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Brett Martin, manufacturers of rigid plastic print media, will be presenting the latest addition to its Foamalux Foam PVC range alongside its  transparent sheet ranges at FESPA 2019 (stand B5-G60, 14th - 17th May 2019).  “FESPA provides the perfect platform for Brett Martin to display its world renowned plastics sheets to decision makers in the print and display industry,” says Duncan Smith, sales director at Brett Martin. “Ours is a highly creative industry, and the role we play in producing

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Flint Group has invested about €2 million in the 400 square meter facility in Shanghai. The Technology Center features a complete solution of nyloflex, nyloprint and ThermoFlexX plate processing equipment as well as facilities for training, education, and in-depth evaluation.  Roy Schoettle, VP Flexographic Asia Pacific, emphasizes: “Asia has the confluence of large and fast-growing markets. As it is Flint Group’s ambition to become the innovation leader in flexographic plates and sleeves

Liberty invests AED 1 m in Petratto Metro 78 folder-gluer


Liberty printing press has bought Petratto Metro 78 folding & gluing machine from Afra.
Briefing PrintWeek MEA of reason for this investment, operations manager, Manish Mukundan says “Being around for 25 years in UAE print market, we were always into commercial printing segment, this investment will take us a step closer to packaging.”
Petratto is well known for its folding and gluing options and to have a closer look at the machine, I have visited the Petratto stand at Ipex2014 in London

Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 190 helps Printmasters gain a foothold in the digital label printing market

Printmasters offers printing solutions to global businesses looking to enhance their brand value via print and packaging mediums. With over 40 years in the industry, Printmasters has been providing professional printing services to 800 local and international clients. Located in Dubai’s Production City with a 60,000sqft facility, the 400 staffers provide offset, UV offset, digital printing, labelling and luxury packaging services related.

Printmasters CEO Sivadas Menon said, “The label

UAE’s pharmaceutical manufacturers need smart packaging: Alyahya, Xerox

The UAE pharmaceutical market is the second largest in the GCC following KSA. Governments are investing heavily in this industry and attracting more pharmaceutical manufacturers because they expect the market to reach $25.7 billion by 2028.

Smart packaging is playing an instrumental role in the further growth of the pharmaceutical industry as manufacturers are required to monitor and keep track of materials to prevent counterfeit, stolen or contaminated drugs. Therefore, the need for smart

Region’s digital textile printers set to join SGI Dubai 2020 show

According to Smithers Pira, the digital textile printing market would touch AED20 billion by 2023 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6%.

Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo Consults, organizers of Sign & Graphics (SGI) 2020 show, said, “Digital textile printing industry is an untapped market for the GCC players and it’s the right time for them to grab the opportunity. They will need to have state-of-the-art equipment to cater to these demands.  Currently, textile printing

Innovation, personalization drivers for the print industry: Ashish Panjabi

Jacky’s Business Solutions brought together some of the industry pioneers - such as HP’s large format printing regional business manager Ernest Azzam, Xische founder Danish Farhan and WFP product manager at Canon Wael Ahmed among others - for sharing insights and tips to help businessowners harness innovative new technologies to help them future proof their business and tap into some of the opportunities that Expo 2020 would bring.  

At the two-day event, ‘Innovators & Creators Expo’ that

World’s first cartridge-free laser printer by HP launched in the UAE

HP on Tuesday, 10 September launched the world’s first cartridge-free printer – the HP Neverstop Laser, in the UAE.

Designed specifically for small and medium business (SMB) owners, the launch event hosted around 200 entrepreneurs and business owners gather at The Atlantis. Present at the event were Peter Oganesean, managing director of HP UAE and East Africa and Tony Bssat, category head of printing business unit of HP Middle East, KSA and East Africa. Another notable attendee was

Epson to launch two signage printers: SureColor S60600L and S80600L

Introduced during Fespa this year, the 64-inch SureColor S60600 features Epson UltraChrome GS3 four-colour solvent ink. The sign printer is capable of producing sellable quality banner at 550ft2 per hour, while also producing adhesive vinyl output up to 310ft2 per hour. The 64-inch SureColor S80600, a photographic sign printer, features Epson UltraChrome GS3 non-colour solvent ink – including an all-new red solvent along with the option for white or metallic silver inks.

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Jacky's to host two-day expo in Dubai

Jacky’s Business Solutions will be hosting the first 'Creators & Innovators Expo' on 17 and 18 September at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai. The expo seeks to showcase some new technology solutions for a growing interest in automation across various industry sectors.

"With Expo 2020 around the corner, the expo will bring in speakers that will help business owners harness innovative new technologies to help them future proof their business and tap into some of the opportunities that Expo

Agthia's new centre for packaging technology

UAE-based Agthia Group in July launched its new packaging technology centre in Al Ain city of Abu Dhabi. This comes as part of its commitment to sustainability and innovation.
The facility was inaugurated by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment in the presence of senior officials.

The new facility aims to develop more sustainable packaging technologies to make a positive impact on the food and beverages industry and reinforce Agthia’s commitment to

Konica Minolta unveils new rethink ethos to inspire workplace of the future

Konica Minolta, a company delivering business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled ‘Rethink ethos’, a strategy that builds on its reputation and technology innovation expertise.

“Rethink is at the heart of our shared global commitment to become a company who provides better and latest solutions. We do this by questioning traditional thinking and challenging the status quo,” said Pauline Brooks Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East.  

“We continually push ourselves

UAE manufacturer installs Autoprint’s Repetto 80

Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing in Ajman, recently installed Autoprint Repetto 80, a die-punching machine.

Company director Mahmood Al Hatem informed that this is the company’s first purchase from Autoprint. "Repetto 80 matched the size of the sheets we intend to use it for. The machine is engineered in a more professional way,” he said.

According to the company's website, Golden Paper Cups specializes in manufacturing, marketing, wholesaling and distribution of disposable food packaging products

Epson backs awards for eco warriors in the UAE to mark World Environment Day 2019

As part of its commitment to encourage recycling practices and to mark World Environment Day 2019, Epson silver-sponsored Emirates Environmental Group’s (EEG) annual awards ceremony held in Dubai Knowledge Park.

The event recognized individuals/families, corporates and academic institutions that took part in various eco-friendly recycling campaigns throughout the year in the UAE and that produced remarkable results. Together these individuals and organizations recycled items such as paper

Konica Minolta takes part in second OPEX week Middle East

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East participated in the second annual Operational Excellence (OPEX) Week Middle East: Business Transformation Leaders’ Summit held in Dubai on 17 and 18 June.

 Larry Leow, professional services group manager of  Konica Minolta highlighted the significance of business process management during a keynote speech titled ‘Optimising and Redefining Your Business Processes’. Leow spoke of the daily pressure to optimize business process operations and decrease

DTM introduces Primera RFID label printer in EMEA

DTM Print, an international OEM and technology provider for specialty printing systems, formally introduced the Primera RX500e colour RFID label and tag printer to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA).

Introduced last year, RX500e is a full-colour, on-demand RFID built-in label and tag printer. Labels are printed, encoded and verified in a single pass. Finished labels are then cut with the internal guillotine-style cutter and dispensed one at a time. The built-in UHF RFID

Agfa Middle East is expanding its footprints in Central Africa

Agfa Middle East recently installed three printers for two of its Congo-based customers - XL Media Group and Congo Graphics.

For XL Media, Jeti Titan HS UV hybrid printer marks their 10th installation with Agfa Middle East. “Jeti Titan HS is one of the highest selling printers in our assortment in the last five years. This Canadian origin model is a 2mx3m true flatbed design for jobs up to 160m2/hr. It provides an unparalleled print quality with its highly accurate drop placement, seven pico

Metal and engraving industry stakeholders converge at the sixth edition of SGI 2020 Knowledge Series

According to Sign & Graphic Imaging (SGI), Dubai, metal and engraving industry is a fast-growing multi-billion-dollar industry in the MENA region. "This industry continues to grow leaps and bounds due to the growing demand for their services within several vertical industries," stated a press statement from SGI. Delegates from ABB, Accumech, ATAD, Masonlite, Business Point and Smart Triangle among other organizations actively participated in the sixth edition of the SGI Dubai Knowledge

Jacky’s signs new deals at FESPA

A team of experts from Jacky’s Business joined its vendors at the recent FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 that was held in Munich earlier this month. They were present at HP, Canon, Flexa, Zund and 3A Composite stands during the event.

Orange Media, one of Jacky’s existing clients, signed a deal for the new Canon Oce Colorado as well as a Zund cutter. Additionally, Jacky’s saw a lot of interest around the new Canon Colorado 1650 from various customers across the region, many of whom signed at the

Jumbo launches 3D printing facility

Latik Gupta, head of Jumbo Enterprise, shares all about his new 3D printing development center in this exclusive interview with Venkat Raghvan.

What are your plans post the launch of your 3D printing development centre? And what is unique about Jumbo 3D Manufacturing?

Jumbo’s 3D printing facility will pave way for easy adoption of 3D printing technology for those entrepreneurs in the UAE who are interested in exploring their own businesses but are facing limitations due to the lack of finance

Siegwerk Turkey signs distribution agreement for UAE with Printech ME

Siegwerk, one of the leading global suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has signed a distribution agreement for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Printech Middle East LLC, a regionally well-known solution and service provider for the printing and packaging industry. In line with this cooperation, Printech Middle East will become the first official ink distributor for Siegwerk’s flexible packaging inks in the UAE.

“We are delighted to be selected as Siegwerk’s

Immensa recreates spare parts using 3D printing

Immensa recreates spare parts using 3D printing. Immensa Technology Labs, a regional additive manufacturing (AM) company, has been working closely with numerous UAE and regional organisations on projects related to AM and utilisation of the technology in their respective operations. Outside the oil and gas sector, Consolidated Contractors Company began working with Immensa in 2017 and, by the third quarter of 2018, had implemented AM across various functions within its organisation. Other

Altron Bytes Document Solutions

Altron Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) wins coveted Xerox MEA Partner of the Year Award, the Xerox Managed Print Excellence Award, and a shared award for Xerox Production Excellence for 2018. These awards were presented at the Xerox MEA Partner Conference that was held in Madrid, Spain in April 2019. This is the second time in four years that Altron BDS has won the coveted Xerox MEA Partner of the Year Award, having also won the Xerox Office System Group Award in 2017, the Xerox Managed Print

‘Special Guest of Honour’

Sharjah announced ‘Special Guest of Honour’ at Moscow International Book Fair 2019. Sharjah’s legacy of over four decades of cultural efforts have been recognised once again this year; and this time by Russia. For the first time in the history of Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF), organisers have decided to coin the ‘special guest of honour’ title and awarded it to Sharjah. Sharjah will be taking this seat at the 2019 edition of this major book event Sept. 4–8, in the Russian capital. The

Asia Pulp & Paper hosts their customer summit event, Dubai

Asia Pulp & Paper hosted their customer summit at Sheraton Creek Hotel, Dubai on March 18th. More than a hundred paper and packaging converters, distributors and retailers gathered at the event. The event was graced by Ridwan Hassan, the Indonesian consul general in Dubai, celebrated the long relationship APP has had with its customers in the Middle East and Africa which stretches back to late 80’s, when APP first commenced operations in the region.

Customers travelled from countries across

InSoft Automation hosts Print Software Conclave in Dubai

InSoft Automation from Chennai city, India, hosted a Print Software Conclave at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai on April 08, 2019. Imp Software was launched in 2011. It set a new direction in layout planning & estimation. Currently has a global clientele centered in Europe, and the Americas. The software can be merged into an existing MIS system or can function as a stand-alone system.

“When established printers in western world bought ‘Imp Software’ despite having solutions from well-known brands

Jacky’s recognised for contribution to the SMB

Jacky’s Business won two awards in March: One from the Stars of Business hosted by CPI Business and the second at the Etisalat SMB awards.

Ashish Panjabi, COO of Jacky’s Group was awarded the Stars of Business Leadership Award - Overall Business Leader. According to Rushika Bhatia, editor at CPI Business, “The Stars of Business Leadership Award is the most prestigious awards in the region and are known for their credibility and high-profile jury panel, which neutrally decides who emerges as the

Gulf Print & Pack attracts over 8,500 visitors from 90 nations

MENA region’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector, Gulf Print & Pack 2019 was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general of Dubai Department of Information.

Hosted at World Trade Centre in Dubai from 15-18 April, the show attracted 8,737 visitors from 90 countries according to the organizers. Afra International, Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, Phoenix Technologies, Prestige Graphics, Ricoh and Xerox were among the leading manufacturers that

HP introduces new smart printers for small businesses

HP Inc. in EMEA unveiled a new line of smart printers specifically designed for small businesses. The new HP OfficeJet Pro series brings dramatically increased intelligence and breakthrough design with HP’s heritage of performance and reliability. It provides small business owners with a critical tool to achieve success.
“HP designed this series specifically for the small business owner who can’t possibly work harder, though the pressure to do so is constant given how closely their finances

Alpha Ink plans to offer more services through James Cropper

Alpha Ink & Printing Materials Trading Co. L.L.C., based in Dubai, UAE mulls to work together with customers through James Cropper. Alpha Ink is agent and distributor of James Cropper for UAE and GCC.  
Speaking about Alpha’s partner James Cropper, Hratch Borghosizian, managing director, said, “James Cropper are specialty paper manufacturers since 1845 in England. We have been having a long-standing relationship between us. To understand and deliver the benefits of their papers, I have

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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.