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Egyptian newspapers to increase cover price

Egypt’s National press agency (NPA) is considering a decision to increase government newspapers prices due to the rising cost of paper, which has surged 100 percent in the last period.

During a meeting today with the NPA and Chairmen of the Board of Directors of the National Newspapers, along editors of private press institutions, discussed current issues such as poor distribution and lack of advertisement, along with the increase of printing prices which have all weighed badly on the print

Digital Print Centre invests in AccurioPress C6100

Digital Print Centre has invested in Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6100.
Speaking about the investment and the reason for opting the brand, Seraj Ghazzal, general manager, Digital Print Centre commented, “We are always looking for the latest technologies and innovations in the printing industry. We researched the digital market and found that the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 was equipped with all the latest technologies we required to drive our business forward. The AccurioPress C6100

Sentez signs with Heidelberg

Turkish packaging producer Sentez, which is based in Istanbul and has a workforce of around 550, has elected to use the subscription model of HeidelbergerDruckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) as part of its growth and digitization strategy. That makes the Sentez Group the first Turkish company opting to conclude this type of contract with Heidelberg and use a large format press.
The pay-per-use agreement with Sentez includes not just one but two subscription contracts - one each for the 70 x 100

Canon Middle East launches direct operations in Saudi Arabia

Canon Middle East (CME) has launched direct operations in Saudi Arabia.
The company has signed an agreement with Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia, which will become the largest regional direct presence for CME.
Canon Saudi Arabia will operate from Riyadh, and with an additional two branches in Jeddah and Khobar, will be become the company’s largest entity in the region. The company aims to have over 300 employees by 2020.
The company said that a direct

Zeejprint installed first Duplo Dusense Spot UV coater in KSA

Zeejprint became the first printing press in KSA to invest in Duplo DuSense DDC-810 Spot UV coater for its factory in Sulay, Riyadh. The installation was completed successfully by Giffin Graphics in April.
Talking about the investment, Ahmed Siddiqui, COO of Zeejprint, said, “We have been looking for a machine that fits all our requirements and this Duplo Dusense fitted exactly. The machine allows us to do many value added services for our customers. Particularly, the machine fits for the

Dynagraph’s new branch in Kuwait

Dynagraph, as one of the leading regional Graphic Industry players in the Middle East recently inaugurated its new showroom in Kuwait to demonstrate a number of digital printing production solutions from Canon as well as of offline digital finishing equipment.
According to the company spokesperson, “The showroom is destined to become a center of excellence for digital printers across Kuwait to familiarize themselves with Canon branded production equipment and allow them to test and assess the

Orpic launches new thermoforming grade of polypropylene

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has launched a new thermoforming grade called Luban HP1151K that will increase both productivity and the overall performance of transparent thermoformed cups, trays and containers.
The new polypropylene (PP) thermoforming grade is based on Milliken’s nucleating innovation Hyperform HPN-600ei. The new grade (Luban HP1151K) was launched during the 5th Oman Plast Exhibition 2018 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Orpic’s Luban

Zeejprint receives ISO 12647-2 certification for process colour

Zeejprint has become the first printing press in Gulf to complete readiness for ISO 12647-2 Certification, world’s leading Process Colour Standards for Offset. This certification would enable Zeejprint to measure, manage and report its colour management process and overall print quality to customers.
 The certification has been awarded by Franz Brandi and Prof. Florian SuBi for Virona GmbH,  a global leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Virona confirmed that the production

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 zeejprint.com 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.”
“In

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