Roland DG upgrade to its VersaCAMM print /cut series

Roland DG has announced an upgrade to its VersaCAMM print and cut series, the VS-i, which is cheaper than its predecessor (at launch) despite being faster and having more colour options.
The new VS-i series is available in three widths, including the 762mm VS-300i, the 1,371mm VS-540i and the 1,625mm VS-640i, and is equipped with Roland’s latest Eco-Sol MAX2 inks, which were previously only available on the SolJet Pro4.
Users can choose from nine available colours (CMYK, Lc, Lm, Lk, white

New company Kodak Alaris to strengthen its ME presence

As part of its pre-chapter 11 emergence strategy, Eastman Kodak company has spun off two divisions - namely, its Document Imaging (DI) and Personal Imaging (PI) divisions, to the UK Kodak Pension Plan (KPP). Both divisions are now part of an independent company called Kodak Alaris. The transaction will affect about 4,700 employees, who will now be employed by Kodak Alaris.
Eastman Kodak will now cater to the graphic imaging, commercial printing and packaging industries.  While Kodak Alaris will

Raidy Printing Group adopts augumented reality

Lebanon and Dubai-based Raidy Printing Group has adopted a new technology called Augmented Reality.
 Says its creative director MarieJoe Raidy, “I wouldn’t call it our application as much as a technology that we adopted, same as any new technology that we consider can add value to the experience of our customers and their target audience. This specific new technology allows companies and brands to make their printed jobs clickable, by adding videos to their printed pages, or an e-mail contact

HP’s new Designjet ePrinters are ‘Ergonomically designed‘

The new Designjet T920 and Designjet T1500 web-connected ePrinter are ergonomically design for user convenience. Physical re-arrangement and features like augmented reality is used to make  the process more user friendly.
“The innovation of HP Designjet ePrinters is an outcome of HP’s commitment to listening to customers and meeting their expectations,” said Zeina Ahmed, large format design business manager, HP Middle East. “Our customers from the design, architecture, engineering and

Brother (Gulf) appoints new resellers, plans expansions

Manufacturers of laser and inkjet printing devices, Brother (International) has announced that it is expanding its market stronghold in the UAE as the company kicked off its Brother Premium Partner Program 2013 during a ceremony at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai.
Brother further revealed that it will conduct more market visits and strengthen marketing support to partners, while intensifying its collaboration with UAE authorities to crack down on illegal resellers and counterfeit

MACtac and Al Shabak celebrates 15 years

Al Shabak Trading based in Dubai and Belgium-based MACtac celebrated their 15 years of union in the Middle East on 21st March at Le Méridien, Dubai.
“As distributors of MACtac in the UAE, we have earned respect in the marketplace as a solution provider and have introduced many innovative products from MACtac specially for digital printing. In keeping with our policy to offer high quality products we feel really happy that this partnership has been successful and we look forward for the years to

Kodak displays new upgrades and technology at exhibition

Kodak featured enhancements and new technology at the recently concluded Hunkeler Innovationdays 2013  exhibition held in Lucerne recently.
 The Prosper 5000XLi press, upgraded from 5000XL was featured, along with the Prosper 1000 inkjet web press, which can produce black and white trade and educational books. The Prosper S-Series Imprinting System using hybrid technology inkjet printing inline with offset printing was showcased, along with the upgraded NeXpress Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions

Xerox launches 2 digital presses for commercial printing jobs

Xerox has announced two new digital print engines aimed at in-plants, high street and commercial printers producing jobs ranging from photobooks and brochures to DM and catalogues.
The Xerox Color J75 and C75 combine duplex printing, copying and scanning with a range of finishing options with worldwide availability slated for 1st March 2013.
Xerox said the Color C75 was aimed at those looking to start or expand a digital print business, while the J75, which will be shown at Graphics of the

Fujifilm launches corrugated onslaught with enhanced ink


Fujifilm plans to drive the digitisation of corrugated board print market by improving the productivity and cost effectiveness of digital print for higher volume work with new ink and hardware

Fujifilm recently unveiled a prototype corrugated board handling kit for the Inca Onset S40i, a productivity enhancement package for the flatbed printer called Accelerator, and Uvijet OC, a new ink for paperboard printing. The new products are the culmination of a two-year project.


Ever since the

Fujifilm Dimatix targets textile market with StarFire printhead

Fujifilm Dimatix has unveiled the StarFire SG-1024/M-A printhead, which it claims offers textile printers superior ink-jetting performance.
The SG-1024/M-A is the latest addition to Dimatix's 1024-channel family of StarFire printerheads.
It features a robust and repairable construction with a high nozzle density in a compact package suited for demanding scanning and single-pass applications. Its construction is designed to withstand the harsh environment of industrial textile production.

Canon Middle East launches design focused PIXMA printers

Canon Middle East has announced three new design focused printers in the premium range. The new PIXMA iP7240, PIXMA MG5440 and PIXMA MG6340 can print at photo-lab quality at home.

Canon Middle East has announced three new design focused printers in the premium range. The new PIXMA iP7240, PIXMA MG5440 and PIXMA MG6340 can print at photo-lab quality at home.

Canon's All-in-One Photo printer range are the MG5440 and MG6340, two high-performance PIXMA devices which feature the option of cost-saving

Quark launches publishing platform for customer

The software giant has unveiled Quark Publishing Platform for businesses to deliver published communication online, in print and on mobile devices.

Quark Publishing Platform for enterprise, is aimed at large organisations, such as financial services institutions, manufacturing companies, security and government bodies or large publishing firms, that need to produce a broad range of published materials across multiple media channels for employees, partners or end consumers.

The predominantly

‘Services-led’ Xerox focus on MEA after 30 deal signing from Drupa

Xerox ME hosted a press conference in Dubai on 17th September 2012 discussing the future strategies of Xerox in the MEA region.


Talking to PrintWeek MEA, head of integrated marketing for the Middle East and Africa region of Xerox’s developing markets operations, Dan Smith said: “Middle East was the best performing region from within Xerox’s emerging markets organization. We hosted over 200 customers from this region and had nearly 30 deal signings. During the two-week show in Dusseldorf

EFI lets slip early 2013 launch for next-gen digital presses

Speaking on the firm's Q2 conference call, EFI chief executive Guy Gecht told analysts that the 10% year-on-year fall in second quarter Fiery revenues was due to the cyclical nature of the business.

"What drives the demand in this business is the upgrade cycle to new machines at better quality, better prices and better speed," he explained. "We knew all along that this year - at least until Q4 - was going to be pretty slow.

"You saw yourself at Drupa there were not a lot of new production engines

EFI posts strong Q2, announces $180m from Foster City HQ sale

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) more than doubled its second quarter pre-tax profit following strong double-digit growth in both its Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software business units.

The Foster City, California-based business posted a pre-tax profit of $9.1m for the quarter to 30 June, up 117% year-on-year, on group sales that were up 16% at $163.9m.

However, while revenue from Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software (previously referred to as APPS) rose 39% to $79.8m and 33% to

Domino boosts inkjet know-how with Graph-Tech buy

Domino has taken total ownership of Graph-Tech in a deal worth up to £19.1m ($29.8m).

Cambridge-headquartered Domino has worked with Graph-Tech since the 1990s, and took a 19% stake in the Swiss inkjet developer in 1999.

Graph-Tech is known for its innovative work on inkjet systems, including controllers, and manufactures two of Domino's key new product lines: the K-Series overprinting heads and N600i inkjet label press.Domino group managing director Nigel Bond said the PLC's latest

MGI re-engineers JetVarnish platform to offer 3D coating

French digital press manufacturer MGI has boasted that its new JetVarnish 3D spot UV coater eliminates the compromise of speed over coating thickness, handling both "with ease".

The new 3D coater, which is launched at Drupa, can handle production UV coating speeds while offering enhanced coating thicknesses without a detrimental impact on output.

The latest addition to the JetVarnish platform, which is now three times faster than the original machine, offers 3D spot embossing capabilities that

Durst doubles label press width with Tau 330 Drupa launch

Durst has unveiled the latest addition to its UV inkjet range of label presses, the Tau 330, which is targeting the short-run label production market.

Based upon the company's 165mm-wide Tau 150 8C machine, launched in 2010, the new platform is available in two configurations.

Durst's Tau 200 offers a print width of 200mm while the top-end Tau 330 offers print production onto a maximum 330mm web.

Capable of print speeds of up to 48 linear metres per minute, maximum hourly output can reach 950sqm

Al Mithaliyah Printing invests in their fourth Durst printer

Sharjah based screen and digital printer, Al Mithaliyah has invested in their fourth Durst printer.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Jayaram Kavalloor said: "We have invested in Durst Omega machine to cater to high end and special jobs which requires high quality flat bed direct digital printing. The customers are demanding creative and innovative displays for maximum brand enhancement. Hence we feed our production line with the latest and the best machinery available."

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Memjet looks to broaden its reach heading into Drupa 2012

San Diego-based inkjet manufacturer Memjet is targeting Drupa to showcase the versatility of its core waterfall printheads, which can jet more than 700m drops of ink a second, across a broad range of OEM partners and applications.

Memjet has already gained some initial traction in the office printer and label printing space and has some 3,000 units currently installed through various label printing OEMs, according to Robert Doll, VP of Software and Systems for Memjet's labels division.


Canon & Oce plan their 'largest' stand for first joint Drupa

Canon says it has booked its largest-ever stand at Drupa 2012 as it incorporates Oce equipment for the first time in a bid to inspire printers with ideas for potential growth areas and new business opportunities.

The stand will measure 3,750sqm - 12% bigger than the one it booked for Drupa 2008 and the fourth largest overall at the exhibition; however, this time around it will incorporate Oce, which it acquired in March 2010.

Canon European professional print director David Preskett said the

HP set to be Drupa's second largest stand with 4,952 sqm

HP is to showcase its digital products and applications at Drupa 2012's second largest stand, a 4,952 sqm exhibition space.

While the manufacturer is remaining tight-lipped on whether it be will be demonstrating any new products, it has confirmed that it will be exhibiting a range of presses including Indigo, inkjet, large-format machines along with workflow, finishing, and business development technology.

HP GSB worldwide marketing director Franois Martin said: "We will be one of the largest

Agfa launches Fortuna 6 with improved security features

Agfa Graphics has released version six of its Fortuna security printing software with a range of improvements for increased security and anti-counterfeiting.

The 24-module suite is used on three-quarters of the world's banknotes according to the company, but its target market is increasingly encompassing broader packaging and other security applications.

The new version includes a Rainbow tool and Guilloche wizard (the spirograph-like patterns seen on bank notes), while improvements have been

De-inking inkjet in spotlight after European conferences

De-inking of inkjet print was in the spotlight last week as two separate European summits looked at inkjet's impact on the recycled waste stream.

With the CTP's Technical Conference on Deinking of Digital Prints taking place in Grenoble, followed by IMI's 19th European Ink Jet Printing Conference in Lisbon, experts were privvy to the latest developments in the field.

Research body InfoTrends said it believed inkjet currently contributes around 7% of digital print volume in document printing, but

Agfa boosts Anapurna range with M2540 FB

Agfa is targeting printers wanting to move into wide-format production with the latest addition to its Anapurna range, the M2540 FB.

The entry-level flatbed machine, which offers six-colour output, is also being pitched at businesses taking on UV wide-format technology.

The M2540 FB can print at a top speed of 42m2 an hour on a bed size of 2,540 x 1,540mm. It can handle substrates up to 450mm thick and to a maximum weight of 80kg.

Agfa has designed the new machine with 11 retractable register

Inkjet tech could play a role in 'smart skin' development

Hi-res inkjet could hold the key to commercial production of a new epidermal electronic system that is being developed by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois.

Dubbed smart skin, the technology's current incarnation uses a transfer printing fabrication system to create flexible devices with minute circuitry that can be applied to the skin and retain integrity even when bent, twisted or otherwise deformed. And because of the scale of the electronics involved, they do not need

Xerox launches DocuColor 8080 digital press with offset quality

Xerox has unveiled the latest addition to its DocuColor family of digital production printers with the launch of the DocuColor 8080.

The 80ppm digital press is designed to cater for a range of jobs that include direct mail, booklet production, marketing collateral and calendars.

The printer, which can output onto substrates up to 300gsm, features a low gloss dry ink that Xerox claims offers a smooth matt-like finish to marketing materials, helping to mirror offset print quality.

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Durst unveils "genuine alternative" to screen

Durst has unveiled its latest inkjet digital printer for the textiles sector, the Kappa 180, which the manufacturer claims offers a "genuine alternative to flat bed screen printing".

The eight-colour printer, which can print at speeds of up to 600sqm an hour, offers print resolutions to a maximum 1056 x 600dpi.

Durst's new system has been built on company's QuadroZ print-head technology and prints using water-based inks developed for piezo inkjet multi-pass printing.

Featuring a maximum printing

Ricoh announces job cuts of 10,000 to boost profitability

Shares in Japanese office equipment giant Ricoh rose yesterday on the news it is to shed 10,000 jobs in a bid to boost profitability.

The cuts programme, which will prune back almost 10% of the workforce, will take place over the next three years to March 2014 and is expected to cost the company 60bn yen (£450m).

Ricoh has seen sales dip over the past few years, hobbled by the strong yen as well as, more recently, difficulties following the huge earthquake that struck Japan in March - the

Océ unveils JetStream 1400 and 3000 at Poing summit

The JetStream 1400 and JetStream 3000 are the latest additions to the digital manufacturer's compact series and dual series, respectively.
With a printing speed of 200 metres per minute (mpm), which translates to 2,700 A4 images per minute, the Océ JetStream 3000 is the new top model in the dual series.

The 100mpm (1,350 A4 images) Océ JetStream 1400 is now the high-speed model in the compact series, which offers full-colour two-up duplex productivity in a single


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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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