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

Canon ME reveals strong take-up of professional print sector.

Canon Middle East to focus on Vertical Markets with significant Production Print growth because of IPEX Participation.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Ayman Ali, product manager, CBS marketing department, Canon ME said: "We expect big number of Middle East clients visiting to the show, with expected 40% to 50% increase compared to last IPEX. This Ipex is more important as clients are looking forward for cost efficiency, productivity and smart applications. In addition to technology, the focus this

Al Mithaliyah chooses UV Durst again for 'heavy duty jobs'

The Sharjah based POP printer Al Mithaliyah has decided to invest in its third Durst inkjet press. The Durst Rho 800 HS has been selected for its high speed which claims to increase production by 80%.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Imad El Hayek said: "For heavy duty applications, Durst is the best in our opinion, since we are already using two other Durst machines. We were keen to invest in the press for our flatbed applications."

Rho 800 HS is a continuous

'Publishers will need to change their strategies to survive' says DMC chief.

Addressing 100 representatives of well-known media companies that participated in the 5th Annual WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference and Workshop, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Mohammad Abdullah, executive director of Dubai Media City said that media businesses need to specifically understand what makes the region's print industry distinct in order to take advantage of the abundant growth opportunities.

"Publishers need to change their

UPP signs MOU with Kalima to publish Arabic translations

Kalima is a non-profit state initiative funded by theAbu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), which translates, publishes and distributes works of classic and contemporary writing from other languages into Arabic.

Each year Kalima translates and publishes more than 100 titles of classic, modern and contemporary writing from around the world with the aim to provide more availability and choice of book titles to Arabic readers.

Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, manager of Kalima said

Prizes given to 23 winners from MENA at the Dubai Print Awards

The 4th Dubai International Print Awards concluded on 27th January, with a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai.A total of 871 entries from Middle East, North Africa and India competed for top honours in 23 categories.

Held under the aegis of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the Printing and Publishing Group (PPG) gave away 16 awards in the off-set printing categories and 7 to the digital printing category.

Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd vice chairman, Dubai Chamber said, "We have been

UPP will sponsor and absorb printing graduates from HCT

The 8th batch of printing students have started training for Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) ‘Work Readiness Programme”.  An agreement has been signed by HCT and Abu Dhabi based United Printing & Publishing (UPP) to sponsor a group of students to study at the ‘Work Readiness Program’ in the fields of printing and publishing to qualify for the HCT certificate Injaz. UPP has been offering jobs to the graduates since last year.

Dr. Farid Elyahky

Cupola plastic receives ICMA accreditation

Cupola Plastic Cards has received the ACE-M accreditation from the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a trade association of plastic card manufacturers.

The ICMA's ACE- M accreditation is for card manufacturing professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of technologies and processes in specific card manufacturing areas.

Arun P.K manager, card personalisation services, Cuppola said, " In times of increased competition, it is always better for an organisation

Dubai based Printer invests in large format HP Scitex XL1500

Due to an increase in its order position especially in Q-4 2009, Dubai based digital printer, Prolab Digital has invested in HP’s large format 3.2-meter printer, Scitex XL1500.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, CEO of the company, Jayne Reader said: “We have a new contract in Abu Dhabi for which we were in need of one more machine. We wanted to give higher output in less time and that prompted us to install this machine.”

The company already has two Scitex printers of 3.2 and

Canon’s bid for Oce gthers pace with purchase of shares

Canon has acquired 20% of the shareholding of Océ as its bid to create “the number one presence” in the digital market gathers pace.

Shares in Océ had risen marginally above the €8.60 offer price following an objection from major shareholder Orbis.

However, recently the Japanese digital print manufacturer Canon said that it had acquired 25.3% of the total ordinary shares of Océ (“approximately 20%” of its total share capital) at an average

More Industry needs to be interactive with PPG

"The printing industry should be more interactive with the Printing and Packaging Group (PPG), " said Ahmed bin Hassan Al Shaikh, chairman of the Printing and Publishing Group.  "Every so often we send out questionnaires and participation forms, which receive a lukewarm response."

Established in January 2003, the PPG aims to be a voice of the industry, representing the printing & publishing sector to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and present a

Kodak reinforce commitment to Midle East, Africa region

Kodak’s worldwide and regional management executives visited Dubai to meet their business partners and to focus on ME market.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Kodak’s general manager, worldwide sales and vice president, Gustavo Oviedo said: “It is important to reinforce our commitment to our partners and show how Kodak plans to support and grow their business profitably in the coming years.

“We are here to share our strategic vision and thank our partners for their

Adobe cuts global workforce, no job losses in Middle East

In a bid to restructure its costs in connection with its 2010 operating plan, software specialist Adobe recently announced plans to slash its global workforce by 9%, eliminating some 680 full-time positions.

PrintWeek MEA asked the general manager of Adobe Middle East, Abdallah Saqqa, whether the Middle East division was slashing any regional jobs.  He said, “The company re-organisation was done in all geographies and all countries, however it will have no immediate effect on

Cartidge free solid ink can help environment

Xerox launched its solid ink mulitfunction printer at a glittering event at Yas Hotel, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Branded ColorQube 9200 series, the printer is available in 3 models that can print, scan and copy, with print speeds ranging from 38 to 85 pages per minute.

Dan Smith, general manager, Integrated Marketing Xerox MEA said, “With ColorQube we are unlocking the benefits of colour by applying our proprietary solid ink technology to lower costs and make operations simpler and