Zero Plus launches first EFI LED printer, H1625 in South Africa

Communications company, Zero Plus has unveiled the first EFI H1625 LED printer in South Africa, acquired from EFI’s sub-Saharan partner Bytes Document Solutions and its business partner Ivyline Technologies.

Francois Coertze, production manager at Pretoria-based Zero Plus, identified the EFI printer as the ‘ideal catalyst for launching a range of new services for its discerning clients’, particularly those looking for new ways of presenting display graphics.

“Compared to traditional

Sign Istanbul returns again

The 18th International advertising industry and digital printing technologies trade fair, SIGN Istanbul will take place from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The event will be attended by 450 companies from 32 countries who will demonstrate their latest innovations.

İFO Fuarcılık managing director, Zekeriya Aytemur, organizer of SIGN Istanbul 2016, is confident that the show will continue to pave the way for growth in the region’s advertising and digital printing sectors in Turkey and which supports the

Xerox’s direct to object printer prototype sold

Xerox has sold the prototype of the new Direct to Object Inkjet Printer that it showed at Drupa.

The machine, which enables personalised printing on three-dimensional objects, supports a wide variety of substrates including plastic, metals, ceramics, paper and cloth and object volumes of up to one cubic foot can be handled.

Xerox mechanical designer Michael Leo said: “The prototype unit was designed for a customer that wanted it inside their store so wanted it to have a very small

Ricoh’s Leapfrog 3D printers

Ricoh SA is making the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D printer available in South Africa and providing full consumable materials, maintenance and support locally for the product.

The company expects initial uptake in South Africa to be strong in the education and architecture verticals with significant interest from smaller engineering firms.

“Students and professionals who need to prototype products and components can make immediate commercial use of the 3D printer which has one of the largest bay

The Star of Kenya buys Kodak printer, plates

The Star of Kenya was getting ready for a big change through their investment in Kodak. Working with their longtime print supplier, Typotech, William and his team evaluated to invest in the Kodak Trendsetter Q400 Platesetter and Sonora Xp Process Free Plates for their benefits.

William Pike, MD of the Star’s, commented about the investment, “This decision was an integral part of our whole redesign process, and we did not want to be let down by poor plate output. The Kodak CTP machine was

Workshop held in Kenya

Canon hosted a series of professional photography and videography workshops in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with Office Technologies, the local distributor of Canon in Kenya, and House of Fotography, between May 9th-20th. The educational sessions are intended to provide emerging young artistes the skills and training needed to gain more knowledge in their field, whilst harnessing new talent and giving Kenya’s youth hands-on access to Canon’s cameras.

The manufacturer recently established

Al Kheshi Advertising invests in hybrid printer, cutting table

Damam, Saudi Arabia based  Al-Kheshi Advertising has invested in the first ever  Durst P10-160 UV inkjet hybrid printer and Aristo GL2032 cutting table in Damam, purchased from Giffin Graphics. The company selected the ‘Durst for quality, speed and relaibility and the Aristo for accuracy and reliability’.

Explaining their reason for this investment,  Magdi Al Kheshi, owner of Al Kheshi said: “Taking the decision of purchasing a flatbed printer with a cutter was felt due to our requirement

Bobst’s Egyptian agent hosts road show

Bobst and industry partners Apex International, Atlas Converting, COIM, DEC Impianti, Kodak, Reifenhäuser and Rossini, convened in Cairo, Egypt, to meet representatives of the Egyptian flexible packaging and label converting industries who attended the roadshow at the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers hotel.

Co-hosted by the Bobst’s agent in Egypt, Sidhom Co., the event gathered around 100 participants, who braved a day of inclement weather to be present, as did representatives of local

Green duty: get rid of e-waste

A recycling programme has been running successfully at Albertyn Primary for several years and is one of the 180 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay that are part of a school recycling programme.

“This is possible through the involvement of enthusiastic teachers and learners who all take pride in being part of the recycling program. In turn this contributes towards a cleaner environment, conserving natural resources for future generations and assisting the school in raising funds,” said PM of Waste

Harel Mallac makes Xerox MPS in Mauritius

A long-term Xerox partner and Mauritian print solutions provider Harel Mallac Burea-utique (HMB) has further enhanced its value proposition by investing in the necessary skills to achieve Xerox Managed Print Services accreditation. The certification is provided by Bytes Document Solutions (BDS), the largest Xerox distributor globally which operates in 26 African countries.

BDS regional manager Olivier Merven says the Xerox MPS accreditation process is strictly controlled to ensure that

Canon ME participates in SIAGRA Africa 2015 in Morocco

Canon Middle East participated in a four day exposition dedicated to the graphic      arts and packaging   industries in Morocco - SIAGRA Africa 2015.

The Canon stand at SIAGRA was divided into four sections - Professional Print, Signage, Photo & Fine Art and Computer-Aided Design & Geographic Information System (CAD/GIS), with each section showcasing a different printing solution.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East, said: “Africa is a key market for Canon

Konica Minolta’s JT Suite 6 to print automation

Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office, has announced the local availability of the new JT Suite 6, a more flexible, modular version of the successful JT software suite. As a powerful but easy-to-use solution for in-house print facilities and smaller commercial printers, the JT Suite 6 provides essential functionality, minimising costs and maximising return on investment.

When it comes to print production, today’s customers expect faster turnaround times and same-day

Saga made Graffiti to be the first to have Vutek GS5250LXr

Graffiti has purchased an EFI VUTEk GS5250LXr from distributor Saga Digital, whose South African division will work closely with Graffiti to ensure a seamless installation. The relationship between Saga Digital UAE principals and Graffiti goes back many years, as they were the original suppliers of the Jeti Solvent Printers that Graffiti is still using. With the new SAGA Digital SA office now up and running, the transition to EFI, and more so the new VUTEk GS5250LXr, will be a comfortable

Habras International believes more on eco-friendly products

After having established their presence in the Middle East and Africa for more than 2 decades, Habras International has started operations in Dubai, UAE.  

Habras International is an extension of JK portfolio where they actively sell JK Copier and also other grades which are supplied by APP China like white wood free, coated paper, thermal, NCR, packaging boards, and many more. JK Paper, a unit of JK organisation is India’s largest producer of branded papers and a leading player in Coated

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