Digital press gets revamp for data and commercial printers

Kodak has developed a number of products that it claims will allow professionals in commercial and data print, publishing and packaging to become more efficient, productive and generate more revenue.

One part of these developments was the revamp of the company’s NexPress digital press line-up with new features it said delivers colour output “that surpasses offset quality”.

The group unveiled the new NexPress SE2500, SE3000 and SE3600 models, as part of the preview for the

Printer pleased with new machine’s quality

Isra Middle East has installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM52-2.

This according to the company’s client service manager, Zafar Amerjee.

The machine, which was purchased in November was installed at the Sharjah-based printing press in June.

Amerjee said: “Isra Middle East focuses on printing corporate greeting cards. Initially, we were using a GTO52 but we found that we were not getting the desired print quality from this machine so we invested in a SM52-2.”

Amerjee told

Adventure Digital in race for winning bid at Dubai Metro

As the outcome of the Dubai Metro bid for the installation of some 400 digital screens is awaited, it has been revealed that Advertising Digital is one of the companies being considered

As the outcome of the Dubai Metro bid for the installation of some 400 digital screens is awaited, it has been revealed that Advertising Digital is one of the companies being considered.

This according to Media Week, which said an outcome for the bid was expected soon.

Advertising Digital’s managing

Arab Media Forum on future of print in MEA

The printed press could be overtaken by new media in under a decade.

This was among several key issues brought to the forefront at the 8th Arab Media Forum held earlier this month.

This year the annual event's theme was 'Arab Media: Weathering a Period of Change and Crisis'.

The two-day event saw several international speakers from across the Arab world presenting papers and tackling critical issues facing the media world - both internationally and in the region.

This included the direct

HP shares insights of how to manage crisis at special event

The recent Managing the Challenge event hosted by HP’s Imaging and Printing Group in Vienna has been a success.

PrintWeek MEA – who attended the event – observed customer testimonials, executive briefings, product demonstrations and vertical solutions illustrating HP’s Print 2.0 strategy and how it can be applied to enterprises at this time in the market.

The event, which hosted around 150 IPG enterprise customers as well as journalists from across Central and

GMG colour software and server for Emirates Printing Press in UAE

Emirates Printing Press has invested in a GMG colour management and proofing softwares.  This includes a colour server, ink optimiser and colour proof software.

The company’s manager for quality control and special projects, Thyagarajan Balasubramaniyam said: “Our motive is to have ISO 12647-2 standard certified proofs and prints.”

He said that before making the purchase, the company had analysed several similar products.

“We found that GMG offered the best

KBA says ME business is still brisk despite crisis

Business in the Middle East is still brisk for KBA.

This according to a recent statement released by the manufacturer.
According to the company’s recent statement, this year saw the company bagging a number of sales with many of the purchases due to be installed soon.

At certain companies, some machines have already been installed. A Rapida 75 five-colour coater press with extended delivery was one of the machines sold to a local printer, Tellurian in April this year, with a

Printing press opens in UAE after investment

The Saudi Arabia-based digital printer, Maher Daftardar Establishment (MMD) has opened its doors in the UAE. This follows its recent investment into a digital printer from Durst, the Rho 700 and a cutter from Zund.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Maher’s managing director, Omar Hitti said: “We have invested about $1.8 million in this project and we expect to make a return on investment in one year.”

One of the machines, a Durst Rho 700, is a UV flatbed printer. It has Durst

‘First print and packaging courses’ in ME to enrol 200 students in first year

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and United Printing and Publishing (UPP) have signed an agreement to develop a certificate in a work readiness program (WRP) in printing and packaging, as well as diplomas in printing and packaging and printing management (printing maintenance).

This initiative is said to be the first of its kind in the printing and publishing sector in the Middle East and comes after numerous articles were written by PrintWeek MEA focusing on the lack of print

Giffin to promote Océ machines across GCC

Printers in GCC countries will now be able to purchased Océ’s Digital Document Systems from Giffin Graphics.

This after the two companies entered into a partnership that will see Giffin Graphics promoting the systems in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar where Giffin have their own offices with functional sales and service teams.

The machines will be sold and maintained by the Giffin Graphics team who will be trained and supported by Océ.

“Océ digital printers

AMG in series of talks with big media groups as revenues fall

Arab Media Group (AMG) and the Abu Dhabi Media Company have engaged in a series of discussions about how the two companies can work together, according to several media reports.

It is believed that AMG was close to announcing partnerships that could lead to mergers with two media companies due to falling revenues in the current economic climate.

In an interview with Maktoob Business, AMG chief executive Abdullatif Al Sayegh was quoted as saying: “We’re talking mainly

Xerox Emirates targets education and health sectors with seminars

Xerox Emirates has hosted a series of seminars featuring various applications such as its Print-on-Demand solution in a bid to target new economic sectors in the UAE.

The company specifically aimed to centre the seminars around specific IT requirements within the educational and healthcare sectors.

Its general manager, Andrew Hurt said that based on  a recent study conducted by IDA, a global market intelligence company, the educational sector in the UAE spent about $167 million last

Newly-installed Heidelberg SM52-5D is the ‘first in region’

Al Omeira Printing Press in Abu Dhabi, UAE has installed a Heidelberg  SM52-5D  which is claimed by the manufacturer to be the “first in the region”.

According to technical manager at Al Omeira, Priyadarshi Singh: “We purchased the machine at Drupa last year and had it installed at our press in March.”

According to Singh, the installation took “around eight to ten days” and did not require any employee training once it was up and running. Our

Moving printing in house will not mean death of outsourced print

Although organisations could save between $64 million and $147m on annual printing costs by utilising in house printing, this will not mean the death of outsourced printing.

This according to general manager of OKI Printing Solutions Middle East, India and North Africa, John Ross.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA at a press conference held to disclose the findings of a study on the UAE printing industry done by independent economic research consultancy Cebr, Ross said: “Although it appears

Out of home group put on ice due to weak economic climate

Shoof, the outdoor advertising arm of the Arab Media Group, along with Ströer Concept Outdoor have pulled the plug on the out-of-home group, Ströer Concept Shoof.

Chairman of Concept Group, Aldrin Fernandes said the company was “put on hold” due to the current economic climate. This venture would have required a significant amount of investment. Given the current economic climate, such an investment is not viable.”

He said the decision was taken on March 1

New members elected to PPG board an ‘asset’ says general secretary

Several new executive members have been elected to the board of the Printing and Publishing Group (PPG).

Its general secretary Sebastian Lonth said that the new members are an “asset” to the committee.

The board now comprises Modern Printing Press’s managing director, Ahmad Al Shaikh as chairperson and Colourlines CEO Tarek Jawharji as vice chairman  while executive committee members include Emirates Printing Press CEO Mohamed Al Shirawi, Heidelberg sales and

New printing press aimed at specialised jobs opens in UAE

A new printing press, Master Printing Press, has been established in Dubai. The new company opened its doors in February and has 35 employees.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, the company’s managing director, Haris Kauth said they offered specialised jobs for corporate clients, a section of the market in which the company had a stronghold.

“We do gift vouchers with bar coding applications and cater to various print buyers like shopping malls in the UAE and in other GCC countries like

Tamir Printing Press invests in press and post press machines

Sharjah-based Tamir Printing Press in the UAE has invested in various machines, from pre-press to post press. 

The purchase includes a thermal platesetter from Screen Plate, a four-colour sheetfed offset press Rapida 75 from KBA with a water-based coater, infra-red dryer and extended delivery.

In post press, the company has installed a booklet maker from Duplo and a Shoei folding machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, the company’s managing director, Thomas George said: “We

Publishers Association set up to improve industry in UAE

The UAE Ministry of Social Affairs plans to create a UAE Publishers Association that will operate as a public welfare society with its headquarters based in Sharjah, UAE.

According to online media reports, the association’s objectives aim to improve the publishing industry in the UAE, represent UAE publishers locally and internationally, develop the publishing profession in the UAE, protect the interests of UAE publishers, cooperate with local bodies working in the fields of

Horizon Print Industries invests in a 75cm press to target publications

Horizon Print Industries has invested in a five-colour Shinohara 75 with inline coater.

According to the company’s managing director Aunali Khimji: “We saw the machine running in Kuwait and believed that it could match the quality of any European machine. Makeready of the machine is quick, and we are satisfied with the quality.
“In terms of price, there is also a considerable difference,” he added.

Khimji said that the company had been looking for a 75cm press as

Al Badr Printing Press invests in four-colour

Sharjah-based Al Badr Printing Press has invested in a four-colour Heidelberg GTO 52.

The UAE-based company’s general manager, Jose Thomas said: “The GTO 52-4 is the right press to use when moving into multicolour short-run quality offset printing.
“We are currently involved in the printing of short run colour jobs like brochures, leaflets, newsletters and office technology stationery, among other things.”

The machine, installed in December, has a Prinect Classic

Titce Printing Press invests in two machines due to growth

Dubai-based Titce Printing Press has invested in a four-colour Heidelberg CD 102 and a three clamp Eurobind 1200 perfect binding machine.

On the company’s choice of machine, managing director, Hassan Ali Dakroub said: “We decided to go with the CD 102 because we get many commercial jobs requiring thick cardboards. This machine can take a wide range of printing stock up to 1mm.
“Space restriction was the main reason behind the EB 1200 investment.
“Besides being

The National scoops 22 awards for news design competition

Abu Dhabi Media Company’s flagship English-language newspaper, The National, has scooped 22 awards for the 30th annual Society for News Design competition. The newspaper, which was launched in April last year with Lucie Lacava as design consultant, received recognition for feature design as well as news, business and sport presentation.

The number of awards that The National bagged put the newspaper at number ten during this year’s competition, which helped in putting the UAE

Recession impacts on printers' move to IMPZ 2009-02-01 11

The global economic crisis looks to be having an impact on the relocation of printers to Dubai’s International Media Production Zone (IMPZ).
Managing director of Kwality Printing and Stationery, Haridas Mohanlal Bhatia said: “We have been allotted a space in IMPZ and are working on moving there but because of the slowdown we have to postpone the move, possibly until 2010.”
News detail:
The global economic crisis looks to be having an impact on the relocation of

International titles to be digitally produced 2009-02-01 12

Atlas Media Communications is to digitally produce several UK, European and US newspapers in the Gulf region as part of a multimillion dollar contract with Newsworld Corporation.
The project is believed to be the first such project outside of New York and London.
The contract sees a $2.5million investment into a new Screen Truepress Jet520.
Atlas Media Communications chief executive, Amit Radia, said five daily newspapers would be digitally produced.
“There will not be any

Dubai Awards honours 'innovative' printers 2009-02-01 13

The “most talented and innovative” printers across the GCC were recognised at this year’s Dubai Print Awards.
Calling it an award that “raises the bar for the printing industry”, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s second vice chairman, Hisham Al Shirawi, said the growth in the number of award categories was a reflection on the growth of the industry itself.
“It shows that (the region) is working towards improving products to