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

Indoor, Outdoor, fabric printers to be exhibited at Dubai show

Gandinnovations will be participating in SGI this year with five printers. They will exhibit the 3 meter wide direct to fabric printer Aquajet RTR, Jeti 3348 UV Jetspeed RTR, Jeti 3150 X-2 UV flatbed, Agfa’s Anapurna UV indoor and outdoor sign printer and Jeti T-shirt printer.

The 3324 Aquajet printer uses 6 colours with 24 spectra heads and prints with 60 sqm per hour speed. The printer is equipped with an in-line infrared fixation system for knitted or woven polyester fabrics.


Adobe to focus on emerging ME market with new office in Dubai

Adobe participated in Gitex this year with live demonstrations on CS4, Flash, Dreamweaver as well video productions solutions like Premiere, After Effects, SoundBooth and OnLocation.

The company also showcased their enterprise offering and platform technologies with LiveCycle ES software. General manager of Adobe ME, Abdallah Saqqa said: “We demonstrated to our customers the scope of products and services we are capable of providing.  We also introduced to the market, our local

ENG participates in SIM twice consecutively

Outdoor specialist Emirates Neon Group participated in SIM for second time this year. ENG showcased their products and solutions in Outdoor, Signage, Consultancy, Digital,Print and Media sectors.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, ENG Signage’s assistant sales manager, Ritchlyn Fynn said: “We received a good response from the show. We had about 80 to 90 visitors and we could generate many leads.We design, consult and manufacture all kinds of signage’s ensuring they complement with

Good response to Talib trading’s newself adhesive film range at show

Talib Trading participated in SIM this year showcasing their new Avecal SpeedyAir range of self adhesive films. These are pressure sensitive and with air release channels for bubble free application. Talking about this new range, general manager, Mamoon Abbasi said: “There are only seven manufacturers in the world who have developed such products.

“The glue in these vinyl’s is designed to withstand the high temperature in the Gulf countries and is also about 20% cheaper

APP launch food grade packaging papers

Indonesia based pulp and paper company APP participated in the Paper Arabia this year. They highlighted their TRUTONE technology for multipurpose paper, environmentally friendly recycled products, food grade packaging products and wet strength label papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, APP’s head of product entrepreneur department, Anil Kumar Sharma said: “TRUTONE is a new quality standard for multipurpose paper.  We have also launched our high quality recycled paper range

Mepco could use forum to sign two new deals valued at $10m

Dubai based, paper distributor Mepco Gulf has signed a new order of about $10 million through participation in Paper Arabia this year.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: “We will be supplying to two new areas and markets. This forum was an opportunity for us to meet new and important clients.”

Mepco Gulf launched newsprint and publication grade papers during the show. Baaklini said: “We intend to do a volume of 60,000 metric tonnes per year in

Eco-friendly paper products showcased

Papers Worldwide showcased various environmentally friendly range of products from Neenah Papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Neenah Paper’s director of sales for Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Robert W. de Leon said: “Recently we have launched Think Ink iPhone application in which designers can create custom colour palettes based on favourite colour of picture from phone’s camera. They can match these colour palettes with our papers and then order the samples

Orient Links to market green products in MEA

Dubai based paper distributor Orient Links participated in Paper Arabia this year promoting their eco-friendly range of products.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Sanjay Misra said: “We showcased bagasse based (which is sugar cane waste based) papers from TNPL. These are renewable raw materials with minimum impact on the environment. We are also focusing on deinked pulp based papers which are 100% recycled products from Khanna Papers.” Orient Links also exhibited

New Goebel machine to increase 5,000Mt capacity for converter

Sharjah based, paper converter, Paper Master FZC and International Papers FZE participated in Paper Arabia, highlighting their new conversion 40,000 square feet factory and merger.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Anwar Jessa said: “We have received very good response from the exhibition. We have signed 3 new customer deals. Two with Indian companies and one in Nigeria.”

The company has installed a new converting machine from Goebel which is expected to increase

Kodak showcases new products at Ifra 2009

Kodak has introduced an upgraded version of the thermal platesetter and a new digital plate at this year’s Ifra Expo, held at Vienna, Austria.

Company officials claim that the thermal platesetter has been enhanced with improved features like a smaller footprint, additional automation options and the latest technologies for minimal service and maximum uptime.

The product is available in three speeds, ranging from 80 to more than 150 plates per hour to suit newspaper-printing

Labelexpo Europe 2009 is upon us

According to label manufacturers and printers from around the world, the Middle East label sector is on the rise.  And, considering that the Middle East is responsible for only one percent of worldwide label production, it’s plain to see where the sentiment comes from.

Labelexpo Europe – taking place from 23-26 September at Brussels Expo – will be drawing label industry pundits from around the world for a three day event aimed at keeping the label sector on the up in

Organiser ‘pleased’ at outcome of Gulf Print

Touting strong visitor attendance, Gulf Print organiser Sue Rothwell, group event director at Fairs and Exhibitions, said she is satisfied with the success of this year’s event.

“I am very pleased with the way the event came off,” Rothwell said.

“We are focused on the needs of the exhibitors. If their expectations are met in terms of the quality of business that they do, then we are happy.”

She added that she had also noticed a

Ali Alhashemi sells six machines at Gulf Print

With a strong presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo, group general manager at Ali Alhashemi, Prem Naseer said that it was important to them that they sent out the “right message” to the market

With a strong presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo, group general manager at Ali Alhashemi, Prem Naseer said that it was important to them that they sent out the “right message” to the market.

“We wanted to send out a message

Giffin hosts its biggest stand yet at Gulf Print

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Giffin Graphics participated third time after hosting its biggest stand ever at this year’s Gulf Print expo measuring to 539 sqm

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Giffin Graphics participated third time after hosting its biggest stand ever at this year’s Gulf Print expo measuring to 539 sqm.

The company, which showcased its printing and binding supplies and equipment, has exhibited at the event three times before.

Presstek Aurora Plates on show at Gulf Print

Punting their environmental products at this year’s Gulf Print, Presstek showcased a number of products including its Dimension Pro 800 CTP Metal Platemaking Solution, its Presstek Chemistry-free Aurora Pro Plates as well as its Presstek 34DI Digital Offset Press

Punting their environmental products at this year’s Gulf Print, Presstek showcased a number of products including its Dimension Pro 800 CTP Metal Platemaking Solution, its Presstek Chemistry-free

Vela expands into ME market with high aims

The Italian-based company, Vela, which has recently expanded into the Middle East market, has highlighted its market presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo

The Italian-based company, Vela, which has recently expanded into the Middle East market, has highlighted its market presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo.

The company says its aim is to “penetrate the market” with its thermoplates.

Its managing director Hratch Terzian said