Copatra Graphics to be official distributors of DGI for GCC

Copatra Graphics and DGI have signed a distributorship agreement wherein Copatra will be their official agents for GCC countries including Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar as well as Sudan and Yemen.
Yaser Anan, CEO of Copatra said, "Recently, we have been appointed by Agfa to market their digital machines Jeti, and this current agreement with DGI for the Gulf region shows the confidence they have in our performance.  We plan to expand our business in the GCC and the larger ME region. UAE and Qatar

Brand ME Advertising expands with new router investment

Dubai-based large format printer, Brand ME Advertising has invested in new router from Woodpecker. The machine was sold by Masonlite, who is the distributor.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, director of Brand ME, Farook Ummar said: "We predict market to take its peak in the coming years and now it's the right time to invest and prepare ourselves for the best. Market has started taking a positive turn after few years of global crises and hence an update was needed in our production setup.
"One of the

KSA printers buy offset press from Manroland

Two Saudi Arabia printing presses, Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi have purchased the high-speed sheetfed offset press made by Manroland, Roland 700 HiPrint. 

Two Saudi Arabia printing presses, Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi have purchased the high-speed sheetfed offset press made by Manroland, Roland 700 HiPrint. 

Al Kifah has invested in the 6-colour version to print cardboard packaging, while Al Nasher has bought the 4-colour Roland to expand capacity of its

FedEx Kinko express satisfaction with HP’s large format printers

Kuwait based FedEx Kinko has six branch offices across the country. The company owns the Designjet T7100 and T2300 eMFP printer models, the Designjet Z6200 and Z3200 photo printers and a Scitex LX800 industrial printer among others.

Hany El Bayar, manager, FedEx Kinko’s Kuwait says, “The HP Printers are also playing a key role in bringing in new business. One particular high profile project worth KWD 1,150,000 (US$4.1M) would never have been won by FedEx Kinko without the capacity provided by

Good Experts examine current and future advertising trends in the Arab region

TECOM Investments hosted a panel discussion on ‘Advertising Trends in the Arab Region: The Present and the Future’. Held as part of the ‘Thought Incubator’ series, the debate centred on the rapid shift in new platforms and creative approaches.

The panel featured senior advertising experts including Jonathan Labin, head of Facebook MENA in Dubai, Youssef Toqan, CEO, Flip Media, Joe Marritt, general manager, Motivate Publishing (Abu Dhabi), Sarah Messer, director of media, Nielsen, Steve Smith

Global Graphics INT-Kuwait installed high capacity folding machine


Global Graphics INT-Kuwait successfully installed high capacity folding machine from GUK-Falzmaschinen Griesser & Kunzmann GmbH & Co. at Al Khat Printing Press.

In the event Ayman Abo El Farag, general manager of Global Graphics INT said, “This is our third installation of GUK folding machine in Kuwait. GUK FA-74/6-4-4 with R6 (continuous) Feeder is a good choice for Al Khat according to their work schedule as this machine is possible to have up to 30 - 160 m/min and 40 000

Good response from MEA for laser machines from DigiMatrix

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director of Digi Matrix Technologies says, "We have the latest technologies for the laser using Yag and CO2 and also galvo laser tubes with the table size of 0.50 x 0.90 m upto 1.5 x 3 m and more; starting at 60 Watt and reaching upto 600 Watt of laser capacity. Our machines are widely used for all kind metal cutting and semi engraving as well as on wood, acrylic, fabric and plastic. We have been making forays in the Middle East and African markets and receiving good

Al Bayader expands operations in Oman with larger premises

"Over the years, the Sultanate of Oman has seen an exponential increase in the company's product portfolio," said Nidal Haddad, CEO, Al Bayader International.

"With a burgeoning economy fuelled by a young, educated and informed population, Oman is a market that cannot be ignored due to a consumer base that is extremely aware of their needs when it comes to disposable food product and food service solutions. As such, this presents a potential revenue stream that is even at par with other more

Doha, Qatar based Al Jazeera Printing Press has ordered a 5-colour offset printing press

Doha, Qatar based Al Jazeera Printing Press has ordered a 5-colour offset printing press, the Speed Master CD 102 from Heidelberg.

Jacob Kannath, director says, "As our existing machine were getting old, there was a possibility that our production schedules would get disrupted, hence we decided to invest 1 million Euros to order the 5 colour offset machine from Heidelberg. Our past experience with Heidelberg has been good quality machinery, durability, dependability with lesser number of

German Press Company invests in new basysPrint UV Setter 860x

Kuwait based, German Press Company W.L.L. for Printing and Packaging has invested in basysPrint UV Setter 860x at Drupa.

The general manager of German Press Company, Huzefa E. Petladi said, "We chose this machine because of our dedication high imaging quality, customer satisfaction, and quick productivity. We are sure we can bring out good customer feedback with additional revenue all from this engine because of its quick and quality exposure".

Kuwait based art supplier's company Global Graphics

KSA based Caravan purchases flat bed inkjet LFP at Drupa

Sign makers, Caravan Industries headquartered in Saudi Arabia placed an order for Inca Onset S20 from Fujifilm at Drupa. The printers previously own an Acuity Advance HD 2545 and an Inca Spyder flatbed, both manufactured by Fujifilm.

Nasser el Rass, owner of Caravan Industries, comments, "We were in the market for a high speed, high quality, inkjet flatbed printer and had narrowed it down to a choice of two. However, when we visited the Fujifilm stand at Drupa, had detailed discussions with them

Prismat starts digital business with Mgi Meteor DP8700 buy

Qatar based, Prismat Advertising has chosen Mgi's Meteor DP8700 XL digital printing press as its first printing machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director, Shiju Thomas said: "We have started the printing and advertising division six months ago and this is our first printing machine. We chose this machine particularly because we liked the output quality and its ability to print on range of substrates like paper, plastics and envelopes."

Company is catering to the short run digital

Konica Minolta hosts 'Leading Colour Production' workshop

Konica Minolta Middle East had organised a sales workshop in Dubai last 17-19 April 2012 for Hoshan Group who is their distributor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The theme of the workshop 'Leading Colour Production' was focused on Konica Minolta's colour print production product range.

The event was attended by 10 people and demonstrations were done on Konica Minolta's press C 8000.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Marketing Manager Production Printing - Konica Minolta Middle East, Nayyar Ansari said

Hajen PP invests in Durst UV flatbed to cater high demand

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based offset and digital printer, Hajen Printing Press has expanded their digital printing capacity by investing in Durst Omega 1 industrial inkjet printer.

General manager, Mobarak Al-Ghanim said: "We are increasing our printing capacity with this new investment. We have new requirements for jobs from domestic and gulf markets."

The Omega 1 can handle both flatbed and roll-to-roll printing technology and can print rigid and flexible material without compromise to either. The

Zeej are first printers in KSA to invest in C8000 digital press 2012-03-01 1105

KSA-based Zeej Printing Press has invested USD 100,000 in the purchase of C8000, the digital press from Konica Minolta.

This is the first of such printer in KSA.

Ahmed Siddiqui, director of branches - Zeej Printing says, "It is a production machine with a fine quality output. It supports up to 350gsm media and provides satisfactory results. We needed the latest technology to cope with the needs of our customers. Also since we reached maximum potential in our production capacity and wanted to

Printec receives good response in ME for laminator from D&K

D&K laminators distributed in the Gulf countries by Printec were well received by printers.

Joseph Dorlian, general manager, Qatar National Printing Press said, "We are very happy with the performance of this machine, it has brought us spectacular results. We knew D&K for long and share very good report with Printec LLC. They are professionals and have given us complete support in installing this highly efficient lamination system. It is easy to use and has a great speed. We find all advantages

Al Firdous PP revamps binding line to cater to book demand

Sohar (Oman) based Al Firdous Printing Press has invested in Welbound 2000 OB 6 Clamp perfect biding machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Nikhil Dauria, managing director said: "We have demand for educational books and we needed a binder for quick turnaround. With this we can bid for larger quantities and get more sales."

The 2000 cycles per hour WB 2000, the 6-clamp perfect binder is suited for production jobs. The maximum book size is 440 mm x 250 mm with spine thickness is 3 to 50 mm. The

Konica Minolta and Hoshan to focus on KSA digital market

Konica Minolta and Hoshan Company had organized a Digital Print road show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 20, 2011. The show was targeted to exclusive high-end digital printing segment. The road show was attended by 150 customers from all major cities and from various business areas including professional printers, high profile government and commercial organizations where digital printing is a key element to their business.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, product manager of production

Two printshops in Saudi invest in Roland's sheetfed offset printers

Two Saudi Arabia based printing companies Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi with different product ranges and print runs have decided to invest in the same system: the ROLAND 700 HiPrint.

Wanting to expand their production capacities, Al Kifah chose to invest in the 6-colour version to print cardboard packaging, while Al Nasher, a brochure and magazine printer, opted for the four-colour version.

Among thefeatures ofthe Roland700 sheetfed offset machine are the QuickChange options

Perfect takes delivery of its 3rd m'roland sheetfed offset press

A subsidiary of the Al Nuqul Group in Jordan, packaging printer Perfect Printing Press, purchased its third manroland sheetfed offset press- a 6-colour Roland 706 LV HiPrint, in June this year.

Firas Awad, general manager-Perfect Printing says, "We have 3 printing machines and all of them are from Roland. That was the reason to invest another $ 3million in the new 6-colour offset press. We were keen to increase our market share, increase production capacity and expand into newer markets that

Canon ME showcased cost effective colour printers to resellers in KSA

Canon Middle East launched its cost effective colour printer imageRunner Advance C2000 series in the presence of 50 customers and automation resellers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"The launch of these new products puts us even more firmly on the industry map as the leading brand for colour and colour capable solutions. With businesses now making a strong transition to colour, we now have a product to match every specific business need," said Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle

Bahrain Air signs deal for in-flight magazine

Red House marketing, publishers of the monthly magazine in English, 'Bahrain This Month' have been awarded a 3-year contract to publish Bahrain Air's in-flight magazine.

"We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, in a competitive tender, from Bahrain Air," commented George F Middleton, chairman of Red House Marketing. "Too often in the past such contracts have been secured by non-Bahrain based publishers; this contract demonstrates a trust and confidence in local businesses and we

Youssef Allam shoulders CSR by revamping educational institute

Cairo based Youssef Allam & Co were presented with the Appreciation Award by Dr. Mohamed Sabry, Dean of Helwan University's Faculty of Applied Arts, in a special ceremony.

The award was given in appreciation of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, under which Youssef Allam undertook to revamp the University's main lecture hall.

The company installed a new data show, added students' chairs, storage cabinets and an instructor desk. New floors were laid, walls painted, curtains

Free Point Advertising installs KSA's first Nexpress SE2500

Saudi Arabia based, Free Point for Advertising has installed the country's first Kodak Nexpress digital production colour press, SE2500.

Free Point for Advertising is considered one of the leading agencies specialised in the field of advertising and information. The machine was installed by Kodak's distributor in KSA, Hoshan Company Limited.
General manager at Free Point for Advertising, Abdul Hameed Alqudaimi said: "This installation will serve in strengthening our abilities to

Al Kheraiji invests in UV inkjet spot coater for personalisation

Riyadh based printing press, Al-Kheraiji Factory has gone for MGI's JetVarnish, a digital inkjet spot UV coater.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Majed Ben Abdullah Al-Yoysof said: "This is the first of its kind machine in Saudi Arabia. We went for this particular machine because of its economical way to do this process and less makeready time."

"The cost of the production is about 15 to 25% less than conventional process when you have about 25% coverage. You do not need any mesh

Al Khobar based Al Jazeera Printing has expanded its machinery

Al Khobar based Al Jazeera Printing has expanded its machinery with a new acquisition of the four colour Speedmaster SM 52 in January this year.

Mohammad Battal Al Dossary said, "With increasing orders coming our way we wanted to increase our production capacity and quality, which made us opt for the Speedmaster. We already own a Manroland R204, GTO 52-1, and GTO 52-2. Heidelberg is the leader and largest printing industry manufacturer and Heidelberg Middle East is the best to handle after sales

New entrant in online advertising for MENA region is Dotmena

Regional media and entertainment company, Mediaquest Corp has launched online advertising network, Dotmena consisting of more than 40 websites with over 300 million impressions per month and 14 million unique users.

In a statement released to the press, Mediaquest co-CEO Alexandre Hawari said "40 sites have already joined the network, including ten from Mediaquest Corp.'s own portfolio. We aim to partner with 100 websites by the end of 2011 and will be focusing our marketing efforts in the GCC

New Goss Community SSC at Yemeni press

The inauguration of a new Goss Community SSC press at the 14th October Foundation for Journalism, Printing and Publishing in Aden City, Yemen was done by Yemeni vice president, Abdu Rabbu Mansoor Hadi.

Among the publications published by the 14th October Foundation is its flagship broadsheet by the same name.

Thenewpresshastwofour-high and two two-high towers, six reelstands and a Goss N40 folder and is configured to provide flexibility for future expansion. With a cut-off of 578 mm the publisher

Control P expands in interiors with L65500

Qatar based leading digital printer, Control P has gone for HP's L65500 from Jacky's.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Mahmoud Darwish said: "We want to expand the business in the direction of green printing for serving the elite corporate clients."

The 40 people company who has a volume of 10,000 sqm has invested $150,000 with this machine. "We want to look into interior market. We can use this latex technology for indoor printing. We will be doing the applications like branding

Abaker Printing buys SM 102 with perfector

Riyadh based printing house Abaker Printing has invested in the 5-colour SM-102 with perfector.

Nasser Al Jarboa, CEO said, "We expect the new press to add much needed capacity for our production. This will meet additional demands in the commercial printing and envelope production. In this machine we like the various automation features in the set up of different production runs. The high quality printing, the ease of use and the high productivity, requires only one operator to set up and