Printec enters into speciality paper business

Dubai based, trading company, Printec has entered in the paper market by introducing speciality paper range in this year's Paper Arabia exhibition. The company has created a new brand called as Maxnoa for all of its speciality paper range. The products launches are from Tullis Russell and from Indonesia. The products under newly launched Maxnoa include uncoated SBS Trucard range, maple pulp Naturalis range and business papers Advocate. The papers from Indonesia include Margono range which are

Arbros group booth has 500 visitors and prospective clients.

Dubai based wood and paper products supplier, Arbros participated third time in the Paper Arabia exhibition. The 15-year old company deals in the pulp, paper, packaging materials and wood in the region of GCC and Middle East. The company represents mills like Sappi, April and StoraEnso and has strategic alliance with mills from Sweden, United States of America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, South Africa, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, France and China. The range of products showcased

Paper Master launches NCR paper grades during the show.

One of the largest paper converters Paper Master and International Paper participated in Paper Arabia for second time. The company launched their NCR paper range during the show.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, company's managing director, Anwar Jessa said: "We will be selling NCR papers in sheets and reels as well. The papers are imported from China and we have exclusivity from this mill. We target a volume of about 100 to 150 metric tonnes per month to start with."

Talking about the price increase

Orient Links opens new sourcing office in West Europe

Dubai based paper distributor Orient Links has launched a new photocopy paper from JK Paper India. The new product which is called as JK Copier has a ColorLok technology for colour printouts. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, company's chairman, Sunil Bakht said: "This is a trouble free paper for richer colour which holds on better."

Company will also be opening a new office in west Europe. "It will be marketing office and will be used to source new types of papers and grades in packaging segment. It

Sun Paper bags 6 deals worth 4,000 metric tonnes volume.

Paper mill from China, Sun Paper group has established their representative office in Lebanon. The office has been started in June this year with volume of about 8,000 metric tonnes per month for MEA region.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO of the company, Jamal Bekdache said: "We expect to increase our volumes to 10,000 metric tonnes per month by end of the year. We are operating with 10 employees and will be starting our branch office in Dubai by next month. We are having coated and uncoated

Trident Group showcased their agro-based paper products.

India based, paper mill Trident Group participated in Paper Arabia this year showcasing their agro-based paper products. The company offered a copier and WF range of products in the show. The company with annual production capacity of 175,000 metric tonnes per year exports to ME market since two years. The volumes for MEA region contribute to around 2,000 metric tonnes per month.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Rajeev Gupta, head of business for Paper Group said: "The paper is produced by using wheat

Gruppo Cordenons signs with Sona Commercial for ME Region.

Speciality paper manufacturer from Italy, Gruppo Cordenons participated in Paper Arabia exhibition for third time.

The company has signed a new agreement with India based Sona Commercial to stock and distribute their papers. The deal was signed in June this year. Talking with PrintWeek MEA, Vikrant Chhabra, managing director of Sona Commercial said: "We will be focusing on micro marketing and deal with digital printers, ad agencies and free lancers. We have experience of 7 years of selling

APP claims 70 to 80% of paper imports to come from China.

Paper manufacturer APP participated third time in this year's Paper Arabia. APP launched a new type of packaging board named as Lampak during the show. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director at APP Indonesia, Suresh Kilam said: "We have acquired a company in Finland and their machines in for container board. We expect to do a volume of 250,000 metric tonnes per year with this new grade. Our target is to get 30% of the existing market. We have also launched new range of Hibrite office

Ekman expects to achieve a volume of 30,000Mt from ME

One of the oldest names in the paper market, Ekman participated in the Paper Arabia this year showcasing their range of services.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Kashif Amin said: "Pulp and recovered fibres contributes to 75% of our volume. We could do a volume of 3.2 million metric tonnes per year in last year. Our Middle East operation has started two years ago in September. We supply pulp and packaging fibres to tissue industry. Other business operations are export of waste

Mepco signs distribution deals with Bindal and Sun Paper.

Mepco Gulf participated in this year's Paper Arabia launching two new paper suppliers. Company has signed up with India's Bindal Papers Limited exclusive for MEA region. Bindal Papers is a $200 million annualized revenue company with paper machine of 5 metres deckle. It has products from 48 to 100 gsm in uncoated woodfree and branded multi purpose papers.

Talking with PrintWeek MEA, Mepco Gulf's managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: "We will have direct sales with these papers with competitive

Third edition hosted 115 companies and recorded 6000 visits.

The third edition of Paper Arabia held at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, hosted 115 companies from 25 countries. This year's show had over 6,000 trade visitors, an increase of 16.6%, say the organisers.

Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, organizers of the show, said: "Paper Arabia was being held every two years and now we are holding it every year. Among the participants were companies that have Dubai as their main headquarters for Africa

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mills participates in Paper Arabia.

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mills (ADNPM), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects Co and the largest tissue paper mill in UAE participated at Paper Arabia this year. The company produces around 70,000 tonnes of tissue paper per annum.

Abdullah al Khateeb, general manager, ADNPM said, "In my opinion this edition of Paper Arabia was not that good; the number of participants were not lesser than the previous years. Even the visitors were disappointed by the size of the show. We

HP expands wide-format offer with launch of FB700 at Fespa

James Gandy, one of the pioneers of wide-format printing technology, marked his return to the industry at Fespa with a preview of his new firm and its "revolutionary" new machine, which is due to be launched in the autumn of this year.

Gandy Digital picked the trade show to introduce the Pred8tor, a 1.25x2.5m machine, which the firm claims is the first machine to deliver flatbed and roll-to-roll printing in a single machine without compromising on quality or productivity in either

Ipex marks debut for Ryobi's new B2 press with speed of 16,000sph

Press manufacturer Ryobi unveiled its B2 750G press for the first time in Europe at Ipex.

The new model in the 750 Series range boasts an increased speed of 16,000sph and incorporates a number of features from Ryobi's B1 press, such as a collapsible skeleton transfer drum and an air glide plate system to ensure that thicker substrates are smoothly fed through the machine.

This, along with double-diameter impression cylinders and transfer drums for stable paper transport, makes the 750G more

Spending at Ipex suggests that industry is regaining its vigour.

The print recovery has started, according to exhibitors at Ipex 2010, who said that the success of the show heralded a fight-back by the industry.

Prior to the event, there was a nervous feeling amongst printers and suppliers, concerned that it could be poorly attended, particularly in the light of the dust cloud and BA strike issues that hit travel in the preceding week.

However, the well-attended show was seemingly unhampered by the financial constraints of the past two years, and any fears

HP takes the wraps off 'baby' T200 inkjet press with 520mm width

HP has unveiled a second inkjet web press, the T200, to compete in the 2-up monochrome toner replacement market currently served by Infoprint, Kodak, Oce, Screen and Xerox.

The T200, on show at Ipex, is a 61m/minute colour, or 120m/minute mono, 520mm-wide machine capable of producing 23m colour or 46m mono pages per month.

It uses the same thermal inkjet technology as its bigger brother the T300 a 760mm-wide, 120m/minute and 70m-page-per-month machine, which was unveiled at the last Drupa in

Komori to give world debut to B2,5-colour Enthrone at Ipex

Komori will use Ipex as the worldwide launchpad for a new B2 press that sits between its existing Spica and Lithrone LS29 ranges.

The introduction also marks the debut for a new press brand Enthrone chosen by the Japanese manufacturer because the 13,000sph Enthrone 29 is viewed as "an entry-level Lithrone".

Komori will have four different presses from its sheetfed portfolio running live on its 1,025sqm stand in hall six, and the five-colour Enthrone on display will be shown switching from

Giffin Graphics conducts pre-Ipex seminar with KBA on innovations

Giffin Graphics has held a pre-Ipex seminar entitled "Newest Innovations in Offset Printing and Technology" for its partner KBA.

The seminar held at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers saw 220 Giffin Graphics clients attending to gain insights into what to expect during the Ipex exhibition in May.

Giffin Graphics' managing partner Ramzi Kteily welcomed Giffin's clients to the event. Kteily emphasised his optimism about the future of the print sector and the economy as a whole. He added

Heidelberg to reveal B1 press CX102 with speed of 16,500 sph

Heidelberg is to use Ipex as the worldwide springboard for a new B1 press, the 16,500 sheets-per-hour Speedmaster CX 102.

"We've taken everything that is great about the CD 102, ink train, sheet travel etc, but in order to make it a new high-speed platform, we've added a lot of the XL technology as well as new sideframes to offer proven CD 102 quality, but at higher speeds," said Heidelberg B1 product manager Gernot Keller.

The non-perfecting press will be configurable with between four and eight

Konica Minolta will showcase flagship Bizhub C8000 at Ipex

Konica Minolta will launch a new flagship model for its Bizhub Press range at Ipex, the C8000 high-speed colour digital press.

The digital press, which can output up to 80 colour prints a minute, will be previewed at the event and is set to become commercially available "later in 2010".

According to Konica Minolta, the Bizhub Press C8000 can print at a resolution of up to 1200dpi using the manufacturer's new Simitri HD toner, which it claims can produce ultra fine quality prints.

In addition, it

Kodak optimistic about Ipex, will unveil new innovations at show

Kodak will be displaying its latest innovations at Ipex this year. Among the equipments to be displayed for the first time are digital presses-Prosper 5000XL press and the Nexpress SE 3000, Magnus platesetter, new thermal plates Trillian SP and Flexcel system for flexo packaging printers.

John O'Grady - regional managing director - Europe, Africa and Middle East region said, "We have launched various new applications for the markets we are active in. For example, the announcement of our new

Manroland GB and RedTie link up to take W2P to 'the masses'

Manroland GB and web-to-print (W2P) specialist Red-Tie have formed a strategic partnership that both hope will result in the roll out of W2P to the "printing masses".

RedTie has already begun to train the Manroland GB sales force. RedTie will also be exhibiting on the Manroland stand at the show, demonstrating its RTtemplate (RTT) and RTquo-tation (RTQ) platforms.

According to Manroland GB managing director Norman Revill, the link-up will initially run as a trial in the UK only, but if it's

HP has said that environmentally unfriendly ...

HP has said that environmentally unfriendly solvent inks are "going to die" as it prepares for Fespa 2010 with "a lot of latex".

The company will be focusing on the applications for its suite of wide-format products at Fespa with an "application city" split into packaging and POS, banners, flags, interior decoration, billboards and posters and vehicle wraps.

It remained tight-lipped about product launches for the show, except to say that there would be "a lot of latex", referring to its latest

H'berg hints at non-digital new release as Ipex line-up revealed

Lean and green printing will be the focus of Heidelberg's offering at Ipex in May.

So far, the German manufacturer has only revealed one entirely new product for the show, a flagship perfect binder, the Eurobind Pro.

However, Stephan Plenz, member of the management board for equipment, hinted that there would be another big announcement at Ipex, one that "won't be digital".

According to Plenz, the 6,000cph Eurobind Pro, which is a development of the Eurobind 4000, offers make-ready speeds 50%

Kodak's maiden Stream-based colour press to get show launch

Kodak will launch its Prosper 5000XL, the first colour press based on its Stream technology, at Ipex in May, and has confirmed that the first European installation will be Italian printer Rotomail.

Rotomail will install the same four-colour machine that Kodak will be running on its Ipex stand straight from the show.

Kevin Joyce, Kodak digital printing solutions sales and marketing vice-president, said: "Demand exceeds our ability to meet it. We're having to accelerate the launch of Prosper

Manroland to focus on Value Added Printing concept at Ipex

Press manufacturer Man-roland will not bring any presses to this year's Ipex as it plans to focus on applications, rather than products.

It will be offering visits to local print facilities if potential customers want to view machines, but, according to Manroland GB managing director Norman Revill, the company is more interested in discussing how it can help printers than showing them how fast a press can run.

"No matter what presses we have on show, we can never cover the whole audience and all

Fujifilm's sheetfed inkjet to become reality at the show

Fuji will commercially launch its Jet Press 720 B2 sheetfed inkjet machine at Ipex, where it will finalise the machine's availability and price.

The group said it remained committed to a launch before the end of the year and set a price of around $1m, although it said that total cost of ownership was more important than upfront costs.

Ipex 2010 will also be the launch pad for the latest version of its XMF workflow, Version 3.0, which will include support for variable data printing on the

Canon to focus on advice and applications at this year's IPEX

Canon has doubled the space it is taking at Ipex 2010 compared to 2006 and will focus on business development tools and applications, including the publication of its third Insight study.

"We're not dominated by product launches, there's no need we have a full portfolio," said Mark Lawn, Canon Europe professional print solutions marketing manager. "Customers are telling us that they need support and not endless product launches.

"Ipex is about providing a springboard

Digital to dominate pex with 28% space

Digital print is set to dominate this year's Ipex show after organisers confirmed that the technology had overtaken litho's footprint at the forthcoming Ipex.

Speaking at last week's Ipex Media Summit in London, the show's event director Trevor Crawford revealed that digital manufacturers and suppliers would take up 38% of the NEC's floorspace compared to the 26% reserved for presses.

"The positivity in the market is better than it was six months ago and there's a new air of controlled

The Sign and Graphics Imaging Show was held at Dubai Airport Expo between 25-27th January 2010

Distributors of digital machines and other products, DigiMatrix Technologies exhibited their new dye-sublimation heat press machine and large format printers at the Sign and Graphics Imaging show in Dubai.

Bilal Al Hattab, managing director, DigiMatrix said: 'We are showcasing for the first time in the ME market, UV flatbed printers from Dilli, the 6-colour hybrid NeoTitan UVT-1606, that prints on rigid and flexible substrates, the 363x725 dpi resolution NeoDeluxe UVD-2506, suitable for flat