Gold sponsors of SGI, DigiMatrix had a successful show, selling machines, generating interest and serious leads. Says Bilal Al-Hattab: “We at DigiMatrix Technologies give big value to trade shows where we can share our experiences live with our customers and partners, and also hold face-to-face discussions about all our offers and products as well as our latest technologies.” DigiMatrix participated with their Dilli UV roll to roll printers, the UV flat bed with varnish, white and RTR



Epson participated at SGI with a bigger booth, launching 4 new models for the signage market and the white plus metallic silver inks. Shihab Zubair, business development manager said, “We have managed to sell 10 machines with our partner Flex Europa and have had serious leads for the new label press, which is suitable for short run label printing. This machine fills the gap for small quantity label printing or customization. Since it is an inkjet machine, it can even print 100 labels



Blue Rhine showcased products from their new principals Aslan, along with other manufacturers. Anand Joseph, general manager said, “This new partnership for the whole of GCC region, will help us compete with established names like 3M, Mactac and Avery. Another brand that we are promoting is Germany based Intercoat. We are representing them in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and UAE. Through both these distributorships we are fully equipped to compete with high end brands. We have



Seiko participated in SGI with their distributors Graphic International, showcasing neon inks. Paresh Patel, director GIC says, “For the first time we are exhibiting heat transfer technology on textiles. This product from Italy-based Siser has been extremely popular with visitors. We, Graphic International are their Middle East distributors.” Adds Marco De Rossi, export sales manager of Siser, “Our research shows increased interest in heat transfer. We are one of the few companies producing



Canon presented new line-up of LFP models aimed at the Graphic Arts and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) industries. Canon’s stand was divided into zones with the objective of showing end-to-end solutions. The zones consisted of Photography & Proofing, Photo Albums, Production, In-House Printing, CAD/GIS and service zone. The newly launched imagePROGRAF 760 and imagePROGRAF 765 were displayed. Yuichi Miyano, director of Large Format Solutions, Canon Europe said: “The newly launched models are


Giffin Graphics participated in the SGI showcasing their newly launched Durst and Xanté LFprinters. The newly launched Xanté Excelagraphix 4200 Inkjet Print System features Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology that delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second, for print speeds up to 8 times faster than traditional inkjet technology. With up to 305mm per second at 1600 x 800 dpi the printer uses dye-based aqueous inks. It can print on up to  9.5mm thick materials including foam board



Al Mahir participated in the SGI this year launching new UV flatbed printer from Azon, Croatia based manufacturer. The new UV printer can print on to substrates up to 20 cm height. It can print on a variety of substrates and 3D objects from wood and stainless steel to ceramic tiles, plastics and glass. The sales manager, Ivana Cicak said: “We are developing A2 and A3 size models in this series. It also has laser beam print head protection for cost efficiency. We are focussing on 3 kinds of



Mimaki showed their latest machines in the SignTrade booth which is their official distributor. Marketing manager, Mike Horsten said: “We can see the MEA market is maturing in terms of technology and investments. We need to work on sublimation for textile market in the MEA which is still a solvent or flatbed market. As Mimaki we are growing in new segments like small format UV, print and cut, flatbed etc. We invest 7 to 8% of our revenue in R&D and hence launch many new products like one



HP participated at SGI 2013 showcasing their indoor, flatbed and latex technologies. Ernest Azzam, business manager-large format design-HP ME, Mediterranean & Africa said, “Depending on the applications printers have, we always exhibit something new, showing everything HP can do, from rigid to flexible, banners to indoor photos. The outdoor and signage market is picking up again, and especially our latex technology is being well received. In January, we launched our ready-to-mount wall


Agfa exhibited their Jeti 3020 Titan UV inkjet printer, the Jeti 3324 solvent and the Anapurna M2050 wide format inkjet printer at this year's SGI show in Dubai.  Kristof Van Cleemput, channel development manager- direct export said, "We are happy with the visitor turnout at this edition of SGI, prospective customers from India to Africa visited out booth. The list of leads was very satisfactory.  The market is picking up again and exhibitors are investing more in exhibition space, so we can


Mutoh and their distributors System ME exhibited their 2.6 meter large format printer suitable for solvent and dye sublimation printing.  "The machine, exhibited for the first time, was sold on the first day of the show," says Arthur Vanhoutte, president of Mutoh.  "Based on the success of our previous 1.6 meter machine that used  2 heads at a very high speed, we have expanded the width of the machine to 2.6 meters while enhancing other features. The changes in the wide format market are


The manufacturers and exporters of digital solvent inks for textile are based in India with a regional office in Sharjah. They currently export in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, & Nigerian markets. They participated in SGI for the second time. “ We make digital printing ultra fine inks with dispersion technology ranging from solvent based, plastisols, eco-solvent, dye based, oil based, which are available in all colours and are compatible with most brands like Xaar, Spectra, Konica, Sieko

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Digital printing equipment distributor, Digi Matrix Technologies participated in this year's SGI showcasing their new range of products for digital advertising market. The company showcased for first time in the show products like 3D imaging media materials which has started beta testing, Digi Bend the auto bending machine and Digi Cam CNC router etc. Digi Matrix also has signed a MOU (Memory Of Understanding) with DGI for their new textile machine (Fiber T).

The new Digi Bend the automatic

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HP's displayed their HP Scitex Industrial printers, geared towards print service providers who want to produce high-volume, durable outdoor and indoor applications utilising a host of different media types. Also part of the showcase in SGI this year were advanced large format printing solutions from the HP Designjet portfolio, introduced to meet the changing needs of architecture, engineering, construction, mapping (GIS), MCAD and repro-house professionals.HP latex printing technologies on show

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Epson showcased at the SGI event this year the Stylus Pro 9700, Stylus Pro 7900, Stylus Pro 11880, Stylus Pro WT7900 and Stylus Pro 4900, for the engineering scientific and display signage markets.

The Epson Stylus Pro 9700 incorporates the latest achievements of ink jet printing, combining the precision of a MicroPiezo TFP print head with the performance of UltraChrome Vivid Magenta Ink with application like production and contract proofing, as well as the quality fine-art and photographic

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Seiko Instruments promoted their new W Series (high production) machines in the SGI. Seiko also launched HAPS free inks which are ideal for indoor as well outdoor use. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Matej Dittrich from Seiko said: "These are still solvent inks but the new formulation has the hazardous components removed from it. It has no pollutants inside."

Paresh Patel, director of Graphic International said that the printer has 95% of the indoor quality output. "One who is setting up his business

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Mehdi Berrada, ex. Agfa executive has started a new company Armada Digital Printers which sells OEM solvent based printers from 'Scorpion', Korea. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, partner, Peter Afeiche said: "We approached the customers and have developed the products for MEA region. Today we have high end mild solvent printers that uses Konica Minolta, 14 pl print heads. We are almost half in price as compared to other manufacturers. We are developing our products in the UV line as well and expected

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Distributors of Sigmajet Grapo Technologies, GOGS Technologies have sold 2 machines during SGI, the MANTA flat bed to an advertising company customer from Riyadh and a carpet manufacturer from Iran bought the Gemini flat bed roll-to-roll. Says director, Ashok Gangwani, "We are happy with the interest shown in our products and the visitor numbers at our booth. Mentioning the applications on which printing was possible with Sigmajet Grapo machines, Gangwani added that these printers could print

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Signage material vendor, Blue Rhine participated in SGI this year showcasing various rigid and flexible media. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Anand Joseph said: "We were delighted to see the good visitor response to the show. There are more visitors from GCC this year, as compared to the last edition. "This year we are showcasing GCC's plotter and cutter from Taiwan. Its a very affordable machine with high tech features. We sold 2 machines in the SGI show. The starting price point

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Sharjah based distributors; Flex Europa exhibited its new flat bed UV printer at SGI this year. Says managing director, Jihad Abdeljalil, "This is the first time we showcased the printer with white ink and varnish together in a flat bed UV printer. The printable size is 1.3 x 2.5 m and the applications include POP, POS and packaging uses. The printer comes with 8 Konica Minolta print heads, and printing speeds reach upto 38 sqm per hour in standard quality mode. It can take maximum media

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Authorised distributors of Mutoh in the region, System Middle East showcased second generation of Valuejet printers using eco solvent inks.

Company sold seven machines during the exhibition.

President of Mutoh's European Operations, Arthur Vanhoutte said: "We are focussing on new applications. We are the first company who are able to make UV stretchable ink. In Fespa you can expect some faster printers from Mutoh. We most probably show our flatbed design in Drupa in low cost arena. We see the

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Graphic Craft saw a good response in the show. Nipam Kotwal, director said: "We have sold 15 foiling machines, creasing and gluing machines. On the high end, we have sold many card cutting systems as well.

We had customers from all across ME viz, Jordan, GCC, Turkey and countries from Africa namely Nigeria, Kenya. Majority of the customers were digital printers and busy offset printers for business cards cutting machines. We had 3 serious enquiries for distributorship from Qatar, KSA and in

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Honaz was quite impressed with the sales of the print heads in the SGI this year. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Managing Director, Hamed Shakourbin said: "We are Xaar distributor for MEA region. We are also cooperating with them for different types of industrial machines. Some of them are already in the market and some will come in near future." Company sold around 200 print heads in the SGI. "We soon will have on this market, cutter and lamination machines and also indoor machines. We will have

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Al Mahir has signed a distributor agreement with Croatian printer manufacturer company Azon for their flatbed printer which can print on range of medias. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, sales executive, Andrea Skarica said: "We see the potential in this market so have appointed distributor namely Al Mahir. Our DTS range of printers can print directly on glass, metal, stone, wood, plastics etc. The print size is 60 x 42 cm. This is ideal for design studios, sign and copy shops etc. It can be used

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De-Mill Ltd participated showcasing their inverted corrugated board (ICB) made of recycled carton board. D-board is light, rigid board that can be used for prints, surfaces, furniture and constructions in public and private interiors.

Regional sales manager, Salah Amireh said: "We had about 60 good leads from the show. We have launched a new edge band which is recycled with cellulose and environmentally friendly. Customers said that they were not seen this product in ME region. It can replace

Ali Alhashemi

Ali Alhashemi had a 6 m x 5 m stand with Basysprint 851x CTP and Glunz and Gension Gecko 85T online processor. General manager of sales and marketing, G. Jayaprakash said: "Besides CTPs, we had great response for Digital press enquiries for MGI and various other machines during the show. We have sold and confirmed two Basysprint CTcPs, one with Glunz and Genson online processor and one as offline solution. All together we have registered about 75 serious enquiries for CTPs and other machines


Afra Printing Equipment showcased their entire digital print finishing solutions including case making solutions, digital thermal laminators, coating equipment for digital and offset etc. General manager, Vinay Krishnan said: "As we were in Saudi market for the past 2 years, we were having many deals in the pipeline. The show helped us to finalize the deals. The show helped us to penetrate to the interiors of Saudi. We received excellent feedback as our affordable, reliable and cost effective

Digi Color

Graphic Arts supplier, Digi Colour received good response in the Saudi Print this year. General manager, Khalil Fageeh said: "This time the people are more serious and educated. They are coming up with serious projects and willing to discuss technical issues. We have one deal in the show for processing equipment. The main focus was on special applications in offset and packaging industry." Company has over 30 agencies catering to GCC. The company started in 1980 and has now 54 employees

Al Dana

Al Dana participated for the first time in the show. Managing director, Amer Taha said: "We wanted to build our image in the Saudi market. We have now opened a new office in Riyadh with six people. We have new automatic rigid box and sewing machine from China and Taiwan. We have already installed six box making and one sewing machine in Saudi. The box making machine starts at $175K and sewing machine at $120K. The main advantage is the speed with 1500 boxes per hour and more accurate than

Al Khorayef

Alkhorayef participated for the third time in the Saudi Print. Vice president for machineries and projects, Mohammed Karram said: "Every year we have different theme in the show. This year we had digital theme with our partner Xerox. We are focussing on digital solutions, narrow web flexo, pre-press divisions." Company has over 30 agencies for Saudi market. Talking about Manroland distributorship, he said that they have 3 installations currently going on in the market. Company is also planning