SGI Dubai organizers are more positive with the exhibitiors

SGI Dubai organizers announced that they have sold out 57% of the total capacity even before 5 months prior to the show. The 2017 edition of the show welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 36 countries spread over 22,000m2 and registered over 40 new exhibitors. The 2018 edition of the show will be by far the largest showcase since the inception of the show approximately 20 years ago. “We are delighted by the response that we are receiving from the exhibitors which is not just from the

OKI added new products to its portfolio

OKI has added the Colorpainter, Teriostar and A3 colour smart ES94x6 MFP Series printers to its South Africa portfolio. The Colorpainter E-64s and M-64s are large format inkjet, highly durable graphics printers that are well suited for both indoor and outdoor applications. These Colorpainter printers offer the sign and graphics market unrivalled image quality printouts, including banners, backlit, fleet and vehicle graphics as well as wallpaper, pop displays, floor and exhibition graphics, and

Vayu Media invests in F7-3200D printer

Vayu Media from Bahrain invested in F7-3200D eco solvent printer which was built on the latest Drop on Demand DX5/7 technology from F7 Printers also known as Fortune 7. The printer has precision two core printheads by Epson backed by Piezo printhead technology and it has a high resolution printing table & feeding system.
Saji Paul, general manger from Vayu Media, commented about the reason for the investment, "We have been thinking for an investment for a while and when we have been

Uflex has developed its Speciality Polymeric Film as advacements

Uflex Limited has developed a speciality polymeric film to replace Bi-axially Oriented Polyamide (BOPA) or Nylon Film from flexible packaging material. The product is available for Middle East market and the customers can order any quantity. In addition, they are ready to offer sample reel for trials.
Talking about this development, Jeevaraj Pillai, joint president, packaging and new product development, Uflex Limited said, “It took us almost 9-10 months to develop the new speciality polymeric

PrintMaster goes Worldwide

Sachin Kumar, owner of WorldWide Digital and Manesh Shetty who previously worked for AGFA have joined hands to become partners to grow their newly launched brand ‘PrintMaster’ and the Dilli U.V printer’s business across the region. Shetty who has recently become a partner in World Wide Digital will head the Sales and marketing of the entire range of PrintMaster and the Dilli.
WorldWide Digital who currently operates in UAE will make their presence available in Middle East and Africa with their

Al Ghurair expanding capacity with added investments

Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing has enhanced capacity by backing the packaging segment with new investments. In the last few months, the printshop has purchased 2 Komori machines – a 4-colour and a 6-colour with coater, the iUV600s LED UV 4-colour digital printer, the Riso ComColor GD 9630 and Xerox CP 1000i.
Explaining their reasons for this invesment, general manager Lakshmanan Ganapathy says: “In the printing industry the demand for newspapers, magazines, brochures, books, and

Omya has signed agreement with Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi

Ittihad Paper Mill, Abu Dhabi, UAE has signed a cooperation agreement with Omya of Switzerland to manufacture Precipitated Calcium Carbonate. Omya is a major player in the Carbonate Minerals Market and its expertise should help Ittihad Paper Mill to produce high-quality writing and printing paper. The new PCC plant is predicted to come online in the third quarter of 2018 with an initial production of 100,000 metric tons every year. The PCC is going to be based on the Omya Multifill concept in

Uflex makes waves with Flexfresh solution

Uflex provided a solution to enable Deccan Field Agro Industries to export the Indian Papayas to Dubai by sea. The Uflex UAE branch was one of the reason to make it feasible.
Deccan Field Agro Bangalore, which has large plantations of Papaya in Southern India, was looking for the perfect Packaging solution to export Papaya by Sea Freight. It found that Uflex offers the appropriate technology and solution.
Uflex has been offering its AMAP (Active Modified Atmosphere Packaging) solutions across the

Canon ME has announced the latest devices to join its range of i-SENSYS printers

Canon ME has announced the latest devices to join its range of i-SENSYS printers -i-SENSYS MF730 and MF630 series and i-SENSYS LBP650 and LBP610 series for SME's.   Shadi Bakhour, B2B Business Unit Director, Canon Middle East, comments: “As more and more businesses are expected to support a flexible working culture, it has become crucial for both home office users and SMEs to have access to reliable printing and scanning technology on-the-go. The new i-SENSYS devices support the advanced

Starflex to showcase innovative solutions at SGI Dubai 2018

Starflex to showcase innovative solutions at SGI Dubai 2018. Talking about SGI Dubai, James, Sales Manager from Starflex, stated, “We are delighted to be associated with SGI Dubai - one of the distinguished shows in the region. With a vision to moving forward, STARFLEX is focusing on enhancing further its manufacturing capacity, maintaining reasonable price levels, serving its current business partners, and pursuing growth opportunities in new areas. Also, the event is a well-established

Avery Dennison has named Pascale Wautelet vice president of R&D

Avery Dennison has named Pascale Wautelet vice president of R&D – Europe, Middle East and Africa within the company’s Label & Graphic Materials group.  “Avery Dennison has pioneered advances in the self-adhesives industry and has been reshaping that sector continually over the past 82 years. This latest appointment is just another indication of the company’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of research, development and product innovation,” stated Rmaile global vice president of

Itec appoints new heads of departments

Itec appoints new heads of departments. Document management and printing group Itec SA is implementing its renewed customer-centric growth agenda through strategic appointments to its management team. The company has appointed Daniel Lotter as head of bids and tenders for Southern Africa, including Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. According to the company, Lotter will focus on sales management, account management and new business development in his new role. Daniel Lotter, commented, "Part of my

DScoop EMEA hosts over 1200 attendees at event

Over 1200 attendees gathered at the DScoop Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) event, held in Lyon from 7-9 June. The event  focussed on  HP technology print service providers (PSP’s) and converters to share new skills and strategies. ‘It’s the most exciting time to be in print,’ said Keith Wilmot, DScoop CEO. He highlighted a major trend at the event, which calls for greater collaboration between print service providers and creatives. ‘Big brands need solutions to cut through marketing

Canon unveils 1.5 m, Pro-6000 printer for indoor, outdoor

Canon has launched its new 1.5m-wide imagePrograf Pro-6000 large-format printer, which it says is the largest in its range to use 12 colours.
Intended for advertisements, graphics and indoor and outdoor posters, the new machine  is an update on Canon’s Pro-6000S, launched alongside a number of new Arizona UV flatbed machines at last year’s Fespa Digital. It joins the Pro-1000, Pro-2000 and Pro-4000 in the series, all of which are smaller models.
“The Pro-6000 will accompany the Pro-6000S as a

EPA association held a meeting

The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) held a meeting with its member publishers to prepare a clear strategy for improving the UAE’s publishing industry and advance the role of publishing industry professionals.
Held as one in a series of meetings, the session was moderated by EPA’s VP, Ali Al Sha’ali. It examined a range of ideas and proposals that would contribute to developing the publishing sector in the nation in a way that will be conducive to the birth of such creative and intellectual

First Flexofit seminar took place in Senegal to promote the event

For more than 2 years, Flexofit has conducted seminars all over Africa focusing in English speaking nations. Now Flexofit held the first Flexofit Senegal Seminar in the capital Dakar on the 20th June completely in French.
The local expert audience was delighted to learn from and meet with leading international producers. Represen-tatives from global producers like Chespa, DuPont, Esko and Tesa met with the leading businesses from Dakar and the region. The broad audience of local industry staff

Lexmark unveils laser printers

Lexmark International has announced the launch of its new laser printers for the SMB’s. The 23 new laser printers, from entry-level monochrome and colour to workgroup devices and MFPs, come with a 4-year guarantee.
Nathan Nayagar, MD of Lexmark South Africa and English speaking Africa, says: “Our newest line of printers help small and medium companies compete in a big business world. This latest range is well-suited to small and medium businesses that want compact printers with a big impact

New Heidelberg CEO sets out ambitious growth plan

Heidelberg’s new chief executive Rainer Hundsdörfer has outlined a five-year plan that would see Heidelberg return to being the “high-growth and profitable lighthouse of the industry”.
It also revealed further details of its new digital strategy, first discussed at its annual results last month, when it announced a yearly sales boost after a strong Q4.  The deal for Fujifilm’s EMEA pressroom chemical plant is set to be completed in July and will add around €25m in sales to the group’s

HP launches pocket sized Sproket photo printer

HP has launched the pocketsized Sprocket Photo Printer allows users to print photos from a smartphone or tablet virtually anywhere.
Portable and small enough to fit in a pocket, the printer can print snaps that are instantly shareable, colourful and can even be personalised with filters, frames, emojis, text and more. Sprocket is available in white with rose gold accents and comes with a 10-pack of HP ZINK Photo Paper for AED 499. Packs of HP ZINK Photo Paper (50 sheets per pack) are available

Samsung holds Gulf partners summit in Dubai

Samsung Gulf Electronics recently hosted the Samsung Partner Summit 2017 under the slogan of ‘New Opportunities Ahead’ at St Regis Hotel in Dubai, UAE. Samsung communicated its vision by introducing new products and solutions as well as holding interactive Q&A session.
Samsung launched 13 new innovative and customized solutions projects in key growing verticals such as government, construction and education to support their partners’ in enhancing the value proposition for their customers

Saudi Arabia’s act on fake item

HP has announced multiple seizures of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers. The company supported officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce, alongside local police, who confiscated more than 145,000 illicit items in separate actions. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce conducted several raids at both warehouses and showrooms of four major counterfeiting syndicates. Some of those distributors were also involved in

Xerox launches new series of MFPs for small and medium enterprises

Xerox launches new series of Multifunction Printers for small and medium enterprises. Xerox debuts a new product series, the Xerox VersaLink B7025/B7030/B7035 multifunction printers, as part of the company’s ConnectKey portfolio that launched earlier this year. Built-in on each of the devices in this series is a tablet-like touch screen interface that can be personalized for different work environments or users. They offer built-in apps on the Xerox App Gallery that can help organizations

UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019

UNESCO announces Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019. Signalling a ground-breaking achievement for the UAE and the Arab world, Sharjah has been crowned with the prestigious ‘World Book Capital’ title for 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The honour is a recognition of the emirate’s pioneering role in supporting and expanding the local and regional publishing industries, promoting reading to become an intrinsic cultural practice, as well as

Canon Middle East extends its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio

Canon Middle East is extending its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio with the launch of the Océ VarioPrint i200, a 200 page-per-minute (ppm) sheetfed inkjet press which brings the benefits of the previously launched Océ VarioPrint i300 to customers with lower volume requirements. Along with the release of the Océ VarioPrint i200 model, Canon is introducing the option of MICR inks to users of the VarioPrint i-Series, while the launch of the next generation Océ PRISMAsync controller for both the

Immensa Labs unveils 3D printing facility

Immensa Technology Labs has launched the country’s first 3D printing facility in line with the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’ launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.
Immensa's facility houses  eight 3D printing systems and offers 30 materials for production. It is equipped to build and manufacture production parts, components and one-off prototypes for customers across a variety of industries using a range of  technologies including Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

EMEA printer shipments have stabilised in first quarter

Driven by multi-function devices, unit shipments of printer hardware to EMEA have stabilised in Q1 2017 showing an increase of 1% year-on-year compared to a fall of 8% in Q1 2016, according to market analysis company Context.
“The Middle East and Africa (MEA) outperformed other regions with unit shipments increasing by +7%, following the double-digit decline last year”, says Zivile Brazdziunaite, Imaging Market Analyst at Context. “All categories, except for laser MFPs, registered positive

Xerox debuts with new families of MFPS for large workgroups

Xerox debuts two new product series – the Xerox AltaLink C8000 and B8000 – as a part of the company’s ConnectKey portfolio that launched earlier this year. Xerox’s ConnectKey technology transforms traditional printing devices into smart, connected workplace assistants that reflect the evolving needs of today’s businesses.
According to the company spokesperson, “The AltaLink product family serves large work groups and busy offices by delivering new levels of simple and secure on-the-go

Signtrade’s key solutions at SGI

UAE-based Signtrade will be showcasing its latest technical innovations and technologies at the SGI Dubai.
Lauding Signtrade’s particpation, Sharif Rahman, the chief executive of IEC, said: “The signage and outdoor media industry in the Middle East is growing at a rapid pace and we have seen a lot of interest from the exhibitors from across the globe.”
Yasin Merchant, managing director, Signtrade, said: “We are pleased to be associated with one of the distinguished shows in the region. Our

Rashid Printing opens up new channels for growth with Kodak

Rashid Printing invests in Kodak Nexpress  SX3300 digital production colour press to accomodate their short run jobs needs.
Speaking about the reasons for opting the colour press, Zoeb Boxwala, director, Rashid Printers, commented, "We have been doing a lot of printing for high-end customers, but over the years we’ve seen the runs getting shorter and shorter. With our existing offset equipment, we recognized that the cost viability from a production point of view was quickly decreasing. We

Epson launches high-speed business A3 MFP in the ME

Epson launched its next generation of superfast eco-efficient business inkjet printers, the WorkForce Enterprise, at a launch event in Dubai attended by Epson’s business partners from the region and media persons. This ultra fast 100ipm departmental colour office A3 printer delivers the ecological benefits that only inkjet technology can offer, providing a low power solution with fewer supplies at the price of a departmental laser copier. The WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 is joined by a 75ipm