ME newspaper industry will do well say publishers at WAN IFRA

With a young population, growing advertising market and with hope of newfound freedom, the Middle East newspaper industry is set to take off.

That was the assessment that emerged from the 6th annual WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference in Dubai, where more than 250 newspaper publishers, editors and other senior executives from the region gathered to discuss strategies for building their print and digital businesses.

The subject of the conference was cross-media advertising, but a real question was

Kodak's top executive analyses MEA market

Kodak's ME office gets a visit from Kodak's second top executive: Philip J. Faraci, president and chief operating officer, Eastman Kodak Company.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Faraci said: "The aim of my visit is to analyse the market, see the capabilities of our partners, discuss strategy and opportunities. I am spending more than half of the time in the emerging markets."

"We see this as a solid market with a lot of potential. Printers in the region need to migrate and have to embrace new

Chairman appeals for active participation from printers

PPG (Printing & Publishing Group) has elected its new committee members. Ahmad Al Shaikh continues as the group's chairman, with managing partner of Printec coming on board at the vice president and Sebastian Lonth will be the general secretary. Ten other eminent people from the industry have been elected as committee members.

PrintWeek MEA interviewed the chairman. Ahmad Al Shaikh, chairman of Printing and Publishing Group said, "We are a body of the industry for the industry. Our main

DIPA 2011 gives away 69 awards in annual ceremony at Hyatt

The fifth edition of the Dubai International Print Awards 2011 saw inclusive participation from the major players in the regional print industry. A total of 69 awards were presented, of which 48 were given to offset and 21 for the digital printing category.

This year saw participation from GCC countries, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, India and North African countries.

Ahmad Hassan Al Shaikh, chairman of Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) said, "We are witnessing recovery in the economy from the

Quality invests in new die cutting machine

Dubai based commercial printers Quality Printing owned by Freestyle Group, has purchased an automatic die cutting with stripping machine, BD-1050 CS from Baoder, a Taiwanese manufacturer.

Sandeep Bhatia, CEO of Freestyle Group says, "We are very satisfied with the performance of the diecutter, which has saved us labour costs, has shorter make ready time and faster turnaround. With the old machinery weowned we needed 6-8 employees to run our machines, while now only 2 people are required. The

Papers Worldwide to launch new products at exhibition

Distributorsandtraders of speciality and other papers, Papers Worldwide will be launching new products from Neenah and swatches at the first edition of PaperWorld exhibition in Dubai.

Sponsors of the Inter-national Print Awards in January 2011, the FSC certified distributors will be introducing papers in 29 colours and 13 textures in assorted grammages in all its markets covering 17 countries in the Middle East, Africa and India.

Vikramjeet Singh Judge, chairman, Papers Worldwide says, "We are

Heidelberg names Ricoh as digital partner

The deal, which includes service and support, will roll out initially in Germany and the UK, with a global agreement due to be in place for Drupa 2012. Heidelberg's agreement with Konica Minolta in Australia will remain in place for the time being.

The first public demonstration of the companies' products working together, with the C901 Graphic Arts Edition machine integrated into Heidelberg's Prinect workflow software, will be at the digi:media tradeshow from 7-9 April, Dusseldorf.


EPP presented with 'Elephant trophy' at Sappi awards 2010

Dubai based Emirates Printing Press (EPP) announced its recent win of the prestigious Elephant Trophy at the Sappi International Printers of the Year awards, as well as a collection of gold, silver and bronze prizes at this year's Sappi European Printers of the Year awards in Prague.

Earlier this year, EPP received a gold award in the Magazines Web category; two silver awards were given in the Magazine Web and Books category; and two bronze awards in the Brochures category and the Magazines

Al Sidra printing has invested in five colour computer station machine

Sharjah based Al Sidra Printing Press has invested AED 1 million in a 5-colour computer station machine from Indian manufacturer, Asterics.

Talking of his decision to invest in this particular machine, Joji Joseph, director-Al Sidra says, "We are the only company in Sharjah to own such a five-colour machine. It was installed about 2 months ago. The reason behind this investment is that the quality of these machines is much better in terms of quantity of production and printing output, meaning

HP to display latest LF digital printers in SGI

HP is set to line up an array of products at the forthcoming Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East exhibition, which will take place in Dubai from 24th - 26th January 2011.

Exhibiting on stand number D2, HP's products on display will feature HP Latex Printing Technologies, HP Designjet L25500 Printer and HP Scitex LX800 Printer. Both printers run water-based HP Latex Inks, with the ability to produce prints for indoor applications.

Emphasising applications that reduce the impact on the

Dubai Int'l Print Awards to be held on 26 January 2011

The Printing and Publishing Group (PPG), under the umbrella of Dubai Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference at the Sheraton Creek to announce the award ceremony of the 5th Dubai International Print Awards to be held on 26th January next year at Grand Hyatt Regency.

The press conference was chaired by Ahmad bin Hassan Al Shaikh, chairman, PPG, co-hosted by Hassan Al Hashemi, director-external relations, Dubai Chamber and sponsors for the event.

Addressing the press Al Shaikh said, "The

ADCB enters in finance deal with Heidelberg

Abu Dhabi CommercialBank (ADCB) has announced a strategic alliance with Heidelberg Gulf Est.

The alliance will provide finance to the printing industry through ADCB Business Edge Professional Equipment Loan for purchase of printing equipment.

Howard Gaunt, headbusiness-banking group, ADCB, said: "We have been focused on growing and supporting the SME segment in the UAE for a number of years. During this time we have worked hard to develop a complete suite of products for this specific market, and

HP launches 3 new LF printers with web-based solutions

HP Middle East has launched three new printers in the region. HP also have extended their ePrint platform to the graphics market for the first time aiming to help design teams collaborate across multiple locations, streamline processes and reduce cost.

Amin Mortazavi, general manager imaging and printing group, HP Middle East said: "The new ePrint solution is designed to help all customers - from small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) to enterprise organisations - to better manage and access

Bobst Group ME conducts its first workshop on HD flexo

Bobst Group ME arranged their first workshop on Flexo Process in Dubai from 1-4th November 2010.

Some 20 customers from all over Middle East attended the workshop. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Bobst ME's sales director, Naoufel Ghezal said: "Our aim to conduct this type of workshop is to help printers to bring quality in printing and reduce production cost. That is the reason why we have combined this workshop with the other consumable suppliers as well. We feel it is our duty to lead the market

Fespa goes cross media and cross border for EMEA summit

Fespa's EMEA Summit in Istanbul will provide a "top-level view of the wide-format business that stretches beyond national borders and give an insight into the markets for digital print and how to demonstrate sustainability," according to Fespa conference & events manager Duncan MacOwan.

"Customers are increasingly organised on a wider regional basis that goes beyond the borders of any one country," said MacOwan. "We plan to help visitors to understand that wider picture."

The purpose of this

NDigitec sets up new prepress production facility with Esko

Dubai based, pre-press and reprographics company Namma Int'l Digitec (NDigitec) has signed an agreement with EskoArtwork on the purchase of four CDI Spark 4835 digital flexo plate imagers, along with a range of software solutions.

The softwares purchased are for web based project management and pre-production approval cycles. These include HD Flexo, Automation Engine 10 workflow server software, Plato imposition tools, FlexProof, Color Engine software for colour management and WebCenter.


Paper Arabia to act as launching pad for new technologies in ME

The third edition of Paper Arabia 2010, a three-day exhibition, is to be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from September 26 to 28, 2010. The show organiser Al Fajer information and Services has decided to hold the Paper Arabia every year, instead of every two years.

According to Al Fajer, the show demonstrates the UAEs stature in regional and global paper industry and its expanding reach across the world as an efficient business hub with robust infrastructure.

Satish Khanna

Sharjah Neon invests in 4-colour SM52 because of suitability for shorter runs

Dubai based commercial printers, Al Sharjah Neon LLC has invested AED 1.7 million in Heidelberg 4-colour SM52. The machine was installed in January this year, and has been fully operational since February, though 'operating at about 65-70% capacity, due to the slowdown'.

Speaking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, George Varghese said, "We liked high speed of the machine, and other features like auto wash and particularly suitability for shorter runs was a feature which made our choice

Al Suwaidi Computer and HP ME puts on UAE's first Print Station

HP Middle East and Al Suwaidi Computer Co LLC has launched the first HP Print Station in Dubai.

One-stop printing shop concepts by HP Print Stations are HP branded stores. The primary focus will address small and medium enterprise customers and will cater for a wide range of printing applications. The HP Print Station in Dubai will be operated by Al Suwaidi Computer, to address a range of customer segments and demands.

Amin Mortazavi, general manager, Imaging and Printing Group, HP Middle East

ENG Media and Fujairah media in legal wrangle

ENG Media, the Dubai based publishers, as stopped publication of its titles as it fights a legal case with Fujairah Media, the free zone through which the magazines are licensed. Local media has reported that Fujairah Media and ENG are suing each other over financial disputes.

ENG (Emirates Neon Group) publishes Media Week, lifestyle magazine Insider, men's title IQ and the beauty magazine BH&W (Beauty, Health and Wellbeing).

ENG has been facing financial problems, and staff members have salary

Canon ME refocuses on its strategy for support package initiatives post-Ipex

After a successful showing at Ipex this year, Canon is focusing its strategy on support packages and 'advanced operator maintenance' initiatives.

"The four years since Ipex 2006 have been a period of enormous change for Canon and our professional print customers", comments Nicholas van Santen, B2B marketing manager, Canon Middle East.

Ayman Aly, professional print product manager at Canon Middle East said: "Over the course of the show we exceeded our targets, with more than 150 good quality

Emirates Business 24/7 shelves print edition, goes online way

The Dubai-based newspaper Emirates Business 24-7 will shelve its print version, leaving the publication with only an online version. The print version has ceased publication from 30th June, and it online launch will be taking place mid-July. The online version can be accessed at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), ordered the move.

"The launching of this new electronic newspaper will be an added value to digital media and it

Mondi and Mepco Gulf jointly host seminar

Paper manufacturers Mondi along with their local distributors, Mepco Gulf, hosted a forum called 'Digital Specialised Forum' at the Shangrila Hotel in Dubai.

The forum had more than 50 participants, who were either resellers or printers from the region. The aim of the seminar was to familiarise customers with the opportunities available to them in the digital printing sector.

Talking about the response to current industry trends, Bernhard Walker, sales area manager-Uncoated Fine Paper, Europe

Heidelberg ME satisfied with Ipex and customer's response

Heidelberg Middle East expressed satisfaction at its performance at Ipex and visitor response to its innovations in technology.

Mazen Wafic El-Tibi, deputy general manager / sales and marketing director, Heidelberg Middle East said, "Ipex 2010 was interesting however taking into consideration the international crisis, we have seen it slightly reduced in the presence of participants from the industry.

"We had an unfortunate incident of volcanic ashes over Europe that had limited the expected

EPP wins 5 medals at Sappi European awards

Emirates Printing Press (EPP), Dubai, has won 5 awards, including a gold medal at the Sappi European printers of the year awards at a gala award ceremony held on 29th May 2010 at Prague, Czech Republic.

EPP's CEO, Mohamed Al Shirawi received the awards on behalf of the company including a gold and silver award in the web printed magazines category,a bronze in the sheet-fed printed magazines category, a silver in the books category and bronze in the brochures category.

EPP is the only printer from

Springer to set up ME headquarters in IMPZ

Leading publishers Springer will be establishing their regional base at International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), it was learnt.

Springer publishes over 2,000 science, technical, medical journals and 6,500 books every year.

Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, said: "The strategic location of Dubai at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, as well as its excellent logistical support have contributed to attracting global majors such as

PPG to take up printers' issues with the government of Dubai

Printing and publishing group of Dubai Chamber ofCommerce and Industry has recently conducted a general assembly meeting in Dubai.

The meeting was headed by Ahmed Al Shaikh, chairman of the Printing and Publishing group and Saeed Al Najjar representative of Dubai Chamber participated.

Ahmad Al Shaikh presented the financial report of the group. The opening balance as of January 2009 was AED 477, 321.94 ($129,971) and closing balance as of December 2009 was AED 374, 328.69 ($ 101,927).


5-day training session hosted by distributors

Regional printers recently got a dose of a 5-day training programme in Dubai. Three distributors jointly hosted an intensive training programme for 'Materials- related printing problems and solutions' between 27th to 31st March.

Afra International, Percept General Trading and Sahebson Trading took this initiative from Dubai. The training was given to 18 people pre-selected from 8 companies across GCC. The training was conducted by Heidelberg India's Print Media Academy.

The sessions were

KBA hopeful that 'critical' Ipex wii restore sector confidence

KBA will champion its latest sheetfed offset presses at Ipex and calling the May tradeshow a "critical" event for the industry. The manufacturer will showcase its Rapida 75, 105, 106 and its B3 five-colour Genius UV press under the banner 'KBA: Champions in Print' at stand 6D560 in hall 6.

The announcement came as KBA reversed a 2008 loss to post a small pre-tax profit in 2009, despite the poor market conditions. KBA has posted a €2.7m ($3.67m) pre-tax profit in its 2009 results, up from an

Abu Dhabi media summit 2010 attracts global creme la creme

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp, opened the inaugural Abu Dhabi Media Summit on 9th March. In his speech he said: "The bright and shiny wonders that technology gives us can be like the desert sun: they can blind us to what is real and valuable. Amid the digital dazzle, we risk missing the magic, the creative content that brings these devices to life.

"What is a Kindle or an e-reader worth without books or newspapers or magazines to read on them? The answer is this: without creative