Printech Middle East participated for the first time in the show. Managing director, Pankaj Patel said: "We have office in Riyadh, Dammam and starting in first quarter in Jeddah. We have about 70 strong leads. We have finalised few deals on packaging side. We were showcasing shrink film which is 7 micron which would give double mileage than traditional 15 micron with same strength. We also sold recently 6 machines from Prati in Saudi. We have 2 serious leads for MPS for narrow web label


OrionCo participated for the 4th time in the show. General manager, Mohannad Naqqasha said: "The show is growing and visitors are now asking for quality products. We have closed about 3 deals in the show. We are in the flexible packaging industry and supply complete solutions from film production, printing, consumable and converters. We have total 25 agencies. We cover KSA, Levant and UAE. We are the first company to start now the technical service centre for flexible packaging industry."


This edition of Saudi PPSG (Print-Pack-Sign and Graphics) attracted about 21,423 visitors. The exhibition ran from 28 Nov - 01 Dec 2011 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which had 500 exhibitors from 21 countries. Thus saw a increase of 15% in number of exhibitors and 30% increase in the space. Project manager, Kamil Jawhari said: "Some of the new initiatives this year was that there are many international exhibitors under one distributor. The next edition will be in February 2014. The show was supported


Rawda packaging factory participated for the first time in the exhibition. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, vice president, Housam Siraj Al-Deen said: "Our aim was to create a brand awareness in the Saudi market. We cater to speciality requirements in the packaging. Our plant is two years old. We mainly focus on post-print effects. We use 80% machinery work and 20% hand craft work. For first five years we will target Saudi and then we will grow in GCC. There are lots of competition in the local


Welbound received a good response from the show. Regional manager for MEA, Sudheeran V.S. said: "Within first two days we got about 15 hot enquiries from Jeddah alone. We participated for third time in the show. From last two shows we are making our base. This show helped us to increase our brand value, as market now know that we have our office and engineers locally. We had 100 x 70, 32 pages folding machine, single and six clamp perfect binder and three knife trimmer. We are in Saudi market

Al Qasswa

Al Qasswa participated along with their partners like Schur, technotrans, Flint Group and Manugraph. They showcased technologies like humidifying systems, ink supply, filtration and water supply systems from technotrans. In the mail room systems from Schur they showcased solutions for packaging and newspaper industry. In reply to the questions of drop in the newspaper market, company said that the solutions like personalisation; special supplements can help the industry. Company had 2 deals for


Hoshanco Graphic Arts has been participating in all the show since beginning. Company showcased their creative paper range from Arjowiggins. General manager, Hesham Tabash said: "We do some conversion locally to target different segments in the market. The Saudi market is healthy as compared to other markets. We are targeting on government sectors with focus on environment friendly solutions. We want to be a part of the new initiatives and focus on them." Company showcased new Bamboo range in

ABC International

Dubai based, packaging printer, ABC International participated in the show for the first time. Manager for packaging division, Naeem Gafur said: "We have some customers in the Saudi market. We wanted to create a brand awareness in this market to get more clients. We have plant in Dubai for the packaging. We are putting a new building in Ras Al Khaimah for this business with 30k sqm plot. We have also introduced a double sleeve technology for promotional packaging. We use roto-gravure and UV

Watan Pac

Watan Pac participated in the show showcasing their range of corrugated carton boxes portfolio. The company which is started in 1987 has annual turnover of 60,000 tons. Watan Pac caters to Saudi and GCC countries. The ISO certified factory is following European Union Internation Standard (FEFCO).

Canon conducts partner event for LFP segment

Canon ME conducted a partner conference in Dubai recently for the large format segment under theme 'Expand new business opportunities with Canon'. The event attracted 55 participants and seen new product launches. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, product manager of LFP at Canon ME, Pratik Gargya said: "Out of 55, 70 to 80% were resellers but these are not only existing resellers but some prospective companies as well. As our theme is to expand business opportunities, we are looking at appointing new

Mepco focussed on packaging and digital grades from Mondi

Mepco Gulf participated in the Paper Arabia with focus on new speciality packaging grades from Mondi. The products included papers for packaging of pharmaceuticals, food products like cheese, wheat packaging etc. These are kraft and MG bleached papers. The products will be going directly to the large converters. Company is targeting an annual sales of $30m with this product range.

Also company is focussing on products for digital printing. The company has launched a speciality grade from Mondi

Arbros launched new exclusively branded photocopy paper

Arbros launched a new grade of photocopy paper with brand name of 'Innovator'. The original paper is from Indonesia and is a exclusive brand given to Arbros. This brand will be distributed to all GCC and African countries. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Abdullah Rehmani said: "We were looking to launch our own brand of photocopy paper for a long time. We had launched one photocopy brand, Multicopy a few years back which was from Europe. But as many brands from Europe are becoming less workable price

New handy swatch book launched: 1000 books to go in GCC

Sona Commercial participated for the second time in Paper Arabia launching a new swatch book from Cordenons. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Vikram Chhabra said: "The new swatch book is very handy and have all types of paper from Cordenons. Every sales or ad agency person can keep it on his table and carry for a meeting. We will be spreading about 1,000 swatch books to GCC market in next two months.

"We also have launched Moondream paper which is suitable for luxury packaging

APP is launching more value added products in the ME market

APP, one of the largest paper mills worldwide participated in the show which has more than 150 different types of products. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director, Suresh Kilam said: "We have launched new value added products like sticky pads in our office stationary products and has increased our range of colour papers. Also we have gone into cup stocks, supplying finished paper and the finished cups as well. We have started the aseptic boards for milk and juice cartons which we call as

Company expects 30% growth in the next year

Inpap has been participating since the beginning of the Paper Arabia show. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, chief manager, Shaukat Ali Khan said: "We are increasing our arms in China now and building more brands, as there are lots of investment in new machines and technology. We sell all products by brand. Initially we had work hard to establish the brand but the reason of success is that we analyse everything before selling. We go to the paper mill and interact. We are choosing smaller mills and

Company has got 80% of their products FSC certified

Orient Links has gone for a FSC certification with which 80% of its products fall in to this category. In terms of the new products, Orient Links have started food grade boards which are dioxin free and FDA certified from China. Also they have started environmentally friendly copier papers which will be distributed to European and North American markets. The brands will be mill brands or customised to client based on the requirement. Orient Links is planning to enter in to the unbleached grades

Sun Paper has gone for new machine of capacity 450k Mt/year

Sun Paper participated for the second time in the show and has announced the start of their new paper machine. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO at JR Sun Paper Group MEA, Jamal Bekdache said: "This PM24 Voith machine is doing a coated paper of high quality but in low gramage, which is not much available in Asia. The current range is 80 to 150 gsm and later on we will go to lower gsm like 64 and 70. We have taken our first order from ME for this machine for 1,000 Mt from Lebanon. The speed of the

Kacker of Hazel Mercantile: Planning to bring in new grades

Hazel Mercantile, traders and distributors of paper and paper boards to 40 countries in Africa, Europe, India and Far East, participated for the second time at Paper Arabia 2011, with their range of recycled and printing papers, copier paper, newsprint among other products. Atul Kacker, head of Dubai office, Hazel Middle East FZE said, "The market has been growing on the whole, though there was a 2-year period of slow growth. Among the Middle East countries, Qatar and Jordan are doing well

ADNPM produces 65K Mt of tissue paper per year

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM), the manufacturer of jumbo tissue paper rolls in UAE, produces over 65,000 tons of tissue paper a year. General manager of ADNPM, Helmut Berger, said: "The company, spread over an area of 60,000 sq m, uses Crescent Former tissue machines to produce paper from the virgin pulp. The mill houses a pulp store, machine house, stock preparation facilities, tissue machines, de-inking plant, warehouse and offices.

"Total capacity of the de-inking plant is 30,000

Alola Trading has launched Alpine range of papers

Alola Trading participated for the first time in the Paper Arabia. The company has launched their Alpine paper range. It is available in coated and laser grade. Also they will be launching speciality grades like smooth, fancy, metallic, self adhesive label and FSC and recycles paper range.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, COO, Moe Demyati said: "These papers are coming from different mills from China and Europe. We have distributors in GCC, Levant countries. We are appointing new distributors in Egypt

Line O Matic participated for first time with 100 visitors

India based, converting machine manufacturer, Line O Matic participated for the first time in the show exploring the Middle East market. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Mukesh Sonani said: "We got over 100 visitors and over 40% were leads related to our product lines. We got enquiries from UAE, Iran, Africa and southern part of Europe also.

'We have developed a fully automatic exercise book machine with wider width i.e., 104cm. Also we have three different version in rulling/flexo

120 participants from 20 countries showcased at the expo

The fourth edition of Paper Arabia was held last 18th-20th September, this year at the Dubai Trade Convention Center. The annual event had a total of 120 exhibitors, showcasing brands from 150 companies as participants.

Rajesh Nair, exhibition manager, Al Fajer Information & Services said, "The unanimous verdict on this year's exhibition is that Paper Arabia continues to be a wonderful networking opportunity where companies can meet with their customers and make their presence felt. But that's

Gulf Print & Pack

Equipment distributor, Emirates Trans Graphics participated in GulfPrint this year selling the 'GCC's first Konica Minolta bizhub press C7000' going to Majan printing press in Ras Al Khaimah and Amazon printing press. Company also sold five bizhub pro C6501 in the show. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, technical manager, for graphic imaging division of ETG said: "This edition of GulfPrint was better than last one, as many serious people were visiting the show looking for solutions. We offered 25 to

Gulf Print & Pack

UAE based, silk screen machines distributor, Al Mahir participated in GulfPrint for first time this year showing UV and screen printing machines from Graphica and fusing machines from Impress, India. Company sold two UV cylinder screen printing press for UAE and Sudan and in discussion for two more. 15 of the small basic screen printing units and 10 for medium range were also sold during the show. The total worth of deal was about 2 million AED. Company claimed that many people are interested

Gulf Print & Pack

OKI printing solutions participated in GulfPrint this year showing capability of digital presses with capacity to have multiple sheet feeder with capacity of up to 300 gsm from 64 gsm with speed of 40 ppm for monochrome and 36ppm colour. The display included the OKI ES3640XF with a price tag of $24,500. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Reji Mathew said: "There are quite a few enquiries for which our distributors will be focussing. We are sure that we will be able to close quite a

Gulf Print & Pack

Ali Alhashemi participated with 250 sqm stands with main focus on digital printing. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, group general manager Prem Naseer said: "Digital printing industry is growing and offset is facing problem as run lengths and prices are coming down. Digital with short run, early delivery and personalisation is the key. We are offering solutions to offset printers which compliments their existing line of business with options like quality printing on various substrates including

Gulf Print & Pack

Presstek participated in GulfPrint along with their partner Age Graphics. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, area sales manager, Jack Dean said: "The second day of the exhibition was very fruitful as we had real long important meetings. We have two deals signed for machines and a large plate contract for a printer in Dubai and Bahrain. Their actual volume is 70,000 sqm per year and we are getting about 45,000 sqm volume at the moment. The plates will be Aeon CTP thermal plates with our chemistry."

Gulf Print & Pack

Agfa participated in the GulfPrint showcasing their Dotrix Modular solution. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, head of global sales and marketing, industrial inkjet, Jan De Vooght said: "We have two deals in the show. One in Algeria and another in Nigeria. Both are addressing the requirement for short run jobs from brand owners. The price starts from Euro 1.2million and return of investment is less than 2 years. There are 38 installation worldwide with average run lengths from 5 to 7,000 sqm." The

Gulf Print & Pack

Kodak participated in GulfPrint with focus on 'essential growth areas'. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, vice president of marketing, Evandro Matteucci said: "We have many deals across our portfolio and this is the confirmation that we have right products to offer in ME. We have signed one deal for Flexcel NX digital flexographic system in Lebanon and two more leads in UAE and Egypt. We had 5 deals for CTP systems in gulf area and also picked many more leads. For NexPress we have 3 very solid leads in

Gulf Print & Pack

Ferrostaal participated in the show showcasing the only sheetfed press on the exhibition floor. The distributor of Ryobi offset machines started in ME region from last two years after taking over company Infographics which was former Ryobi dealer. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, senior vice president, Bernd Ahlmann said: "Now with our international power we have extended our range with other manufacturers." Company signed a deal for a 5 colour Ryobi 750 press on the show for Saudi Arabia. "We buy the