German Press ‘satisfied’ with performance of KM’s Press C1100

Kuwait-based, 23-year old German Press has produced over a million prints with Konica Minolta’s PRESS C1100, purchased over 5 months ago.
The press was purchased from a local exhibition in Kuwait due to certain operational advantages, like its ability to run business cards on 350gsm on both sides in one pass among others.
“Running costs played an important part in our decision, we looked at other manufacturers but the actual price of the machine, plus the running costs that we could save, it was

DRO delivers high graphics at Gulf Carton factory

Following extensive new investment, including the installation of a new BOBST DRO 1628 NT RS, Gulf Carton Factory is on its way to achieving its objective of becoming a leader in high graphics flexo post-print in the GCC region.
The Gulf Carton Factory of today is very different to the one founded over twenty-two years ago, says Eng. Meshari Al Jabr, GM at the Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, plant. “Since we became part of the multi-industry Al Jabr Holding Company, we have benefitted from substantial

Inc. Arabia to be published in ME

A regional edition of US-based entrepreneurship and business publication Inc. magazine launched recendtly.  Inc. Arabia, which will target CEOs of fast-growth companies in the MENA region.
The monthly magazine is published by Qatar-based Vistas Media under license from Manseuto Ventures, owner of the Inc. and Fast Company media brands in the US, with 15k copies distributed in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait, and plans for future expansion in the Levant, Egypt and the rest of the GCC. “The MENA is on

Herma unveils new seawater- and chemical-resistant product

Adhesive label substrate manufacturer Herma has announced a new inkjet label film designed for use in ‘demanding environments’.

The German manufacturer has launched the new Herma PP inkjet label substrate, set to go on sale next month, specifically for use on rough plastic or metal surfaces that may come into contact with seawater or corrosive chemicals. It is seawater-resistant to BS5609 standard. 

The label material is made with polypropylene film and covered in a scratch-proof surface

New Lexmark A4 series of printers and MFPs

Lexmark International’s new A4 700 and 800 series of colour laser printers and smart multi-function printers (MFPs) are now available from official South African distributor, Drive Control Corporation (DCC). The new A4 colour laser products include the Lexmark CS720, CS725 (CS700 range) and CS820 (CS800 range) printers while A4 smart MFP series comprise the CX725 (CX700 range), CX820, CX825, CX860 (CX800 range) models.

All these devices are suitable for the print and imaging industry which

Caxton installs Prosper S30 for variable printing in newspaper

Publishers of more than 140 local weekly newspapers in 10 facilities in South Africa, Caxton, CTP Publishers and Printers signed an agreement with Kodak at Drupa to purchase Kodak’s Prosper S30 Imprinting System to add variable print capabilities for the first time on African newspapers. 

The order includes the installation of a Prosper S30 Imprinting System on Caxton & CTP’s existing offset litho printing presses and represents the first variable print technology on African

Access Advertising gets the first UV printer in Sudan from Agfa

Access Advertising,  Khartoum based integrated promotional services signed a contract in April with Agfa for the purchase of Annapurna M3200i machine and through this they will install the first UV printer in Sudan at their digital printing complex with an investment of $350,000.

Speaking about the investment, Mohamed Amin Tigani, Access Advertising C.E.O, said, “Last year we celebrated installing the first Fabric & textile digital printer in Sudan, and the complex has already many other

Canon unveils products, solutions at Doha forum

Canon has unveiled 12 new products and solutions at the first Canon for Business Forum in Qatar, the company announced.

“Qatar has been a key market for us and the establishment of Canon Office Imaging Solutions (Doha) is reflective of our commitment to this region. Often organisations find their resources drained due to excessive colour printing, inefficient processes and personal copying. Canon’s new solutions and products address this gap with holistic customized solutions, services and

Kornit Digital launches its ‘mid-level’ Storm garment printer

Textiles specialist Kornit Digital has added to its range of Storm systems with the launch of the Storm Hexa and Storm 1000 industrial direct-to-garment printers.  The machines, which are aimed at medium-sized businesses, feature a recirculating ink system to reduce ink consumption and to further optimise reliability, as well as a doubled number of nozzles to increase productivity of up to 40% over previous Storm configurations.

The Storm 1000 is the standard configuration and features 12

Canon launches Océ Arizona 1200 series of UV flatbed printers

Canon Middle East annou-nced the global launch of the Océ Arizona 1200 Series of UV flatbed printers. 

Designed for print service providers (PSPs) that require  application versatility and ease-of-use, the Océ Arizona 1240, 1260 and 1280 are suitable for businesses in the sign and display industry, speciality print producers, reprographers and photo labs.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle East commented: “There is an enormous opportunity for mid-volume PSPs to continue

Wan Ifra to launch new women centric program

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Wan-Ifra, is launching the Women in News (WIN) progaramme in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, starting March 2016.

“The launch of the programme in the region is an exciting and much needed development,” said Fatemah Farag, publisher of Welad el Baled in Egypt and  a Women in News Steering Committee member. 

“Audiences are demanding more from their news media and we need to ensure women have a voice by encouraging strong female

Heidelberg’s Digital Print Open House by Juffali Printing System

Heidelberg Middle East offered the Series of Customer Engagement Program by Juffali Printing System.

“Print for Profit ! Print to Save”  is the latest theme at the Digital Open House in accordance to  Heidelberg Middle FZCO post launched of Digital Printing Solution in the Middle East.

The objective of the open house is primarily to cater for the customers’ needs in the region, providing Total Printing Solutions by integrating the Offset with Digital. The first Open House event was held in

Muscat Printing invests in Xerox’s Versant 80

Oman based Muscat Printing Press has invested in the digital press from Xerox, the Versant 80, earlier this year, purchased from Xerox’s agent in Oman - Bishara Establishment. 

The Versant  can print on coated, uncoated, tabs, envelops, polyester/synthetic, textured, coloured, custom media and mixed-stock printing media.

Commenting on their decision, deputy managing director Rajan Pillai said: “We are happy with our choice. Xerox, with their innovative digital printing solutions and with

Narsingh Dass Group aims to provide one stop solution

Narsingh Dass Group of company ‘Artica International DMCC’ has been distributing in the MENA region since November 2014 and they look forward on completing their first successful year.

Speaking about their company, Vedansh Gupta, Jr. solution provider from Artica International added, “We deal in commodities and amazing media. We aim to provide our customers a one stop shop to cater to all their needs with a crystal clear supply chain process. We also provide solutions in wood and pulp based

Al Suwaidi Paper to establish its new factory in 2nd half of 2016

Established in 2001, Al Suwaidi Paper factory is the first paper manufacturing unit established in Qatar to manufacture Kraft paper and board  from recycled waste paper.  They have been exporting paper into the UAE since the last 14 years, exporting about 500 metric tonnes of 0.7 mm unbleached paper.  The manufacturers will be launching its second paper machine with a capacity to produce 80,000 tonnes of core board per anum (amounting to 250 tonnes a day).

Explains marketing manager

First 3D printing exhibition 3D Print hosted at DWTC in Dubai

The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to

Absolute Print becomes the 1st to install Anapurna M2500i in Kuwait

Kuwait based company Absolute Print turns out to be the first company in Kuwait to install the new Anapurna M2500i roll-to-roll printer from Agfa Graphics.

The 6-colour Anapurna M2500i hybrid wide-format printer is a perfect fit for sign shops, digital printers, photo labs and mid-size graphic screen printers printing outdoor and indoor top quality wide-format jobs, on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media. A more accurate dot positioning, an enhanced curing system and higher

KSA based MMD Display purchases an inkjet printer from Durst

The Saudi based MMD Display purchased its fifth Durst machine, the P10 250 HS at Fespa 2015. The company supplies display stands and advertising materials in KSA.

The new printer will boost the capacity of the company which already boasts a fleet of Durst printers including Rho Pictor, Rho 700, P10-200 and P10-250.

“Opting yet again for another printer from Durst was not a difficult decision to make. We are quite familiar with the quality and productivity of Durst machine through our existing

Tinkerine in agreement with Precise Group

Canadian printer manufacturer Tinkerine Studios  has entered a distribution agreement with UAE’s 3D printing company Precise Group to offer the region’s customers a complete 3D printing bundle, Saudi Power reported. 

Precise group president Lothar Hohmann said, “Our goal is to be the one-stop shop for 3D printing and services in the Middle East region. I strongly believe that our partnership will allow us to grow into the educational sector with Tinkerine, with the STEAM-based Tinkerine U

Transcon showcases its whole range at GPP ‘15

Transcon General Trading LLC was incorporated in UAE from 2003 to provide a ‘total solution’ to the printing industry in offset & digital, other material and services for UAE, Qatar, Oman and Africa has participated in the Gulf Print & Pack.

Talking about their participation, Anoop Nair, DGM for technical support & procurement commented, “We are participating for the second time in Gulf Print & Pack. This year seemed to be dynamic with increased interest among customers not

Qatar based Digital Print Centre has invested in Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East FZE, has delivered its first consignment of the newly launched bizhub PRESS C1100 series, to its distributor channels in the Middle East. Among one of the first customers to take delivery of the new C1100 was “Digital Print Centre” in Qatar.

Wassim Aldayah, GM, Digital Print Centre, said, “Konica Minolta is the leader in the digital print business, and we are thrilled to have such a prestigious brand as our partner, we continue to serve our

Al Dana launches three new machines under name ‘Xtreme’

Al Dana Vision has announced that it would be launching a non-woven bag making machine, flexo printing machine and glitter machine under the brand name Xtreme. Al Dana Vision is a trading company of machineries on printing, packaging, digital, binding and finishing.

Explained Ammar Taha, MD - Al Dana: “The non-woven bag making machine can produce different types of bags with online handle attachment like box-type bag; flat bag with side gazette, D-cut bags, and T-shirt bags (U-cut). The

Signtrade International inaugurates JAFZA head quarters

Signtrade International inaugurated it’s premises in JAFZA, UAE on January 12th, 2015. Designed and built, the new premises will give them 20,000 sq meters more and it has a proximity to sea and airport. Signtrade was established in 1988, in Dubai, U.A.E.

Speaking about the geographical location and advantages of the head quarters, Yasin Merchant, MD of Signtrade, commented, “This is strategically located at the cross roads of Asia, Europe and Africa, JAFZA has become the central hub, of the

Canon ME’s ‘Makaseb’ rewards scheme for its printing business in Egypt

Canon ME recently launched ‘Makaseb’, a loyalty and rewards program for all its customers involved in the printing and publishing sector in Egypt.

‘Makaseb’, an Arabic word for gains or profits, is a scheme aimed at incentivising Canon’s B2B partners in Egypt. The event held in Cairo recently saw the participation of various companies involved in graphic arts, Print-for-Pay (P4P), banking and other corporate sectors who have all been using Canon’s printing solutions for a considerable amount

Al Dana’s venture into digital as well as the finishing machines

Al Dana Vision was established in the year 2002, and it’s totally focused on providing a wide and integrated range of services in the book binding materials and machineries. Recently they have extended their services to digital printing and textile industry.

Al Dana is geographically based in Sharjah Industrial area where it is the sole agent of Velvet material from  France, PU material from Italy, PVC material from Finland, binding cloth from Germany, binding  accessories and all printing

Zebra launches printers designed for healthcare sector in ME

Zebra Technologies has launched new healthcare printers designed to operate in sterile clinical environments at Gitex 2014, adding to its healthcare portfolio. 

Zebra has also launched a new mobile printer for specimen collection that will help enhance patient safety in the region. Designed for use in sterile environments, the GK420 Healthcare printer can withstand regular cleanings with disinfecting solutions and allows healthcare professionals to label medications and specimens before and

Svara will distribute Swedish company’s products in GCC

Svara General Trading  (STG) company has confirmed that they have signed a deal with Sweden-based Fortex International BV to sell packaging boards  like PE board, food board, coated kraft back, duplex board and other speciality board  from various mills in the Far East and Europe to all the countries in the GCC region.

Explains director Abbas Jani, “SGT has marketing roots in UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for packaging boards.  We have a strong hold  in the region to sell container

35,000 fake printer ink cartridges seized by authorities in Riyadh

A total of 35,000 fake printer ink cartridges have been seized by the Ministry of Commerce in Riyadh, KSA, local media reported.

The authorities during the raids seized more than 5,000 packs of fake ink cartridges. Over 4,000 empty ink cartridges were about to be refilled, the paper said, adding that nearly 8,000 labels carrying HP trade marks were also confiscated. More than 25,000 packs, carrying HP and Canon brands, were seized.

In another campaign, the ministry’s field inspectors

Samsung announces its first assembly line in Ethiopia, Africa

Samsung has recently announced that it has opened its first ‘assembly plant in Africa, in Ethiopia’, with the factory established to manufacture up to 70 printers a day, the first models of which will be the ML-2160, SXZ-3405W, ML5015ND and SL-M8320D - a mixture of monochrome and MFP machines.
The plant was inaugurated by both Samsung’s African subsidiary, Samsung Electronics East Africa, and Tana Communication PLC.
At the inauguration ceremony, Tana’s CEO Sium Adugna stated that the plant, “in

Saudi converter adds two new FA-4 presses from Nilpeter

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based manufacturer of labels, Raqam International, has added two new FA-4 10-colour Nilpeter flexo presses to its operation to meet the increasing demand for labels.
These two Nilpeter multi-substrate flexo presses are an addition to their two Nilpeter offset MO-Lines already in production.
“To confront the imminent need for more volume in our production, we went looking for a flexo press with a consistent quality in repeat jobs, the fastest possible setup, optimum printing