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Jury announced for Epson’s first ever Win-A-Robot competition in Europe, The Middle East and Russia

Epson announces the jury of the 2018 win-a-robot contest, as five experts representing the fields of industry, academia and politics join from around Europe to review applications from one of the first ever competition open across Europe, the Middle East and Russia to win Epson T-series robots. The competition is placing the latest technology in the hands of the future: universities, tertiary education establishments and research institutions are all busy uncovering ideas that support the

HP commits to educate 100,000 across Africa in the next three years

At the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, HP announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program, and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa. Ify AFE, managing director, HP Inc. Nigeria have given the announcement during an event. HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and furthers the company’s goals to enable better learning

Epson’s #WishIdPrintedIt campaign reveals that 89% of respondents admitted to losing photos

Epson, a renowned manufacturer of printing and visual imaging solutions, ran a survey on social media to find out more about people’s printing habits in the digital era as part of its campaign, #WishIdPrintedIt. Nearly half of the respondents (48%) from Middle East and Africa said that they store their photographs on their smartphones, and a staggering 89% admitted to losing their photographs because they had had their phone stolen, their hard drive crashed, or they’d run out of digital storage

HP cracks down on counterfeit toner in Uganda

HP and the Ugandan authorities have taken down two prominent retailers selling counterfeit HP print cartridges in the Kampala area.

The operation – carried out in August 2018 – was carried out by Ugandan officials and involved raids on several premises, including outlet stores and a hidden manufacturing site for fakes. As a result, the authorities seized over 18,000 ready-for-sale illicit print cartridges.

Glenn Jones, head of HP’s global anti-counterfeiting program for investigations and

Flexofit GmbH hosted their third Flexofit South Africa Seminar in Durban

The Flexofit GmbH from Germany held their third Flexofit South Africa Seminar on October 24th in Durban. After successful seminars in Johannesburg in 2017 and Cape town in 2016, the regional expert audience met at the Indian ocean to enjoy a multifaceted program on the latest technological developments in the printing industry.

Esko’s Flexo Specialist Marc de Mey and Johan Bastiaen, sales manager MEA started the day-long seminar by introducing their latest "Esko Crystal Technology” to the

African printing industry to gain from SGI Dubai 2019

International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that the African printing and signage industry will immensely benefit from the innovative products and solutions at the Sign and Graphic Imaging - SGI Dubai 2019 trade show. The show currently in its 22nd consecutive year will be held at the iconic, Dubai World Trade Centre, from January 13th to 15th 2019 at the halls 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

According to a Smithers Pira report titled ‘The Future of Printing in Middle East and Northern

Mepco - ‘Paper Recycling Company of the Year’

The Middle East Paper Co (Mepco), a vertically-integrated paper manufacturer in the region, said it has been named ‘Paper Recycling Company of the Year’ at the inaugural Middle East Waste & Recycling Awards, hosted in Dubai, UAE.
The award recognises producers of pulp, paper and packaging material for sustainable operations and creative solutions and products. It also recognises paper recycling companies operating in the Middle East that have provided a service to their customers

Tetra Pak grows more in Africa

Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost two billion packages to meet the needs of the growing population in South Africa. The company is celebrating its 60th year in the region.
 Tetra Pak was established in 1952 in Lund, Sweden. South Africa was an early expansion destination already in 1958, and a factory was built in Pinetown in 1979. “The growth and success we see today is proof that South Africa and Africa will deliver our vision of making food safe and available

OKI launches 2 new Pro Series label printers for low volumes

Printing and imaging solutions vendor OKI Europe, has said it is expanding into the label printer market with the launch of two new label printers, the Pro Series 1040 and 1050, to the expanding OKI Europe portfolio.
Focusing on the growth of evolving markets, the Pro1040 and Pro1050 represent OKI’s new innovation in label printing technology and will help businesses bring greater attention to their products through the quick, easy and cost-effective creation of eye-catching labels.
“The launch

Africa Print Expo announces dates

Africa Print expo organisers Practical Publishing have announced the 2019 calendar, with events to be hosted in Cape Town, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg.
Visitors to the 2019 Africa Print expo’s can take advantage of opportunities in sheetfed A3 machines grand format digital equipment, commercial and digital printers, finishing equipment, software, media and consumables and more.
The confirmed dates for the 2019 expo’s are: Nelspruit: 20 February 2019, Emnotweni Arena; Port

Skysat Technologies held an exhibition on digital solutions

Skysat Technologies Ghana Limited on 25th September held an exhibition on digital solutions. The event was also used to officially unveil the Accuriopress Color Series by Konica Minolta. The exhibition was also aimed at enhancing document management and office archiving systems to avoid loss or damage of important documents in homes, offices and other places. CEO of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) Archie Hesse, in his address, commended Skysat and its elite partner

Kyocera moves ahead in copier and MFP markets

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa has advanced in the overall South African copier and multifunction printer (MFP) market in the second quarter of 2018, with a 15.5% share of unit shipments for the period. This is according to new numbers from Infosource and indicates that Kyocera's focus on delivering vertical solutions that address companies' pain points is paying off.

For the first half of calendar 2018, Kyocera ranked second in the overall South African copier and MFP market, growing

KYOCERA South Africa announced it's winners

KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa announced the winners of its 11th local Service Awards, honouring its top engineers at an exclusive ceremony held in Johannesburg. KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa prestigious awards recognise the dedication, skills, knowledge and outstanding technical abilities of its certified engineers, who competently deliver technical solutions to resolve its customers’ technical queries on a daily basis. “Our customers are looking to do business with service

Branders Printing backs Xerox with new buy

Digital printing is one of the biggest innovations in the printing industry, and speed is the number one advantage. That’s what convinced Branders Printing Company, a family-owned print business in Boksburg, to buy a new Xerox Versant 180 colour digital press from Bytes Document Solutions’ (BDS) authorised service partner, XBC-IT.
“We wanted to upgrade our digital print offering to the local market,” says Branders. “Speed, cost-effectiveness, and advanced personalisation were our key

Exhibitors report quality visitors and sales at Africa Print expo

The Africa Print expo welcomed 572 visitors from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tanzania to the second expo hosted in Lusaka at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
“There is a lot of opportunity in Zambia and it is a very warm and friendly place. I am pleased we are up on our number of visitors from last year, despite a quiet first day. With the focus of the expo being business opportunities, it was great to hear about the printing equipment sold at the event. Start up business

SA’s recycling targets paper

The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) has announced the 2017 paper recycling rates. Last year, the paper recycling industry along with conscientious consumers and thousands of collectors kept 1.3 million tonnes of paper and paper, boxes and liquid packaging out of landfill. This would fill 1,539 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This tonnage represents 70% of the 1.8 million tonnes of paper available for recovery, which excludes books and archived records, and unrecyclable paper

Flexofit held their first ever Flexofit Uganda Seminar in Kampala

The Flexofit GmbH from Germany held their first ever Flexofit Uganda Seminar in Kampala, Uganda on 9th May. The capital of this rising East African country welcomed the international speakers. The local expert audience arrived from more than 14 companies in Uganda, bordering Ruanda and Kenya, as well as from far away as South Africa.
According to the organizers, “The attending participants highly valued the insightful information presented in the seminar and was grateful for this opportunity to

Konica Minolta and FTFA new intiative

Konica Minolta and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) ensured that eight schools in the Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay region received indigenous shade and fruit trees. The schools were identified by FTFA as requiring indigenous shade trees following the devastating fires in the region in 2017. On 20 March 2018, KMSA staff planted trees at Concordia High School, together with pupils and school staff, to kick off tree planting in the region. This event took place one day before the

Brother wins iF Design Award

Brother Industries, a parent company of Brother International South Africa, one of the leading global manufacturers of laser and inkjet printing devices, has won the “iF Design Award 2018” for four product categories. The iF Design Award 2018 received 6 401 entries from 54 countries and regions. This is the 11th consecutive year Brother has been named as an iF Design Award winner and has now received a total of 66 awards, including the 4 won this year.
Dale de Villiers, marketing manager at

MEPCO receives award, declares higher profits

The Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO), has been recognised by Great Place to Work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The organisation’s research and management consulting firm assess award applicants from over 100 companies on a variety of parameters before choosing the company most deserving of the title in each market. MEPCO was shortlisted among the top 20 companies across all sectors, including SMEs and large corporates in the private sector, as well as public sector and non-profit companies.
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Danish packaging firm expands into the Middle East market

Field Advice, Scandinavia’s  supplier of food packaging, has recently signed a partnership agreement with Alpha Sky as part of its international expansion plans in the Middle East and to meet the increasing demand for environmental friendly disposable containers in the region.
Mark Remmy Sali, managing director of Field Advice, signed the Memorandum of understanding with Ayman Al Hilali, CEO of Alpha Sky,  in the presence of Denmark’s Minister of Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen.
Under the

Trelleborg unveils Vulcan metal-back blanket for Middle East

Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation has announced the launch of a major addition to its range of metal-back offset blankets for newspaper printing with the introduction of Vulcan Metal Times for Middle East and Global market.
Talking about Middle East market, Matthias Horn, regional director for EMEA, Trelleborg, said, “With the new developed Vulcan Metal Times Trelleborg provides a new solution for high demanding Newspaper Printing in the Middle East region especially for all Manroland

OKI Europe receives BLI Buyers Lab award at SGI

OKI Europe has received the 2018 pick award from BLI Buyers Lab for the ColorPainter M-64s printer during the SGI Dubai.
Talking about the award, Frank Janschke, senior manager, EMEA WFP product management, commented, “BLI is an unique body that checks on the demands of the end customer needs and based on the requirements they take several test on dimensional stability, print speed, colour gamete, pantone colour production, and many more. Earlier, the same M-64s has won the best innovative award

Flexofit group holds three seminars in Africa

With three Flexofit seminars in Port Louis, Mauritius on 20th October, Johannesburg, South Africa on 24th and in Windhoek, Namibia on 27th October, Flexofit answered to an ever rising demand to professional education in the printing industry in Africa. The local expert audience in all three countries attended the seminars with industry speakers from international companies like Chespa, DuPont, Esko, tesa, Renzmann and Windmoeller & Hoelscher among others.
The first Flexofit Seminar took

Naturepak invests more

Naturepak Beverage Packaging has moved to continue its success and business expansion by investing in additional Heidelberg Intro web-fed printing technology. Naturepak Beverage Packaging serves dairies, beverage and dry foods companies in the Greater Middle East, Africa and India Subcontinent from its two packaging plants in Damma, Saudi Arabia and Casablanca, Morocco.
The Casablanca plant was launched in 2011 as brand-new, state-of-the-art, greenfield operation encompassing the latest

MEPCO highlights environmental sustainability thru 3 initiatives

Paper manufacturer, Middle East Paper Co. ‘MEPCO, highlights its commitment to economic sustainability through three operational initiatives - MEPCO recycles 70% of its water in the production process, use of captive power generation to reduce power usage and lower operational costs  and 90% of MEPCO’s raw materials are locally-sourced by WASCO, its wholly-owned integrated subsidiary.
Sami Safran, CEO MEPCO commented: “Our resource-efficient measures see our overall production costs reduced

PartServe ties with Samsung

PartServe has been appointed as the authorised spare parts distributor for Samsung printers in South Africa. This is an extension of an existing agreement with Hewlett Packard prior to its acquisition of Samsung’s printing business.
Samsung printer spare parts will now be available to repair agents through PartServe’s carry-in centres countrywide. PartServe offers spare part distribution, centralised warranty services, remanufacturing services and outsourced repair capabilities for a large

SGI Dubai to attract printing industry stakeholders from Africa

SGI Dubai to attract printing industry stakeholders from Africa. “We are eagerly waiting to welcome the trade visitors from Africa to our show as we have a huge turnaround from the Africa region each year. The African economy is poised to hit a new high and set to grow to the next level. As per our research, there is a tremendous demand for state-of-the-art printing equipment in the growing African markets. A focussed approach from the African print industry can consolidate the sector further

Manipal International Press invests in Lombardi from Vinsak

Manipal International Press from Africa invests in Lombardi SYNCHROLINE 530 narrow web UV flexo press from Vinsak. It is a full servo multicolour press and can print on an extensive range of materials.

Talking about their investment, Pritam Choudhary, managing director at Manipal Africa, said, “We are moving to a new city and have invested in 10000 sq. meters. Printing plant as our production capacity has increased by 50%. As of now, we are having three Flexo and two gravure machines producing

Canon launches new printers in Africa

Canon, a manufacturers  of imaging and optical products, has launched its new range of Printer products onto the Ghanaian market.
The company introduced the new products in partnership with its Ghanaian distributor, Oman Fofor with a pledge to shore up its investments in Ghana.
At the unveiling of the new digital products in Accra, Amine Djouahra, the sales manager, Canon Central and North Africa, said the products with cutting-edge technologies were designed to add a whole new dimension to