Sharjah Ruler to acquire Dh2.5m worth of children’s books

Sharjah Ruler to acquire Dh2.5m worth of children’s books. All books from publishing houses participating at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival will be bought for Dh2.5 million by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The move aims to enhance the content of books available in Sharjah’s libraries, and to supply them with new published works that complement Sharjah’s cultural vision. Ahmad Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of Sharjah

HP Inc. launches world’s most advanced A3 printers

HP Inc., announced its new A3 multifunction printers (MFPs) in the UAE. This next generation portfolio is designed to provide qualified channel partners the ability to offer higher levels of customization that meet a wider range of customers’ printing needs.
Speaking about the importance of printer security, Pawel Miszkiewicz, Print HW category manager, HP Printing and Personal Systems, HP Middle East, said, “We are always trying to fulfill the customer needs and currently the printer security

Heidelberg launches hybrid B2 Speedmaster

Heidelberg has unveiled its latest B2 Speedmaster, the mid-range CX 75, a hybrid press that combines elements from its XL 75 B2 flagship and the SX 74.
Although the press is technically still in beta testing, Heidelberg said it was available for order immediately as it comprises established technologies. The first commercial deliveries are slated for November. Pricing will sit somewhere between the XL 75 and SX 74.
Heidelberg senior product manager Frank Suesser said the development phase for the

Arabic edition of magazine

The Dubai Future Foundation is set to collaborate with Haykal Media to launch the Arabic edition of Popular Science magazine, a monthly scientific publication founded in 1872.  Popular Science has been translated into 30 languages and distributed in 45 countries around the world, winning more than 58 international awards.
 In 2014, the number of copies sold in the US reached 1.3 million. Furthermore, the magazine attracts a large social media audience of 3.4 million followers on Facebook, one

Col.Art celebrates silver jubilee with new installations

Col.ART Publishing and Advertising celebrated their 25th anniversary by hosting a get together event along with the inception of their new machineries.
Talking about the company and event, Rajesh Krishnan Kutty, managing partner of Col.Art, added, “We are a one-stop-shop for all types of branding, graphic designing, printing services, corporate give-aways, signages, vehicle graphics, and interior décor throughout the Middle East. The event was held to celebrate our journey of 25 years in this

Epson’s printers reach 20m sale

Epson has announced that cumulative global sales of Epson’s high-capacity ink tank inkjet printers have reached 20 million units. Epson first launched high-capacity ink tank printers in October 2010 in Indonesia. Since then, the printers have continued to be introduced in about 150 countries and regions. In June 2016, cumulative sales reached 15 million globally, with growth especially pronounced in emerging markets.
According to Epson research, Epson’s series of high-capacity ink tank inkjet

Sheikh Mohammed launches banknote printing company

Prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the Oumolat Security Printing, a banknote printing company that is the first of its kind in the region.
 The facility is located in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).  
He was accompanied by the deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  He unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official inauguration of the facility, which specialises in

HP launches ‘entry level’ T235 page wide press

HP has launched its HP PageWide Web Press T235 HD, an entry-level inkjet web targeted commercial printers.
The new continuous-feed inkjet web press, launched in February at the Hunkeler Innovation Days trade event  uses HP’s High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA), which was first announced for HP’s inkjet web presses in February 2015. HDNA has a native resolution of 2,400 nozzles per inch.
It will be priced at around 15% less than the faster HP PageWide Web Press T240. It joins a number of

LED and textile at SGI Dubai

International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that the LED and Textile Printing industry is slated to grow exponentially in 2017 across the UAE and the Middle East region and is set to propel the retail sector. SGI Dubai is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year in the region to cater to the needs of exhibitors and visitors in the LED and textile printing industries apart from Signage, Outdoor Media, Screen and Digital printing industries. The ‘SGI Dubai 2018’ show

Dubai International Publishing Conference held at Dubai

Dubai International Publishing Conference began under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Literature Foundation, held for the first time by the Emirates Literature Foundation in partnership with the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai, with an inaugural address by His Excellency Abdulla Abdul Rahman Al Shaibani, Secretary General of the Executive Council of Dubai. The two-day Conference aims to positively impact established publishers and

MEED celebrating a beacon of economic journalism

MEED celebrating a beacon of economic journalism. The world’s leading source of Middle East business intelligence has turned 60 and is seeking editorial contributions to celebrate its diamond jubilee. Launched in London on 8 March 1957 by British journalist and economist Elizabeth Collard, MEED has for six decades been the world’s most reliable source of Middle East business news, data and analysis, as well as one of the world’s beacons of high-quality business and economic journalism. To

Creative Graphics appoints sales agent for UAE

Creative Graphics appoints sales agent for UAE. Creative Graphics and Weldon Celloplast, both based in Delhi-NCR, have entered a strategic alliance for sales into the UAE, with Weldon to be Creative’s exclusive agent for its pre-press products in the region. Harveer Sahni, MD of Weldon Celloplast, said: "Creative Graphics is a very dedicated and quality producer of flexo plates and this association with them complements our range of offerings to the label industry." Led by Deepanshu Goel

Canon announced that six of its products have won the 2017 iF Design Awards

Canon announced that six of its products have won the 2017 iF Design Awards. The awards went to the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera, the PowerShot G5 X digital compact camera, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 large-format inkjet printer, the 3rd generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction office systems, the i-SENSYS LBP350/LBP710 series laser printers and the XEED 4K500ST/4K501ST projectors.  Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are recognised as one of the most respected awards within the field

Auto Print Machinery entering Middle East

Auto Print Machinery Manufacturers with the 25 years of experience in the industry will be entering the Middle East market by offering products of international standards with special features and reliability backed by  after sales services.
Talking about their strategic divergence, C.N. Ashok, MD from Auto Print, said, "We are not a brand which is entering the Middle East as we have machines running in several leading printing companies in Dubai. Currently, we are selling the machines directly

Star Digital chooses Kodak SONORA XP Plates to power offset service

Star Digital, one of the region’s suppliers of digital printing services invests in Kodak SONORA XP Process Free Plates to power new offset service offering.
Star Digital’s founder Joseph Stanislaus decided to diversify its portfolio to include offset printing in 2016, Stanislaus and his team made a critical decision. “We run a very efficient operation that is powered by the flexibility and speed of our digital presses. A major consideration for our move into offset was to integrate technology

Gulf Print & Pack hosts over 200 exhibitors

Gulf Print and Pack 2017 was hosted at the Dubai World Trade Center between 26th-29th March.  The 4-day event saw the participation of over 200 exhibitors from the commercial printing and packaging industry.
Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general of Dubai Department of Information to Dubai World Trade Center inaugurated exhibition.
Visitors arrived from many countries in the region including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrian, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Qatar, Sudan among

Fuel-efficient race inspires Sharjah recycling drive

Mughees Khan began building a car four years ago to represent the American University of Sharjah (AUS) for a fuel-efficient race which has since spilled over into his family’s business.
The Khan family owns the Al Fayadh Printing Press in Sharjah. Khan is now the business development director for the company. “After the Shell Eco-marathon, it made me think that we needed to consider the environment. It played a major part in the team using only $5,000 to create its prototype. And it inspired

Alpha partners with ELT author

MENA education and learning publisher Alpha Publishing partnered with renowned English Language Teaching (ELT) author, Cheryl Palin at this year’s TESOL Arabia to deliver a full house workshop on “The Power of Stories”.
Cheryl, who traveled from the UK to join Alpha Publishing specifically for TESOL Arabia, presented her material on day two of the three-day conference which took place from March 9th – 11th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dubai.
Alpha Publishing’s range of ELT publications being

Atlas to foray into personalised solutions with new iGen 5

Enhancing capacity, Dubai based Atlas Printing Press has purchased the second iGen, this time opting to invest in the 5-colour iGen-5 which also has the packaging module.  The printhouse has earlier invested in the iGen-4.  
Explaining his reason for this investment, Amit Radia, CEO of Atlas Printing Press said: “We are targeting a lot of point of sale products, which can be handled well by the iGen 5, with its capability of getting the right corporate colours. The one factor that tilted my

Paperworld trade fair to showcase sheet solutions in Dubai

The 7th edition of Paperworld Middle East International Trade Fair for stationery, papers and office supplies is expected to showcase new solutions in paper sheets and other office equipments at WTC, Dubai from 14-16 Mar.
According to the sub-West African representative, Exhibition and Trade Fair, the 3-day Dubai event will host around 305 exhibitors from 36 countries. The fair will present business enterprises with the opportunities to network and collaborate with exhibitors from many different

Col.ART has invested in Xerox Versant 80 Press

Col.ART Publishing & Advertising LLC has recently purchased Xerox Versant 80 Press from Fanar Solutions (Xerox Emirates LLC). They opted for this brand, as it is the pioneer and has the most advanced name in the photocopy industry.
Speaking about the investment, Rajesh Krishnan Kutty, managing partner of Col.ART, said, "The worth of the total investment comes around AED 300,000 which is inclusive of accessories like cutting machines, laminating machines and spiral binding machine, etc

3M continues expansion of print wrap films

3M continues expansion of print wrap films with the launch of 3M Envision Print Wrap Film 480mC, now featuring the many high quality benefits of Comply Adhesive with micro technology. Additionally, 3M continues to expand the IJ180 family with new 3M Print Wrap Films - IJ180C-10LSE and IJ180-10SLS, designed for low-surface energy plastic and stainless steel surfaces respectively. “With the recent introduction of Comply Adhesive with micro technology to the IJ180 family, we knew the next step

Mike Horsten is to leave Mimaki to join HP

Mimaki EMEA general marketing manager Mike Horsten is to leave the Japanese-headquartered wide-format kit manufacturer to take up a new sales role with HP.  “I really enjoyed working at Mimaki but I just see that HP is giving me the opportunity to enhance my career further.  I’m extremely excited and really looking forward to it. I see the challenges in front of me yet I’m leaving a fantastic team, an innovative company and products in a broad range of segments, ranging from small-object to

EGYGRAFX GULF wins the "Wall of Fame" competition at SGI Dubai

EGYGRAFX GULF wins the "Wall of Fame" competition at SGI Dubai 2017. SGI Dubai 2017 organized this year a "Wall of Fame" competition in which exhibitors were asked to showcase creative printing executions. The selection of the winner was based on an independent panel of judges, SGI's social media and trade visitors at the show. EGYGRAFX GULF submitted a creative print which was executed by their LDP UV LED printer and won the first-place prize for their LDP being the most creative printer in

Fespa launches second global Print Census

Fespa has launched its second global Print Census.  The Fespa Print Census 2014/2015 collected more than 1,200 completed surveys from respondents including screen and digital printers (34%), commercial, quick printers and reprographic shops (15%), signmakers (13%), industrial manufacturers (8%), graphic designers (7%) and advertising agencies (5%).
The second edition of the research will delve further into the six overarching trends to emerge from the analysis of the 2014/2015 census. These

Heidelberg boss plans digital revamp, more M&A

Heidelberg’s new chief executive plans to revamp the manufacturer’s organisational structure to align it with “the digital future” and also has a number of potential acquisitions in his sights.
Rainer Hundsdörfer, who joined the company last November, announced plans to realign Heidelberg’s structure to accelerate the company’s digital transformation alongside its Q3 results.
“We are getting the company fit for the digital future,” he said. “To do that, we will develop and roll out our own

Canon releases office printer

Canon Middle East announced the release of the i-SENSYS LBP312x, a small footprint, ‘high-productivity printer for use in fast-paced work environments where space is a premium’.
The new device combines sharp double-sided printing and mobile connectivity, making it suitable for busy workgroups in small office spaces.
Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME: “Canon builds its products around working with our customers to understand their needs.  The LBP312x is built to address the needs

Papers Worldwide will take move towards supplying to digital

Distributors of speciality papers - coated, uncoated, art, luxury, FSC and recycled papers  Papers Worldwide is making a decisive shift towards digital. The Dubai  based distributors will be introducing and supplying pre-coated, cutpack sized digital papers  by August this year.  They plan to stock and sell in varied sizes as required by customers.  
Speaking to PrintWeek MEA, Vikramjeet Singh Judge, managing director- Papers Worldwide: “We can see a decisive shift towards digital  due to runs

Heavy weights at Gulf Print ‘17

Gulf Print and Pack will be held in Za’abeel Halls at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from 26 - 29 March.
Confirmed exhibitors  include Heidelberg, Giffin Graphics, Kodak AFRA, Ali Alhashemi Trading, Bobst, Canon, Heliozid and Prestige Graphics.
First-time exhibitors debuting at the show include Barberan, Holoprint Security Solutions, Imaging Care, Konica Minolta, PACFORT Packaging and Sun Papers & Labels.
Michael Hodge, sales director of Gulf Print & Pack said: “Trade shows are a great

20th edition of SGI Dubai hosts 400 exhibitors from 36 countries

The 20th edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging show was inaugurated by Mona Ghanem Al Marri, director general of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO). Major brands including Agfa Graphics, Cannon Middle East, Flex-Europa, Signtrade, Jacky’s had unveiled some of their latest innovations at the show, though some big names like Giffin Graphics, Saga Digital were missing at this year’s event.
During the inauguration, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman of IEC stated that, “The 20th edition of SGI


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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.