Security Printing Press established in capital of Qatar

The Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani inaugurated the new security printing press building of the Ministry in June this year.
Government officials, bank officials in the country and MoI Department directors attended the function. Addressing the ceremony, director of the Logistics Department of the Ministry, Brig Eng Abdul Azeez Abdullah Al Ansari said, “The security printing press project is a quantum leap from the world of field security to

Classic Printing expands short run capability with new buy

Established in 1995, Classic Printing has invested AED 160,000 for the new perfect binder from Heidelberg, the EB 600.
Says O. V. Rajan, director of Classic Printing, “We trust the reputation of Heidelberg, which influenced our decision of buying a perfect binder from Heidelberg.
“The Eurobind is a 1 clamp machine, operating at 600 cycles per hour. This machine is perfect for short run jobs, besides having a short and easy set up and installation time of 2 days; and ease of operation.  Only one

Sharjah Expo Centre announces new biennial Print Pack show

Expo Centre Sharjah has tied up with Indian Printing & Allied Machinery Association for hosting a new printing & packing show in April next year.
Slated to be hosted between 7th-10th April 2014, the Sharjah event hopes to provide a platform for the regional printing and packaging industries, which according to the organisers is expected to ‘touch US$11 billion by 2015’ in the region.
The agreement was signed in July this year, in the presence of Saif Al Midfa, director general-Expo Centre

Kimoha invests in 3rd narrow web label press from Gallus

Label and tag converters Kimoha has invested in its third narrow web label press from Gallus, the ECS 340 flexo press often called ‘granite press’ since it is made up of granite.
Expressing satisfaction with the working of the press, Kimoha’s managing director Vinesh Bhimani says, “It is because we were completely satisfied with the performance of the machine we previously owned for 2 years, that we have placed an order for the third label press. There is no question of overcapacity, since the

Al Ghurair invests €65k for hologram machine

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing purchased the Radus SV360 HP3 – sheetfed hologram stamping machine from Secure Print on the 1st day of Gulf Print exhibition.
Says Lakshmanan Ganapathy, GM, Al Ghurair Printing: "We chose to invest in this machine since it was competitively priced and available immediately.  Besides which, it is made in Germany.  Security printing in UAE was mainly handled by narrow web printers in the past. We have ventured into secure documents production using sheet fed

Gallus ICS 670 brings in new volume of work for Al Mawrid

Sharjah-based Al Mawrid has invested €4.5 million last drupa, for a Gallus ICS 670 press to manufacture folding cartons in a bid to expand the company’s printed packaging offering to new market sectors.
According to T.K Babukutty, general manager of Al Mawrid, the Gallus has attracted a volume of new work, in addition to improving production efficiency on existing jobs.  “It is capable of high quality print, whether running UV or water- based flexo inks.”  
“To date, we have seen commercial run

Kodak: ‘Together to the Top’ with partners

Kodak underlined its commitment to its Middle Eastern, African, Russian and East European partners at its ‘annual Kick-Off event’ in Dubai which took place on 26 – 27 March at The Palace, Downtown.
    More than 38 partners from 30 countries attended the two-day event, the agenda comprised presentations on Kodak’s latest solutions for key sectors, including pre-press, packaging, commercial and publishing. Kodak experts also discussed the trends shaping these markets, and how its partners can

‘I was surprised and happy to receive the award’- Dr Ahmad

Chairman of Modern Printing Press, Dr. Ahmad Al Shaikh expressed surprise and pleasure on receiving the ‘Personality of the Year’ award at DIPA this year.
“I am honoured to receive this accolade from the print fraternity. However, I would like to add that this is a result of team work. Without the support of my team, I would not have reached these heights.”
Dr. Shaikh was chairman of Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) for 10 years, before he voluntarily relinquished his position two years ago

German Press buys machines worth AED 500,000 at GPP ‘13

German Press, Kuwait had bought a Horizon AFC-744-RFU Folding Machine and a Guillotine Itotec eRC 115 DX. The total worth of the investment is half million dirhams.
  The machines are distributed by Prestige Graphics based in Dubai at Gulf Print and Pack which was held in Dubai in April 2013.
Huzefa Petladi, managing director said, “Both machines are manufactured by Japanese technology. The machines are precision based in production, their performance is equal to the

Gulf Print hosts 300 exhibitors and over 9000 visitors

Recording almost 15% increase in visitor numbers over the last edition, Gulf Print and Pack 2013, welcomed 9,408 visitors from 93 countries from Middle East and North Africa during the 4-day event hosted at Dubai World Trade Center, between 8 -11 April.
According to the organisers, there was a marked rise in visitor numbers from Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey, with the overall attendance from outside the United Arab Emirates adding up to about 48% of the total visitor turnout.
Gulf Print was

Dubai Int’l Print Awards 2013 marked a night of celebration

Printing and Publishing Group in collaboration with Dubai Chamber hosted the 7th edition of Dubai International Print Awards on 9th April at Madinat Jumeirah.
“We have a significant increase in the number of competing companies. 46 printing houses, 6 new companies enrolled for the first time in DIPA 13 and this is an achievement I believe,” said Mazen Haj, Chairman,PPG “Invest in people not only in machines and then see the results,” he adds.
Printers and publishers were judged in 26 categories

AST invested $1 m for 2 Kodak NeXpress 3300

AST Digital Press based in UAE has made an investment of  USD 1 million to purchase 2 units of Kodak’s NeXpress Gold.
Talking to  PrintWeek MEA, M.G. Ittan, director of AST said, “Kodak is a reliable brand. The prime reason behind the investment is that some of our jobs are being outsourced. I want everything done in-house and also to increase my company’s inventory and capacity as the clients demands are on a hike. So, this high quality digital printer with a speed of 110 A4 pages per minute

Delta Printing Press highlights expansion plans

Delta Printing Press, a subsidiary of the Delta Group of Companies held a conference on 24th April at Shangri-la hotel Dubai to highlight  expansion in UAE and beyond.
Delta Group, in collaboration with Kumar Labels, a leading label printing solution provider headquartered in New Delhi, India will set up a flexography unit in the UAE. The new company, named Delta & Kumar Labels LLC, will provide flexography solutions. Their other endeavours include marketing office in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Canon participates in Gulf Print & Pack 2013 with largest ever presence

Canon Middle East will be participating in this year’s Gulf Print & Pack show with its largest ever presence. The 1000 m² Canon stand (Hall 3, Stand E1), which will also incorporate Océ as part of the Canon Group, is the largest exhibitor and gold sponsor at the show.
“Canon’s focus at Gulf Print & Pack 2013 will be on helping commercial printers actively use their digital investments as a catalyst to accelerate their business growth by providing them with research and insight into what

Dubai based XPLUS installs Fujifilm Acquity Advance 3545

XPLUS, a marketing and sales promotion company based in Dubai, installed Fujifilm Acquity Advance 3545 purchased at the SGI event in January 2013.
The AED 1 million investment  was done for meeting the growing demands of the market. Nidhal Jaber, managing director of XPLUS said, “Speed and diversity of applications that can be obtained from this machine. It provides us a competitive advantage in the market with respect to applications that can be applied on the ground.”
 “We have done a

Moving towards zero fault packaging : Bobst

Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) in association with Bobst Group hosted  a seminar for the printing industry.  The topic of discussion was “Moving to/or Improving Your Packaging Skills.”
The seminar was held in Dubai on 25th March and attended by printing professionals from across the Emirates. It enlightened commercial printing companies about packaging and how to diversify their capabilities.
   Sandro Gubinelli, technical marketing manager for Bobst explained the ultracompetitive and

Third edition of Paper World saw 270 exhibitors this year


Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed inaugurated the third edition of Paper World hosted at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 5th-7th March 2013. A total of 270 exhibitors from 39 countries participated in the expo.
“The third edition of Paper World saw a 25% increase in exhibition space from UAE based exhibitors,” said Michael Dehn, group exhibitions director of Epoc Messe Frankfurt Group. “We had first time exhibitors from Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, France, Hongkong

Chinese manufacturer ventures into MEA

Chinese manufacturer of CtP plates, Lucky Huaguang Graphics has decided to venture into Middle East and Africa to market their CtP Violet plates, Processless plates, Flexo plates and CtP Thermal plates through their marketing arm Lucky Films Middle East.
Lucky Huaguang has seven PS and CtP plate production lines and an annual capacity of 65,000,000 m2 (65 Million sq. m). It is the largest state-owned enterprise that can manufacture offset printing plates, graphic-arts film and flexo resin

Bin Omair Printing Press in Ajman installs H’berg CD LX

Ajman-based Bin Omair Printing Press Installs 5 Colour Heidelberg CD-102-LX to increase the production capacity at the press.
Mohammed Abdul Rahaman managing director of Bin Omair said, “Heidelberg provides good services and the machine works to expectations. We  already have three Heidelberg machines in our press and   are satisfied with their performances. The Speedmaster CD 102 combines convenient automation with straightforward operation.”
The deal for the speedmaster was signed in May

Reprotronics invests in HD flexo and starts new line of metal plate etching

Dubai-based, pre-press specialist Reprotronics have  invested in HD Flexo technology from Esko Graphics.  Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Sebastian Lonth said: "This technology combines inline UV digital main exposure inside the Cyrel Digital Flexo plate imager (CDI) with innovative HD imaging and screening technology.
"Full HD Flexo extends the boundaries of flexo printing by enabling the formation of different dot structures in one single plate. The combination of smooth highlight

Explore the revenue from both digital and print

WAN-IFRA’s 8th Middle East Conference took place in J.W. Marriot Hotel, Dubai  on 26th & 27th February 2013.

Titled ‘The Sky is Not the Limit, successful strategies for media houses” commenced with the introductory speech of the WAN-IFRA, President, Jacob Mathew, “The news paper industry is experiencing an unparalleled change and the publishers are striving hard to leave no stone untouched to transform their business and strive in the ecosystem of multimedia publishing,” he continues

Successful SGI 2013 showcases digital technology innovations

As expected, the 16th edition of Sign and Graphics Imaging Show 2013 was termed as a 'successful event' by most of the exhibitors. About 400 participants from 30 nations, exhibited their wares to a technology hungry print fraternity.
According to the organisers, approximately 10,000 visitors from 70 nations, including GCC, the wider Middle East region and South Asia arrived for the 3-day event hosted at Dubai World Trade Center from 20-22 January this year.
Muna Almarri, director general of the

Dubai Int'l Print Award to be held on 9th April

The seventh edition of Dubai International Print Awards will take place
on 9th of April at Madinat Jumeirah (Johara Ballroom), Dubai.  This announcement was made
by the chairman of Printing and Publishing Group (PPG), Mazen Haj.
Haj said: "We expect an increase in participation over last year, when we received 900 entries from 8 countries. This year, we expect over 1000 entries from the Middle East, India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Egypt and Tunisia.  Besides, this is also the election year

Al Bony increases automation at its plant through SM 52-2 buy

Sharjah-based Al Bony Printing Press has invested in   Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52-2.
With a production speed of 15,000 sheets/hour, the 2 colour sheetfed offset machine is equipped with an automated feeder and central suction tape suitable for a range of substrates.
"We have always trusted Heidelberg and its technology, and the fact that all five machines in our press are from Heidelberg proves the same"     says Babu Varghese, managing director of Al Bony printing press.
He continues, "The

Printech back on track after major fire at DIP

Dubai based distributor, Printech Middle East faced a major fire  at their new 10,500 sq.ft warehouse in DIP in November, 2012.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, director, Pankaj Patel said: "The fire broke out at a neighbouring warehouse and then spread rapidly to our warehouse because of the wind direction. Our warehouse caught fire due to rock-wool used as insulation in the ceiling. Nine out of 10 interconnected warehouses in a compound were affected.Although we had civil defence approval and basic

Al-Borj enters the signage market with new machines

Sharjah-based distributor, Al Borj Machinery has taken an exclusive distributorship from Gerber Innovations, USA for all of GCC, Jordan and East African countries.

Sharjah-based distributor, Al Borj Machinery has taken an exclusive distributorship from Gerber Innovations, USA for all of GCC, Jordan and East African countries.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, senior manager at Al Borj, Nasir Ali Shah said: "We have a complete package. We can offer automated cutting hardware for the design, die making and

Expansion and upgrading at Kwality to focus on packaging

Dubai-based printer, Kwality Printing and Stationery has revamped its
press shop with 3 machines.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, director, H.M.Bhatia said: "We made the
investment looking at market which is developing and by 2013 we should be
out of recession. We have invested AED 15 million recently including a
55,000 sq.ft. space in DIP and machines."

Company has invested in pre-owned Roland 700, five colour with coater, a
Stahl 32 page folder and sheeter from Fuji which has a capacity of 10 mt
per day

Gulf Print & Pack 2013 to be held between 8th-11th April in Dubai

The official launch of Gulf Print and Pack (8th to 11th April 2013) took place at Al Bustan Rotana hotel, on 5th November 2012 in Dubai.



Senior people from the printing and packaging industry participated in a panel discussion on identification of new business opportunities in the MENA region and requirements of export market.

Roger Pellow, managing director-Gulf Print & Pack, addressed the event with an overview of the previous editions and gave a global outlook towards market

Labelco International invests AED 4 m for 8 colour Gallus

Sharjah based Labelco International increase capacity through its 8-colour Gallus buy. The machine has been installed in their premises in SAIF zone and is being currently used for sampling purposes.
Says director Imran Hussein, "We are in talks with our clients and expect our first job in 2 weeks.  The Gallus has various value add features like lamination, cold foiling, screen printing and gives a lot more in terms of finishing options, which tilted our decision in its favour.  We noticed a gap

Pl Benford UV gains 1st ever UAE agent, Giffin

Benford UV has appointed Abu Dhabi-based Giffin Graphics as its first ever agent directly dealing with customers in the Gulf region.
Giffin will sell Benford UV’s full range of UV, IR and hot air drying systems as well as lamps and spares for all makes of drying system. The agent will supply Benford UV’s products into its existing geographical markets, which include the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Benford UV sales and marketing’s Ron Ryan said: “We have got a few customers in the