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IIA with Canon train 22 SMEs in Ghana’s printing industry

Invest in Africa (IIA), in partnership with Canon, has trained 22 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana’s printing industry.
The one-year training programme, which was on the theme: “Professional print excellence”,  was meant to enhance the capacity and ability of these SMEs to meet international standards.
The GM of IIA, Sam Brandful, expressed the hope that the training would set the stage for the selected SMEs to increase competitiveness and drive revenue. He said the SMES were trained

Court overturns newspaper ban

An Omani appeals court cancelled an order to close down a newspaper that had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary.  The privately-owned Azamn newspaper covered a series of corruption cases in 2014 in which several company executives were convicted.
The Court of First Instance said in September this year the paper had undermined the prestige of the state and disturbed public order, ordering it to be closed indefinitely and jailing three of its journalists, following a series of

Quality Printing Press invests in ImagePress C10000VP

Qatar based Quality Printing Press has invested in the digital press from Canon -  imagePRESS C10000VP, the first such printer in Qatar.   The printer is suitable for commercial printers, in-plants, production hubs, direct mail and transaction print service providers to produce a range of applications in shorter turnaround times.
According to Shamsudheen Olakara, the chairman of Quality Group International, the new technology will help to meet the demands of their customers who have been looking

QuadTech, Odak enter deal

QuadTech has appointed Odak Kimya as its new sales agent and ColorTrack software dealer for Turkey and the Turkish Republics.  Founded in 1998, Odak will  be introducing the newly-launched ColorTrack with InkControl, a colour management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications to the Turkish region. 
Ayla Çuhadaroglu, general manager, Odak said: “At Odak, we partner with manufacturers who are global leaders in their product range, to provide best-in-class solutions across the

Kodak unveils enhancements to its CTP portfolio

Kodak has announced enhancements to its automated thermal CTP portfolio for newspaper printing at the Wan Ifra World Publishing Expo in Vienna.
Kodak has introduced a 16% laser power improvement for both the Generation News and the Trendsetter News Platesetters, meaning newspaper printers can image more plates in a shorter time.
Due to the additional laser power, the throughput of the Generation News Platesetter Z-speed version has increased from 258 to 277 Sonora News processfFree plates per

Cisco appoints Ziad Salmeh

Cisco Middle East has announced the appointment of Ziad Salameh as managing director of its West Region. In his new position, Ziad is responsible for leading Cisco’s business and operations in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Levant and Iraq to capitalize on the opportunities created by digitization.
At Cisco, we are playing a leading role in helping countries, industries and businesses develop and implement digital roadmaps and transformations that deliver tangible outcomes. This is a time of great

Big growth in Africa as IIJ sales soar worldwide

Industrial Inkjet Ltd’s made expansion into Africa with Konica Minolta’s printheads helping to develop new business opportunities.
Additional major new African clients are set to sign with the company, known as IIJ, which announced its entrance into Africa in April last year. The company  supplies inkjet solutions into a range of applications, such as labels, packaging, document and security printing.
IIJ, which has worldwide operations, is also the official sales and technical support centre

Honeywell unveils new industrial label printer

Honeywell has launched its new PM42 mid-range industrial label printer, aimed to help Middle Eastern businesses address evolving operational needs for information technology, networking and automation.

According to the company, with its intuitive user interface, the PM42 printer is easy to use and convenient to maintain, which saves time and reduces costs. The printer features enhanced processing capability and flexible open operating architecture to easily integrate into most IT

Sign Istanbul to exhibit 3D tech

The 18th International Adver-tising Industry and Digital Printing Technologies Trade Fair - SIGN Istanbul 2016, will open its doors on September 29th 2016 hosting some 450 companies from 32 countries. In excess of 21,500 professional visitors will take this opportunity to view and compare a comprehensive range of innovations for the advertising and digital printing industries during four hectic days of business activity.

As last year, SIGN İstanbul will host this 3D printing technologies show

Universal Graphic partners with TKM Group to sell Anti Glue knife

Universal Graphic Trading, Dubai partners with TKM Group, Germany to sell their Anti Glue Knife for Paper Guillotines across GCC. The product was recently launched in Drupa.

Talking about the product, V Seshadri, BDM from Universal Graphic Trading, commented, “The product was lauched in the Drupa which has received overwhelming response over there. After seeing the response, we decided to sell this product in the GCC region. Here, there are many cutting products are available but there is no

Qatar uses 3D printers to make World Cup stadiums ‘desert-proof’

Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed      models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if   they can endure the state’s desert climate.

Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the cooler month of November. It also announced details of five stadiums with built-in air conditioning. But Qatar still experiences sand and dust storms in winter months.

It also wants the stadiums to be used all year

Sun Chemical opens state-of-the-art factory

Sun Chemical has opened a $30 million production centre in Turkey to cater to increased demand from Turkey and the Middle East for solvent-based flexible packaging products.

The 50,000sqm site emp-loys over 90 staff and is dedicated to the production of solvent-based inks serving both local and international customers. The multi-million dollar investment provides a brand new state of the art production facility, which is fully automated with the latest equipment and technology.  

Says Arinc

Nation Media Group invests in web press from Manroland

Nairobi, Kenya based Nation Media Group has enhanced its capacity significantly with its new investment in the super fast web offset COLORMAN e:line from Manroland.

On March 17, 2016, an  event was organised to celebrate the installation of the new Colorman e:line on the Nation Media printing grounds in the presence of The Aga Khan, high-ranking individuals from politics, including Dr. Alfred Mutua, governor of Machakos County, and Nation Media Group CEO Joe Muganda as well as the chairman

Konica Minolta ‘satisfied’ with last year’s performance in ME

Konica Minolta has announced that they are satisfied with their performance in  GCC in 2015, having established a market share of 14.3%. 

Kazuo Kobayashi, managing director of Konica Minolta said, “We are delighted to report that in addition to robust numbers in KSA, our Kuwait business maintains number one position with 25.9% in 2015, retaining its market leadership position for the second year running. Our long-term commitment to clients and partners is one of the main reasons for this

HP unveils entry level, flatbed Scitex 9000 industrial press

HP has unveiled an entry-level Scitex industrial flatbed and a new inkset at Fespa Digital targeted at mid-level sign and display printers or established outdoor printers looking to move into point-of-sale. The new Scitex 9000 Industrial Press essentially uses the same chassis, HDR 300 printheads, bed size and High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology as the Scitex 11000, but with less automation and a significantly lower price point.

Prices start at around $738,725 for the 9000 compared with

HP will have the largest booth at the most awaited Drupa ‘16

Ahead of its participation in the most awaited exhibition in 2016 - Drupa, HP’s Gido van Praag, vice president & general manager Graphics Solutions Business Printing and Personal Systems Group Europe, Middle East and Africa made a familiarization trip to the Middle East region.  

In an exclusive interview  with PrintWeek MEA,  van Praag explained: “The biggest growth opportunities are expected from Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, while for the HP’s graphics business Turkey and

Mimaki is set to acquire Italian textile kit specialist

Mimaki looks set to acquire Italian textile machine manufacturer La Meccanica Costruzione Tessili in a move that would expand its position in the textiles printing market.

 The acquisition was first mooted in July 2015, when an Italian sales agent introduced Mimaki to La Meccanica, a manufacturer of conventional and digital textile printing machines.

La Meccanica, which is located in Bergamo, Italy, was established in 1977. It has 32 staff and a turnover of $6.65m.

Bergamo is also the home

Canon ME organise round table on trends of large format print

Canon Middle East hosted a  round table event for a discussion on the scope an d potential of large format printing in the Middle East region.

Sharing insight at the event were Wouter Kingma - independent photographer, Canon LFP brand ambassador;  Shadi Bakhour, general manager for Canon Emirates;  Ayman Ali, marketing manager and Yasser El Farra, managing director, Tenaui Middle East Trading.

Initiating the discussion,  Bakhour said: “Customers are knowledgable and aware of what exactly

Arab Health on benefits of 3D

Arab Health Exhibition & Congress taking place from the 25-28 January 2016 in Dubai, UAE will discuss the impact 3D printing has on patient’s lives.

The global 3D printing market, which was worth US$2,183mn in 2012 and is set to reach US$8.6mn by 2020, is becoming an increasingly popular method of treating patients among doctors.

“3D printing will change patients’ lives and facilitate previously seemingly challenging surgeries; the ability to provide custom design, patient specific

Mimaki to launch new fluorescent inks for its textile printers

Mimaki has announced the launch of two new fluorescent inks for its TS300P-1800 inkjet textile printers. The inks, which will be commercially available from the first week of December, will be demonstrated at ITMA, the textile and garment machinery exhibition, which will take place in Milan from 12th to 19th November.

Mimaki said the new neon fluorescent inks, which are available in yellow and pink, are suitable for fashion, sportswear, swimwear and shoes and are specially developed for use

Xerox Emirates unveiled event for Color 1000i press

The Xerox Color 1000i Press with Gold/Silver metallic inks was unveiled during an event that was held at The Address Downtown, Dubai on October 11 2015 by Xerox Emirates. Apart from this, they organized another event at Abu Dhabi on October 13, 2015 for the Abu Dhabi visitors.

Speaking about the event, Pankaj Kalra, marketing manager for Xerox, commented, “The Dubai event is all about the Color 1000i Press with gold and silver metallic inks. With increased automation, the device keeps print

Konica Minolta’s bizhub Press C71hc now in ME

Konica Minolta has introduced its bizhub PRESS C71hc into the Middle East region. 

“The colour production printing market is steadily growing and there can be no doubt that RGB data and the high-chroma technology will continue to increase in importance in the future. In this context, Konica Minolta is proud to introduce the 3rd generation of high-chroma products with the new bizhub PRESS C71hc” – explains Nayyar Ansari, business development manager production printing. “Today’s communication

Jacky's partner MakerBot participated in 3D Print UAE event

MakerBot has participated in the 3D Print UAE exhibition through their partner Jacky’s. Recently, Stratasys acquired MakerBot after longsighting their technological growth.

Valentin Storz, direct & channel sales, MakerBot EMEA commented, “We have showcased three of our main products like ‘mini’ which is a perfect match for the home purpose, ‘replicator’ is a medium size 3D printer and ‘Z18’ is the biggest of all. So far, we have sold over 80,000 MakerBot printers and more than 25,000 in

Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej invests in the thermal CtP from Agfa

Bahrain based Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing House has invested in a thermal CTP from Agfa - the Avalon N8-60XT. The printer was purchased from Giffin Graphics.

 Explaining the rationale of this investment, Samuel Paul, manager - operations, said: “We rely on the quality, efficiencies and reliability of Agfa as well as  Giffin Graphics for support. This addition which is the third CTP in our facility, will help expand print capabilities and production efficiencies even further

Zeej Print again endowed in Mimaki Flatbed for new branch

Zeej Print has invested in Mimaki Flatbed 3042HG Printer for their new Dubai branch which is located in Business Bay where the investment came around $70,000.

Speaking about their investment, Ahmed Siddiqui, production manager from Zeej Printing, commented, “Quality is always our main concern and through this investment we would like to offer high quality gift items to our clients in UAE. We were using the same Mimaki machine in our Saudi branches and after using it for a while we found it

Jacky’s and principals Artec 3D participate in the DEAL show

Jacky’s the authorised partner of Artec 3D for the GCC region unveiled the world’s first high-speed full-body 3D scanner for 3D portraits for the first time in Dubai. Shapify Booth was at Dubai Entertainment Amusement & Leisure Show (DEAL) 2015 from the 14th to the 16th of April, and enabled customers to experience 3D technologies firsthand in a way that was easy, fun and affordable. 

Artec Shapify Booth includes 4 wide view high resolution 3D scanners which rotate around the customer

New tool for commercial signage in Abu Dhabi to reduce ‘clutter’

The Abu Dhabi Commercial Signage Regulations, which govern commercial signs on buildings have launched a new interactive tool, which it says will make it even simpler for business owners and signage manufacturers to adhere to guidelines designed to enhance the appearance of building fronts and minimise ‘visual clutter’. 

Over 70,000 businesses have applied the regulations since their launch in 2011 and 8,500 new businesses were required to apply the regulations.

Abdulla Al Sahi, executive

Sharjah show gets an Indian boost for the second time

Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) is once again joining hands with the apex body of printing, packaging and allied industries in India to organise the second edition of the Print Pack Arabia trade show. The launch edition of Print Pack Arabia in 2014 was also jointly held by Expo Centre Sharjah and the Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) had close to 100 exhibitors and attracted more than 5000 visitors from 77 countries.

“The upcoming edition  will take

Emirates Trans Graphics wins ‘New distributor 2014’ award

Duplo International, UK awarded the Dubai based Emirates Trans Graphics (ETG - their exclusive dealer in the Middle East, Gulf and Saudi Arabia for digital print finish products) as the best “New Distributor – 2014” for achieving ‘outstanding’ sales within their designated areas in UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia.

G. Jayaprakash, general manager - sales & marketing, ETG commented: “We were agents for Duplo only for Saudi Arabia earlier since two and half years.  And

Konica Minolta, Al Hoshan to sell new digital printers in KSA

Konica Minolta will sell its digital colour production printers, the bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085 in Saudi Arabia through its distributors, Al Hoshan.

The bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085 feature finishing options such as booklet production, perfect binding, auto ring binding and high stacking capabilities of up to 10,000 sheets which facilitates one-step printing and finishing without manual intervention.

“Performance – that’s the key boosting print supply businesses. With the bizhub PRESS