7DAYS to go off newsstands

The December 22nd edition of UAE’s free tabloid newspaper 7DAYS that hit the newsstands was its last. The newspaper, owned by the UK-based Daily Mail & General Trust Plc (DMGT), has announced that it was ceasing the publication after 13 years, citing bleak prospects of print media.
Launched in 2003 as a weekly, the newspaper increased its frequency two years later to five days a week only to retract a less than a month ago. The newspaper  in financial trouble has also ann-ounced closing of

Sona Signature papers unviels two new papers for the UAE market

Sona Papers and Gruppo Cordenons hosted a gala which will diversify the Industry. There has always been a conversation about how the paper industry can better reflect the changing creative landscape through improved internal practices. It was a gathering of all the people from the UAE market who are a part of commercial print and packaging industry. The audience included high profile personnel from corporate companies, advertising agencies, and printing presses from the UAE market.
Talking about

Modern Printing Press invests in Ricoh from Corporate Connection

Modern Printing Press, Dubai has invested in the new production printer Ricoh Pro C7100X from Corporate Connection LLC – Member of Mohamed Hareb Al Otaiba Group.
Speaking about the investment, Dr. Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh, managing director of Modern Printing Press, commented, “Our trust in Corporate Connection has thrived after the successful partnership with them for the last 3 years. Completing our printing press portfolio with the latest in Digital Printing Technology was our top

SGI 2017 to reach out to African print industry

International Expo Consults (IEC) ( stated that the African printing industry stakeholders stand to reap huge benefits by visiting the (Sign and Graphic Imaging) SGI Dubai 2017 trade show. The event will showcase a plethora of innovative products and services from various exhibitors from across the globe under a unified platform.
“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

Heidelberg ME hosted an exclusive event

Heidelberg Middle East with support of Heidelberg HQs hosted a 3 days digital print workshop at digital print media center situated in Wiesloch, Germany between 9th to 13th Oct. Customers mainly from Saudi Arabia and UAE who had already invested with Heidelberg digital presses had very good opportunity to learn and gain further knowledge from Heidelberg’s digital print professionals.
During the event the customers allowed to learn how Heidelberg’s digital print portfolio provides cutting edge

Canon awards partners

Canon Middle East awarded channel partners from Middle East with performance awards at a 2-day gala event.
In the Middle East region, Emax UAE bagged the Canon Middle East Performance Award for 2016 in the DSLR and lens category, considered as a prime business section for Canon. Media Square from Lebanon won the award for Pro-Imaging segment while Extra in KSA won the award for inkjet category of printers.
Canon also recognised their retailers for innovative selling practices across the Middle

KBA, Flint seal conventional sheetfed inks partnership

KBA and Flint Group have extended their product development relationship by signing an agreement that will see Flint Group’s conventional sheetfed inks used in the commissioning of all new KBA conventional sheetfed offset presses worldwide.
The agreement will come into force on 1st December, means that from initial planning meetings with customers through to installation sign-off, local Flint Group technical staff will support KBA’s engineers to ensure each new press is up and running and

Royal Advertising receives Eska Frog award for luxury packaging

Royal Advertising, Dubai recently won the first prize in the Eska’s Frog award competition in the category luxury packaging for the regions Russia, Central Asia, Middle East and Northern Africa. The event was held in Dubai at the Royal Advertising office where it was attended by Gimpex and Eska team along with media persons.

Each year Eska invite clients to submit their most beautiful or original products. Eska honours their customers for their amazing and special products. Each year they put

OKI Europe has appointed Mark Thompson

OKI Europe has appointed Mark Thompson as the business operations director for OKI Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, Mark will be responsible for the business operations and logistics to overall enhance OKI’s distribution model across MEA with an immediate focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Mark joins from Lexmark, where he has had various managerial roles since 2008. “We are glad to have Mark as part of our team.” said Mathias Militzer, vice president (META). “With Mark’s 16 years of experience

Xerox Emirates has appointed Chris Govier as the new general manager

Xerox Emirates has appointed Chris Govier as the new general manager to oversee all UAE operations.  Govier joined Xerox in 1993 and has held several senior roles within the Corporation, most recently as the general manager of Xerox Middle East region.  “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to head Xerox Emirates. I look forward to developing and implementing Xerox Emirates’ strategy and lead the company towards the next phase of growth”, says Govier.

Middle East edition of B2C luxury watch magazine GMT was launched

A Middle East edition of B2C luxury watch magazine GMT was launched from Dubai in November. GMT Middle East will be published bi-monthly with 25,000 copies distributed in the GCC, Jordan and Lebanon, according to its advertising rate card. The Middle East edition is being published by Fadi Jamil, who previously published a regional edition of QP Magazine, and combines local content with international content from GMT’s editorial team in Switzerland.

Canon has unveiled two new All-in-One PIXMA inkjet printers

Canon has unveiled two new All-in-One PIXMA inkjet printers – the PIXMA MG3040 and PIXMA MG2540S for homes and small businesses.  Using Wi-Fi connectivity, the PIXMA MG3040 enables wireless printing from laptops and PCs as well as smartphones and tablets using the Canon PRINT app,  The PIXMA MG3040 and PIXMA MG2540S include My Image Garden for Mac or PC, which organises all photos in one location before creating photo layouts automatically, making displays and prints possible in an instant. 

Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad

A 14-year-old student from GEMS Millennium School - Sharjah walked away with the honours of the region’s first Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad organised by ATLAB. Rishabh Java designed and 3D printed a bionic arm, which was selected as the ‘Best Innovative Project’ of the year. The winner will get a chance to visit the BETT Show in the UK in 2017.
More than 75 teams from numerous schools across the GCC participated in the competition, aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs by fuelling their innovation

Right Concept Advertising again invested in Colorjet Softjet Grand

Right Concept Advertising, Dubai has invested again in the Colorjet Softjet Grande 3.2 metre wide printer after being impressed by the same machine which was installed last year.

Talking about the reason for choosing the machine, Biju Thomas, CEO of Right Concept Advertising, said, “I always evaluate the printhead, speed, per day usage before purchasing any machine and apart from this I know well what is good for me as I am into textile printing and while considering all these factors I went

HP announces 4 new 762-mm PageWide Web Presses

HP has launched four new 762mm-wide PageWide Web Presses. The manufacturer announced the release of the new presses, which are powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) technology, at Graph Expo held in Orlando, Florida.
The new models include the PageWide Web Press T390 HD, which is being shown at Graph Expo, as well as fellow colour machines the T380 HD and T370 HD and the mono T390M HD.
They have replaced the original T300 Series Inkjet Web Presses, which were launched at Drupa in

Dubai Printing Press invested in Horizon from Prestige Graphics

Dubai Printing Press, invested in Horizon folding machine AF762KLL from Prestige Graphics Trading, Dubai.

Speaking about the reason for opting the machine, S Prasanna Naidu, general manager of Dubai Printing Press, said, “Our jobs are almost straight forward jobs where we were looking for 32 page folding machine and while searching in the market we found this as the best. Also, while I was working for my previous company, we had a machine from Horizon which haven’t given any trouble. In this

Canon Emirates signs deal with Dynagraph

Canon Emirates has signed a partnership with Dynagraph, a leading Middle East distributor of preprint, print, post-print solutions in the Middle East region.  The new partnership is expected to see a focused approach towards development of the graphic arts industry.
“Printing & Graphic Arts industry provides critical services to businesses across all sectors of a country's economy. In today’s world, it is almost impossible to sell your wares without office signage, point of sale material

Canon unveils 5-colour multi functional printers

Canon has announced the launch of new five colour A3 multifunctional devices (imageRunner Advance C5535, imageRunner Advance  C5535i, imageRunner Advance C5540i, imageRunner Advance C5550i and imageRunner Advance C5560i). 
    Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME  commented: “The imageRunner Advance C5500 series is designed to deliver maximum return on investment to businesses by minimising maintenance and downtime while boosting productivity. The value of print lies in its

RTA uses 3D printing

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is using 3D printing to upgrade select systems across Dubai Metro stations.
Parts for subsystems of ticket vending machines (TVMs), ticket gates, and other areas of metro trains are being 3D printed.
Remarking on the development, AbdulMohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s rail agency, said future scope for 3D printing within RTA’s operations includes “developments that are required to manage obsolescence, which is a huge burden of any railway

Autodesk's $100m fund to support Dubai 3D printing

Autodesk's $100m fund to support Dubai 3D printing. Dubai Future Foundation will work with US-headquartered Autodesk to fulfil the emirate's 3D printing initiatives. The organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that tasks the Foundation with identifying investment channels for Autodesk's $100m (AED367.3m) Spark investment fund for the region. It is hoped that the investments will benefit businesses relying on 3D printing in their operations and boost the region's 3D printing

Sharjah has been named the Sao Paulo International Book Fair’s Guest

Sharjah has been named the Sao Paulo International Book Fair’s Guest of Honour for the year 2018. The announcement was made at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in the presence of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Sao Paolo International Book Fair is one of the largest and most important in Latin America, and the honour reflects Sharjah’s status as a cultural leader in the Arab world and a crucial hub to launch has embarked its network expansions in Dubai has embarked its network expansions in Dubai with its new couple of branches as well as in Egypt of its 19 th branch,to start its presence in the Arab world other than Saudi Arabia. Along with new branch opening in Tabuk, north western part of Saudi Arabia, the new location give 20 branches Kingdom wide. On opening of the branches, COO, Ahmed Siddiquie commented, “Zeej is committed to its quality services as always has been and expect the same support

Canon Middle East's CCNA commemorated 10 years of introducing the imagePRESS printers

Canon Middle East and the newly formed Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) commemorated 10 years of introducing the imagePRESS printers to the region by awarding their customers from Middle East, Central and North Africa for their contribution to the brand.  The gala event was attended by Dr. Mohamed Yehia Rashed, minister of tourism, Egypt; Mohamed Sayed Badr, governor of Luxor and Mamdouh Philippe, head of the Tourism Marketing Committee for Luxor and Egypt.  The event finally culminated

Wellcare Infotech appointed as Epson authorized channel partner

Wellcare Infotech LLC, based in Dubai with offices in Abu Dhabi and Muscat going to partner with Epson.
Speaking about the partnership, spokes person from Wellcare, commented, “Through this Epson will get benefitted from the strong presence of Wellcare in UAE & Oman with the crème of digital printers to sell their SureColor S and P series of Large Format indoor and outdoor printers, while Wellcare will aim to further boost its reputation in offering strong brands in Printing Equipment and

Revprint powers up with Xerox

Revprint Tokai, located in Cape Town, has continued its digital printing expansion with a new Xerox Versant 80 press from Cape Office Machines, one of Bytes Document Solutions’ longest-standing business partners in the Western Cape.
“Having started in the industry as litho specialists, we have so much experience and offer consistent services,” Jane Fuller, Revprint Tokai.
“The Versant 80 is the ideal workhorse press for an established community-driven business like Revprint that needs the quality

Excellent Printing Press invests in Nilpeter FB3300 Servo

Excellent Printing Press, set in Ajman, UAE has invested in a Nilpeter FB3300 Servo machine to offer much attractive products and services to their existing customer base.

Speaking about the investment, Mazhar Hayat Bhatti, General Manager, Excellent Printing Press, commented, “There are multiple reasons behind this investment and one of them is to keep us scheduled and equipped as per the market specifications. We have an entire set up for accommodating the offset jobs but the present

Canon unveils first details of “game-changing” wide-format technology

Canon has given details of its new UVgel print technology, which it says will transform wide-format roll-to-roll printing, as it prepares the market for a new family of devices set to be unveiled next year. Canon has released details of a new UV curable ink that gels immediately on contact with media, which will be at the core of a new range of wide-format roll-to-roll printers to be released from 2017. The 1st will be a high-productivity 64” model, most likely the smallest in the range.

Digital textile printing market shows promise says Whiley

Director of sales, Epson Middle East, Jason Whiley in an interview with PrintWeek MEA said: “Epson will continue to develop, solutions across several market segments, although one very interesting area developing is the digital textile printing market. This market is expected to grow at an annual rate of approximately 25% (annual growth rate till 2019 - source WTiN Intelligence). This is a new segment within the Middle East which requires specialist knowledge and education to move existing

Al Amal Printing installs Ricoh Pro C7100x from Pixel Digital

Al Amal Printing Press, LLC, Abu Dhabi has invested in the five colour production printer Ricoh Pro C7100X from Pixel Digital Systems LLC.
Talking about their investment, Shakeel Anakkaran, head of prepress from Al Amal Printing Press, commented, "We have been looking for the purchase of digital machine to accommodate more short run jobs and for that we have received the pricing and specifications from many leading brands. After analyzing the pricing and feature we opted this Ricoh Pro C7100x

OKI appoints Naji Kazak

OKI Europe Ltd announced the appointment of Naji Kazak to the role of sales and marketing director for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region with immediate effect.
“We are thrilled to have Naji join our team.” said Mathias Militzer, vice president (META). “With his experience and expertise, I am confident he will contribute significantly to growing our business within these vital regions.”
“I am excited to join OKI as the sales & marketing Director (MEA) and take on the challenges this role


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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. 

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