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Saudi Paper Group participates in Paper Arabia 2015 at DWTC

Main sponsors of Paper Arabia 2015, Saudi Paper Manufacturing Group participated in the eighth edition of the expo, showcasing its range of products - from  hygiene and tissue papers to recycled papers.  

Abdul Rahman Al-Utaibi, shared services, general manager said: “The parent company manages 3 companies - Saudi Paper Recycling and Wastes company, Saudi Paper Manufacturing and Saudi Paper Converting company.  We began as a small branch of an individual establishment in 1989.  Our first

Kyocera introduces five new printers

Kyocera recently announced the launch of three printers and two MFP colour devices, which they say which offer “improved print speeds of up to 35ppm for the MFPs and 40ppm for the printers”.

Davy Khonzani, hardware product manager at Kyocera Document Solutions commented: “We take a customer-centric approach to product development. Our customers like a partner who understands their needs and delivers affordable products which help them grow their business. This family of high speed, high

Xerox showcased wide ranges, Africa Print Expo

With the industry’s showcase annual event scheduled took place in Johannesburg, July month, Bytes Document Solutions, Platinum Sponsor of Africa Print Expo for the sixth year, has exhibited a wide range of Xerox digital technologies which are taking imaging industries into the future. 

The Africa Print Expo 2015 took place from 22 to 24 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. Last year’s event attracted visitors from nearly 40 countries, with top attendances, outside of South Africa

Canon launches its new printers in Oman

Canon Middle East unveiled the latest models of its A3 and A4 copiers namely the IR C3320, IR C3330 and IR C1225, IR C1335 at a launch seminar in Muscat recently.

Hosting an event with its partner Genetco, Canon  organised a dealer-end user seminar to unveil its new range of laser, inkjet and Maxify printers along with the new copier models. 

The new range of laser multifunction printers such as the MF211, MF212w, MF216n feature WiFi option, offer mobile connectivity to users enabling them

Bytes and EFI establish strategic partnership for South Africa

Bytes Document Solutions has become the strategic partner of EFI to sell, service and support two hybrid wide-format printers throughout South and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Bytes will now offer the entry-level EFI H652 wide-format hybrid printer and the EFI H1625 LED wide-format hybrid printer.

“We are very excited about adding the EFI range to our portfolio because our wide range of customers in the graphic arts industry, including commercial printers, advertising agencies, screen printers and

Emirates Trans Graphics has received good response in GPP

Emirates Trans Graphics L.L.C. (part of Ali Alhashemi Group) is a graphics arts equipment & consumables supplier, established in Dubai in the year 2005, under the leadership of Mohammad Alhashimi, MD & CEO with over 25 years of experience in the printing industry being in the family business.

Talking about their participation in Gulf Print & Pack 2015, G. Jayaprakash, GM - sales & marketing commented, “We have been participating in the Gulf Print & Pack since many years

Sistrade to participate at Gulf Print & Pack

Sistrade – Software Consulting, S.A, has announced that they will be participating at this year’s Gulf Print and Pack trade show.

Sistrade has a delegation in Abu Dhabi and partners in Dubai, Beirut, Tehran, Tunis and Casablanca, as well as customers in Lebanon - Luna Press and El Yaman Group and in Qatar - Security Printing Press of Ministry of Interior.

The company will showcase the most recent version of their Sistrade MIS|ERP with the latest features developed for packaging, flexible

Mazoon PP expands operations in Ghala

Oman based Mazoon Printing, Publishing & Advertising has opened a showroom and sales office in Ghala. The new office is located just off the main highway and is fully operational with sales, typesetting, design and consultation  services.

Senior person from Mazoon Printing  commented, “Mazoon intends to make it easier for clients and prospective clients to have easy access to their products and people by having an office half way between their factory in Wadi Kabir and Seeb. Clients can

Canon hosts seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

Canon hosted a week long professional photography workshop in Nairobi. 

Photojournalist Gary Knight conducted the seminar and encouraged attendees to build their professional photography portfolio by producing a story or suite of images.

The evening guest lectures were open to the public and given by renowned professional photographers including, Jonathan and Angela Scott, two times Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler Hicks of the New York Times, award winning Kenyan photographer Boniface Mwangi

Almana & Partners showcase new range of mobile printing solutions from Konica Minolta

Almana & Partners showcased the latest Konica Minolta office and production print range during an open house at their newly established showroom, in Doha Qatar. 

“The latest multi-function devices, along with mobile printing solutions were a great success. Our main objective is to provide end to end business solutions to our valued customers,” said Issa Al Bitar manager, office equipment & business solutions division.

One of the many new solutions on show by Almana was the flagship

Guinness record for largest billboard

JCDecaux, an outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced that its subsidiary JCDecaux ATA along with LG Electronics and KKIA, has won a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest outdoor advertising billboard at King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

The advertising structure took over three months to complete and measures 250 x 12 meters, with a total surface area of 3,000 sq m. 

LG’s advertising artwork was installed in only seven days, Trade Arabia

Flint Group announces offset inks price rise

Flint Group has announced a 5% increase in the price of all offset inks from 1 January 2015.

The price rise, which is subject to existing contracts, will apply across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and is due to ongoing upward price pressure on raw materials for offset inks, which it first cited in a statement released last month.

Craig Foster, president of Flint Group’s Print Media Europe Division, added that there has been a “steady creep upwards of pricing for most inputs”, as

Huffington Post’s deal with Wadah Khanfar

The Huffington Post is forming a partnership with Wadah Khanfar, the former head of Al Jazeera to launch an Arabic-language edition targeting a fast-growing population of mobile-connected Middle Eastern youth, Gulf News has reported. 

The launch of HuffPost Arabi is the latest step in the AOL-owned US news and commentary website’s international expansion strategy, which has taken it from the UK and Canada to local language sites in Germany, Brazil and South Korea. 

Huffington Post’s

Bobst hosts roadshow in Africa on innovations

Bobst’s roadshow in Kenya highlighted how innovations across the packaging chain can help realize the region’s great untapped production potential. In its Africa Roadshow, Bobst had earlier hosted conferences in Nigeria and South Africa. Over 100 delegates participated.

Eric Pavone, business director for Bobst Business Unit Web-fed said, “It is time now for the Kenyan converters to invest in localised production as there is growth overall.”

Jacques Pitteloud, Switzerland ambassador to

Kodak and distributor Sidhom launch new products in Egypt

Kodak and its distributor in Egypt, Sidhom organized a road show in Cairo, announcing the launch of new products like the new process free plates Sonora, the NexPress with gold as fifth imaging and Flexcel packaging portfolio, in the region. Over 100 people participated in the event.
Tarek Nasr, commercial manager, Sidhom explained: “Egypt represents a big strength for us with 95 million people. It’s a very evolving and lucrative market for investors and print service providers. This was the aim

East Afripack to be held in Sept

East Afripack – the packaging and processing exhibition for the East Africa market, scheduled for September 9th to 12th in Nairobi, Kenya, will now enjoy the support of PMMI – a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers suppliers and the organizer of the PACKEXPO trade shows.

“We’re very excited about this new venture with Ipack-Ima - says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI -. We’re entering East Africa at a time

DigiPro,Canon ME host event in Egypt

DigiPro, a distributor for Canon Middle East in Egypt conducted an event in partnership with The Egyptian Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (ESRNM), showcasing the technological innovations of the Canon imagePRESS C1+. The event was held at the Giza Pyramids and was attended by radiologists and professionals within the industry.
Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME said; “The imagePRESS C1 + is a great example of how we can  tailor a product to suit a customer. The solution

Fespa Africa to be held in July

Fespa Africa will take place between 2-4 July 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is sponsored by Roland and Avery Dennison.
Major brands exhibiting at the expo include: Roland, Avery Dennison, Epson, HP, Mimaki, Durst, Kodak, OKI, Kornit Digital, Fujifilm, Agfa, swissQprint, Esko, Seiko, Aristo, Optimus, Pantone among others.
Michael Ryan, group
exhibition manager at Fespa commented, “Global manufacturers consider Fespa Africa and the integrated Sign Africa expo as the perfect regional

Inaugural Fespa Africa set to be biggest in sub-Saharan Africa

Around 75% of floor space has already been reserved by exhibitors at Fespa Africa 2014, set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-4 July next year.

The event, a partnership between Fespa and South African event organiser Practical Publishing (PP), will incorporate PP’s existing Sign Africa Expo and Visual Communications Africa events.

The combined events will have a footprint of 13,500sqm, with an anticipated 150 exhibitors, and a target of more than 6,000 visitors from Africa

Youssef Allam Group organizes open house at PMA in Cairo

With digital printing volumes  growing in Egypt and North-East Africa, and due to customers expecting a quick turnaround for shorter and variable runs, the Youssef Allam Group, a long-standing Heidelberg agency, held a three-day open house event at the Print Media Academy in Cairo to launch the Linoprint C digital printing system.
Sales and service activities for these systems will be the responsibility of the newly founded company Aim, a subsidiary of the Youssef Allam Group.
“We are keen to

Saga digital to resell Mutoh’s large format printers in Africa

Distributors Saga Digital has announced the signing of an agreement to resell large format printers made by Mutoh into the African markets, including West, East, Central and parts of North African nations.
Mehdi Berrada Baby, director of Saga Digital commented, “Mutoh products will allow us to target clients that cannot  invest in the super large format printers immediately. The Mutoh printers are available in ranges upto 2.6 meter wide, roll to roll eco solvent, water based products where as

DigiPro inks Canon deal with International Printing House

DigiPro, a distributor of Canon Middle East in Egypt, has installed the first Canon proofing solution in the country with International Printing House (IPH).
The installation is said to be the first of its kind for Canon in Egypt which will further contribute to the growth of the country’s graphic arts industry.
“Canon is committed to providing the highest standards of support in the Professional Print industry and is a trusted partner to its customers helping them drive profitable business

Youssef Allam Group participates in TechnoPrint 2013 at Cairo, Egypt

Youssef Allam Group  through its participation in Technoprint 2013, announced its completion of printing systems after its recent penetration the field of digital.
Heidelberg Linoprint 901 with Inline Finishers, and various finishing products like paper scissors, by Polar automatic, half-automatic binding machines, creasing machine, by Fastbind & latest cutting business cards, by Uchida were on display.
This is in addition to showcasing the latest digital machines for label printing, as well

Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej and Technova successful six years

Bahrain-based Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing House have been using chemicals and inks from Technova for 6 years now.
Says Samuel Paul, director- operations, “Yes we are very satisfied with Technova products. We follow a stringent, unbiased scientific method of product selection & evaluation. If & only if any product qualifies our quality requirements then only we approve the same for use on our machine. Price is secondary to us, but yes what I can say is that the products

Heidelberg Linoprint launched at Cairo by Youssef Allam at PMA

Youssef Allam Group, at an event in its Print Media Academy in Cairo launched Heidelberg Linoprint. This machine is in the production printing line of Heidelberg, resulting from the strategic alliance between Heidelberg and Ricoh. It will be distributed in Egypt through Youssef Allam’s newly launched company called “Aim”.  
According to Eng. Adel Allam – CEO of Youssef Allam Group, digital printing is growing in volume everywhere as showcased in Drupa 2012, so it was time to introduce it in

HP unveils solution to tackle the counterfeiting problem in Africa

HP plans to roll-out a verification code-technology that could help African consumers detect fake ink, cartridges or toners reported Web Africa.
The verification mechanism will take the form of a Quick Response (QR) code that consumers can use to check the authenticity of equipment.
Alternatively, customers can enter a alphanumeric code printed next to the QR Code into the HP Mobile Authentication website to verify  if the equipment is genuine or fake.
“After checking for the label’s holographic

Bobst MEA subsidiary in Tunis completes 20 years operation

Leader in packaging and finishing machine manufacturing, Bobst recently celebrated 20 years of operation in MEA. Subsidiary of Bobst in Tunisia was created in 1992 to meet the needs for packaging machinery and equipment in Africa and Middle East.
Bobst CEO, Jean-Pascal Bobst, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Tunisia, Pierre Combernous and the Tunisian Vice-Minister to Investment and International Cooperation, Alaya Bettaieb were also present at this event as special guests.
With staff of 33

Four Goss community presses to be installed in Nigeria

Four new presses installed in different printshops in Nigeria takes the total to 200 units purchased since 2008.
Four new presses installed in different printshops in Nigeria takes the total to 200 units purchased since 2008.

Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation has installed a 12-unit press with 578-mm cut-off for half- and quarter-page folding capability as well as six Goss reelstands providing the capacity to print multiple webs simultaneously.

"This investment will jumpstart training for Akwa Ibom

Adobe gives discounts to Egyptian businesses


Adobe Systems Incorporated MENA is offering discounts of up to 60 per cent on products including Creative Suite 6 (CS6) and Adobe Acrobat application software under their new pricing strategy for Egypt’s business community.

In line with its efforts to reduce software piracy and to make its products more affordable for Egypt’s business sector Adobe Systems unveiled this new pricing strategy for Egyptian businesses aimed at making its leading creativity and business productivity applications

Three Goss Community presses installed within two months

Goss International undertook three installations of its Community presses, one each in Bahrain, Oman and Egypt.

The first web press was for the Police Press Pension Fund in Cairo, Egypt. A two-tower Goss Community with two SSC folders has been installed. Its configuration allows printing of two webs of 16 tabloid pages or one web of 32 tabloid pages in a single pass, complementing production of eight existing sheetfed presses.

For Apex Press and Publishing, operating in the Sultanate of Oman