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Agfa expands wide-format range with OEM cutting table

Agfa Graphics has launched its first wide-format cutting table, the Acorta, following an OEM deal with Italian manufacturer Elitron.

    The Acorta adds finishing to Agfa’s existing wide-format product range of Anapurna and Jeti printers, Asanti workflow suite and A-Sign flexible media for solvent and UV-cured inks.

   Dominiek Arnout, vice-president of Agfa Graphics’ Inkjet business, said: “We are developing an all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house finishing step, all driven from Asanti.

   “Rendering, printing and cutting in one workflow allows them to be more productive, more efficient suppliers with a higher return on investment for their business.”

   The Acorta features a 102m/min maximum

Riso releases new two-colour Digital Duplicating System

Riso has released the company’s latest advance in digital duplicating – the ME9450 Digital Duplicator. This newest model is a fully automatic cut-sheet digital duplicator, producing two-colour documents in a single pass at speeds up to 150 pages per minute. This, said Riso, makes it ideal for high-volume one-colour and two-colour printing.

The ME9450 features advanced workflow capabilities to reduce prepress and make-ready times by up to 50% over many traditional two-colour processes

Lexmark aggresively looking to seize the Middle East potentials

Lexmark Middle East and Africa, highlighted the need for Middle Eastern organizations to optimize the potential in the vast amount of unstructured information that exists in the form of paper at a press release in Dubai.

Talking about the release Mathias Militzer, general manager said, “the importance of Managed Print Services (MPS) an offering that continues to evolve in the marketplace and Lexmark remains a leader at the forefront of this change. For many years our approach has been ‘Print

Major revamp undertaken for Kodak’s global operations

Kodak chief Jeff Clarke is implementing a new business structure. Kodak currently has two overarching business units: Digital Printing and Enterprise headed by Doug Edwards; and Entertainment and Commercial Films, lead by Brad Kruchten.

Clarke’s new structure, which is effective from the new year, replaces these units with five “market-focused” divisions.  The new divisions are: Print Systems (incorporating litho plates and platesetters, electrophotographic digital printing, OEM toner and

Masar to invest in high speed inkjet web press from Kodak

Kodak has reached an agreement in principle to install the Prosper 6000C press at Dubai Media Inc (DMI) premises, the first such installation in Europe, Africa and Middle East region. 

DMI, the largest media group in the Middle East, plans to use the Prosper  for its ‘smart printing services initiative’ in the UAE, which will see the introduction
of reader-customized newspapers and other advanced printing services.

Faisal Bin Haider, executive director of printing and distribution sector

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    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.