HP unveils ePrint technology, other innovations in Cairo, KSA

HP Middle East has launched its multi-function web connected e-Printers that allow users to print from anywhere by sending an email to the printer's own email address, either from another computer or a smart phone. Photos, documents, tickets to shows and other such documents can be emailed from the smart phones or tablet PC's directly onto the HP enabled ePrinter, can be printed directly.

Among the new models are two entry level deskjet all-in -one printers code named Deskjet 2050a and 1050a

Youssef Allam shoulders CSR by revamping educational institute

Cairo based Youssef Allam & Co were presented with the Appreciation Award by Dr. Mohamed Sabry, Dean of Helwan University's Faculty of Applied Arts, in a special ceremony.

The award was given in appreciation of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, under which Youssef Allam undertook to revamp the University's main lecture hall.

The company installed a new data show, added students' chairs, storage cabinets and an instructor desk. New floors were laid, walls painted, curtains hung

Kodak launches GCG in Ethiopia with reseller

Kodak and its distributor Typotech Imaging Systems launched its Graphic Communications Group (GCG) in Ehtiopia during a ceremony hosted at the Hilton Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian market predominantly comprises commercial and publishing printers. Typotech feels the Kodak solutions fit the Ethiopian market needs perfectly, as Alfred Kandarah, managing director for Typotech says: "The local market is ready for the Kodak prepress, press and workflow solutions. The output these deliver is

abelexpo plans summit in Africa

The Labelexpo Global Series has announced a new event, Label Summit Africa 2012, which will focus on the growing African label and package printing market. The conference and table-top exhibition will take place on 19 - 20 March at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town.

Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director said, 'We are very excited to be moving into this important region. Label Summit Africa will give African printers the opportunity to learn about global advances in label technologies and

Sphinx to finance $25.5m for completion of new paper mill

The IFC joins Sphinx Private Equity Management and Grandview, Citadel Capital's small and mid-cap investment portfolio company, to finalize the debt and equity financing for the completion of environmentally-friendly paper mill that will create 850 jobs and ease Egypt's reliance on imports.

Grandview Investment Holdings, a company managed by Sphinx Private Equity Management, has announced today that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is supporting job creation and reducing greenhouse

Egypt printer aims to double production with SM XL162 buy

Egypt based packaging printer Mosbah Packaging Press, has gone for 'Middle East first' large format press from Heidelberg.

Cairo based printer is planning to double its production capacity with Speedmaster XL 162 purchase. The five-colour press with coating unit is planned to be installed this summer in a new 6,000 m production building of the company.

Khaled Mosbah, in charge of the family business since 1998 said: "We are impressed by the high quality and above all, the outstanding

Presstek's new reseller is Adler

Manufacturer of digital offset machinery, Presstek has appointed Adler Gruppe & Addxxion as its distributor for Egypt. Adler will sell and service all Presstek products including thermal plates, CTP solutions and DI digital offset presses.

Mohamed Shoukry, CEO of Adler Gruppe, says, "Presstek's products will help our customers establish more sustainable working practices - something that is becoming increasingly important in our local market."

The company produces chemistry-free CTP, and along

Police Press buys GossCommunity SSC to boost revenue of webpress

Cairo based, Police Press has ordered a Goss Community SSC press from resellers, Youssef Allam, Goss International's Cairo-based agent for Egypt, Libya and Sudan.

"Through its standards and reputation, Police Press is winning important contracts and has a clear vision of how its business can continue to develop," said Allam, owner and managing director of Youssef Allam.

"It was clear that the time was right for the company to install a web press, and thorough analysis indicated that a Community

Epson selects Jebel Ali company as distributor for N Africa & Iraq

Epson has announced that it has recently appointed Mohammad Ekrayem & Sons (MES) as its new distributor in North Africa and Iraq.

MES, which has been operating in the region since 1986, is headquartered in the Jebel Ali Free Zone as a distributor for global IT brands.

Ahmad Qasem, channel sales manager, Epson, said: "With its extensive experience and thorough knowledge of the regional market, Mohammad Ekrayem & Sons will serve as an important addition to our network of distributors across the

Ashmand's dealership for Agfa renewed

Agfa Graphix Middle East & Africa, a part of AGFA-Gaevart Group have announced that they have renewed their agreement with Ashmand to distribute their Jeti solvent printers in Egypt.

Mohamed Ghalayani, MEA Marcom channel manager said, "Prior to the acquisition of Gandinnovations, (the original manufacturer of Jeti printers) by Agfa, Ashmand were always the Jeti dealers for the products in Egypt. Ashmand will be responsible for marketing and after sales service and will also coordinate with our

PET re-cycling drive in Kenya

Plastic packaging industry players in East Africa, Safepak, Kenya's PET packaging manufacturer, along with Coca Cola East and Central Africa and Highlands Mineral Water Company have launched the PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) Recycling Company of Kenya (PETCO) local media reported.

PETCO plans to recycle over 70% of plastic bottles used in the region by 2015. The joint initiative has a target of recycling 4,200 tonnes of plastic by 2015.

Representatives from the three companies, along with

Packaging group invests in 3-sheetfed presses in one year

Egypt based packaging group First Print has installed three large- and medium-format sheetfed presses within one year. Established in 2008, the company has invested in two large-format KBA Rapida 162a presses, one with five colours, the other with six, alongside a medium-format six-colour Rapida 105.

General director Louai Ali Abdel-Wahid says, "We print medium to long runs for top-flight customers covering the food, household, medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors. Our customer

Egyptian wins Silver Lion

Arabic movie channel, Melody Aflam has won the Silver Lion for copywriting in film craft at the 57th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

The Film Craft Lions category received 1,110 entries for which the Silver Lion was awarded to Melody Aflam.

"I am extremely thrilled and delighted to be able to achieve such prestigious awards this year," stated Gamal Marwan - chairman & CEO of Melody Entertainment Ltd; "First winning our second Grand Prix at Mena Crystal followed by our third Grand

Kenya Times to say bye after 27 working years.

Kenya Times will finally be closing shop after 27 years of operation, local media reported.

First published on April 5, 1983, the Kenya Times was previously known as Nairobi Times when the title was bought from publisher Hillary Ng'weno.

Five years after its launch, media mogul Robert Maxwell bought 45 per cent stake in the newspaper.

The Kenya Times was the first full colour newspaper in the country as it had the most modern printing press in the region.

A case has been filed in a Nairobi court

Nation Media Group extends its KBA press line with 4-high tower

Nairobi-based Nation Media Group Ltd has announced that it will be adding a further four-high tower onto the KBA Comet press it commissioned in 1997 and extended several times subsequently.

The extended press line will be ready for action at East Africa's leading multi-media enterprise at the end of the year, it was learnt. Celebrating its 50th jubilee this year, the Nation Media Group has expanded from its core business of print into television, radio, the internet and logistics and also holds

Vision Group goes for a $14m expansion plan

Kampala based Vision Group has invested $9m to purchase a Chinese printing press and a further $5m in a purpose-built factory premises.

The printing press has a capacity to print 40,000 copies per hour with 64 pages of full colour in one run at optimum speed.

The chief executive officer of Vision Group, Robert Kabushenga said, "This press is the first of its kind in East Africa, and also the third new printing press ever imported in the history of Uganda.

"The new printing press will improve

Fujifilm hosts seminar on printing industry

FujiFilm & Al Madina for Advanced Technology organised a seminar on "The Future Of Printing -CTP Technology Innovations & Approaches" at the City Stars Intercontinental Hotel in Cairo.

According to the organisers, more than 150 managers, owners and representatives attended the event from a large number of Egyptian & Arab private, newspaper and government printing presses.

Ashraf Fathy, general manager in his welcome speech talked about the Al Madina growth strategy, followed by a speech given by

Police Press invests in Kodak's NexPress S3000 digital press.

Commercial printer working for the Egyptian police and government, Police Press has invested in 4-colour digital press from Kodak, NexPress S3000 with a glossing unit as an add-on feature. The printer has also bought two Digimaster EX150 digital production systems with finishing capability to 'boost its production speed and capacity, penetrate new markets and generate additional revenue'.

Mohamed Abu Zahara, general manager at Police Press said, "The performance of both the NexPress

Horus invests in 5m UV curable HP XP5300

Egypt based outdoor media company, Horus has installed a third, large format printer from HP. The 5 meter UV cured printer, XP5300 was installed in December last year.

According to founder of Horus, Ashraf Shaker, the purchase was necessary due to rapid expansion in printing jobs. "We decided to increase our printing capacity considerably to fulfil high demand expected in the new year with this UV curable technology."

Horus had installed XL1200 in April 09 and XL1500 in June last

IGPP ups capacity with KBA comet investment

Khartoum-based International Group Printing Press (IGPP) has installed a single-width KBA comet newspaper press, the first such installation in the country.

Yassir Hamad Madani, owner of IGPP said, “Our operations are very large and we cater to 70 per cent of the printing market in Sudan.  In our endeavour to improve productivity and quality, we decided to install the KBA machine, which can print 200,000 copies per shift (8 hours).”

The company, with a staff of 47 people

Egypt based printer invests in Screen CTP

Prepress and offset printer based in Egypt, Photo Screen Company, recently placed an order to install a Screen CTP, model PTR 8300S.

Talking about their reason for choosing this particular machine over competitors’ models, Mohamad Hamed, general manager of Photo Screen said, “Our research showed us that the machine would be easy to operate and therefore too much time and money need not be spent on training staff to use the machine and also, it has faster production capacity

Eng installs one of the largest billboards on Mombasa road

The high-visibility billboard is 170 metres long and 8 metres high, with flex face front lit technology being innovatively used.

“We pioneered the technology,” says Sandeep Nehra, chief operating officer, ENG East Africa.  “Samsung is our first client and they were so impressed with the idea, that they have signed up for two years.  The visible impact of the billboard has been such that we have received inquiries from several multinational companies including

Inaugural ‘Paper Middle East 09’ targets paper industry in MENA

The first exhibition on paper, paperboard, tissue and converting industry was held between 3rd to 5th October, at Cairo International Fair Grounds in Egypt. 

Targeting the paper industry of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the event had a total of 113 exhibitors and 5800 visitors from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Egypt.

The event was inaugurated by Dr Ahmed Gewely, secretary general, Council of Arab Economic Unity and Ibrahem Salh, chief, Arab Federation For

Mwananchi Communications invests $4 million for Hiline 45

Dare Es Salaam-based printing house, Mwananchi Communications has purchased the Manugraph Hiline 45 web offset recently, at a cost of $4million. The machine can print 40 pages in a single run.

In an interview with PrintweekMEA, managing director Sam Shollei said: “The investment was required to grow our newspaper operations in Tanzania where we will now have the most modern press, capable of offering full colour pages and operating at very high speeds. Sensing a need in the market

‘First’ Komori Lithrone LS440P at Jamana Printers, East Africa

Jamana Printers Limited has installed a Komori Lithrone LS440P. The Tanzania-based company purchased the machine at Drupa last year with installation taking place in August.

According to director of Jamana Printers Limited, Shabbar F Kermali: “It is the first machine of its kind in East Africa.”

Kermali said that installation took around two weeks to complete. The machine is to be used for “commercial jobs”.

He added: “We purchased this new machine to increase

Kenyan-based company buys machine to break into digital

Magnate Ventures Ltd has purchased the HP Scitex XP5300 printer.

The Kenyan-based company, which was established in 1996, purchased the printer to attempt a move into markets offering new digital services.

Initially established due to the growing need for outdoor signage in the country, the company focuses on strategic advertising development, manufacture and installation of billboards, signage, point of purchase advertising, building wraps and more.

According to marketing director of

Technoprint Egypt 09 seen as ‘great success’

The TechnoPrint Egypt 2009 event has taken place at the International Conference Centre in Cairo.

The event – held from May 24 to 28 this year – saw several hundred exhibitors, including Heidelberg, Canon, Goss and Xerox, attending.

Exhibitors included press manufacturers, pre-press equipment suppliers and technologies, post-press equipment and materials suppliers, paper, inks, plates and chemicals manufacturers and suppliers, packaging materials manufacturers and suppliers

Print boom in Uganda due to vast demand

Printing in Uganda is booming, says the Uganda Printers Association.

That’s according to an online report that says despite the digital era, in Uganda, there is still a strong demand for print.

The association estimates that some 6,000 people are now employed in the print industry compared to the 2,000 people 10 years ago.

This has been attributed to the growing population and new markets in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Southern

Kodak shows latest pre press and digital printing updates in Luxor

Kodak’s Graphic Communication Group (GCG) has held a series of seminars in Luxor, Egypt to showcase its latest pre-press and digital printing product portfolio.

The event was also used as a forum to share the latest information on market developments.
Partners were also provided with the latest news relating to the company. This was at Kodak’s annual partner conference at the end of January.

The company staged presentations and workshops on different product groups and

Five Star Graphics adds Jeti 5024 for accuracy

Five Star Graphics has upgraded its press, adding a six-colour Gandinnovations Jeti 5024 to its press.

Managing director of the company, Ahmed Sherif said: “We already have a Jeti 3324 solvent printer but we were looking for more accuracy and speed, which is why we installed the new machine.”

The 5.1m RTR machine – which was installed in the final quarter of last year – has 24 spectra heads and can print up to 600dpi with a speed of up to 160 sqm/hr.

Sherif said the