"Conducting fair business is crucial for printers to survive in tough times"

Born in the south Indian city of Bangalore, Priyadarshi Singh belongs to a family of journalists who introduced him to various printing technologies. Walking along a similar path as his grandfather and father, Singh is the general manager of Al Omeira Printing and Publishing in Abu Dhabi. “We lived near a newspaper printing press so I grew up listening to the ‘rhythm’; of linotype machines. I wouldn’t miss a chance to visit my father while he was at work so I could see the press in action.”

This curiosity led him to study Printing Technology from School of Printing in my hometown. Soon he started working as a supervisor at an English national daily – Indian Express. “Later I joined a company that was into security printing, which was a

NDigitec CEO: Printing industry will enter markets one never imagined

CEO of NDigitec Vatche Kavlakian shares his vision of the future of the printing industry with Shilpa Jasani, emphasizing how technological advances in the printing industry will amaze one and all.

A computer engineer by education and Yale Business School graduate,  Armenian Syrian Vatche Kavlakian, CEO of NDigitec, ventured into the printing industry in 1993, with the aim of amalgamating computer science with printing. “In 1993, I was among the pioneers to bring my knowledge of computers into

Interview with Andy Thomas-Emans, strategic director, Labelexpo Global Series

Where is the packaging and printing industry heading towards?
Technology trends include hybrid printing, combining digital and conventional print and finishing technologies. We are also seeing a trend towards shorter runs caused by brands moving to multiple SKUs, personalisation and customisation. These trends will continue. Both packaging and commercial printers are also becoming a one-stop shop for brands, and in response to this, we recently launched our new Brand Print portfolio of events

‘In face of competition, businesses need to stay focused on the target’

Al Madeena Printing Press general manager Ashraf N.P  shares with PrintWeek MEA some exciting news  about his company’s latest buy and their plans to enter the packaging industry. 

An employee of the US Navy who was working in Bahrain, Indian expat Ashraf N.P enteread  the printing industry when the sector was booming. “I was working in the administration section of the US Navy when I was  offered
an inhouse job by Dubai’s Al Madeena Group,” said Ashraf.

Born and brought up in Kerala

Relationship, quality and timing are the three core-values of every business

Sunny Thomas, general manager of Pen Printing Press, Ajman in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his knowledge about the printing industry and explains where the industry will be heading in the coming years.

Born and raised in Kottayam, Kerala, India, Sunny Thomas completed his schooling in Kerala and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NSS College affiliated to Calicut University - Palakkadu, India. He opened a printing press in India in 2002. In the year 2011, Thomas came

“Retain your employees and wait for the economic cycle to change”

Zaabeel Advertising LLC’s managing partner George Tadros  tells PrintWeek about what he has seen and learnt during his 30 years in  the region’s print industry.

Tadros grew up in Lebanon, where he did his schooling and went on to get a diploma in printing in 1986. He was fascinated with the concept of print and the wide spectrum of the medium. “I started my career in flexo printing at a plastic factory and became its production manager in 1990. The following year, I set up my own factory. It

SGI Dubai 2019 is all set to welcome more than 400 exhibitors across the world

Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC, gives an open talk to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

Volumes have become shorter and shorter, publishers and advertisers are looking to attract dedicated groups of people, so in which way the event would be helpful for the visitors and exhibitors?

SGI Dubai has been a good partner for advertisers and publishers. While the market situation has caused some organisations to cut down on spends, it has also made many organisations invest strategically in

“Do not compromise on your ethics to sustain; compete in the market”

Qatar-based First Pack LLC’s general manager Rami Shanaah  tells PrintWeek about his journey in the regions packaging sector, challenges, and future plans.

Having spent the last 16 years in the region’s advertising, marketing, branding and digital printing industry, First Pack LLC’s general manager Rami Shanaah set up his company in Qatar at the beginning of this year.

 Shanaah completed his MBA from USA after getting a degree in Mass Communications and began his career in his home country

Always work with business ethics but never compromise on pricing

Suresh Mathew, managing director of Right Concepts Advertising LLC, Dubai in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, explains the market opportunities for fabric media in the coming years.

Born and raised in Kerala, India, Suresh Mathew studied in CMS High School and CMS College in his home town Kottayam, Kerala. He worked in various industries before venturing into the printing industry. In the year 2000, Mathew came to Dubai, later along with the partners he started his own business.

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‘People are my base, printing is my passion,’ says a humble C V Kurian

The managing director of Century Printing Press, C V Kurian, talks to Bandana Shah about his journey in the printing industry for more than four decades.

Kurian’s passion for print was sparked by the hands-on experience he got at one of the oldest printing companies in India. “My father was employed with S T Reddiar & Sons, a pioneering printing press in Kerala established in 1886. During school holidays, I would be found either rotating the big flywheel of the guillotine machine or simply

Smart Packaging brings visibility into pharmaceutical supply chain

Carro Ford, content marketing strategist at Xerox, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan - assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA magazine.

While the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries pursue the goal of improving lives, they face a raft of challenges. It’s increasingly expensive to bring new formulas to market.

Competition is fierce, especially from generic medicines. As aging populations require more healthcare, governments want to decrease reimbursement rates. Compliance rules abound

‘Market fluctuates, corrects itself. There’s no one to blame. It’s a cycle’

In a conversation with Bandana Shah, the general manager of Neighbourhood Promotions LLC Rajeen Absal discusses his business journey so far and the current market situation in the region.  

A post-graduate from Industrial Fisheries from Cochin University of Science & Technology in Kerala, India, Rajeen Absal flew to the UAE in 1999 to look for a suitable job in his line of studies. Luck, felt Absal, didn’t strike then so he joined a print distribution company in Abu Dhabi. Nine months later

Kutty practices ‘honesty as the best policy’ in his daily business practices

Rajesh K Kutty, managing partner, Col.Art Publishing and Advertising LLC, UAE, in conversation with Venkat Raghavan talks of his experiences.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Rajesh K Kutty completed his graduation in Commerce from Kelkar College, Mumbai & post graduated (PG) from Mumbai University. After completing his PG, he worked in India for some years and later came to Dubai to join the family business.
Speaking about his career and how he got into printing, Rajesh K Kutty, from

Become a Key Player in Market with Specialized, Niche Area of Production: Amit Radia, Atlas Group CEO - PrintWeek MEA

Atlas Group CEO Amit Radia in a conversation with Bandana Shah shares his print journey, defines success and also gives tips on how to survive and thrive in the industry. 

Born in Kenya, Atlas Group CEO Amit Radia is a British resident who graduated from United States International University in San Diego and moved to the UK at the age of 21 in 1981, marking the start of his print journey.

Though his family had connections with print for three generations, Radia had dreams of a career in media

Six ways to attain growth by thinking differently about your business

Lawrence Lee, VP, incubation and strategy at Xerox, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

In the age of digital disruption, every company needs to think differently about their business – both to grow beyond their core markets, and to head off competition from new entrants. But often the exact skills that helped companies succeed in the past prevent them from finding success in the future. At Xerox we have reinvented the company multiple times as technologies

"Market is picking up with demand, but everyone’s watching how they spend"

In a conversation with Bandana Shah, director of Necessity Squared FZE LLC  Sulaiman Nisar, shares his business story along with challenges in the market and future plans.

Born in Abu Dhabi, director of Necessity Squared FZE LLC Sulaiman Nisar is a South African resident of Indian origin.

With a background in electronics engineering and automation robotics from India and South Africa, postgraduate tech nerd Nisar started out as a designer and developer of machinery in the pathology industry. His

Canon UVgel: Solving the Wide Format Productivity Puzzle

Ayman Ali, senior marketing manager – B2B, Canon Middle East, explains to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

The digital revolution in wide format printing for signage and graphics has undoubtedly opened up many avenues of opportunity for print service providers (PSPs). Developments in hardware, media and inks over the last decade have enabled PSPs to diversify their product offerings and extend their business capabilities.

The continuing good news for signage and graphics

We always wanted to do something new rather than staying behind

Shekhar Dhana, director of Dprint Advertising LLC, Dubai shares his technical experience, market challenges and narrates future of the printing industry in the coming years.

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Shekhar Dhana completed his Diploma in printing technology at Institute of Printing Technology, Central Institute of Technology, Chennai. Later he completed his Master’s in Business Administration. He also pursued few courses related to supply chain management and procurement studies. He

Everyone can bounce back if they have their hope and works towards it

Amit K. Singhal, director of Global Packaging FZE, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his views on the current packaging industry and his future plans.

Originally from and raised in Mumbai, Amit K. Singhal completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1995 from Guru Khalsa College, Mumbai and prior to that he completed his schooling from Pathak College in Santacruz, Mumbai. After completing his degree, he joined National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), Mumbai to

Ability to maintain quality service at reasonable price is our success

Khaled Abdulla Yousef Abdulla Aal Abdulla, chief executive officer of Majan Printing & Packaging, LLC in conversation with Venkat Raghavan

Born and raised in Ras Al Kaimah, United Arab Emirates, Khaled Abdulla Yousef Abdulla Aal Abdulla completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (major in computer information systems) from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA. After completing his education, he was fascinated with the breakthrough in the printing industry and activities

Authentication vs Authorization: What’s the difference? Why should you care?

April Bourne, LSS Black Belt, Xerox manager sales enablement and training, research & product development, in discussion with Venkat Raghavan – assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

There’s a big difference between gaining successful entrance to the king’s castle (Authentication) and what you are allowed to do once you are inside (Authorization). Chances are, as a visitor, your actions and movement will be restricted and for good reason. Just because you got through that big iron door does not

Staying ahead of the market requires quick adaptation to change

Kumail Ali Khalfan, CEO of Sign Works, in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his knowledge about the signage and printing industry and explains where the industry is heading.

Born and raised in New York, Kumail Ali Khalfan completed all his education in the United States. After completing his education, he worked in the industry in New York before coming to UAE. He came to the UAE in 2010 to join Sign Works, which was then managed by his father, Safder Ahmed Khalfan.
Speaking about his

Demand for lightweight media drives new possibilities in mono

Ayman Ali, senior marketing manager – B2B, Canon Middle East, explains to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

For today’s digital print service providers (PSPs) and in-house print rooms operating with small format cut-sheet digital presses, the capability to print on lighter weight substrates is opening up a vast array of opportunities, thanks to four key market drivers which are stimulating increased demand for lightweight applications.

Growing legislation – Widening

Never compromise on quality for making some short term benefits

Babu Varghese, managing director of Al Bony Printing Press, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his knowledge about the printing industry and explains where the industry will be heading.

Born and raised in Kottayam, Kerala, India, Babu Varghese completed his education from his home town. After completing his education, he opened a printing press in India. In late 1980s Varghese came to UAE with all his managerial experience and capabilities to explore the opportunities.

Success can be attained in business only after achieving the desired output

Shawaf Muhammad Sheriff, director of Ajmal Printing Press, Sharjah in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, shares his technical experience.

Hailing from UAE, Shawaf Muhammad Sheriff completed all his schooling at New Indian Modern School, Sharjah. Later, he did his Bachelor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at BITS Pilani and completed the same in 2010. After completing his education in Bachelor degree, he decided to do post graduation in Energy and did it in Heriot Watt University. After

Honesty, quality and servicing will let you to do a successful business

Mazen Al Awamleh, managing director of Intaglio Security Printing and Royal Advertising, UAE in conversation with Venkat Raghavan, explains the market opportunities

Born and raised in Jordan, Mazen Al Awamleh completed his education in his home country.  While pursuing his education he had his own interest in business and ventured it. With the interest in security, he started his own security printing press in Jordan. Later in 1997, he came to Dubai and started his own company.
Speaking about his