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 computerised and easy to use, it also occupies less floor space.
“It’s also able to bind books with 41.5cm spines while other machines are only able to bind books between 37 to 38cm.”He added: “We decided to go for the Heidelberg brand since it is reliable and has a good resale value.”

The perfect binder was installed during the third quarter of last year with the CD 102 being installed in December.

According to Dakroub, the company “is growing and trying to get more jobs”. He said that the print industry will now be able to develop as it has moved “away from the real estate market”. He added however: “Our sales have been affected by the recession and printers will be lucky if they can achieve the same turnovers as they did last year.”

As to whether Titce will be investing in any more machinery, Dakroub said: “Not at the moment.  “We are holding out to see what will happen with the economy.  We also want to see the latest technology in post press during this year’s Gulf Print.”

In terms of cutting costs, Dakroud said Titce was not doing anything at the moment but “might reduce labour costs” at some point.

Titce, which employs 270 people, was bought by its current owners in 2000 and has grown by 200% since then.