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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

Global Brands hosts awards ceremony

Global Brands Magazine hosted an awards night at The Address Downtown Dubai, overseeing the iconic Burj Khalifa.

This year in excess of 5000 companies from 130 countries were evaluated as part of the judging process and at the end of the year more than 28 companies were announced across different regions.

The awards were presented by Alex Bleiberg who is the founder and CEO - GCC Business Council.

Nagendra Dwivedi, CEO of Global Brands Magazine awards stated, “This year the awards were

Mercongraphic and Focus Label Machinery announce tie-up

Mercongraphic FZC, based in Sharjah, has linked up with Focus Label Machinery Ltd. from United Kingdom to provide complete flexo printing, packaging, and textile solutions. With this collaboration, Mercongraphic has become the distributor for Focus Label Machinery across the Middle-East and Africa. 

Focus Label Machinery Ltd. is a UK based company having over 30 years of experience in manufacturing equipment for the narrow web label & packaging print industry. Focus covers a range of

Awal Press installs Kodak’s digital press, NeXpress SX3300

One of the oldest printers in Bahrain, Awal Press has invested in the digital press from Kodak - the NeXpress SX3300.

“We decided to go for the Kodak NeXpress SX3300 digital production colour press due to its impressive colour quality”, said Khalid Juman, managing director at Awal Press.

“After testing, we decided on this press because we noticed that the colour and imaging quality that it produced far outweighed that of the others we tried. Since installing the new system we haven’t been

SPG Prints launches UV-inkjet low-migration inks

Screen and digital print equipment manufacturer SPGPrints has launched a range of low-migration UV inkjet inks to comply with food safety regulations and meet growing demand for digitally printed food packaging.

The inks, which the firm launched are specially optimised for the Netherlands-based firm’s own DSI (Digital System Integration) press.  

 They meet the guidelines of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) and are compliant with the Swiss Ordinance on Materials and Articles

Direct Print ups flexo business with Kodak’s Flexcel NX buy

Casablanca, Morocco-based Direct Print has purchased the Flexcel NX system from Kodak to facilitate its foray into packaging/ flexographic segment in North Africa.

“We opted for Kodak solutions in order to facilitate our expanding business in the flexo printing industry,” said Younes Benchekroun, managing director at DirectPrint. “When developing our investment plans into the flexo printing industry we realised, very quickly, that Kodak flexo solutions help deliver high-impact flexible

Advertising company switches to digital print technology


The local print service provider from Qatar, Al Murshed advertising befitted permissible to knock into the growing demand for producing high-end marketing when they bought the digital printing from Canon Middle East, a leader in the imaging solutions. Operating for the last two decades as one of the top advertising business, the company has expanded its business from traditional offset printing to digital with the installation of Canon imagePRESS C6010 Colour Printing System.
“Print service

Fastsigns unveils expansion plans in UAE and North Africa

Fastsigns International, the worldwide franchisor for the more than 550 Fastsigns sign, graphics and visual communications centres, has signed master franchise agreements for growth to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and North Africa.
The company will expand its presence in the Middle East,  by opening 12 centres in the UAE, and 24 centres in North Africa, particularly Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.  
CEO of Fastsigns Catherine Monson said, “There is strong demand for our products and

Canon, Intercol launch showroom and service center in Bahrian

Canon Middle East  and International Agencies Co.Ltd. (Intercol) launched the first exclusive Canon showroom and service centre in Manama, Bahrain. The showroom will feature Canon’s complete portfolio of products for both consumers and the workplace.

Anurag Agrawal, Canon ME’s managing director, said: “The newly dedicated showroom and service centre in Bahrain will provide customers the opportunity to receive direct advice on products from Canon professionals. The variety of solutions

Photocenter, Oman to resell two new products from Fujifilm

Photocentre, Fujifilm’s official agent in Oman has launched the X-Series Camera range, for professionals and the ‘Smartlab’ Frontier-S, a compact inkjet printer in the region.

Commenting on the two new launches, Mohammed Farei, managing director of Photocentre said, “Both these products showcase the best of what Fujifilm can offer, albeit in two completely different categories within the market. They stand as a testament to the versatility and quality of Fujifilm products in the photography

Kyocera, OFFTEC host workshop in Jordan

Japanese manufacturer of printers and photocopiers, Kyocera and its exclusive distributor OFFTEC hosted a training workshop in Jordan on photocopying and printing management practices in start-ups and large enterprises.

The workshop, which was attended by several OFFTEC employees, covered a variety of topics, including the best methods to align selling activities, conduct effective pre-call planning and research, stimulate interest and establish credibility, control and manage sales cycles

Al Khalaf Advertising invests in LF UV-flatbed 460GT printer

Commercial printers and  advertising company based in Saudi Arabia, Al Khalaf Advertising and Press Company has purchased the Canon Océ Arizona large format UV-flatbed 460GT printer from Al Eqtessad, Canon’s distributors in Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Al Khalaf, chairman of Al Khalaf holding company said: “The market in the Eastern Province is in need for powerful and innovative printing technologies to support the growth of their business. We have invested in a solution that brings flawless printing

11th edition of Saudi Print and Pack hosts 520 exhibitors

Abdullah bin Ali Al Aqeel, deputy minister for Internal Trade inaugurated Saudi Print & Pack 2014 - a trade fair for the printing and packaging industries in the Middle East region. A total of 520 exhibitors participated from 27 countries. The exhibition was hosted between 17th-20th February at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Saudi Polymers were the trade fair’s platinum sponsor, while Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and Tasnee were diamond sponsors

Oman based Mazoon Printing goes digital with new buy

Muscat, Oman based Mazoon Printing Press  have  invested in the digital printing machine from Xerox - the J75, to branch out into high quality, short run jobs and also increase capacity to take on variable imaging jobs with in-house designing and binding facilities.
The printing machine has been installed in their existing factory in Muscat.
Says Ajay Bahadur, sales & marketing manager of Mazoon Printing Press, “The XEROX J75 is a unique machine which offers inline spectrophotometer to

Agfa launches new CtP system in MEA at demo center of Giffin

Agfa Graphics introduced a new CtP system to its partners in the Middle East and Africa.  
The Avalon-B8 thermal platesetter system was exhibited at the demo centre of Giffin Graphics.
In a statement released to the press, Afga stated that ‘the new Avalon B8-24 S can be seamlessly integrated with industry Agfa Apogee workflow and imaging on the innovative Azura TS plates, and will deliver affordable, good quality and care-free plate production for your commercial, packaging and publishing

Agfa Graphics Middle East is upbeat with MEA response


Agfa Graphics, manufacturer of prepress solutions & digital printing solutions, announces a successful second half year for its digital solution range in the MEA for the year 2013. Thus, foreseeing an optimistic start for the coming year.
With installations all over the region, Agfa Graphics exceeded its sales targets for the Jeti series in the Emirates as well as in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Qatar, Yemen, Kenya and Uganda. Additionally, UV curable inkjet systems such as the

Counterfeit products seized in Saudi Arabia

In a survey conducted by HP in Saudi Arabia, it was revealed that 17% of the companies in the country have purchased counterfeit printer cartridges.
Arab News reported prevalence and spread of counterfeit consumables has had a “damaging effect” on businesses in the Kingdom, with “print quality and inconsistency” the leading indicators of counterfeit consumables. 62 percent of businesses surveyed said they only became aware consumables were counterfeit when printers “failed frequently”.
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