Tetra Pak honoured with Best Stand Award

Tetra Pak took home the award for best stand at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing.

This is the sixth time the company wins the title since its participation in the region’s most important F&B manufacturing show.

From interactive production zones and on-stand workshops to displays of sustainable solutions and ingredients labs, under the theme “Do More Together”, Tetra Pak participated this year at Gulfood Manufacturing with a stand which was offering a value-adding and engaging experience

Private label brands primed to make their mark in the region

Private label brands are gathering momentum to mount a serious challenge to household brands in consumer shopping carts across the MEA region, according to exhibitors at the inaugural Private Label & Licensing Middle East who hailed the event for giving them a voice and a platform in an industry undergoing rapid change.

The exhibition, developed following extensive industry feedback for a sector-specific event, stressed on the opportunities in an industry that is primed for rapid growth

Private Label & Licensing Middle East and Gulfood Manufacturing conclude

Private Label & Licensing Middle East, the MENA region’s only dedicated trade platform for the private label and licensing, and Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food and beverage processing and packaging show for the Middle East, Asia and Africa, featured more than 2,800 exhibitors this year. The event, inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority took place at Dubai World Trade Centre between 20 to 31 October.

“The inaugural edition of

Curtains close on SIGN China with visitors from 122 nations

The Shanghai edition of Sign & LED China 2019, organized by Trust Informa Markets, concluded on 20 September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

According to the organizers, the three-day exhibition attracted 34,998 visitors, of which, 5,801 were international visitors from 122 countries. The top 20 country breakdown were the UAE, Korea, Japan, India, the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia,  Iran, Philippines, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, Vietnam

MENA’s first private label and licensing exhibition

The inaugural Private Label and Licensing Middle East exhibition, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 29-31 October, will provide a strategic incubation platform for heavyweight local, regional and international businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to tap into worldwide business opportunities across the rapidly accelerating private labelling, brand licensing and contract manufacturing sectors, believe the organizers of the event.

According to the latest Nielsen Total

Sustainability at the forefront of HP’s agenda at Gitex Technology Week 2019

During the 39th edition of Gitex Technology Week, HP is re-emphasizing its continued global commitment to the environment by showcasing some of its latest and most sustainable products and services at a show stand which is recyclable.

HP propels the circular economy with products, practices, and services that let customers do more and consume less. "Through one of its sustainability initiatives, the HP Planet Partner programme, the company has manufactured more than 3.4 billion ink and toner

Epson set to bring innovations at GITEX Technology Week 2019

Epson is participating in the region’s leading technology show, GITEX Technology Week 2019, and showcasing its unique solutions for businesses, education, professional display, hospitality and retail. These range from projector technologies to robotics, printing solutions, visual imaging and augmented reality.

A stand-out feature of this year’s Epson stand is a 180-degree shared virtual reality (VR) projection space, housed inside a custom created structure, providing an immersive projection

Agfa to show newspaper printing solutions at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2019

At this year’s IFRA World Publishing Expo (Berlin, 8-9 October 2019), visitors to the Agfa booth will find newspaper printing solutions that deliver cost-of-ownership and are more environment-friendly, easier to operate and smarter to maintain. "ECOnomy, ECOlogy and Extra COnvenience (ECO³) make the core of Agfa’s value-adding offering for printing companies," said the company statement.

According to the company, the key elements in Agfa’s ECO³ offering for newspapers are its Avatar V-ZH

Dedicated arena for flexible packaging at Labelexpo 2019

For the first time, Labelexpo Europe, slated from 24 to 27 September 2019, has announced a dedicated, flexible packaging arena to showcase conventional and digital converting of stand-up pouches, along with the current trends pertaining to short-run value-added flexible packaging on mid-web inline presses.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said, “Flexible packaging is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting areas of the label and package printing industry. So we

Flex Europa to launch 3D wallpaper printing solution Dimensor-S at The Hotel Show Dubai 2019

Flex Europa will unveil Dimensor-S, a new 3D wallpaper printing solution from Lithuania-based Dimense Company at The Hotel Show 2019  (Index section), slated to take place between 17-19 September 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

According to Flex Europa’s business development manager Vijay Chandran, Dimense is the first printer to simultaneously print and create structure for bespoke, creative graphic designs especially suited to the production of bespoke wallpaper. “The innovative

Omet to launch XFlex X7 at Labelexpo Europe 2019

Omet will be showcasing three machines on its two stands at the Labelexpo. This includes the launch of the Omet X7, the latest addition to the XFlex line, which would be seen live in action at the show.

This machine is a flexo printing machine for labels and flexible packaging with 670mm (26") web width, able to carry out the most complex jobs in a simple way.  

Omet is also showcasing its XJet powered by Durst, the hybrid flexo+inkjet machine, and "the first and only machine currently on

SGI wraps up Knowledge Series (2019) events in Dubai

Well ahead of its next expo - Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI) Dubai 2020 - hosted a series of round-table conferences with stakeholders from the industry at Shangrila Hotel in Dubai in June and July.

The organizers of Sign and Graphics  Imaging (SGI) 2020 exhibition brought together industry leaders from various segments such as branding and labelling, metal and engraving, and, paper manufacturers and distributors. The Knowledge Series conferences allowed the panellists to share insight on the 

Sign China 2019 promises innovative experience

Sign China 2019 will be held from 18-20 September at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The exhibition, spread across 1,00,000sqm, is expecting to host 1,250 exhibitors out of which 800 have already confirmed their booths.

Some of the renowned exhibitors participating in the event include GD Han’s Yueming, Senfeng, Beyond, Taipusheng, Ezletter, Weeson, Ganglong, Hailide, Yuanyuan, Nar, Guoshun, Hua R Shend, Epson, Flora, Handtop, JHF, Wit-color, Feiyeung Union, Yaselan, Sky Air-Ship

Website for Fespa expo 2020 event goes live

The new event website has gone live at, providing exhibitors and visitors with all the information they require about the exhibition, venue and travel to Madrid.

The website features the 2020 event campaign theme, ‘Where Colour Comes Alive’, using vivid imagery of a colour splash blending the blue, orange and pink that signify the screen, digital and textile zones of the show.

The Fespa Global Print Expo 2020 campaign will build on the ‘Explosion of Possibilities’ theme of the

Deals sealed at Gulf Print & Pack 2019

Gulf Print & Pack 2019 ended on a high note as business deals worth millions of dollars were sealed during the bi-annual event.

Xerox, meanwhile, sold more than 6 Xerox Iridesse and 22 Versant 180 Press machines at the show. Among others were Afra International, who sold its lamination and packaging machines.

Al Mahir Printing, which saw onsite bookings of 5 units, was expecting 10-15 more deals later. Its chief executive officer Dilawar Dalwai said, “Lots of customers are coming next week

Afra at GPP 2019

Afra participated again in the Gulf Print and Pack event and showcased their latest products during the show.

Speaking about the event, Vinay Krishnan, said, “Afra has been participating in the expo since 2005 and is a prominent exhibitor at this show. In this edition we showcased a wide range of packaging and print finishing equipment. In the packaging segment, we launched our Supercut Auto Die cutter, which is a revolutionary solution for paper board packaging.  Morgana RDC rotary die

Vinsak at GPP 2019

Vinsak participated in the event and promoted Vinsak USAR 430 (Modular Slitter Re-winder) including VIS 1200 inkjet system for variable data printing,
Vinsak USAR with variable cold foiling & digital varnish, Vinsak roll lifter, Vinsak TTR (table top re-winders), Vinsak also represented Iwasaki from Japan and with their intermittent-drive flexo press IF330 and TR2 UV offset printing machine. They also unveiled SPGPrints prepress during the show. Rhino by Pantec for flatbed embossing &amp

Masonlite at GPP 2019

Masonlite Sign Supplies, took a last minute decision to participate in the Gulf Print and Pack 2019 and it proved worthy for them. It should also be noted that this was the first time they participated in the event. During the event they displayed UV flatbed printers, direct to garment printers, thermal label printers, eco-solvent printers & laminators and vinyl cutting plotters.

Speaking about the event and their company, Sunil Purushothaman, general manger, Masonlite Sign Supplies, said

Sona Papers at GPP 2019

Sona Papers participated in the event and promoted their major partners at the event.

Sanjay Suneja from Sona Paper Pvt Ltd., said, “We are growing reasonably good in the Middle East. Our growth is quite visible in all the perspectives. We are adding more mills and more varieties from the existing mills as well. We have added few grades from Hansol and Cordenons. We are much optimistic and we are going to keep on adding mills and products, as our goal is to be the best print partner. We intent

AGE Graphics at GPP 2019

AGE Graphics participated in the event again and promoted their partners during the event.

Speaking about the participation, Anil Mishra, technical manager India, Arden Asia Pacific Software Pvt Ltd, said, “We have been having a relationship with AGE Graphics for the last two years. We have covered maximum die making installations through our Impact software. We are able to operate any hardware in the die-making segment. Now, we started to venture design segment where we have 3D options, layouts

Heliozid Océ at GPP 2019

Heliozid Océ participated again at the Gulf Print and Pack to promote their Océ Colorado 1640 and Granada L3 direct fabric printer.

Speaking about their participation, Philippe Husni, managing partner, Heliozid Océ Emirates, said, “The show is not focused as the other shows. It is diversified and it covers larger printing. It covers all the spectrum of the industry. We as a company cover the larger format market for indoor and outdoor. Probably 50% of the visitors really applied to us. In terms

Pauline Brooks from Konica Minolta on GPP 2019

Speaking about the market and GPP, Pauline Brooks of Konica Minolta said, “The year was a little challenging in the first month but then it started to work well. Saudi Arabia obviously was difficult last year but this year it is showing some positive growth signs. I believe that if Saudi Arabia is doing well then the whole UAE will also do well. We have done a lot of sales in Saudi along with the partners, which are expected to boost our growth. Overall it’s been a consistent year altogether

SGI to have dedicated pavilion for digital display technologies

The 5th edition of SGI Dubai ‘Knowledge Series’ brought stakeholders to discuss the impending opportunities and challenges faced by the digital display technology industries. The forum had a representation from prominent international and regional brands including LG, GE, EPSON, Blue Rhine, Al Risq Advertising and ENO Digital Signage.

The global digital signage market is valued at $20.8 bil- lion and expected to grow to $29.6 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 7.3%. With many expositions and

TechNova at Gulf Print & Pack 2019

Xerox at Gulf Print & Pack 2019

Xerox participated in the Gulf Print Pack and sold more than 25 machines at the show.

Speaking about the participation, Mohamed Amer, VP & GM for Middle East and Africa said, “We are a global company and I am managing MEA. We were very successful in 2018 and are expecting strong growth in 2019. Our growth 
very much depends on this regional market and the particular segment. Since the inception of the show, we have been participating in the Gulf Print and Pack. The star product for this

Paperworld Middle East 2019 concludes with more than 300 exhibitors

Paperworld Middle East 2019 has come to successful end in Dubai, with 7,287 trade buyers and visitors from across the wider region treated to a whole new world of potential business opportunities.

The 9th edition of the region’s largest international trade fair for stationery, paper, gifts and office supplies, featured 305 exhibitors from 42 countries, with its bold new ‘More than Paper’ theme well received by visitors, which grew steadily in numbers over the previous year (7,179).

The annual

Ahmed Fathy from Ricoh talks about their GPP participation

Ahmed Fathy from Ricoh talks about their GPP participation

Digital industry already took the world in storm. Did you feel the tremor in the industry in terms of volumes?
Indeed yes – In many countries in the Middle East region digital volumes are growing rapidly and this is for many reasons, such as volume per job is more in digital favour, delivery time is crucial, customization & personalization is heavily required, quality and media variety are also in digital favour.

There is a saying that

Pankaj Patel from Printech Middle East talks about their GPP participation

Pankaj Patel, CEO of Printech Middle East talks about their GPP participation

As a manufacturer/distributor how do you contribute to the sustainability initiatives?
As a distributor, our focus is to bring greener technology in the market place for example in label printing, UV flexo machines, we are recommending to use UV LED lamps rather than standard UV lamps, thus reducing the power consumption by 70% and more. Use of eco-friendly solvents makes solvent based flexo better for environment than

Ashish Panjabi from Jacky’s talks about their GPP participation

Ashish Panjabi, COO of Jacky’s talks about their GPP participation

As a distributor how do you contribute to the sustainability initiatives?

We have been promoting technologies that are more sustainable, whether it is HP’s water-based latex ink technology or Canon’s UVgel inks. We moved away from selling solvent-based ink printers close to a decade ago.  This meant that we had to spend a lot of time in educating our customers on the benefits of these alternatives when we stopped selling