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“Businesses should not forget their responsibility towards humanity”

Riyadh-based Raqam International Labels and Ribbons Factory general manager Khalid Aziz Shah discusses his business, achievements, success mantra and  sustainability.

Everything starts with an identification label according to Khalid Aziz Shah, the general manager of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh-based Raqam International Labels and Ribbons Factory.

Canadian national Shah studied computer programming and holds a masters degree in public administration. His desire to be creative and do things

Konica Minolta gears up for Fintech Technology Conference

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East in partnership with Al Mulla Office Automation Solutions has announced its participation in the Fintech Technology Conference & Exhibition to be held between 22-24 October 2019 in Kuwait.

Al Mulla Office Automation Solutions (OAS) is a ‘total solutions provider’, for office automation-related products and services. The company offers its customers a complete range of office-automation solutions, through a portfolio of products and after-sales

Latex certification programme for HP R printer series rigid media

HP and Color Concepts will introduce the new Latex Certification Programme for the R Printer Series for rigid media. Color Concepts is an exclusive Latex Certification partner of HP and will offer this programme in the USA and the EMEA region.

This programme is a milestone in the HP Latex Certification Programme, it provides the possibility to explore a wide range of applications. HP believes that the HP Latex Certification Programme for R Printer Series is the right way to deliver great

Kodak unveils Sonora Plate Savings Estimator

Investing in new technology is an important decision a business faces when trying to improve their operations. For an increasing number of printers, switching to Kodak Sonora process-free plates is an investment that is having a positive impact, greater operational efficiencies and a clear Return on Investment.

To help printers who are considering switching to process free, Kodak developed the Sonora Plate Savings Estimator. This online tool allows printers to calculate their estimated savings

Xerox Baltoro replaces Brenva, set to compete with Canon’s Varioprint

Xerox recently announced the availability of its Baltoro High Fusion Inkjet Press. “Xerox was consistent in positioning the Baltoro as a ‘platform’ in the model of the Trivor, iGen and DocuTech series of devices,” a press release from the firm said.

Xerox had earlier announced that Baltoro would displace Brenva. Accordingly, Xerox sold out its inventory of Brenva devices in the first half of 2019 and discontinued production.

Chris Irick, worldwide product marketing manager, entry

Xerox launches Iridesse production press in Doha

Xerox in partnership with Darwish Trading Company, its master distributor in Qatar, launched the Xerox Iridesse Production Press for its Qatar-based customers.

The launch event titled ‘Iridesse Launch Color Reignited’ took place in Doha in June. The event was attended by printing and packaging entities from across Qatar, including commercial printing companies, graphics and arts clients from both public and private sectors.

The Xerox Iridesse Production Press is a high speed, six station colour

Digital print market share up by 21%: Smithers Pira report

The global print market is shrinking in volume but growing in value over the period 2014–24. The average value of print will slightly increase over the 10-year period, as a result of changes in the product mix and the print processes employed.

Smithers Pira’s latest market report, ‘The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024’ shows the global output measured in billions of A4 prints was 49,665 in 2019, to remain static through to 2024. In value terms, print output grows from $808.3bn in

OCTAL gets international recognition for quality

To recognize the quality of OCTAL’s operations at their PET Sheet Plants in Oman, the clear rigid packaging material suppliers have been awarded the certification for production excellence.

The company was given a coveted internationally-recognized AA rating following a recent rigorous audit of their Salalah facilities against the requirements of British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5.

OCTAL CEO Nicholas Barakat said: “This level of certification

Taropa Technologies extends its range to HP in Southern Africa

Taropa Technologies is a dedicated business solutions aggregator in office automation, providing quality products, professional services and value-added support to its distribution network in southern Africa.

Taropa’s previous focus was predominantly on Samsung multifunction printers (MFPs), but, as of 2019, its range has been extended to the HP A3 and A4 MFP range. Taropa still has a dedicated team to support Samsung in the market, but looks forward to supplying the HP range to its national

Kenya government & De La Rue joint venture kicks off

De La Rue plc (“De La Rue” or the “Group”) announces the commencement of its joint venture with the government of Kenya on its currency and secure printing site in Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya.

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial currency and security printer and the joint venture strengthens and builds on the Group’s existing long-term strategic relationship with the government of Kenya. The site in Nairobi will become a centre of excellence for banknote production and security

Positive outlook for digital display technologies in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East

According to International Expo Consults, digital signage and display technology is the future and the segment will grow in the UAE. At the moment, the global digital signage market is estimated to value at USD 20.8 billion and is expected to grow to USD 29.6 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 7.3%. SGI Dubai 2020, the leading industry event for the printing and signage industry will play a significant role in the growth of the market in the Middle East.

Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo

Segezha Group plans to build in Egypt its own converting

According to the corporate press service of Segezha Group, the timber group of companies Segezha Group (part of Sistema) will take part in the IV international exhibition “Arabia-EXPO 2019” and the XII session of the Russian-Arab Business Council, which will be held in Moscow In the Central exhibition hall “Manege” on April 08-10.
The programme of the forum includes discussion of the prospects for the creation of the Russian industrial zone (RPP) at the Eastern Port said the site in the special

Canon Saudi Arabia inaugurates its offices and business solutions showrooms in the Kingdom

CANON Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Canon Middle East (CME), officially opens its first office and business solutions showroom in Riyadh. The company was formed in partnership with Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers (AZAQ) in June 2018, and with two additional offices and showrooms in Jeddah and Khobar, will represent the largest regional B2B direct presence for Canon in the Middle East region.

The opening was attended by senior Canon executives including Stefano Zenti, executive vice president

MENA Packaging Industry poised for growth

Packaging sales across the Middle East and North Africa will be worth AED 268 billion this year, according to the most recent research published by Smithers Pira. The emergence of many e-commerce platforms in the Middle East, such as noon.com, is among several factors fuelling the growth of the packaging industry in the region, with the value of packaging used in e-commerce rising at 25% per year. The report entitled The Future of Global Packaging to 2020 also pointed to another significant

Sona Commercial LLC participates in Saudi Print & Pack 2019

Sona Commercial LLC has announced of its participation in the 16th edition of  Saudi Print and Pack which took place at Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from 27 to 30 January 2019. Saudi Print & Pack 2019 is a prominent exhibition related to printing, packaging, papers and allied industry in the Middle East Asian region. 
It should also be noted that this is their first major participation coming from Sona Commercial after announcing their strategic distribution partnership with Neenah in

Xerox launches Iridesse Production Press in Oman

Xerox in partnership with Bishara Est. LLC, its master distributor in Oman, launched the Xerox Iridesse Production Press, the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass, in Oman. The launch event titled “Iridesse Launch – Color Reignited” took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel at Sindbad Ball Room in Qurum on January 23rd, showing Oman based commercial printing companies, and graphic arts clients from across public and private sectors

Kuwait based Gulf Business Forms invests in Xeikon 3030 Digital Press

Global Graphics INT installed a new Xeikon 3030 Digital Press at Gulf Business Forms Co., Kuwait.

Gulf Business Forms Co. (GULFORMS) is one of the first Kuwait Company specialized in manufacturing and printing wide range of printing products that meet international standards and varied requirement of their customers such as different kinds of labels, computer forms, ATM roll and Cash roll, pin mailers, cheque printing, security printing etc. GM, Abdulaziz N. Al-Saleh said ‘We care about our

Xerox unveils Iridesse Production Press in Kuwait

More than 88 Xerox customers and partners were shown new ways of maximizing business opportunities and generating new revenue streams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuwait City. The event included a reveal of the recently launched Xerox Iridesse and discussions and talks on how Xerox Iridesse can support business growth and potential revenue generating applications of the new technology.

“Iridesse is a digital press that will help our customers save a significant amount of time, improve the

Xerox in KSA names Niyazi Mehmet as general manager

Xerox today announced the appointment of Niyazi Mehmet Sezer as the general manager for Saudi Arabia.

In his new role, Mehmet will drive new business, develop and execute regional business plans, and manage end-to-end business projects and finances, whilst growing and maintaining direct customer relationships.

“The document management industry is continuously changing to keep up with the latest technological advancement and meet evolving customer needs. We are at the forefront and connecting

Canon partners with Copatra Graphics

Canon Saudi Arabia, the leader in imaging and printing solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Copatra Graphics, a leading provider of printing and media solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With this collaboration, existing and prospective graphic art customers across the Kingdom will have access to Canon’s innovative, technology-led solutions, designed to deliver high quality and efficiency.

With over 50 years of experience in the Saudi market, Copatra Graphics today provides

Xerox Iridesse launch event to happen in Oman on January 23

Xerox is all set to launch the Iridesse Production Press in Oman on January 23, 2019. They have invited 150 plus invitees and expecting to receive minimum of 100+ attendees. These include business directors within the the publishing, advertising and marketing industry in Oman. The Iridesse Production Press is the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass, giving print providers an immediate competitive edge in the growing digital

Xerox Saudi Arabia participates in Riyadh sustainability initiative; Plants 200 trees

Xerox Saudi Arabia employees joined more than 1,000 volunteers for the second annual Tashgeer sustainability initiative. With a goal to make the city of Riyadh greener, the team helped plant 200 trees along King Khaled and King Salman roads. A total of 8,000 trees were planted in one day.

The “Making Riyadh Greener” initiative – launched by the Riyadh Development Authority in October last year – is aimed at increasing the afforestation rate in Riyadh city, doubling the number of trees, and

Saudi Plastics is getting ready to accommodate more visitors

Preparations for the 16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals 2019 exhibition, organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd, are underway. The four-day event is being held under the diamond sponsorship of SABIC, from 27th through 30th January 2019, and will bring together leading regional and international experts, decision-makers and pioneers to review potential investment prospects available in the Kingdom, which currently possesses 67 per cent of the total GCC petrochemical

Konica Minolta awards Middle East best performers

Konica Minolta honored its global partners and distributors for their performances across several categories during the 2018 Annual Conference that was recently held in Japan. 

During the Conference, Konica Minolta bestowed to its partner Juma Al Majid and Mohsin Haider Darwish “Best Performer in Middle East” award, as a recognition of their success in making Konica Minolta one of the market leaders in the Middle East.

Shoei Yamana, president and CEO Konica Minolta Inc., and Kazuo Kobayashi

Saudi Arabia builds first house using 3D printing technology in Middle East

As part of the wider Saudi Vision 2030, the Ministry of Housing has announced the success of building the first house using 3D printing technology in the Middle East.
“The aim of this experiment is to compete with the technological progress in the world of future construction, to benefit from the latest technologies in the world, and to be a pioneer in promoting the adoption of innovative construction techniques in the construction sector and the localization of its industry in the Kingdom in

Almarai installs Sidel’s PET lines at Al Kharj processing plant

Liquid dairy and juice maker Almarai has installed two complete PET lines from packaging equipment manufacturer Sidel Group at its Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP) in Saudi Arabia.
Almarai chose Sidel Combi to increase its orange juice production capacity in the single-serve format. The 200ml juices are bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution.
Each PET line is capable of handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph). The PET lines also feature the packaging firm’s efficiency

Canon partners with Al Sayer group to highlight the technology-enabled education in Kuwait

Under its ‘Education For Life’ campaign, Canon Middle East partnered with Al Sayer group and the Kuwait Teachers Society to demonstrate its suite of solutions that address challenges brought about by the changing needs of key education sector stakeholders – students, teachers, and administration.

One of the technology leader showcased its commitment towards enabling the digital transformation of the education experience in Kuwait at an event held at the Kuwait Teachers Society in Kuwait City

Four Films Printing Group invests in Xerox’s iGen 5 Press

Four Films Printing Group has added Xerox’s iGen 5 Press to its fleet of printing presses catering to Kuwaiti customers. The investment in the new press is a result of its successful experience with the preceding model – Xerox iGen 4. With the investment, Four Films is expected to offer customers in Kuwait a complete web-to-print solution while simultaneously expanding their market presence regionally.

“The iGen 5 gives Four Films a competitive advantage in Kuwaiti market and allows them to

MEPCO and Arab Federation enter into agreement during the event

The Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries during the 10th Middle East International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Industry (Paper ME), held in Cairo from 10-12 September 2018.
Commenting on the agreement, Sami Safran, CEO of MEPCO said, “We believe that the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries plays an effective role in this sector

MEPCO partners with Closir to boost corporate access for investors

The Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO) has become the first Saudi company to join Closir, a global platform connecting companies directly with investors.

The paper manufacturer's engagement comes at a time when the Saudi equity market is in the spotlight for global investors, having been upgraded to "Emerging Market" status by index providers MSCI and FTSE Russell.  

Closir is a technology platform that connects listed companies in emerging markets to institutional investors, allowing them to