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Chinese printer opens Ghana office

Shanghai KS Printing, China opened the Ghana office of the Group in Accra hoping to become a market leader in Ghana’s printing industry.

It has also set an ambitious target of expanding its services to the West African sub-region.

Speaking at the opening the chief executive officer of E-Tang Ghana, representatives of Shanghai KS Printing in West Africa Eric Worchie said his company’s aim “is to run a customer-focused business and also remain a market leader within a short time”.

“We are not

Tanzanian printer invests in Agfa’s Anapurna H3200i LED

Agfa recently installed Anapurna H3200i LED at Delfina Promotions Ltd in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Launched in 2016, Anapurna H3200i LED is a hybrid that combines board and roll-to-roll print jobs. Its features include: reinforced beam that ensures shuttle movement for accurate dot placement; shuttle safety sensors that prevent print heads from touching the substrate and getting damaged; air-cooled, energy-saving LED lamps ideal for thermally sensitive materials; convenient operator interface

Canon focuses on education at Innovation Summit, Africa

Canon Central and North Africa, a division of Canon Middle East (founded in 2015) and a subsidiary of Canon Europe, participated in Innovation Summit for the first time as a partner.
The Summit – that took place between 3-5 December in Accra, Ghana  – brought together African policy-makers and senior officials from more than 40 countries to discuss the subject of education, innovation and information technology.

According to Canon’s press statement, “Education is one of the key areas of

Flexofit holds packaging, print seminar in Ghana

The Flexofit GmbH held Flexofit seminar in Accra, Ghana on 29 October.

The year’s seminar brought together expert speakers from internationally renowned companies to share the latest industry technology developments in printing and packaging, that were recently introduced at Labelexpo in Brussels and K  in Düsseldorf.

The talks covered prepress, plate making, printing devices and facilities, as well as technical solutions based on local challenges and changes.

James Agboli, from Royal Crown

HP partners with UN Women to empower women in Africa

A new collaboration between UN Women and HP builds on the existing model of a partnership in Mexico, where equipment and entrepreneurial online learning courses are offered in digital classrooms to over 5,000 women under UN Women’s Second Chance Education Initiative with financial support from BHP Foundation.

UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and HP VP and MD for Africa signed an MOU to expand digital learning opportunities for women and girls in five countries: South Africa

Repro Systems purchases its third hybrid printer from Agfa

Senegal-based Repro Systems recently purchased its third machine from Agfa - Anapurna H3200i LED.

Launched in 2016, Anapurna H3200i LED is a hybrid that combines board and roll-to-roll print jobs. Its features include: reinforced beam that ensures shuttle movement for accurate dot placement; shuttle safety sensors that prevent print heads from touching the substrate and getting damaged; air-cooled, energy-saving LED lamps ideal for thermally sensitive materials; convenient operator interface

Mimaki to reveal latest innovations at FESPA Africa 2019

Under the theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’, Mimaki Europe will take the visitors of FESPA Africa 2019, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa between 11-13 September, on a journey through its cost-effective and profit-generating printing solutions.

The manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how businesses can use Mimaki technology to “support increased revenues, address new markets and drive pioneering application possibilities”.

Mimaki’s latest JFX200-2513 EX

Flexofit seeks to improve printing industries in African countries

Flexofit GmbH held a seminar in Kampala, Uganda on 13 June where representatives from Esko, Chespa, Renzmann, Nilpeter, Gama and Koenig & Bauer presented latest industry news and developments in printing and packaging.

The presentations covered topics such as prepress, plate-making, printing devices and facilities, as well as techniques and water-based solutions in addition to local challenges and changes.
In the last 20 years, Uganda saw an yearly economic growth of 5%-10%. Recently

Rotocon calls its participation at Propak Africa ‘record breaking’

Rotocon confirmed a “record-breaking” exhibition across their three stands at the triennial Propak Africa held this year 12-15 March in Johannesburg, with 17 confirmed orders for label printing and finishing equipment.

Ordered were five Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+ series UV inkjet presses, five Rotocon Ecoline RDF 330 digital label converting and four Ecoline RSD 330 label diecutting/inspection machines, an AVT Helios 100% automated inline inspection solution with WorkFlow Link, a Domino K600i

OKI Europe appoints new sales director for Africa and Turkey

OKI Europe Limited announces the appointment of Neil Rom as the new sales director for Africa and Turkey with immediate effect.

After his thorough experience of 24 years as OKI’s distributor in South Africa, Neil had been a key aspect in the success of Printacom, he achieved several milestones in the territory growing OKI presence and market share throughout Southern Africa and focusing on key industry verticals such as retail back-office, banking, graphics solutions, and many more.

Along

Messe Frankfurt announces launch of Interior Lifestyle Middle East 2020

Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the regional arm of international trade show and conference organiser Messe Frankfurt GmbH, on 19 March 2019 announced the launch of a new exhibition targeting the wider Middle East, African, and Central Asian markets.

Interior Lifestyle Middle East will debut in March 2020 in Dubai, offering a holistic platform for exhibitors to showcase mid to high-end consumer goods, specifically oriented toward the giving and dining segments, and targeting thousands of retail

Xerox appoints Mohamed Amer as the VP and region general manager for MEA

Xerox announced the appointment of Mohamed Amer as the vice president and region general manager in the Middle East and Africa, where he will be responsible for managing the regions’ operations, business growth and strategy development.

Amer’s 20-year technology and document management industry experience expected to add value to company’s operations and to the region. Amer began his career with Xerox Corporation in Alexanderia, Egypt in 1999.

“I am honored to be leading Xerox’s business in

14th Edition of WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference highlights digital strategies revolutionising publishing industry

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, highlighted the role of the media in connecting people and increasing human engagement around the world during his keynote speech on the first day of the 14th edition of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA 2019) Middle East Conference. Dubai Production City, the region’s leading community for the printing, publishing, warehouses and events industries is co-hosting the

Multigraf and Dynagraph highlight print finishing machines

Multigraf AG, Switzerland along with their partner Dynagraph highlight the print finishing machines.
Talking about the relationship and partnership Mathias Taraca, area sales manager EMEA, Multigraf, said, “We began our partnership with Dynagraph from mid of 2018. We started visiting them from this January and the collaboration became very fast. Dynagraph is very professional organisation which will complement our export growth strategy. We wanted to showcase our finishing machines’ ability to

Middle East and Africa a happy hunting ground for European brands

The Middle East and Africa’s potential as a major growth market for paper, stationery, and office supplies, is catching the attention of European manufacturers, with top brands preparing to establish a larger presence at the industry’s dedicated regional trade fair in Dubai.
Paperworld Middle East has typically proved to be a happy hunting ground for prospective European exhibitors eager to conquer new markets that are otherwise hard to reach.
Since its inaugural edition in 2011, the annual

HP is to host a webinar covering personalization

HP Graphics Solutions Business has launched a personalization framework, The Personalization Pinwheel, intended to help brands to accelerate business growth and increase consumer engagement.

Informed by insights from more than 45 million online conversations in four markets across the globe, the framework hones in on what motivates consumers to personalize – from photo books to magazine covers to consumer packaged goods – and how brands can capitalize on those motivations. 

Jose “Pepe” Gorbea

Jury announced for Epson’s first ever Win-A-Robot competition in Europe, The Middle East and Russia

Epson announces the jury of the 2018 win-a-robot contest, as five experts representing the fields of industry, academia and politics join from around Europe to review applications from one of the first ever competition open across Europe, the Middle East and Russia to win Epson T-series robots. The competition is placing the latest technology in the hands of the future: universities, tertiary education establishments and research institutions are all busy uncovering ideas that support the

HP commits to educate 100,000 across Africa in the next three years

At the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, HP announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through the HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program, and kicked off the commitment by opening a new tech-enabled HP LIFE Center in South Africa. Ify AFE, managing director, HP Inc. Nigeria have given the announcement during an event. HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and furthers the company’s goals to enable better learning

Epson’s #WishIdPrintedIt campaign reveals that 89% of respondents admitted to losing photos

Epson, a renowned manufacturer of printing and visual imaging solutions, ran a survey on social media to find out more about people’s printing habits in the digital era as part of its campaign, #WishIdPrintedIt. Nearly half of the respondents (48%) from Middle East and Africa said that they store their photographs on their smartphones, and a staggering 89% admitted to losing their photographs because they had had their phone stolen, their hard drive crashed, or they’d run out of digital storage

HP cracks down on counterfeit toner in Uganda

HP and the Ugandan authorities have taken down two prominent retailers selling counterfeit HP print cartridges in the Kampala area.

The operation – carried out in August 2018 – was carried out by Ugandan officials and involved raids on several premises, including outlet stores and a hidden manufacturing site for fakes. As a result, the authorities seized over 18,000 ready-for-sale illicit print cartridges.

Glenn Jones, head of HP’s global anti-counterfeiting program for investigations and

Flexofit GmbH hosted their third Flexofit South Africa Seminar in Durban

The Flexofit GmbH from Germany held their third Flexofit South Africa Seminar on October 24th in Durban. After successful seminars in Johannesburg in 2017 and Cape town in 2016, the regional expert audience met at the Indian ocean to enjoy a multifaceted program on the latest technological developments in the printing industry.

Esko’s Flexo Specialist Marc de Mey and Johan Bastiaen, sales manager MEA started the day-long seminar by introducing their latest "Esko Crystal Technology” to the

African printing industry to gain from SGI Dubai 2019

International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that the African printing and signage industry will immensely benefit from the innovative products and solutions at the Sign and Graphic Imaging - SGI Dubai 2019 trade show. The show currently in its 22nd consecutive year will be held at the iconic, Dubai World Trade Centre, from January 13th to 15th 2019 at the halls 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

According to a Smithers Pira report titled ‘The Future of Printing in Middle East and Northern

Mepco - ‘Paper Recycling Company of the Year’

The Middle East Paper Co (Mepco), a vertically-integrated paper manufacturer in the region, said it has been named ‘Paper Recycling Company of the Year’ at the inaugural Middle East Waste & Recycling Awards, hosted in Dubai, UAE.
The award recognises producers of pulp, paper and packaging material for sustainable operations and creative solutions and products. It also recognises paper recycling companies operating in the Middle East that have provided a service to their customers

Tetra Pak grows more in Africa

Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost two billion packages to meet the needs of the growing population in South Africa. The company is celebrating its 60th year in the region.
 Tetra Pak was established in 1952 in Lund, Sweden. South Africa was an early expansion destination already in 1958, and a factory was built in Pinetown in 1979. “The growth and success we see today is proof that South Africa and Africa will deliver our vision of making food safe and available

OKI launches 2 new Pro Series label printers for low volumes

Printing and imaging solutions vendor OKI Europe, has said it is expanding into the label printer market with the launch of two new label printers, the Pro Series 1040 and 1050, to the expanding OKI Europe portfolio.
Focusing on the growth of evolving markets, the Pro1040 and Pro1050 represent OKI’s new innovation in label printing technology and will help businesses bring greater attention to their products through the quick, easy and cost-effective creation of eye-catching labels.
“The launch

Africa Print Expo announces dates

Africa Print expo organisers Practical Publishing have announced the 2019 calendar, with events to be hosted in Cape Town, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg.
Visitors to the 2019 Africa Print expo’s can take advantage of opportunities in sheetfed A3 machines grand format digital equipment, commercial and digital printers, finishing equipment, software, media and consumables and more.
The confirmed dates for the 2019 expo’s are: Nelspruit: 20 February 2019, Emnotweni Arena; Port

Skysat Technologies held an exhibition on digital solutions

Skysat Technologies Ghana Limited on 25th September held an exhibition on digital solutions. The event was also used to officially unveil the Accuriopress Color Series by Konica Minolta. The exhibition was also aimed at enhancing document management and office archiving systems to avoid loss or damage of important documents in homes, offices and other places. CEO of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) Archie Hesse, in his address, commended Skysat and its elite partner

Kyocera moves ahead in copier and MFP markets

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa has advanced in the overall South African copier and multifunction printer (MFP) market in the second quarter of 2018, with a 15.5% share of unit shipments for the period. This is according to new numbers from Infosource and indicates that Kyocera's focus on delivering vertical solutions that address companies' pain points is paying off.

For the first half of calendar 2018, Kyocera ranked second in the overall South African copier and MFP market, growing

KYOCERA South Africa announced it's winners

KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa announced the winners of its 11th local Service Awards, honouring its top engineers at an exclusive ceremony held in Johannesburg. KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa prestigious awards recognise the dedication, skills, knowledge and outstanding technical abilities of its certified engineers, who competently deliver technical solutions to resolve its customers’ technical queries on a daily basis. “Our customers are looking to do business with service

Branders Printing backs Xerox with new buy

Digital printing is one of the biggest innovations in the printing industry, and speed is the number one advantage. That’s what convinced Branders Printing Company, a family-owned print business in Boksburg, to buy a new Xerox Versant 180 colour digital press from Bytes Document Solutions’ (BDS) authorised service partner, XBC-IT.
“We wanted to upgrade our digital print offering to the local market,” says Branders. “Speed, cost-effectiveness, and advanced personalisation were our key