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

HP to unveil new products at Gitex

HP Inc. has raised the bar once again with the unveiling of its newest range of printers, scanners, and many more. HP's newest range of products will be revealed at this year's Gitex Shopper and Gitex Technology World exhibitions, taking place in October 2016. The exhibitions offer an opportunity for consumers and businesses to have the first look at the products, test them out and better understand the technology on offer.
In the large format segment, HP will be highlighting their DesignJet

Samsung South Africa releases new MFP

Samsung South Africa releases new MFP. The OEM launched the X7600GX colour printer as an addition to the MX7 A3 series. The new MFP is part of the MultiXpress MX7 series, has a print speed of 60ppm and delivers “consistent, high-volume printing, reliability and quality”, reported ITonline. The printer offers near-field communication (NFC), and the OEM’s Mobile Print Pro offering “features provide secure printing and easy Wi-Fi setup and management”. It has a monthly output of 300,000 pages

Consumer demand for counterfeit products in UAE

Consumer demand for counterfeit products, including cartridges, is still “fuelling supply” in the UAE.
The National reported that demand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for fake goods is “still fuelling supply, despite warnings” and a host of raids. Dubai Customs seized Dh17 million ($4.6 million/€4 million) of fake electronics, clothing, fabrics and cosmetics in 2015, and the demand “is not shrinking despite warnings over their safety and links to organised crime and terrorism”. Ashish

Epson will participate at Gitex 2016 showcasing its large-format printer

Epson will participate at Gitex 2016 showcasing its large-format printer capability for CAD, GIS and POS applications, as well as its mobile POS receipt printing solutions. A range of sheet-fed, flatbed, A4 and A3 scanners will be on display, as well as business labelling solutions.  Khalil El-Dalu, regional sales manager for Epson Middle East, says, “We’re excited to be taking part in this year’s globally renowned GITEX show, and really bring our products to the attention of businesses in

Fujitsu hosts conference for EMEA customers

Fujitsu hosted its imaging industry conference in London, from the 12th to 13th of September. Over 400 delegates from imaging industry and end users from Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) attended the event.
Fujitsu invited distributors, independent software vendors  resellers and manufacturers to provide an ‘in-depth’ view of the market opportunities in the face of the rapidly evolving digital transformation industry. The conference focused on the current role of electronic document

Epson increases ink tank range

Bringing further choice to its portfolio of Ink Tank System (ITS) printers, Epson has launched two new models aimed at the small and home office market; the L605 and L1455. Both models add double-sided printing to the ITS range; the L605 is Epson’s first 3-in-1 with the feature, and the L1455 is the first 4-in-1 with A3 double-sided printing, plus A3 scanning.
Double-sided printing can cut paper usage in half and helps to minimise running costs by automatically printing on both sides of a page. 

Mimaki to launch new direct sublimation printer

Mimaki has premiered its new Tx500P-3200DS direct sublimation printer.
Mainly designed for use in the soft signage industries, it is expected to become available for purchase in early 2017. Mimaki general marketing manager EMEA Mike Hor-sten said the price of the machine is not yet confirmed.
The new printer is an advance on the Ts500P-3200, which was launched in February of this year,            but with a number of new developments.
Horsten said: “The Tx500 is based on the engine of the Ts500

FSC-certified products used at Olympics and Paralympics

Millions of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products were used at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

All products acquired for the games by the Organising Committee, from structures to stationery, have been FSC-certified.

The FSC said anybody attending the games will almost certainly come into contact with more than one wood-based FSC-certified product and, by extension, will be supporting the growth of responsible forestry worldwide. All products carrying the FSC

Sinocredit Advertising installs the Agfa’s Anapurna M2500i

Sinocredit Advertising LLC  invested in Agfa’s Anapurna M2500i UV Flatbed printing machine to make use of the latest feature and technology. The machine has been installed at their International City, Dubai branch.

Speaking about the investment and brand, Logan Liu, managing director, Sino-credit Advertising, commented, “As UV flatbed printing is the latest printing technology available, there has been a regular demand from our clients as well as the walk in customers we cater to. Apart from

Agfa completes Anapurna hybrid range

Agfa Graphics is adding to its LED UV-curing family of devices with the Anapurna H3200i LED, set to be officially unveiled next month in the US.  

The new 3.2m-wide prin-ter, which handles roll as well as rigid media, adds to the existing 2.05m (H2050i) and 2.5m (H2500i) devices in the range and is an extension of the roll-to-roll Anapurna RTR3200i, all of which were launched at Drupa this year. 

The new hybrid device, which uses Agfa’s Asanti workflow,  will be unveiled for the first time

Canon launches A3 printers

Canon announced the release of its five colour A3 multifunctional devices - the imageRunner Advance C5500 Series.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa said: “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 ability to create, manage and share documents and information seamlessly across an

Canon Middle East recently launched two new mono A4 MFPs

Canon Middle East recently launched two new mono A4 multifunction printer (MFPs) series for print, copy and colour scan jobs in developing organi-sations. Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa commented: "For ambitious businesses that are eager to grow and continue expanding their capabilities, Canon provides trusted, scalable solutions that can meet their needs. The new i-SENSYS MF510 and i-SENSYS MF410 series are perfect examples of

International Expo Consults (IEC) stated its investments in UAE

International Expo Consults (IEC) stated that the invest-ments in themeparks, infra-structure and retail in UAE will further boost the billion dollar printing industry. This sector is expected to grow exponentially across the MENA region due to the investment by governments in various sectors especially infrastructure. As per the Smithers Pira report, the total printing revenues alone is forecasted to grow 7.2% per annum reaching $26 billion by 2018. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman of IEC

Jason Whiley has been appointed as director of Sales, Epson Middle East

Jason Whiley has been appointed as director of Sales, Epson Middle East.  In his new role, Jason is responsible for defining and directing the sales strategy for Epson’s vertical markets in the Middle East region.  “I am excited to be back in Epson at a time when Epson Middle East is on a strong growth path. Our focus is to enhance our regional structure, continue to develop our partner network and increase our product and services portfolio to further build on our market leadership. I look

Samsung hosts 'Partner Summit' to enhance market share

Samsung Printing Solutions held their 'Partner Summit' at Ritz Carlton in DIFC, Dubai on 17th August which was attended by partners, industry experts, and many more. Along with them, David SW Song, senior vice president, team leader strategic sales and marketing, printing solution business, Harris Han, vice president, head of software R&D Lab, printing solution business, and Sherif Fahim, the head of printing & solutions from Samsung Gulf Electronics also attended the event.


3M introduces their 'Controltac print film'

3M launched the Controltac Print Film 40 C to the GCC region where the product was globally available from last year. The product has been targeted for graphics manufacturers for signs, walls, windows, floors, partial vehicle wraps, trucks and few more.

Speaking about the product, Rohit Balan, senior marketing specialist, 3M CSD & 3M TSSD, commented, "Controltac™ Print Film 40 C  is 3M’s first intermediate vinyl film to provide advanced repositionability with air release. Now, the

New Arabic-Latin typeface

A new bilingual Arabic-Latin language typeface developed in response to the fast growing Arabic market has been unveiled by Global Graphics’ fount foundry URW++. Boutros-URW Franklin Gothic Arabic is the result of a unique collaboration between London based Boutros which has specialised in Arabic founts since 1966, and URW++ the designers of founts for Mercedes Benz, Siemens, General Motors, Blizzard (Activision) and developers of the highly successful Latin face URW Franklin Gothic. 

The new

Al Madina Printing Press goes process free with Sonora Plates

Al Madina Printing Press, (part of the Al Madina Supermarket group) has  recently decided to eliminate all processing in their prepress environment with the purchase of Kodak’s Sonora XP process free plates. 

“The decision to move to Sonora Plates was shaped by two factors. We wanted to eliminate the costly and time-consuming process of disposing of chemicals and complying with government regulations,” said N.P. Mohammed Ashraf, GM of Al Madina Printing Press.

“Equally important was our

Heidelberg to showcase new Gallus Labelfire at Switzerland

A prototype, new-generation Gallus label press is expected to pull in around 1,000 visitors when it is unveiled in a few weeks’ time. The mach-ine goes on show at special open days in Switzerland running from 20th to 22nd September this year.

The new flexo press is based on a new platform that in future could be configured to a customer’s needs in level of automation or the web width, it was announced.

Gallus will launch the first series with a width of 440mm. The modular platform means

Samsung has appointed the Gulf Islands Group as official distributor

Samsung has appointed Gulf Islands Group, leading provider of IT Solutions, as official distributor of its office automation services in the United Arab Emirates.

Speaking of the agreement, Ismail Yoon, President, Samsung Gulf Electronics commented, “Not only will it consolidate our prominent market position in the industry, the agreement will significantly boost the reach of Samsung’s latest printing solutions that stand to benefit from the additional support  in areas such as sales

Océ Arizona 2200 series out

Canon Middle East annou-nced the global launch of the Océ Arizona 2200 Series (Océ Arizona 2240, 2260 and 2280) of UV flatbed printers suitable for print service providers, fine-art print producers and photo labs. 

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME and Canon Central and North Africa: “Right now, the opportunity for mid-volume PSPs to grow and diversify is enormous.  But in order to do this successfully, they must offer speed and efficiency alongside print quality, as the demands

Canon launches new high-speed i-SENSYS printers

Canon Middle East, announces the launch of four new mono and colour single    function printers (SFPs).   The i-SENSYS LBP351x, LBP352x, LBP710Cx and the LBP712Cx are designed to address the print challenges of large enterprises and offer improved productivity and flexible configuration in a robust, compact design. All these printers are available in the market from July 2016.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa, comments: “These

QIPC to boost Omani company

The Dutch specialist in measurement and control equipment for the printing industry, Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC), has received a new order from Omani Establishment for Press, Printing, Publishing and Distribution L.L.C. in Oman. QIPC will be responsible for installing an mRC-3D system for colour register in its plant, based in the Omani capital of Muscat. Omani Establishment decided to invest in colour register because it now wants to focus its efforts increasingly on commercial products

Zimsec to buy multi-purpose printing press for security

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) says it has completed constructing a printing house and will soon buy a multi-purpose printing press as it moves towards closing exam leakages. 

The in-house printing press is among measures, a majority of them Information Communication Technology (ICT) related, the examination body is implementing to curb recurrent leakages and improve efficiency. In an interview on the sidelines      of the ongoing Association for Educational Assessment in


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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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