Kodak's maiden Stream-based colour press to get show launch

Kodak will launch its Prosper 5000XL, the first colour press based on its Stream technology, at Ipex in May, and has confirmed that the first European installation will be Italian printer Rotomail.

Rotomail will install the same four-colour machine that Kodak will be running on its Ipex stand straight from the show.

Kevin Joyce, Kodak digital printing solutions sales and marketing vice-president, said: "Demand exceeds our ability to meet it. We're having to accelerate the launch of Prosper

Manroland to focus on Value Added Printing concept at Ipex

Press manufacturer Man-roland will not bring any presses to this year's Ipex as it plans to focus on applications, rather than products.

It will be offering visits to local print facilities if potential customers want to view machines, but, according to Manroland GB managing director Norman Revill, the company is more interested in discussing how it can help printers than showing them how fast a press can run.

"No matter what presses we have on show, we can never cover the whole audience and all

Fujifilm's sheetfed inkjet to become reality at the show

Fuji will commercially launch its Jet Press 720 B2 sheetfed inkjet machine at Ipex, where it will finalise the machine's availability and price.

The group said it remained committed to a launch before the end of the year and set a price of around $1m, although it said that total cost of ownership was more important than upfront costs.

Ipex 2010 will also be the launch pad for the latest version of its XMF workflow, Version 3.0, which will include support for variable data printing on the

Canon to focus on advice and applications at this year's IPEX

Canon has doubled the space it is taking at Ipex 2010 compared to 2006 and will focus on business development tools and applications, including the publication of its third Insight study.

"We're not dominated by product launches, there's no need we have a full portfolio," said Mark Lawn, Canon Europe professional print solutions marketing manager. "Customers are telling us that they need support and not endless product launches.

"Ipex is about providing a springboard

Digital to dominate pex with 28% space

Digital print is set to dominate this year's Ipex show after organisers confirmed that the technology had overtaken litho's footprint at the forthcoming Ipex.

Speaking at last week's Ipex Media Summit in London, the show's event director Trevor Crawford revealed that digital manufacturers and suppliers would take up 38% of the NEC's floorspace compared to the 26% reserved for presses.

"The positivity in the market is better than it was six months ago and there's a new air of controlled

The Sign and Graphics Imaging Show was held at Dubai Airport Expo between 25-27th January 2010

Distributors of digital machines and other products, DigiMatrix Technologies exhibited their new dye-sublimation heat press machine and large format printers at the Sign and Graphics Imaging show in Dubai.

Bilal Al Hattab, managing director, DigiMatrix said: 'We are showcasing for the first time in the ME market, UV flatbed printers from Dilli, the 6-colour hybrid NeoTitan UVT-1606, that prints on rigid and flexible substrates, the 363x725 dpi resolution NeoDeluxe UVD-2506, suitable for flat

Indoor, Outdoor, fabric printers to be exhibited at Dubai show

Gandinnovations will be participating in SGI this year with five printers. They will exhibit the 3 meter wide direct to fabric printer Aquajet RTR, Jeti 3348 UV Jetspeed RTR, Jeti 3150 X-2 UV flatbed, Agfa’s Anapurna UV indoor and outdoor sign printer and Jeti T-shirt printer.

The 3324 Aquajet printer uses 6 colours with 24 spectra heads and prints with 60 sqm per hour speed. The printer is equipped with an in-line infrared fixation system for knitted or woven polyester fabrics.


Adobe to focus on emerging ME market with new office in Dubai

Adobe participated in Gitex this year with live demonstrations on CS4, Flash, Dreamweaver as well video productions solutions like Premiere, After Effects, SoundBooth and OnLocation.

The company also showcased their enterprise offering and platform technologies with LiveCycle ES software. General manager of Adobe ME, Abdallah Saqqa said: “We demonstrated to our customers the scope of products and services we are capable of providing.  We also introduced to the market, our local

ENG participates in SIM twice consecutively

Outdoor specialist Emirates Neon Group participated in SIM for second time this year. ENG showcased their products and solutions in Outdoor, Signage, Consultancy, Digital,Print and Media sectors.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, ENG Signage’s assistant sales manager, Ritchlyn Fynn said: “We received a good response from the show. We had about 80 to 90 visitors and we could generate many leads.We design, consult and manufacture all kinds of signage’s ensuring they complement with

Good response to Talib trading’s newself adhesive film range at show

Talib Trading participated in SIM this year showcasing their new Avecal SpeedyAir range of self adhesive films. These are pressure sensitive and with air release channels for bubble free application. Talking about this new range, general manager, Mamoon Abbasi said: “There are only seven manufacturers in the world who have developed such products.

“The glue in these vinyl’s is designed to withstand the high temperature in the Gulf countries and is also about 20% cheaper

APP launch food grade packaging papers

Indonesia based pulp and paper company APP participated in the Paper Arabia this year. They highlighted their TRUTONE technology for multipurpose paper, environmentally friendly recycled products, food grade packaging products and wet strength label papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, APP’s head of product entrepreneur department, Anil Kumar Sharma said: “TRUTONE is a new quality standard for multipurpose paper.  We have also launched our high quality recycled paper range

Mepco could use forum to sign two new deals valued at $10m

Dubai based, paper distributor Mepco Gulf has signed a new order of about $10 million through participation in Paper Arabia this year.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: “We will be supplying to two new areas and markets. This forum was an opportunity for us to meet new and important clients.”

Mepco Gulf launched newsprint and publication grade papers during the show. Baaklini said: “We intend to do a volume of 60,000 metric tonnes per year in

Eco-friendly paper products showcased

Papers Worldwide showcased various environmentally friendly range of products from Neenah Papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Neenah Paper’s director of sales for Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Robert W. de Leon said: “Recently we have launched Think Ink iPhone application in which designers can create custom colour palettes based on favourite colour of picture from phone’s camera. They can match these colour palettes with our papers and then order the samples

Orient Links to market green products in MEA

Dubai based paper distributor Orient Links participated in Paper Arabia this year promoting their eco-friendly range of products.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Sanjay Misra said: “We showcased bagasse based (which is sugar cane waste based) papers from TNPL. These are renewable raw materials with minimum impact on the environment. We are also focusing on deinked pulp based papers which are 100% recycled products from Khanna Papers.” Orient Links also exhibited

New Goebel machine to increase 5,000Mt capacity for converter

Sharjah based, paper converter, Paper Master FZC and International Papers FZE participated in Paper Arabia, highlighting their new conversion 40,000 square feet factory and merger.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Anwar Jessa said: “We have received very good response from the exhibition. We have signed 3 new customer deals. Two with Indian companies and one in Nigeria.”

The company has installed a new converting machine from Goebel which is expected to increase

Kodak showcases new products at Ifra 2009

Kodak has introduced an upgraded version of the thermal platesetter and a new digital plate at this year’s Ifra Expo, held at Vienna, Austria.

Company officials claim that the thermal platesetter has been enhanced with improved features like a smaller footprint, additional automation options and the latest technologies for minimal service and maximum uptime.

The product is available in three speeds, ranging from 80 to more than 150 plates per hour to suit newspaper-printing

Labelexpo Europe 2009 is upon us

According to label manufacturers and printers from around the world, the Middle East label sector is on the rise.  And, considering that the Middle East is responsible for only one percent of worldwide label production, it’s plain to see where the sentiment comes from.

Labelexpo Europe – taking place from 23-26 September at Brussels Expo – will be drawing label industry pundits from around the world for a three day event aimed at keeping the label sector on the up in

Organiser ‘pleased’ at outcome of Gulf Print

Touting strong visitor attendance, Gulf Print organiser Sue Rothwell, group event director at Fairs and Exhibitions, said she is satisfied with the success of this year’s event.

“I am very pleased with the way the event came off,” Rothwell said.

“We are focused on the needs of the exhibitors. If their expectations are met in terms of the quality of business that they do, then we are happy.”

She added that she had also noticed a

Ali Alhashemi sells six machines at Gulf Print

With a strong presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo, group general manager at Ali Alhashemi, Prem Naseer said that it was important to them that they sent out the “right message” to the market

With a strong presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo, group general manager at Ali Alhashemi, Prem Naseer said that it was important to them that they sent out the “right message” to the market.

“We wanted to send out a message

Giffin hosts its biggest stand yet at Gulf Print

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Giffin Graphics participated third time after hosting its biggest stand ever at this year’s Gulf Print expo measuring to 539 sqm

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Giffin Graphics participated third time after hosting its biggest stand ever at this year’s Gulf Print expo measuring to 539 sqm.

The company, which showcased its printing and binding supplies and equipment, has exhibited at the event three times before.

Presstek Aurora Plates on show at Gulf Print

Punting their environmental products at this year’s Gulf Print, Presstek showcased a number of products including its Dimension Pro 800 CTP Metal Platemaking Solution, its Presstek Chemistry-free Aurora Pro Plates as well as its Presstek 34DI Digital Offset Press

Punting their environmental products at this year’s Gulf Print, Presstek showcased a number of products including its Dimension Pro 800 CTP Metal Platemaking Solution, its Presstek Chemistry-free

Vela expands into ME market with high aims

The Italian-based company, Vela, which has recently expanded into the Middle East market, has highlighted its market presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo

The Italian-based company, Vela, which has recently expanded into the Middle East market, has highlighted its market presence at this year’s Gulf Print expo.

The company says its aim is to “penetrate the market” with its thermoplates.

Its managing director Hratch Terzian said

SAi SideKick tool available for sign and large format printers

SAi, a provider of software solutions for professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM machining industries, announced the availability of SideKick – an easy-to-use job organization tool that helps sign and large format print businesses to effortlessly manage their end-to-end production operations, from quote creation to invoicing.

Simple to use, SideKick comes pre-loaded with a database of predefined products and finishing options, including average industry costs, to

Canon partners with OneVision for wide-format workflow

Canon Production Printing partnered with pre-press software specialist OneVision to offer its large-format graphics customers in Europe improved operational efficiencies through end-to-end workflow automation.

The manufacturer said that using OneVision’s Wide Format Automation Suite, companies operating Canon’s Colorado roll-to-roll and Arizona flatbed printer series will now be able to increase their productivity and reduce their waste to support growing production volumes.

The OneVision

Roland DG a part of Printwear & Promotion LIVE! 2020

Roland DG is known for their wide-format print-and-cut solutions, but in recent years, the Japanese manufacturer has invested their R&D efforts in the growing field of product personalisation. These technologies include UV printing, direct-to-garment printing and, as of Autumn 2019, laser cutting.

Ronee Gillett, personalisation specialist for Roland DG UK, said: “This is a very exciting time for us at Roland as the personalisation market gets bigger, we are building machines that can slot

Durst restructures its textile printing segment

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, restructured its segment for industrial textile printing.

The new segment manager, Dr. Stefan Kappaun, is responsible for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. Kappaun will also be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio. He is an expert in materials science and the development and marketing of ink systems for digital

Roland DGA launches Texart inkjet for flexible production

Roland DGA Corporation, a provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, introduced the new Texart RT-640M – an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer that gives users the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics, or to sublimation transfer paper, using the same specially-formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks.

The printer simplifies dye-sublimation production for soft-signage with direct-to-textile print option, while maintaining the versatility of

Fujifilm, Inca Digital unveil high speed flatbed printer - OnsetX HS

Fujifilm along with its strategic partner Inca Digital, introduced an addition to the OnsetX UV flatbed series – the OnsetX HS (High Speed) range.

Featuring two new machines, the Onset X2 HS and the Onset X3 HS, the new range offers a “dramatic increase in speed and productivity – now printing up to 15,597sqft/hr, utilizing a new single cycle mode”.

The new range is compatible with Inca’s range of application specific robotic handling systems and incorporates ‘30 second’ job set up and ‘single

Konica Minolta releases a new line of its digital toner presses

Konica Minolta has launched the third generation of its AccurioLabel line of digital toner presses to bring high-end productivity to entry-level markets.

Available as of the start of June with a list price circa £160,000, the AccurioLabel 230 (AL230) will replace the AL190. With Konica Minolta taking orders now, the new machine will make its show debut at Labelexpo in Belgium on 24-27 September.

The most significant upgrade to its predecessor is its speed of 23.4m/min. The AL230 can print at

Avery unveils its new vehicle wrap with ‘220% elongation’

Avery Dennison has unveiled a new vehicle wrap with “elongation properties which would set new standards for premium overlaminates”. “The new DOL 1400 Z Series can elongate up to 220% ensuring good installation performance and visually arresting printed designs,” say the makers.

“Gloss DOL 1460Z, Matt DOL 1480Z and new Lustre DOL 1470Z PVC film bring not only new levels of conformability and clarity to highly demanding graphics applications but also give a long durability to the printed graphics


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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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