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

Falcon Press receives ‘Frog Award’ from Eska Graphic Board

Commercial printers Falcon Printing Press received the “Frog Award” from paper manufacturers Eska.  Awards are given by Eska in 4 categories - books, stationery, luxury packaging and miscellaneous.

Sales manager Robert Zwart, Eska Graphic Board       said: “Our board is made from 100% recycled paper- it is PEFC certified.  As a company we produce 250,000 tonnes of board which is supplied to over 100 countries. The Middle East is our main region and we work closely with Gimpex and their

5th edition of Paper World ME attracts over 6000 visitors

Paperworld Middle East 2015 drew in 6,375 trade visitors and buyers from 105 countries with the 299 exhibitors from 40 countries covering 5,300 sqm of exhibition space – an 18 per cent increase over 2014. The 5th edition of the three day event was officially opened by Sami Al Qamzi, director general of Dubai Department of Economic Development.

UAE’s finest gift wrapper shares spotlight with Dubai’s most eco-friendly and creative school at Paperworld Middle East. Leah Angulo Gedtal from

Konica Minolta launches bizhub C1100 series with Juma Al Majid in UAE

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East FZE launches the bizhub PRESS C1100 and C1085 with Juma Al Majid in UAE. Jumal Al Majid has organized the event at their Dubai branch where several printing presses and media persons attended it. The two new digital colour production printers were globally launched in the last year. 

During the event they have arranged a live demo to show the competence of the machine following the product description. The machines were showcased with several

OKI to exhibit 5 colour, A3 digital printer at expo

OKI has announced that it will display its ‘industry’s first 5-colour, A3 digital LED printer - ES9541’ at this year’s Gulf Print and Pack exhibition. According to OKI, this printer offers ‘affordable’ spot colour in white or clear gloss UV for short-run, digital, print-on-demand performance.

OKI will also exhibit the ES9431 digital printer for the first time in the Middle East.  The printer is suitable for for creative agencies and design teams where producing concepts that are as close to

Transcon General Trading exhibits in the Gulf Print & Pack

Transcon General Trading LLC was incorporated in UAE from 2003 to provide a total solution to the printing industry - offset and digital, other material and services - in UAE, Qatar, Oman and Africa, is going to participate in the Gulf Print & Pack.

Talking about their participation, Anoop Nair, DGM for technical support & procurement commented, “In the event we will demonstrate our strength in technical products from Technova (India) whom we represent from our inception, Siegwerk

SAGA sold the 1st MTEX 5032 Pro in the region

Saga Digital JLT disclosed  that Right Concepts Advertising, a company based in Dubai, has become the first in the Middle East to install an MTEX 5032 Pro Textile Printer.

Thomas Biju, CEO of Right Concepts Advertising commented after witnessing the MEA debut of this version of the high-quality direct sublimation printing solution during the SGI Dubai 2015 Exhibition, "With a very sturdy construction and uninterrupted printing we found the right machine for our bulk printing requirement. The

Ali Alhashemi installs the first 6th generation Basysprint UV in UAE

Sharjah based Al Sidra Printing Press has installed the first 6th generation Basysprint UV platesetter (CTCP) in the UAE by Belgium manufacturer, Basysprint through Ali Alhashemi Trading Company.

Joji Joseph, the owner of Al Sidra Printing commented, “We are now one of the leading printing presses in the UAE. Before buying the plate setter, we have studied the equipment very well for each and every aspect. With this new investment, we are now able to produce between 400 to 500 plates every

Imprint PP invests in MBO's folding machine

Ajman based Imprint Printing Press has invested in MBO B30E-R folding machine with delivery unit A76 from Dynagraph.

Talking about the reason behind the investment, Sam Michael, general manager at Imprint Printing Press, commented, “A government sector company came to us with the unique requirement where the product should have knife as well as zig-zag folding. We approached many printing presses with this requirement but nobody could aid us. Since, the requirement is 2 million folds we

Presstek extends their long relationship with AGE Graphics

Presstek was founded in 1987 and they offer environment responsible products to the industry have extended their 10 plus years relationship with AGE Graphics. Also, they are strengthening their association with the DI technology throughout the Gulf region.

Talking about the plans and DI technology, Jack Dean, sales manager from Presstek, commented, “Presstek 34DI and 52DI models feature Zero Transfer Printing (ZTP), in which all four colours are printed on a sheet without transfer between

Pearl Printing purchases post press machinery from Afra

Dubai based Pearl Printing Press has invested in the Morgana Digibook 300 PUR Binder from Afra International.

Speaking about the investment, Sanjoy Noronha, MD at Pearl Printing Press, commented, “We are confident with Afra’s ability to always deliver on service when required and it has been a major factor for this purchase. Also, Morgana is a known brand that has consistently delivered on quality and most of our post press machineries are from Afra. Finally, this will enable us to offer

Ricoh unveils MFP’s for MEA

Ricoh has announced the launch of a range of multi-function printers for MEA region - suitable for offices.

Ahmed Kamal, regional sales head for Middle East & Africa at Ricoh’s International Division, said: “At Ricoh, we are significantly ramping up our presence and suite of offerings in the Middle East and Africa region, and we are driving this with our recent range of game-changing printers for home and office use. Innovations and buzzwords such as Wi-Fi, mobility, and green constitute a

Bobst to premiere their two new products at Gulf Print and Pack

BOBST will premiere the Novacut 106 ER - its brand new die-cutter for in-line die-cutting with blank separation - at Gulf Print & Pack 2015 in Dubai, as well as showcasing a folder-gluer line with Braille embossing capable of producing up to 115,000 boxes per hour. By bringing together Bobst die-cutting technology, the Angle Lock blanking tool system and the Bobst process support network, the new Novacut 106 ER gives packaging makers access to integrated and automated production that also

Epson showcases latest Ink Tank System printers in the UAE

Epson showcased its latest range of ITS printers at an event held in UAE, Dubai. Epson’s ink tank enables users to keep their printing costs low, increase productivity and reduce downtime. The purpose-built ink tank is fully integrated into the printer so users can enjoy reliable colour printing without the mess or hassle often associated with non-genuine refills and third-party ink tank systems.

Khalil El-Dalu, GM, Epson Middle East, says: “Using replacement ink bottles, it’s possible to

SGI Dubai ‘15 hosts over 12,000 trade visitors from 78 nations visitors from 78 countries

International Expo Consults (IEC) organizers of Sign and Graphics Imaging show announced that the 2015 event attracted over 12,781 trade visitors from 78 countries during the 3 days the show was held (January 11th-13th) at the Dubai World Trade Center. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, directorgeneral of Dubai Government Media Office inaugurated the show.

“We are delighted to state that SGI Dubai 2015 show has grown by approximately 20 percent this year. The industry in the Middle East is growing at a

Express Printing Press goes digital with their Ricoh machine

Express Printing Press and Arts  has invested in the Ricoh Pro C5100S Colour Production system, which was delivered and commissioned by Giffin Graphics, Ricoh’s agent in UAE and beyond.

Speaking about the investment and features, Abdul Rahman, managing director of Express Printing Press LLC, added, “This new investment by us is another indication of the high demand for digital presses in the region. The new Ricoh Pro C5100S series is equipped with VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting

Agfa uses SGI for global launch of Acorta finishing machine

Agfa Graphics participated at the Sign and Graphics Imaging Show with its full portfolio of products ranging from the RIP over print (printing machinery) to cutting (finishing machinery). The manufacturer used SGI as the global launch pad for its automatic cutting and finishing plotter Acorta.

 The Acorta cutter (cutting speed of 102 m/min) helps sign and display printers turn printed rigid and flexible media into finished decoration, containers and banners.

Commenting on Agfa Graphics’

Brother showcased the possibility in the textile

Brother Int. Gulf established in 1991, operates as the Regional headquarter and their parent company is Brother International Ltd. They work with authorized distributors across the Middle East, Levant and significant parts of the African continent, including South Africa. 

Speaking about the event, Heiner Rupperath, product manager industrial printing machine market from Brother, Germany, commented, “This is the first exhibition in the calendar year so we are happy to participate in SGI and

Xerox ME hosts EMEA partner conference in Dubai confeconference in Dubai


Xerox Middle East hosted its annual EMEA partner conference on 21st-22nd January at JW Marriot Marquis in Dubai.

Over 150 Xerox staffmembers, including the Xerox developing markets President, partners representing over 89 countries from across Middle East, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe participated at the event.

“One of our main objectives of 2015 is to seek partnerships that will strengthen our value proposition to our customers in the region. We are focusingon new direction and

Printex has invested in multiple post-press machines from Afra




Printex Printing Press LLC has invested in post press machines like Italian Machine Petratto–Metro 105 Multi-Purpose Folder Gluer and Multi creaser from Afra Printing Equipment Trading LLC.

“Our goal was to have complete personalized tailored solutions machine for Folder Gluing and Taping jobs promptly, and eliminate queuing of manual jobs in the post press,” said N. Kumar, managing director of Printex. “Now, with this machine we could finish high quality envelopes, folders

Magic Touch unleashes WOW 7.7 transfer media

Magic Touch Advertising, Dubai unleashes WOW 7.7 TheMagicTouch transfer media with TMT enhanced white toner printer, a revelation in the heat transfer printing industry.

Adrian Vangunster, MD at Magic Touch said, “The launch of WOW 7.7 transfer media along with TMT enhanced C711WT–white toner printer has opened up endless opportunities in the heat transfer printing arena for dark fabrics & substrates. Further, the custom-made space control utility software gives the ease in controlling

Alpha Printing has purchased Welbound’s binding machine

Dubai based Alpha Printing Press, FZ-LLC has invested in Welbound Pur Bind Ultra CF-Single clamp PUR binding machine with online cover feeder and auto setups.

Speaking about the features and the reason for opting this brand, Oomman Varkey, director at Alpha, said, “Welbound are now most acceptable post press machine brand in Middle East market and is well acceptable and value for money is there. Also, we came to know that they are selling machines in Europe. Apart from this, we are using

Universal Flexible has invested in Y-NISSI model from Alpha Roto

Universal Flexible Packaging Ind FZC has bought Y-NISSI model machine from Alpha Roto Machines Pvt Ltd, India. 

Speaking about the machine features, Sudin Gopinath, general manager at Universal Flexible Packaging, “The machine is completely controlled through HMI touch panel and is driven with individual drives. Due to its first class synchronization system, any error will be displayed on the screen immediately with alarm facility to allow optimum safety. Maintenance is very low and if

Heidelberg slims losses, but signals further restructuring

Heidelberg has made two further acquisitions – in consumables and software – but further restructuring is on the cards at the manufacturer’s core printing press operations.

The group announced the purchases of Belgian press consumables manufacturer Blueprint Products, and German web-to-print and multi-channel publishing software firm Neo7even, along with its half-year results. It has been working with both businesses for some time.

Recent pronouncements by chief executive Gerold Linzbach

Verseidag opens a new branch in Sharjah to thrive communication

Verseidag MENA has opened a new branch in SAIF Zone, Sharjah for their Seemee department where they do indoor/outdoor process for media materials. 

Speaking about the branch Malakeh N. Al Hussien, sales manager at Verseidag said, “This expansion will enable us to serve better over the Gulf and African region as well as in Iran and the Indian subcontinents. Since, the branch is located in UAE, this will allow us to thrive the communication process with our customers. In addition, this branch

Classic Printing has invested in Heidelberg A-106 Suprasetter

Sharjah based Classic Printing Press has bought a Heidelberg A-106 Suprasetter machine. 

Speaking about the machine and the industry, Jithin Rajan, CEO of Classic Printing Press said, “We have been having a relationship with Heidelberg from 2007 that made us to opt this machine and mainly their quality of service was good. Few of the reasons which made us to buy this because this almost reduced half of our running time and the maintenance factor is also good. Earlier, we have been using

Smart Color has invested in multiple Heidelberg machines

Dubai based Smart Color Printing Press has bought the  Heidelberg Speedmaster 52-4.

Speaking about the machine, Mohammed Al Najjar, owner of Smart Color, “Heidelberg is well known for it’s best quality machines, the first one to produce a very reliable kinds of machines for printing. Some of the features of this machine that made us more interested to choose for investments are it’s capability to print in all kinds of paper, and even if you run it for more than 24 hours the quality of the

Workz completes $1 m upgrade to facility

Workz has invested $1 million to upgrade its scratch card printing facility in Dubai. The investment will allow Workz to increase running speeds by 30% and subsequently boost its production capacity to over 150 million cards per month, announced the manufacturer. 

The upgrade comprises of multiple enhancements including a new UV inkjet variable data printer, additional inline print stations and card wrapping machines as well as camera and data verification upgrades. The custom-built, 40

OKI celebrates 30th anniversary in EMEA region

OKI Europe is celebrating 30 years of its presence in the Europe, Middle East and African printer market.
Tributes were paid to employees who have worked for the organisation since it was established in Europe 30 years ago. OKI’s partner in Greece, CPI, was also honoured for their dedication and 25-year-long partnership with OKI.
“We are incredibly proud of OKI’s significant contribution to the EMEA printer market over the last 30 years and the major product breakthroughs we have achieved,”

HP enters 3D printing market with its Multi Jet Fusion system

HP has ported its thermal inkjet know-how into a new 3D printing system that will be able to produce objects more than a metre wide.

Its new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing systems uses the same modular thermal inkjet heads that are used in everything from HP desktop printers to the T-series high-speed Color Inkjet Web presses.

A conceptual design of the 3D systems that HP unveiled alongside a new “blended reality” desktop product, Sprout, that is potentially of interest to packaging and