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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

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

‘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

Kodak’s new goals for the coming years

Kodak plans to make new goals in the coming years and to be more active in all the markets.

Speaking about Kodak, Giuliano Bianchet, GM, WW sales and VP-print systems division, said, “In offset plates we strongly grow through our Sonora plates. The processes less plate gives benefits for partners, customers, and us. Sonora X plates covers 80% of the application in a much easier way compared to traditional way. It gives environment friendly advantages for our users. The cost of process is too

Innovation Trail puts Gulf Print & Pack 2019 on track for success

Gulf Print & Pack 2019 returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre on April 15-18, 2019, boasting more live demonstrations of machinery and technology to potential buyers than in previous editions, with the introduction of a brand-new Innovation Trail led by leading manufacturers.
Canon, HP, Konica Minolta, Phoenix Technologies, Ricoh and Xerox are among the exhibitors taking part. Technology being showcased includes: a central reprographic department from Canon, designed to present an entire

EPA shares ideas with Europe publishers

Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) has participated in the 48th edition of London Book Fair (March 12-14) and the 39th edition of Paris Book Fair (March 15-18), as part of its efforts to share its leading local and regional experience in the publishing sector.
EPA explored ways of cooperation and sharing expertise with the participating European publishers.
During the London Book Fair, the EPA stand represented eight member publishers, and offered a networking platform where a series of

Al Bony goes again with Canon Digital Press to drive the business

Al Bony Printing Press invests in Canon imagePress C8000VP from Dynagraph.
Speaking about the investment, Babu Varghese, managing director, Al Bony Printing Press, Sharjah, said, “Since our inception in 1996, we were focusing only in commercial jobs which was going very good until the raise of the digital requirement. In early 2000, the demand for digital jobs started to shake the industry. However, we took our own time on the digital expansion and purchased our first Canon digital machine

Domino targets digital label users through their Dubai office

Domino Printing Sciences is investing into its Dubai regional office to now offer from there its Digital Printing Solution’s division products to the Middle East and Africa markets. Historically this region has been supported out of Europe. Domino is investing into Dubai to offer a more localised service and a broader Domino product range to this region. The General Manager for the office is Hans Schreuders since 1999 commented “I am really delighted that we are now able to offer a wider range

Meet HP Tango! The home printer reinvented

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that makes life easier. And this sleek, fully app-based, voice-activated printer, is it. With seamless set-up and cloud-based connectivity, you can print, scan and copy from anywhere. And, because it’s so beautifully designed, it will blend seamlessly into your home décor when not in use.
  • Minimalist and compact design for the Smart Home
    • First of its kind covers based on the latest trends in International fashion, design and materials.
    • Soft materials

HP commits to everything-as-a-service, growing contractual channels

Announces breakthrough solutions, expanded A3 and A4 portfolio, industry leading security offerings for the channel.

At HP Reinvent, the company’s largest global partner event, HP Inc. unveiled its next wave of Office Printing innovations empowering partners with seamless integration into the modern workplace.

“We continue to lead and innovate around products and solutions for our partners – no matter where they are in their journey with HP,” said Tuan Tran, general manager and global head of

Packaging manufacturer TNA opens its new regional office at DAFZA Industrial Park

One of the leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, TNA successfully held the opening ceremony for its Middle East operations at DAFZA Industrial Park.

The official opening ceremony was held at the new headquarters, in the presence of Nasser Al Madani, assistant director general, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority, Mukul Shukla, general manager MENA & India, TNA and Nadia Taylor, director and co-founder, TNA, along with DAFZA and TNA senior executives

Jamalon continues to disrupt Arabic publishing

Jamalon, one of the largest online Arabic book retailer, announced that it has successfully completed the first leg of its Series B funding round, raising over $10M in investments from existing and new shareholders. It is the largest amount ever received by an e​-commerce retailer in Arabic publishing.

This latest funding round secured further investments from leading investor Wamda Capital, followed by Aramex, and new investments from Anova Investments, 500 Falcons, Endeavor Catalyst​, and

Epson unveils two new WorkForce Pro A4 RIPS models

Epson has announced the launch of two new WorkForce Pro A4 RIPS models (Replaceable Ink Pack System), building on the success of the WF-C5000 series A4 business inkjet printers launched earlier. The 4-in-1 WF-C579RDTWFand single-function WF-C529RDTWprinters help increase productivity in the workplace and reduce environmental impact. They bring a very low total cost of ownership to businesses with high monthly print volume needs, making them ideal for managed print service contracts. A 60ipm

Reproflex3 believes the “Future is Flexo”

Reproflex3 (R3) were established in the North East of England in 1996 by Andrew Hewitson and Trevor Lowes. One of the largest Kodak plate consumers in the UK, they are pre-press packaging and flexographic plate manufacturing specialists. R3 expanded their operations to give a wider reach with bases created in Dubai back in 2014 and more recently Mumbai - enabling a ‘Global Studio’ capability for pre-press studio work and flexo plate manufacturing. Additionally, R3 have recently agreed a

SGI Dubai 2020 to include new categories

Signage and Graphic Imaging Dubai, one of the region’s largest and premier exhibition for the signage and large format printing industry announces the inclusion of new categories. With the upcoming 23rd edition of the show International Expo Consults, the organisers of the show would like to unveil a new format of the show, which is relevant and caters to the latest trends in the marketplace. SGI Dubai 2020 is scheduled to take place from January 12th to 14th in Halls 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 at the

Epson launches awareness campaign in UAE and KSA for cost saving EcoTank printers

Until the end of March, UAE and KSA residents can experience first-hand the benefits of Epson’s EcoTank printers by visiting Epson kiosks in major shopping malls in both countries; and at Universities in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

According to Nikola Aksentijevic, head of sales-consumer, Epson Europe B.V: “We want people to know that there is an EcoTank printer for their every printing need, whether it is for printing your favourite photographs, important study reports, personal documents or

Jumbo and Dubai SME join hands to strengthen 3D Manufacturing operations in the UAE

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, and Jumbo 3D Manufacturing LLC, part of Jumbo Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive awareness about 3D manufacturing technology. It should also be noted that on October 2018, Jumbo Group has unveiled a detailed 3D manufacturing strategy with the launch of its latest company Jumbo 3D Manufacturing LLC. During the same time, the Group

Giffin Graphics hosts an open house event

Giffin Graphics hosted an open house event in Dubai on January 14th and 15th. The event took place for a span of two days at Grand Millennium Hotel from 10 am to 7 pm. It should also be noted that they had kept a similar event in Dubai in last January. They invited around 400 to 500 visitors across the GCC.
During the event they displayed products like Ricoh Pro C5200s, Ricoh Pro C9200 that is an updated model of C9100, Ricoh Pro C7200x, graphics arts edition that is again an updated model of

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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.