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 Bahrain and Oman. “We used to out source our jobs before.”

The company has invested in a Heidelberg five-colour Speedmaster 74, a Stahl folding machine TH82, a cutting machine Polar 115X, a CTP machine from Presstek, a UV coater, a cold-foiling machine, a die-cutting machine and a thermal lamination machine.

Kauth said he had chosen the Heidelberg machines specifically because he found them to be “user friendly” with spare parts also generally easily available.

Asked why he opted for the Speedmaster 74, he said that due to a power shortage at the building, they could not purchase a 102cm press. “It is expensive to get power here, but we look forward to increasing our capacity in the next six months,” said Kauth.

The installed B2 press has a Prinect press centre as a control station, autoplate, preset plus feeder and delivery as well as auto wash systems among its main features.  The folder’s main features are cross-fold units for reducing makeready time. The paper cutting machine  uses  the OptiKnife technology changing system for easy operation.

According to Kauth, the current financial crisis is simply a “fabricated shortage” of print jobs.  He added that the market was not “entirely dead”. Kauth said that business would most likely improve by September.