Xerox unveils Iridesse Production Press at Modern Digital Print Exhibition

Xerox unveiled the Xerox Iridesse Production Press during the Modern Digital Print Exhibition, where the Jeddah Chamber gathered alongside major publishing houses. The Iridesse Production Press is the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass, giving print providers an immediate competitive edge in the growing digital print enhancement market. 

“The launch of the Iridesse Production Press in the Kingdom was a great success and we

Canon Middle East adds one more distribution deal in Jordan

Canon Middle East (CME), a provider of imaging technologies and services, signed a distribution agreement in Jordan with Logicom, a leading regional distributor of technology solutions and services.
As part of the agreement, Logicom Jordan will distribute and promote Canon’s comprehensive consumer product portfolio of photo, video and B2C printing solutions to the entire Jordanian market.
Canon is already present in Jordan through its long-standing partner United Electronics Company (UEC), and

Ghana to attain 100-300 MW of biomass power from waste

Government is on course to transform the country’s energy system away from fossil fuels towards energy efficiency and sustainable energies such as wind and biomass, a Deputy Minister for Energy, Joseph Cudjoe, has told parliament.
Answering a question on plans to transform the country’s energy system away from fossil fuels, Joseph Cudjoe said by the year 2030, some significant amount of renewable forms of energy would have been added to the national grid.
According to him, the Ministry of Energy

Mondi completes the acquisition of NPP

Further to the announcement made on April 2018, Mondi confirms that all conditions have been satisfied and it has completed the acquisition of National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export S.A.E (“NPP”), for a total consideration of EGP510 million (€24 million) on a debt and cash free-basis.
NPP operates an industrial bags plant in Giza near Cairo (Egypt), serving regional customers. The business will be integrated into Mondi’s Fibre Packaging Business Unit, which is a leading

HP organizes event in KSA to create awareness

HP hosted a local event in Saudi Arabia to help raise awareness of counterfeit and fraudulent activity in the region.
Across EMEA over the last five years (2013-2017), approximately 13m counterfeits and components have been seized by local authorities, closely supported by HP. In addition, HP has conducted over 5,300 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) of partners’ stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers, and that number is rising year-on-year. According to estimates from the

MEPCO & WASCO initiate leadership programme

The Middle East Paper Co. (‘MEPCO’) and its waste management wholly-owned subsidiary WASCO have signed a partnership agreement with King Abdulaziz University to launch a Leadership Programme for young Saudi nationals. The programme aims to provide Saudi youth with tools for raising awareness on environmental sustainability and its importance to the community.  To launch the programme, a campaign, titled ‘A License for Environmental Leadership’ was implemented.
MEPCO’s CEO Sami Safran, said

Dar Al-Nahrain buys finishing equipment from Muller Martini

Baghdad based printing graphic arts company Dar Al-Nahrain has invested in two Alegro perfect binders, two Ventura MC thread sewing machines and a Presto II saddle stitchers from Muller Martini.
“We decided on Muller solutions for three main reasons,” says managing director Duraid Dh. Da’as. “First, they are ideal for our job structure. Second, they ensure high productivity thanks to their speed and reliability. Third, we have an excellent partnership with Muller Martini’s regional agency

KBA organises seminar for print industry in Egypt

Koenig & Bauer invited representatives of the Egyptian print industry to seminars in Alexandria and Cairo. The seminars were organised together with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, the Egyptian Chamber of Printing & Packaging Industries, the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the drupa trade exhibition.  
In his opening address, Prof. George Nubar, head of the printing section and board member at the Chamber of Printing and Packaging Industries, reflected on

Toyo Inks to expand business in Turkey

Toyo Ink Holdings Co, the parent company of the Toyo Ink Group of companies, has announced that its subsidiary company Toyo Printing Inks, a manufacturer of inks and coatings in Turkey, has decided to purchase approximately 62,000 sq. m. of land for the future expansion of its operations in the Manisa Province in western Turkey. The new plot is located in the Manisa Industrial Zone, the same industrial park that is currently home to Toyo Printing Inks.
Toyo Printing Inks plans to use the land to

Laser shop expands with HP

The Laser Shop from Lebanon, has expanded its printing capabilities with the PageWide XL 4000 Multifunction Printer from HP. The printing services company provides a comprehensive array of copy and print services to construction companies and businesses, as well as architecture and engineering students.
“Over the past few years, the evolving nature of the industry has contributed to a rise in demand for high-quality printing solutions with the pressure of meeting tight deadlines. With the

Spectra Graphics launches digital business with Xerox

Cape-based Spectra Graphics has launched a new range of digital printing services with the purchase of a Xerox Color C70 printer/copier from Cape Office Machines and Bytes Document Solutions.
Traditionally a latex signage and large format print business, Spectra Graphics owners Jeremy and Bridgette Andrews say the company was eager to explore new higher-volume, lower-cost printing opportunities to complement the signage business.
“Until now our business focused on large-format, lower-volume

Canon releases sheetfed inkjet for lower volume requirement

Canon Middle East is extending its Océ VarioPrint i-Series portfolio with the launch of the Océ VarioPrint i200, a 200 page-per-minute (ppm) sheetfed inkjet press for customers with lower volume requirements.
Along with the release of the Océ VarioPrint i200 model, Canon is introducing the option of MICR inks to users of the VarioPrint i-Series. Both i-Series models now also feature new paper feeding options to enable PSPs to run tabs and pre-punched stocks. This added media flexibility is also

Canon revamps its production printer offering

Canon has launched a new series of mono production printers, which it said deliver “substantial productivity gains” over the devices they replace. The VarioPrint 140 series, which comprises the VarioPrint 115, 130 and 140, will begin shipping in July, with pricing starting from around £35,000 for an entry level machine.
Wayne Barlow, Canon head of graphics & communications business group, industrial print solutions, said the 140 series represents the ongoing development of its monochrome

Flexofit seminar’s held in Kenya and Tanzania

After the success and the demand following the 2015 and the 2016 events, the Flexofit GmbH from Bad Vilbel, Germany, successfully held their third Flexofit Kenya Seminar in Nairobi on 11th May 2017 as well as the second Flexofit Tanzania Seminar on the 8th May in Dar Es Salaam.
Both seminars sported a comprehensive range of presentations from international suppliers. The broad audience of local industry staff, represented by top management at both locations followed the presentations with keen

Global print solution provider opens shop

US-based ink and toner retailer and franchisor Cartridge World has opened a shop in Kenya adding to four in East Africa after opening one in Tanzania in 2015. The store, which will be based at Heights Building in Westlands, Nairobi will offer customers a cost-saving alternative to printing, and over full-priced Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cartridges.
“Cartridge World is looking to expand its footprint and global brand awareness to many emerging regions such as Africa and today we are

Formset buys Muller Martini’s perfect binder

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town (South Africa) is the first graphic arts company in Africa to invest in a Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder, enabling it to enter a new market segment – digital book production.
Although Formset-ABC Printer is already active in digital printing, it chiefly produces large-size posters. The 60-year-old company with a long tradition, which employs some 1,000 people, is now planning to enter digital inkjet book production. “We’re chiefly planning to produce books

Somalia set to resume currency printing after 26 years

Somalia intends to resume printing banknotes this year for the first time since the country’s government collapsed in 1991.
The governor of Somalia’s central bank, Bashir Issa Ali, told VOA recently that all technical preparations have been concluded and his government is confident that it can assemble a financial aid package within three months to fund the printing program.
Further work would take another four months. Asked if Somalia will print and distribute banknotes during 2017, Ali

2017 JHF kick off meeting held in Thailand along with partners

Beijing JHF Technology Co., Ltd held their kick off meeting to celebrate and accelerate at Thailand on last 19-20th January. The event was attended by media persons and channel partners. Along with the other partners, Age Graphics who is the distributor of JHF for GCC, also has attended the meeting.
JHF announces closure of another successful year in 2016. Company completes first phase of establishing its international operations along with the announcement of its demo facility in Bangkok.

HP launches new tank for home printers

HP recently unveiled a new DeskJet GT 5820/10 All-in-One series targeted at ‘high-volume’ home users looking for a wireless ink tank printer.
“High volume home users are focused on efficiency and are constantly on the look out for innovation that can reduce cost and minimize disruption to their work,” said Jason McMillan, managing director, HP Inc. Saudi Arabia. “The new HP DeskJet GT series makes high-quality, reliable printing more affordable and wireless printing and ink refill easy and

Koot Al Watan invest in Konica Minolta’s digital printer C1085

Kuwait based Koot Al Watan Press has invested in C1085 digital production printing press from Konica Minolta.  The press is suitable for variable data printing and small lot orders.  It can operate at  speeds of 100/85 ppm printing on 55 to 350 gsm papers.
“The machine lived up to our expectations” said Ramzan “It was everything we were looking for and more. Al Mulla delivered the machine on schedule and carried out the installation and the training, Al Mulla has given us excellent support, not

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