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Ndigitec gets state-of-the-art facility at Dubai Production City

NDigitec has completed the first phase of a large-scale headquarters and factory in Dubai Production City, as part of a two-stage construction project following rapid expansion in the UAE.

The Dubai-based company, which provides prepress, premedia, digital printing and creative production services, inaugurated its new headquarters and factory in February, as part of an ongoing expansion that aims to create dozens of new jobs within the next three years.

Vatche Kavlakian, CEO, NDigitec, said

Sona Papers rebrands with a new logo, vision and sustainable theme

Dubai based resellers of fine papers, Sona  Papers has announced their rebranding with new logo and  vision. Choosing to walk in the sustainable, eco-friendly direction while adding a new dimension of optimal utilization of scarce resources,  Sona Papers has chosen to evolve their business methodologies. 

“Change is constant” said Raju Suneja, director- marketing and sales of Sona Papers, explaining the rationale behind the move, “but evolution is highly selective. Today, since our humble

IEC hosts Asia Print Conclave

Members of various printing, packaging, advertising and signage organizations from around Asia converged in Dubai during SGI Dubai 2020.

‘Asia Print Conclave’ was hosted by International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of SGI Dubai, with an agenda to grow the industry into a global force. The association aims to collaborate in promoting each other’s shows in their respective countries. Delegates represented Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, UAE and Vietnam.

“This

Epson launches its 1st fluorescent ink, dye sublimation large format printer

Epson launched SureColor SC-F9400H, its first fluorescent ink, dye sublimation large format printer, in the Middle East during SGI Dubai 2020 last month.

The SC-F9400H offers businesses the option of printing with two fluorescent inks – yellow and pink – which can be used to create a wide range of bright, vivid colours for the production of soft signage, sportswear, workwear and fashion items. The SC-F9400 series is an evolution of trusted Epson print technology and provides enhanced quality

In 2020, advertising with car wraps to grow in UAE

SGI Dubai 2020 show organisers, International Expo Consults, stated that UAE’s car wrapping industry is set to grow further in the UAE due to the growing trade exhibitions, leisure destinations and mega product launches in the country.

According to IEC, in 2020, several businesses small and large will continue to turn to car wraps as one of the best, most cost-efficient forms of branding and advertising.

SGI Dubai 2020 had a dedicated area for car wrapping, to display the sector’s latest

OKI launches MFP for construction industry

OKI Europe has launched the MC883, an A3, smart multifunction printer (MFP) that’s equipped to support construction businesses. The printer offers media flexibility including banner paper up to 1.3m long in 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, while also printing the fine details of drawings, plans, blueprints, and instructions, as well as signage on-site, without the need for outsourcing. 

“With its small footprint and super-sharp print resolution, the new MC883 is ideal for construction businesses

Dubai’s Al Madeena Printing Press buys Heidelberg CD 102

Dubai-based Al Madeena Printing Press recently purchased Heidelberg CD 102, a five-colour, coating unit model CD 102-5+LX in a bid to expand its presence in the packaging market.

The new version of CD 102 was launched in the region in 2019. According to Heidelberg, it is the most successful and trusted machine among packaging printers. The upgraded version comes with all new and innovative features in feeder, delivery and machine controls which are benchmarks in the industry and  boost the

Printer goes an extra mile to greet

With e-greetings spamming inboxes and mobile phones as the practice of sending cards is almost obsolete, a season’s greeting card from Century Printing Press arrived like a breath of fresh air.

The company's managing director CV Kurian said: “Festive seasons provide us with the opportunity to showcase our skills in value additions to print. Being a passionate printer, it’s my responsibility to keep print alive and make people feel the difference between having a card in their hands and

Etihad opens up 3D printing facility in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Engineering, a division of the Etihad Aviation Group dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul services, set up an additive manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with German 3D printer manufacturers EOS and BigRep.

It’s the region’s first 3D printing lab with design and production approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency to produce aircraft parts using powder-bed fusion technology. The facility features two approved 3D printers in total, from EOS and BigRep

Mactac launches ColourWrap Series for vehicles in the UAE

Mactac’s regional distributor Al Shabak General Trading LLC recently hosted the launch of Mactac ColourWrap Series in Dubai.

At the event, certified applicator Jelmen Lopatka wrapped parts of a car with some of the new ColourWrap vinyls at Al Shabak’s office in Al Gusais.  

Available in 50 colours, the ColourWraps are suited for vehicles as well as boat customization, if used above the waterline along with Mactac Sealer. The new series include finishes of gloss, gloss metallic, matt and matt

Global printing masterpieces worth millions at SGI 2020

The entire signage and graphic industry’s stakeholders will descend at Dubai’s World Trade Centre next month for SGI Dubai 2020. The premier show catering to the large format printing, signage and allied industries in the Middle East and North Africa region will feature global and regional exhibitors showcasing their machines and solutions that are estimated to run into several million dollars. SGI Dubai 2020 will be held from January 12-14, 2020.

SGI Dubai is the region’s largest trade

Growing African print, signage industries to benefit from SGI

According to International Expo Consults (IEC), the organizers of the SGI Dubai show, the signage and wide format printing industry in the African continent would immensely benefit from the upcoming trade show. The show, currently in its 23rd consecutive year, will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre, between January 12-14, 2020.

According to published reports, the MENA printing market is set to touch $54bn by 2022. Furthermore, African Development Bank projects the GDP to rise by 4% and 4.1%

Epson displays wide range of innovative solutions at Gitex Technology Week 2019

Epson has been a part of Gitex Technology Week for over two decades. This year, it took place between 6-10 October at Dubai World Trade Center.

While virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and robotics were the ‘hot’ attractions at its stand alluring even Sheikh Hamdan, Epson also showcased its line up of printers and projectors including ink tank and workforce printers, laser projectors for businesses, events and education; and, POS printers for retail and hospitality.

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Innovative signage solutions to help boost to GCC retail industry

International Expo Consults (IEC), the host of Sign & Graphics Imaging Dubai show, believes that innovative signage and digital signage solutions will play a huge role in the growth of the retail sector in GCC.

IEC CEO Sharif Rahman said: "The UAE and Saudi Arabia are big markets for the GCC retail sector and in both the countries, the growth is driven by the rise in population, spending capacity, GDP per capita and tourism sector. There has been added pressure from the success and growth

Giffin Graphics displays textile printing solutions

Giffin Graphics, a leading distributor of printing equipment in the GCC, hosted a two-day event to showcase end-to-end solutions for textile printing. The show that took place on October 28 and 29 at Downtown Dubai saw about 150-170 visitors according to Alexandre F Najem, manager, machinery division, Giffin Graphics.

The show's highlight was the HP Stitch series, which was launched at Fespa in May this year and brought to GCC one-and-a-half months ago. The HP Stitch series are dye-sublimation

Masonlite ready for Steel Fab Show 2020 in Sharjah

Masonlite Sign Supplies & Equipment is gearing up to participate in the Steel Fab Show - a machinery, technology  and equipment exhibition, which is slated to take place in Expo Centre, Sharjah, between 13 to 16 January next year.

Masonlite has been serving the Gulf and African region since four decades. “Established in 1980, we have introduced the some of the latest equipment for the sign industry. Now, we are expanding by tapping into the metal industry with the supply of high-end

Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 190 helps Printmasters gain a foothold in the digital label printing market

Printmasters offers printing solutions to global businesses looking to enhance their brand value via print and packaging mediums. With over 40 years in the industry, Printmasters has been providing professional printing services to 800 local and international clients. Located in Dubai’s Production City with a 60,000sqft facility, the 400 staffers provide offset, UV offset, digital printing, labelling and luxury packaging services related.

Printmasters CEO Sivadas Menon said, “The label

UAE’s pharmaceutical manufacturers need smart packaging: Alyahya, Xerox

The UAE pharmaceutical market is the second largest in the GCC following KSA. Governments are investing heavily in this industry and attracting more pharmaceutical manufacturers because they expect the market to reach $25.7 billion by 2028.

Smart packaging is playing an instrumental role in the further growth of the pharmaceutical industry as manufacturers are required to monitor and keep track of materials to prevent counterfeit, stolen or contaminated drugs. Therefore, the need for smart

Region’s digital textile printers set to join SGI Dubai 2020 show

According to Smithers Pira, the digital textile printing market would touch AED20 billion by 2023 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6%.

Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo Consults, organizers of Sign & Graphics (SGI) 2020 show, said, “Digital textile printing industry is an untapped market for the GCC players and it’s the right time for them to grab the opportunity. They will need to have state-of-the-art equipment to cater to these demands.  Currently, textile printing

Innovation, personalization drivers for the print industry: Ashish Panjabi

Jacky’s Business Solutions brought together some of the industry pioneers - such as HP’s large format printing regional business manager Ernest Azzam, Xische founder Danish Farhan and WFP product manager at Canon Wael Ahmed among others - for sharing insights and tips to help businessowners harness innovative new technologies to help them future proof their business and tap into some of the opportunities that Expo 2020 would bring.  

At the two-day event, ‘Innovators & Creators Expo’ that

World’s first cartridge-free laser printer by HP launched in the UAE

HP on Tuesday, 10 September launched the world’s first cartridge-free printer – the HP Neverstop Laser, in the UAE.

Designed specifically for small and medium business (SMB) owners, the launch event hosted around 200 entrepreneurs and business owners gather at The Atlantis. Present at the event were Peter Oganesean, managing director of HP UAE and East Africa and Tony Bssat, category head of printing business unit of HP Middle East, KSA and East Africa. Another notable attendee was

Epson to launch two signage printers: SureColor S60600L and S80600L

Introduced during Fespa this year, the 64-inch SureColor S60600 features Epson UltraChrome GS3 four-colour solvent ink. The sign printer is capable of producing sellable quality banner at 550ft2 per hour, while also producing adhesive vinyl output up to 310ft2 per hour. The 64-inch SureColor S80600, a photographic sign printer, features Epson UltraChrome GS3 non-colour solvent ink – including an all-new red solvent along with the option for white or metallic silver inks.

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Jacky's to host two-day expo in Dubai

Jacky’s Business Solutions will be hosting the first 'Creators & Innovators Expo' on 17 and 18 September at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai. The expo seeks to showcase some new technology solutions for a growing interest in automation across various industry sectors.

"With Expo 2020 around the corner, the expo will bring in speakers that will help business owners harness innovative new technologies to help them future proof their business and tap into some of the opportunities that Expo

Agthia's new centre for packaging technology

UAE-based Agthia Group in July launched its new packaging technology centre in Al Ain city of Abu Dhabi. This comes as part of its commitment to sustainability and innovation.
The facility was inaugurated by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment in the presence of senior officials.

The new facility aims to develop more sustainable packaging technologies to make a positive impact on the food and beverages industry and reinforce Agthia’s commitment to

Konica Minolta unveils new rethink ethos to inspire workplace of the future

Konica Minolta, a company delivering business transformation solutions and technologies, has unveiled ‘Rethink ethos’, a strategy that builds on its reputation and technology innovation expertise.

“Rethink is at the heart of our shared global commitment to become a company who provides better and latest solutions. We do this by questioning traditional thinking and challenging the status quo,” said Pauline Brooks Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East.  

“We continually push ourselves

UAE manufacturer installs Autoprint’s Repetto 80

Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing in Ajman, recently installed Autoprint Repetto 80, a die-punching machine.

Company director Mahmood Al Hatem informed that this is the company’s first purchase from Autoprint. "Repetto 80 matched the size of the sheets we intend to use it for. The machine is engineered in a more professional way,” he said.

According to the company's website, Golden Paper Cups specializes in manufacturing, marketing, wholesaling and distribution of disposable food packaging products

Epson backs awards for eco warriors in the UAE to mark World Environment Day 2019

As part of its commitment to encourage recycling practices and to mark World Environment Day 2019, Epson silver-sponsored Emirates Environmental Group’s (EEG) annual awards ceremony held in Dubai Knowledge Park.

The event recognized individuals/families, corporates and academic institutions that took part in various eco-friendly recycling campaigns throughout the year in the UAE and that produced remarkable results. Together these individuals and organizations recycled items such as paper

Konica Minolta takes part in second OPEX week Middle East

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East participated in the second annual Operational Excellence (OPEX) Week Middle East: Business Transformation Leaders’ Summit held in Dubai on 17 and 18 June.

 Larry Leow, professional services group manager of  Konica Minolta highlighted the significance of business process management during a keynote speech titled ‘Optimising and Redefining Your Business Processes’. Leow spoke of the daily pressure to optimize business process operations and decrease

DTM introduces Primera RFID label printer in EMEA

DTM Print, an international OEM and technology provider for specialty printing systems, formally introduced the Primera RX500e colour RFID label and tag printer to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA).

Introduced last year, RX500e is a full-colour, on-demand RFID built-in label and tag printer. Labels are printed, encoded and verified in a single pass. Finished labels are then cut with the internal guillotine-style cutter and dispensed one at a time. The built-in UHF RFID

Agfa Middle East is expanding its footprints in Central Africa

Agfa Middle East recently installed three printers for two of its Congo-based customers - XL Media Group and Congo Graphics.

For XL Media, Jeti Titan HS UV hybrid printer marks their 10th installation with Agfa Middle East. “Jeti Titan HS is one of the highest selling printers in our assortment in the last five years. This Canadian origin model is a 2mx3m true flatbed design for jobs up to 160m2/hr. It provides an unparalleled print quality with its highly accurate drop placement, seven pico