Narayanan Venkataraman appointed as managing director for HP Saudi Arabia

HP appoints Narayanan Venkataraman as managing director for Saudi Arabia. Narayanan will be responsible for driving the company’s PC and print business and strategy in the country. He will be working with local public and private sector partners and drive HP’s growth in the areas of cybersecurity, education, healthcare, anti-counterfeit and 3D printing. Narayanan commented: “I’m delighted to continue my work at HP in this exciting role, and take on greater responsibility for driving the company

GraphX18 hosted by Business International Group in Bahrain

Business International Group of Companies (BI) hosted a multi-vendor event - GraphX18, which is an Exposition of Digital Print & Finishing Technology that took place at the Conference Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel on the 21st of March 2018 in Bahrain. BI is better known as Xerox in Bahrain.
GraphX18 unique saw the participation of multiple global partners exhibiting together for the first time to bring the best in pre-press, digital automation, digital print, finishing, wide format technical

Giffin Graphics hosts open house event for KSA customers

Giffin Graphics hosted an open house event for KSA customers. The event was held in Riyadh Marriott Courtyard on 12th and 13th March, 2018. This is their second event for the DUPLO DUSENSE and the other DUPLO solutions. The first event was held in Dubai World Trade Center between 16th-19th October 2017.
Talking about the event, Mahmoud Alfasatleh,  regional manager from Giffin Graphics KSA, said, “The visitors were from KSA only, but they came from all parts of the Kingdom like Dammam, Jeddah

SPGPrints’ solutions at ITM

SPGPrints’ digital printing solutions using Archer technology and advanced rotary screens for apparel applications will be presented at its stand at ITM 2018, Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 14 – 17 April.
“Since its debut at ITM 2016, the JAVELIN printer has been installed at textile printing operations around the world, complementing existing digital machines and screen production,” said Hakan Uzman, managing director SPGPrints Turkey. “For the past year, Tekboy

Al Jawad invests in Rapida 106 to meet the packaging demands

Al Jawad, a packaging manufacturer based in Saudi Arabia, has invested in a 6-colour Rapida 106 sheet-fed offset press from Koenig & Bauer. The order was handled by the local Koenig & Bauer agency, Al Kharafi. The last acquisition, three years ago, was a six-colour sheetfed offset press with inline foiling unit and provisions for both conventional and UV applications. One of Al Jawad’s specialties is flexible packaging for the food and detergent industries, while the offset printing

Egyptian PM backs RTISE

RT Imaging Summit & Expo-EMEA in Cairo gets extended support from Egyptian prime minister and the Ministry of Trade & Industry. As per the reports, Sherif Ismail, the prime minister of Egypt, wants the whole Egyptian cabinet to get behind the international event to be held at InterContinental Hotel CityStars Cairo in Egypt on March 22 and 23, 2018.
“I welcome the international copier and printer industry to our beautiful country. Egypt is a good destination to do business”, the prime

MEPCO wins King Khaled Award for Responsible Competitiveness

MEPCO was announced as winner of the ‘King Khaled Award for Responsible Competitiveness’. King Salman bin Abdulaziz presented the award to Eng. Sami Safran, CEO, MEPCO.  The accolade is held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and is known for honouring companies that have built competitive advantage through a commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).  The King Khalid Foundation established the Responsible

Tetra Pak signs with Obeikan

Tetra Pak has reportedly signed a recycling contract with Saudi Arabia-based papermaker Obeikan Paper Industries (OPI), which produces around 180,000 metric tons of duplex board per year.
According to an online report by the Saudi Gazette, the arrangement is “an industry-first joint initiative with a paper mill in Arabia,” and it is expected that by 2020 OPI will be recycling about 6,000 tons of used beverage cartons annually.
Hussam Naseer, environment manager Tetra Pak Arabia Area, is quoted by

Skysat unveils Konica Minolta C2070

Konica Minolta, in partnership with SkySat Technologies has recently launched their one of their model ACCURIOPRESS C2070 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The press features up to 71ppm print/copy output, real-time image density, colour density control sensors and digital colour imaging to rival offset printers at a fraction of the cost. It accepts paper sizes up to 33.02 x 48.76cm (13” x 19.2”) and weights up to 350gsm.
Chief executive officer at SkySat Technologies, Izzat Debs, said that the ACCURIOPRESS

KM’s AccurioPress wins BLI award

Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6100 was presented an award for “outstanding” technology in mid-volume production markets by Keypoint Intelligence and Buyers Lab International (BLI), at the event in Berlin, Germany, for dealers and distributors from Europe and Central and Middle East Asia.
David Sweetnam, Buyers Lab’s director of research and Lab Services for EMEA/Asia, said: “Superior productivity and media handling and high-quality and consistent output distinguish the Konica Minolta

AGFA Graphics Ink jet Middle East office appointed Rajesh Patki as regional sales manager

AGFA Graphics Ink jet Middle East office recently appointed Rajesh Patki as regional sales manager by replacing Manesh Shetty from the middle of September, 2017. Earlier Patki worked for Masonlite, Dubai as a sales manager.He will be covering Middle East, Africa & SAARC. AGfa spokesperson commented, "Having served in the industry for the past two decades and with his experience AGFA is confident to generate more sales and penetrate through all kinds of market sections from mid range to the

Canon ME expands in KSA

Canon Middle East has expanded its partner programme and eServices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to facilitate innovation, drive business growth and deliver success for partners and customers. The firm has also announced a strategic partnership with Alkhorayef Printing Solutions (APS), a part of the Alkhorayef Group, a prominent player the Saudi printing market. These announcements were made at a partner event in Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, which brought together over 28 resellers, to whom

Zeej Print expands into Offset printing technology in Riyadh

Zeej Print expands into latest Offset printing technology in Riyadh. After 15 years of success in digital printing they have decided to venture to offset with an investment of 20m riyals. The facility has an 8 colour perfecting LED-UV machine that is the first in the Middle East which allows them to offer larger sizes (up to B1) and larger quantities (up to 50,000). Talking about the new setup, Abdulaziz Alomran, CEO of Zeej Print, commented, “We are pleased to announce that has

The Middle East Packaging Summit created industry awareness

The Middle East Packaging Summit 2017 held at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers in Dubai, UAE. The event commenced with the keynote address by Thomas Schneider, President, World Packaging Organization on the trends and developments in the middle east packaging market in which he emphasized the importance of the impact of consumer’s behavior on packaging and how sustainability fits into the packaging equation.
“The extraordinary customer experience: going beyond the target’ presentation was

Canon ME to launch E-Service facility to customers, resellers

Canon Middle East has announced the launch of a new eService program for its resellers and customers. E-Service is the name given to the offering that allows delivering  ‘Managed Print Service for large format printers’.  This facility will allow resellers to sell, lease or rent an imagePROGRAF printer to an end user to deliver an LFP ‘Managed Print Service’.
By agreement with the end user, the reseller attaches the printer to the cloud based imagePROGRAF LFP Monitor system.  This system will

Arjo, Antalis in charity drive

Antalis and Arjowiggins Graphic have partnered with ChildFund Alliance by donating 200 solar lamps to assist villages in Mali.
The much-needed solar lamps will be distributed to children living in villages without electricity so that they can do their homework in the dark as part of the charities’ global ‘Light to Learn’ challenge. The high spec solar lamps can supply up to 16 hours of intense light and up to 100 hours of soft light when completely charged, providing hours of extra learning time

CSR activity launched in Middle East region

Canon Middle East has launched a ‘Back to School’ campaign in UAE, that will be extended to Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan.  The campaign will offer parents a chance to win back their child’s school fees.
Parents will have to buy any Canon inkjet printer or consumables and create a unique masterpiece with their child, using Canon’s Creative Park tool. They will then have to then share the photos of the masterpiece and the child on Facebook or Instagram mentioning #pixmagination and

Rebsons labels acquires Nilpeter’s Panorama

Rebsons Labels from South Africa moves into digital label printing with their purchase of a stand-alone Nilpeter Panorama – the first of its kind in Africa.
Talking about the investment, owner of Rebsons, Benny Friedmann, commented, “There is a constant and ever growing demand for digitally printed labels; run-lengths are getting shorter, and customers require variable data on labels and demand shorter delivery times. To accommodate all these requirements, we went for Nilpeter Panorama.”

Xerox partner Harel Mallac repositions its business

Mauritian long-term Xerox partner Harel Mallac Bureautique has recently changed its name to EO Solutions Ltd. (EO) as part of its rebranding and repositioning.  The company aims to be viewed as a “one-stop shop” provider for workplace systems and solutions to improve productivity.
At a customer launch event held at Casela World of Adventures, Cascavelle, in May, Alain Ah-Sue, MD of EO explained the company’s repositioning, “Our evolution from year to year has led us to expand our services and

Africa Print donates money

Africa Print have donated R5000, as well as food and necessities to Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon, which is assisting those affected by the Knysna fires.
Africa Print has partnered with Rotary in the past for various charity outreach projects and believe this is an organisation worth supporting. Rotary has a number of initiatives underway to aid those in Knysna. They are on the ground with local knowledge and actively supporting and funding initiatives to make the displaced residents as

Canon unveils concept to help Omani businesses potential

Canon Middle East  unveiled its new concept of ‘Explore, Inspire, Improve’ as part of the ‘Canon for Business’ offering in Oman. The initiative supports businesses in Oman to strengthen productivity, efficiency and sustainable development, and underline their position as a ‘Partner of Choice’ for their customers. The event was part of a series of ‘Canon for Business’ events in the Middle East.
Canon is exploring the changing world of business and data to address their challenges and improve

HP’s advanced printers in Saudi

HP Inc. has introduced new A3 multifunction printers (MFPs) in Saudi Arabia. The 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.
“We set out to offer our partners a robust portfolio of A3 MFPs with disruptive technologies and a range of finishing options to meet current and future printing needs,” said Zakaria El-Sayed, head of Print Business unit, HP Inc

Flexofit Nigeria seminar in Lagos explored market insights

The second edition of Flexofit Nigeria seminar was held in Lagos on 31st March 2017.  The seminar had presentations from major international suppliers like Esko and Chespa. Special guest Professor Pierre Pienaar, vice president of the World Packaging Organization shared insights into packaging developments worldwide and in Nigeria.  
Karla Grey, managing director of Flexofit comments: “The Flexofit Nigeria Seminar was an excellent opportunity to meet with the local industry and it was highly

Tekboy Tekstil steps into high volume digital textile production production

Istanbul, Turkey based Tekboy Tekstil has installed the  6-colour, Javelin digital printer to supplement production capacity, and meet increased demand for shorter-runs, rapid turnarounds and on-demand sample production.
The Javelin printer, manufctured by SPGprints uses Archer technology which enables the firing of variable drops (2pL-10pL) to the substrate. The 4mm distance from print head to substrate eliminates head damage and is suitable for printing the knitted fabrics produced by Tekboy

Redfern Labels sticks to Xerox for ‘consistency and quality’ printing

Redfern Labels from South Africa has purchased a Xerox Versant 80 Press from Oxbow and Bytes Document Solutions to improve the quality and consistency of colour proofing and design work for short-run sheet-printed labels.
Financial director Steven May says the new printer is primarily intended for walk-in customers wanting custom-designed labels from Redfern’s in-house design team, for printing branded stationery lines supplied to retailers, and for varied custom label lines to the fruit export

Fortune7 becomes the partner of Wit Color

Fortune7, the company which believes in Made in UAE concept gets the distributorship of WIT COLOR for GCC. The partnership knot happened during the SGI Dubai 2017. In addition, they are distributors of Lami Corporation - Japan for their large format Laminators. Also, they produce LFP’s with two year warranty.
Talking about their partnership, Sreekumar Rangan, MD of Fortune7, said, “Normally, the traders, bring any of the cheaper printers from far East (especially from China) and address them as

Gulf Print Pack next month

Gulf Print & Pack, slated to be held between 26th - 29th March in the Za’abeel Halls at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is expected to be 10 percent bigger in 2017, say organizers. The exhibition will be used to showcase the latest technologies and consumables from across the entire field of printing. Confirmed major players exhibiting in 2017 includes: AFRA, Ali Alhashemi Trading Co, Bobst, Canon, Heliozid and Prestige Graphics. The lineup of first-time exhibitors features Barberan

IIA with Canon train 22 SMEs in Ghana’s printing industry

Invest in Africa (IIA), in partnership with Canon, has trained 22 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana’s printing industry.
The one-year training programme, which was on the theme: “Professional print excellence”,  was meant to enhance the capacity and ability of these SMEs to meet international standards.
The GM of IIA, Sam Brandful, expressed the hope that the training would set the stage for the selected SMEs to increase competitiveness and drive revenue. He said the SMES were trained

Court overturns newspaper ban

An Omani appeals court cancelled an order to close down a newspaper that had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary.  The privately-owned Azamn newspaper covered a series of corruption cases in 2014 in which several company executives were convicted.
The Court of First Instance said in September this year the paper had undermined the prestige of the state and disturbed public order, ordering it to be closed indefinitely and jailing three of its journalists, following a series of

Quality Printing Press invests in ImagePress C10000VP

Qatar based Quality Printing Press has invested in the digital press from Canon -  imagePRESS C10000VP, the first such printer in Qatar.   The printer is suitable for commercial printers, in-plants, production hubs, direct mail and transaction print service providers to produce a range of applications in shorter turnaround times.
According to Shamsudheen Olakara, the chairman of Quality Group International, the new technology will help to meet the demands of their customers who have been looking