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 Quadro printheads, which come with four Spectra heads, as well as 128 jet outlets per slot. This means that there are 512 jet outlets collectively. Its transport mechanism can take substrates of up to 40mm. An additional roll to roll mechanism can also take a roll diameter of up to 30cm.

Talking about the machine, Hitti said: “With its ability to print on plastics and cardboards, we can replace plastics. This will give us an estimated 30% saving.”

The other machine installed in the company’s Ajman factory is a Zund G3 cutter L2005 with a 2.5 metre x 1.8 meter cutting area.  It can cut materials up to 50mm. It also has an integrated variable vacuum system.