Panasonic Middle East and Africa has launched 2 new multi-function printers - KX-MB2168 and KX-MB2128, which can print 24-ppm duplex. The printers are compatible with the Google Cloud Print and Panasonic mobile print application, enabling printing text or

Panasonic Middle East and Africa has launched 2 new multi-function printers - KX-MB2168 and KX-MB2128, which can print 24-ppm duplex. The printers are compatible with the Google Cloud Print and Panasonic mobile print application, enabling printing text or graphic data from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Up to 30 PCs can be connected to a single unit on a network which lets a single printer meet the needs of many in the office. The status can be checked and the setting of the

Canon Middle East has launched three new large format printers

Canon Middle East has launched three new large format printers – the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF830, iPF840 and iPF850, for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), reprography and Computer Aided Design (CAD) industries.  The iPF840 and iPF850 support dual roll to handle different types and varying widths of paper up to 44 inches. Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East said: “High-volume, continuous printing is a fundamental tool for these businesses and needs a

Ahbar Industries to open new ink manufacturing unit in Riyadh

Dubai based ink manufacturers, Ahbar Industries has announced that they will establish a branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Saif Al Ghurair, president of Ahbar Industries, the ink manufacturer, explained: “In Riyadh, our factory would have a capacity to produce 500 tonnes. Saudi Arabia market is very  big and we are happy to be closer to serve our customers better.”

Established in February 2013, Ahbar Industries manufactures water based inks for flexographic application in paper, kraft

Jacky’s new distributorship with BigRep 3D to seize big size segment

Jacky’s added one more feather to their 3D printing distributorship through BigRep where they will be selling their product throughout the ME region. 

Speaking about the distributorship need, Ashish Panjabi, COO from Jacky’s commented, “BigRep is one company where they develop products to meet the end user necessities and particularly for this region. We saw their product in the Frankfurt event and we were pretty impressed on their commitment towards the industry. Even though we already have

Konica Minolta launches toner recycling programme

Konica Minolta South Africa launches toner recycling programme. The OEM’s customers can now recycle toner bottles, cartridges and imaging units under the new programme. While the manufacturer’s polymerised toner is a plant-based product and so is non-toxic, South African law treats printer cartridge waste as hazardous, and the company wants to ensure it causes no negative environmental impact.

Laetitia Coetzer, Special projects manager for Konica Minolta South Africa, said that some of the

Canon receives BLI awards

Canon Middle East announced that it has received five 2015 ‘Winter Pick of the Year’ awards, including an ‘Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency’ and an award for ‘Outstanding Document Imaging Solution Suite’ from testing and research organisation, Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI).

Presented twice annually, the ‘Pick’ awards recognise  performers in a suite of tests that cover a range of important features and performance factors for buyers.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon

Dubai to build world’s 1st fully functional 3D printed building building

Plans have been revealed  in Dubai for the world’s first fully functional 3D printed building, Emirates 24/7 reported.

Mohamed Al Gergawi, the chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee, said UAE aims to deploy the latest technologies to develop its economy in line with the country’s National Innovation Strategy.

“This project reflects the vision of our leadership here in Dubai,” Al Gergawi said. “The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,”

Al Sharjah Neon invests in HP flatbed FB700

Dubai based Al Sharjah Neon Printing Press invested in the HP flatbed FB700 through Jacky’s to accommodate more acrylic jobs and to enter into the corrugated segment.

Speaking about their investment, George Varghese and Paul Varghese from Al Sharjah Neon, commented, “Earlier we were sending few kind of jobs outside for acrylic as well as corrugated and through this investment we will be doing it on our own. In addition, we are planning to enter into the corrugated displays so this investment

The 3D Print Show Global series comes to SIGN Istanbul this year

The first Istanbul edition of the ‘3D Print Show Global Series’ which started in London in May this year and was followed by editions in California, Paris and Dubai, will take place in SIGN İstanbul fair 2015. Organized by İFO Fuarcılık for the 17th time from 10-13 September, SIGN İstanbul 2015 will open its 3D Printshow special section in Hall 11 at the Tuyap fair grounds Istanbul.

SIGN Istanbul demonstrated 3D printing technologies for the first time at last year’s event and decided to

Epson has unveiled two new dye-sublimation printers

Epson has unveiled two new dye-sublimation printers to help users reliably and cost-effectively produce superior-quality textiles and promotional goods. The SC-F7200 and SC-F6200 printers, which are both capable of producing high-quality printed textiles. Vernon Mellors, LFP Product Manager of Epson South Africa, says: "With these two models, we have used the latest Epson engineering advancements to deliver two new dye-sublimation printers to our customers. With its new and enhanced

Canon Middle East announced the launch of the imageRUNNER 1435 series

Canon Middle East announced the launch of the imageRUNNER 1435 series, which consists of two new A4 black and white multifunctional devices (MFDs) suitable for small workgroups.  Canon said that the new devices consume less than 2 watts of energy during sleep mode and are Energy Star certified.  Later this year, in September, Canon will further expand this range by adding a third model to the series – the imageRUNNER 1435 that will be exclusively available to customers in emerging markets

Xerox has appointed Joseph Hanania as the head of Global Document Outsourcing (GDO)

Xerox has appointed Joseph Hanania as the head of Global Document Outsourcing (GDO) Services Business Group. Hanania will oversee the ongoing global strategy, deployment and direction of Xerox’s MPS business and will report directly to Mike Feldman, president, Large Enterprise Operations, Xerox.  “Joseph is committed to growing our market share by creating a competitive advantage through product and service innovation, customer service excellence and optimized business processes,” said Mike

Icon displays wall decoration

Icon Advertising held a four-day event at two of the leading malls in Dubai, in partnership with Alphagraphics for Digital Printing Solutions to showcase its customized wall decorations designed for both homes and businesses in the UAE.

The products being showcased included material that is eco-friendly, water-fixable, washable, easy to maintain, fire resistant, long-lasting and simple to remove.

“At Icon, we offer unique, decorative, customizable wallpaper, curtains, floors, carpet, glass or

Fastsigns opened their 1st centre in UAE to keep them growing

Fastsigns, the leading international sign, graphics and visual communications brand which has over 575 centres worldwide, has opened its  first centre in Dubai and plans are afoot to have presence in nine more locations across the UAE over the next five years. They have planned to open a one more branch in UAE before the end of this year in Abu Dhabi. The company plans to open upwards of 50 locations each year for the next three to five years across the globe, entering 10 new markets.


Saga Digital joined through their partner in the Fespa Cologne 2015

Saga Digital the elongated period attendee from 2000 has partaken again in Fespa, Cologne 2015 through the associated partners.

Speaking about the event, Abdallah Ghalayini, managing director from Saga Digital, added, “Obviously Fespa is now absorbed more towards the digital printing as compared to the past editions. We now see more of viable printers that can replace conventional higher volume needs, and not simply the short run needs of the conventional printers. Garment printing and

Epson launches industrial, colour label printer

Epson announced the launch of ColorWorks C7500, a colour label printer which has been developed to help manufacturers meet on-demand, customised labelling requirements.

“With the C7500 manufacturers can now produce outstanding quality, individually-customised colour labels in-house, on-demand, at a low cost per label and without the costs associated with producing and stocking pre-printed labels for secondary overprinting,” says David Spratt, head of business systems, Epson. “It is the

Heidelberg is plotting growth strategy for the future

Heidelberg is pledging a “return to growth” in the future, despite posting sales down 4% for 2014/2015 including a 15-month contribution from Gallus.

Chief executive Gerold Linzbach stated that after the extensive cost-cutting restructuring measures of the past three years: “We are doing everything to ensure that the restructuring story turns into a growth story again.”

The firm also gave a hint about its upcoming Drupa launches, and said that it was “intensifying” its joint venture with

Multicolour invested in Anapurna from Agfa

Dubai based Multicolour Printing Press installed the UV printing machine Anapurna M3200i from Agfa which is a high-speed 3.2 meter-wide roll-to-roll UV-inkjet printer where they are the first to purchase this in UAE.

Speaking about the investment, Kazi Mohammed Faisal, director from Multicolour, commented, “Well we knew that we were going to invest in a product that comes from a company which was established well in the market through their quality of products over the years with a

Blue Rhine’s seminar on premium German solutions for print media

Blue Rhine in collaboration with Aslan, the specialist for self adhesive films and Tesa, specialists in high performance tapes, conducted a three session product seminar on premium German solutions for the digital print industry, on June 09, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. During the session, the partakers were familiarized to some of the world’s smartest solutions for the digital print industry and had the opportunity for interacting with René Bourgeois, key account manager, Aslan and

Printwell installs Xerox’s iGen4 to expand its digital services

Dubai based Printwell Printing Press installs the Xerox’s iGen4 diamond edition to provide more solutions to customers.

Speaking about the machine features and the investment, Zayed Bin Shams, director from Printwell Printing Press, commented, “This iGen4 comes with the Fiery which can provide world-class colour with workflow tools that put you in command. In addition, productivity starts with a faster RIP on a secure environment to get the colour right. The Xerox iGen4 Diamond Edition

Jacky’s received good response from Gulf Print

Jacky’s launched the HP Scitex FB750 printer for the first time in GCC region and globally launched the HP Latex 370 printer in the Gulf Print & Pack.

Speaking about the event, Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer, commented, “We have participated in the Gulf Print after a small break and the event went well for us in all terms. The demand for the flatbed printers has become high and that’s why we have launched the HP flatbed FB750 which has several unique features where it can print

Grafik Machinery installs second UV curing system in Dubai

Grafik Machinery has announced the installation of its second UV curing system and an automatic sheet stacker in Dubai. The UV curing system has been installed on Desco’s Presstek 34 DI digital printing machine. This is Grafik’s fourth overseas installation in the last 12 months.

Desco is a 32+ print centre company, manned by 200 proficient staff in the UAE and Canada. “Desco was facing problems with printing jobs on special papers and found a solution in UV ink. With Grafik UV drier and

Printex Printing Press invests in Heidelberg's 5 colour machine

Dubai based Printex Printing Press invested in the Heidelberg's CD 102 5 colour plus coater.

Speaking about the investment, N Kumar, managing director of Printex Printing Press, commented, “Earlier we were using the four colour machine where the performance was immensely good which made us to invest in this 5 colour machine. Since, we are expanding this investment will boost our packaging and commercial division. The machine comes with the separate chiller unit which will be helpful to get

Epson showcased their printers at Retail show

Epson has launched their industrial colour label printer TM-C7500 for the first time in Dubai at The Retail Show. Along with this they have showcased their intelligent receipt printers, TM-DT series, TM-P20, TM-P60II, TM-P80, TM-C3500, and many more. Manufacturers can now reliably and cost-effectively meet their in-house labelling needs with outstanding speed and quality. The C7500 can also help eliminate the costs associated with pre-printing by producing short-run, customized labels

HP unveils new flagship latex printers at Fespa in Cologne

HP has launched two new flagship 3.2m-wide Latex printers at Fespa and revealed details of a new Scitex flatbed press, the 17000, targeted at corrugated applications.

The six-colour, 1,200 dpi HP Latex 3500 can produce 180sqm/hr in two-pass billboard mode down to 27sqm/hr in 18-pass backlit mode and can handle rolls up to 300kg. It uses 10 litre-ink cartridges.

While the HP Latex 3100 boasts the same speeds and output quality, it uses 5l ink cartridges and can only handle rolls up to

Over 11,000 visitors from 110 countries at Gulf Print & Pack

Gulf Print & Pack 2015 welcomed 11,918 visitors from 110 nations said its organisers. Hosted between 13th-16th April at Dubai World Trade Center, the show was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director general of Dubai Information Department and featured over 300 exhibitors including: Afra, Bobst, Emirates Trans Graphics, Giffin Graphics, Heidelberg, Kodak, Nilpeter, Omet, Prati, Prestige Graphics Trading and Xerox.

Among the numerous deals done during the show were 

Robert Neon invests in the Acorta from Agfa

Sharjah based sign manufacturing company is the first one in the UAE to install the Acorta machine from Agfa. 

Talking about the investment and features, Sevag Hayrabedian, general manager from Robert Neon, commented, “We always believe in the brand and that is why we purchase most of the machines from Agfa. Earlier in 2013, we have invested in the Agfa’s Titan and after seeing their support we invested again with Agfa for this Acorta machine. Some of the features are, it has a cutting speed

Canon launches desktop scanner for documents

Canon Middle East has announced the launch of the new imageFORMULA DR-C240 desktop workgroup scanner which operates at speeds of up to 45ppm/ 90ipm and can handle workloads of up to 4,000 scans per day. With a 60-sheet ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) larger batches can be processed in one go says Canon, including ultra-thin paper (from 27gsm) to passports up to 4mm thick, removing the need for a separate flatbed scanner.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East said: “Our

Eiffel Printing Press invests in cut- sheet digital press from Ricoh

Sharjah based Eiffel Printing Press were the first to buy the cut sheet digital press - ProTM C7100X made by Ricoh - introduced in the region by Giffin Graphics for the first time during Gulf Print and Pack.

Explaining the factors which tilted their decision in favour of Ricoh, Arun Das-Eiffel Printing Press said: "The Ricoh press is a high quality production machine 4800 dpi VCSEL laser, with the 5th Station  providing printing with clear and white toner, printing on colour and speciality

Heidelberg unveiled Linoprint CV during the Gulf Print & Pack

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (Heidelberg) was established in the year 1850 and has been a major provider and partner for the global printing industry for many years participated at the Gulf Print & Pack. 

Sheikh Hasher unveiled the Heidelberg Linoprint CV machine during the show, which represented the official launch of Heidelberg digital lineup in the Middle East. Live demonstrations on the stand attracted the crowd and raised the Linoprint CV to a different level. In