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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: “So far, we have received an excellent response from the market here and we are set to grow in the region. Our aim in our first year is to target 20% to 25% of the market in the Middle East, including Turkey.”

He said Turkey was a particularly strong market which was “up and coming”. Customers trust our brand, “ he said, adding that the market was in no way saturated.

The core business of the Samore Group, under which Vela falls, is the production of graphic arts consumable products such as digital and conventional offset printing plates, inks and varnishes for offset and flexographic printing, chemicals for prepress and press room.

Meanwhile Emirates Trans Graphics showcased its Screen PlateRite 8000 thermal platesetter series at this year’s event. This included the PlateRite 8800, 8600, 8300 as well as the PlateRite Niagara 8200, the latter of which the company describes as “an affordable CtP system designed to bring the benefits of digital plate production to everybody”.

The PlateRite 8800 is the company’s flagship model. ETG also showcased Konica Minolta products at the event.