1 million into the project, with the hopes that the project will generate

Unipak installs processing line and solvent recovery system

The Lebanon-based Unipak has installed a photopolymer processing line Cyrel 3000 and a cleaning and solvent recovery system from DW Renzmann.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, business development director of Indevco Paper Containers, Antoine Douaiher said: “Our motive was to increase the production capacity at this plant. We have also invested in a flexible packaging flexo press from Comexi.”

Unipak is a member of Indevco Paper Containers.

The new photopolymer production line consists

Vartan Printing Solutions invests in new machine due to expansion

Lebanon-based printer, Vartan Printing Solutions has purchased a four-colour Heidelberg CD 102.

This is the company’s second CD machine purchase since the founding of its commercial printing division in 2007.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, the company’s general manager, Gerard Der -Nigoghossian said: “We purchased the second CD machine due to our expansion. The fact that our commercial and packaging jobs are staying at the same levels led us to believe that this would be a

Poll shows half of Jordanians do not read ‘any publication’

Findings of a recently released poll show that around half of Jordanians do not read any publication, while less than a quarter said that they had read a daily newspaper within the 24 hours leading up to the survey. This according to various online media reports.

The study, which was part of a USAID-funded Jordan Media Strengthening Programme which is affiliated with the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), included 3,600 Jordanians over 15 years of age.

In the study, 53.8%

Lebanon Daily Star on stands again after two week closure 2009-02-01 15

Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper has resumed publication after it was forced to shut down for two weeks.
The publication, which is one of the oldest English dailies in the region, was forced to shut down after a Lebanese court declared it bankrupt.
That’s according to an online report that the newspaper was in a legal dispute with  Standard Chartered PLC over a $1.7 million debt.
The paper closed its doors on January 14 - the fourth time that it has temporarily shut down