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

Chinese manufacturer Pantum will expand into MENA with new partners

Chinese printer manufacturer Pantum (part of the Seine Technology group) will enter the MENA market with laser printers.

Alex Li, vice president of overseas market and sales said, "ME is the most strategic region for Pantum. We will establish distributorships in all countries, especially Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. We are also in the process of setting up offices in Dubai and Johannesburg, currently finishing certain legal processes, as a long term commitment to the region and

Farook Stationery installs the first SX52-4H in the region

Dubai-based Farook International Stationery has invested in SX 52-4H from Heidelberg, the first of such machine to be purchased in the region.

Says Farook Rahimtulla, president, Farook International Stationery, “The decision to invest in the new SX machine was made based on the reputation of Heidelberg as a manufacturer of high quality products. The machine is capable of high speed production, consistent quality, easy change over of plates and has many add-on features such as envelope

Spectrum buys digital printer Ricoh Pro C901


Digital printers Spectrum invested in the graphics arts edition printer, Ricoh Pro C901, purchased from distributors Giffin Graphics.




Ramzi Razian, managing director of Spectrum said,"We studied this printer at Drupa and as a production printing press, the C901 can print on substrates from 100 to 320 gsm. Also, another factor that influenced our decision is Giffin Graphics, which we know will back the printer with good after-sales service. The Ricoh C901 has a production

Adobe launches software with special features


The newly launched Middle East edition of CS6 features new UIs (User Interface), fonts, diacritical positioning and justification alternates.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, business development manager at Adobe Systems, Joe Karkour said: “The new edition has new features that will help the printers to create, distribute, monetize, and optimize engaging Arabic content. CS6 has introduced two new fonts for Arabic (Myriad Arabic and Adobe Naskh), improved the existing basic font - Adobe Arabic -

President of Seiko Epson backs Middle East markets

Usui said: "This region is an important growth destination for Epson's global expansion plans and we are fully committed to deliver technology solutions that satisfy the expectations of our customers in the Middle East. The region continues to open exciting opportunities to innovate and grow our market share. My visit underlines Epson's enthusiasm to meet our strategic partners and customers in the region to interact with them and to better understand their concerns and unique requirements

Heidelberg exit raises Ipex 2014 concerns; 'could return in 2018'

The withdrawal of the German press manufacturer is the second body blow to Ipex in two months following HP's decision not to exhibit at the event, meaning the 2010 show's two largest exhibitors will be absent from the 2014 iteration.

"This Heidelberg's decision was quite a shock for us and wasn't something we were expecting," said Informa Exhibitions managing director Peter Hall.

"But trade shows are a constant reflection of the industry and I think we would have been naive to think every Ipex

Digital printers Col.Art celebrate anniversary

Rajesh Kutty, general manager said, "To be in the industry for 20 long years, and still growing, is in itself a mile stone. Moreover, a mere 300 sq. feet office with 3 staff in the year 1992, has now grown to a 150 employee organization, which in itself is an achievement. We have grown from a single table screen printing unit to a full fledged print house (Liberty Printing Press) with the most modern machinery. Our office space now is a 40000 square feet floor area. Adding feathers to our

Liberty Printing Press invests AED 750,000 in upgradation

Says operations manager and son of owner, Manish Mukundan, "Presstek's collaboration with Kodak in the pre press division influenced our decision and our good relations with Jaykrishna of Presstek. We also looked at violet technology in CTP, though we were skeptical about this technology in lithography front.

"2012 has been a really good year for us and so its no surprise that our firm planned to increase investments. Our pre press department needed that boost, and with this new investment, we

MACtac announces 'Innovation Awards' to UAE digital printers

MACtac, the substrate manufacturer and its regional distributor, Al Shabak General Trading organised the 'The MACtac Innovative awards' at Hotel Le Meridian in Dubai.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, sales manager, Govind Unni said: "The MACtac innovative Awards started in 2004 and were created to display high impact Visual communications works produced using MACtac self-adhesive products. The awards contribute to the development of the sector worldwide decorative application specialists, advertising

Canon ME opens its new-dedicated business solutions showroom in UAE

Canon Middle East opened the doors of its first regional business solutions showroom in Dubai. The 400-sqm space has the capacity to display around 25 products and solutions.

Canon claims that the new showroom is designed to meet the growing needs of B2B and industrial sectors and will be a one-stop shop for all commercial digital printing requirements. The showroom will have business solutions such as large format printers (LFP), document and imaging management systems (DIMS) as well as the Oce

Royal Image invests in Konica Minolta C6500

Dubai based large format printer, Royal Image has invested in new Konica Minolta C6500.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, chairman of the group, Bassam Daoud said: "We had many print orders from our existing clients for short run digital prints. So it makes sense to do it in-house and supply all print requirements including large format prints. We looked at many machines but this machine suited our requirements. We are doing the jobs like brochures, catalogues, business cards etc.

"The large format

Gulf News moves production to DIP with new Cortina KBA press

Since June this year, Gulf News became the first newspaper in the Arab world to adopt the Berliner format, a change from its well-known broadsheet look.

"This huge initiative involved equally huge investments in state-of-the-art technology to create the most modern and vibrant news package of the region for both our readers and advertisers," said Duleep George, executive director marketing & sales, Al Nisr Publishing LLC, the publishers of Gulf News, in a statement. "The change is twofold: the

EPP backs packaging with Gallus buy

Emirates Printing Press (EPP) has invested in the Gallus ICS 670 machine with four gravure units, nine EVA (Easy Value Add) platforms, a rotary embossing unit, and the Gallus FCL 670 flat-bed die-cutter. Other finishing methods such as cold foiling, lamination, hot foil embossing or rotary hot foil embossing have been integrated as add-on options.

"This is the first time we have invested in a rotary printer," explained executive director Samuel Natarajan. "The Gallus line has been installed in

Atlas to grow revenue stream through transpromo business

"Putting ink on paper is not a growth business for us today," says Dubai based commercial printer Amit Radia, CEO of Atlas Printing Press. "We have to be solution based and work as partners with clients. We are growing now and will be able to give full transpromo solution which includes creating a database, provide solution based on predictive marketing and then doing direct mail prints along with monitoring the results in conjunction with the new software companies that we are tying up with."

Al Mawrid backs packaging by investing in Gallus' flexo press with add-ons

Al Mawrid Printing & Advertising has invested €4.5m in a Gallus ICS 670 press and associated prepress equipment in response to growing demand for high-quality packaging in the region.

The 350-staff United Arab Emirates printer, which is part of the Dubai-headquartered Thomsun Group, has purchased the press at Drupa.

Al Mawrid has specified the new modular press with a continuous unwinder, two gravure print units, cold foil and lamination capability, as well as seven 'Easy Value Add' (EVA)

Print stalwart announces resignation, assigns deputy

Print veteran, Kishor Gohil, the vastly experienced general manager of Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing (AGPP) bids farewell to the industry in the Middle East, assigning his competent deputy, Lakshman Ganapathy to the top job.

"There comes a time in everybody's life when regardless of your passion for your profession, there are other things in life that take precedence and such a time has come for me. I would also like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to every body who I have

PPG to commence fresh innings under new leadership and committee

Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) is to start a fresh innings under incumbent chairman, Mazen Haj, managing partner of Printec LLC.

An honorary position, the new chairman has moved up from the position of vice-chairman. The latter post will now be held by Zahir Hassan of Power Print.

Says the new chairman, "While we are very proud of the increased stature of the PPG over the last 6 years, we have new vision for the group. We aim to rope in end-user print buyers like advertising agencies with

Canon ME signs Drupa deals worth $3.5m

Canon Middle East shared its success at Drupa where it had its largest-ever stand at 3,750 sqm.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, marketing manager, Professional Print Solutions, Canon Middle East, Ayman Aly said: "We had great success in Drupa in which we could generate atleast 800 leads from MEA and could sign worth $3.5m. We have sold more than 130 machines.

"We had atleast 50 success stories from Europe showcased in the stall and it was very useful information for MEA customers. We showed all real

Al Ghurair Printing Press become proud owners of first iGen4 digital press in UAE

The first high end digital production machine, the iGen4, from the stable of Xerox to be sold in the UAE was to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing.

Capable of printing more than three million A4 pages per month on substrates ranging from 65 to 350 gsm, the press can operate at a speed of 120 impressions per minute (ipm) for 7" x 7" substrate to 40 ipm for 14.33 x 22.5".

Kishor Gohil, general manager of Al Ghurair says, "The iGen4 has an auto colour calibration system which ensures

Al Sidra invest AED 400,000 in 4 colour offset machine from Autoprint, India

Sharjah based Al Sidra Printing Press has become the first printing press in the UAE to spend AED 400,000 in the 4-colour sheet fed offset machine, the Dion 450, made by Indian manufacturer, Autoprint.

Joji Joseph, the owner of Al Sidra Printing said, "We were satisfied with the print quality of the machine, which tilted our decision in favour of the 'cheap and best' 4-colour offset Dion 450."

Exclusive agents for all Autoprint products for the U.A.E., Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait since August

Boettcher focuses on ME with IMPZ office

German manufacturer of rubber rollers, Boettcher (Drupa-Hall 16 Stand D 21), has expanded their presence in ME by having direct sales office in UAE. The five staffed office in IMPZ, Dubai has warehouse in Jebel Ali to cater to the entire ME region.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, regional sales manager, Pius Marokky said: "We set up an office to have direct relation to the customers. They can have quick supply from us and no need to wait for one month shipment. We also run exchange offers where we

Post holders should not stay on beyond 6-8 years: ex-chairman

Ahmad Al Shaikh, the ubiquitous face of the Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) has resigned the post of chairman, which he held since the inception of PPG, 9 years ago.

"It was not a sudden decision, I had conveyed my resolve 2 years ago, but was asked by the chamber and PPG team to continue for some more time. In my opinion, any person cannot contribute to an association beyond 6-8 years, after which new blood should be brought in," explained Al Shaikh, when asked that he resigned soon

KBA will launch inkjet web press at Drupa '12

KBA along with their partner Giffin Graphics conducted a seminar in Dubai on 28th February 2011 about Drupa launches.

Presentations were given by Dietmar Heyduck, vice president sales for Asia and ME along with Michael Grieger, senior sales manager from KBA Sheetfed division.

One of the main highlights was the launch of new inkjet presses developed jointly with world's largest printer, RR Donnelley. The press which is suitable for multiple applications like books, commercials and magazines etc is

Al Mansoorah invests AED 9 m in H'berg's 6-colour press

Sharjah based Al Mansoorah Printing Company has placed an order for Heidleberg's 6-colour press, the SpeedMaster CD-102 with online UV.

Ali Kazani, business development manager said, "We have ordered the press in January and hopefully it will be delivered and installed in our printshop sometime April/May this year. We have already purchased three Heidelberg presses including a five colour SpeedMaster, two colour Sormz and a single colour GTO-52."

Established in 1992, Al Mansoorah are members