Almana & Partners showcase new range of mobile printing solutions from Konica Minolta

Almana & Partners showcased the latest Konica Minolta office and production print range during an open house at their newly established showroom, in Doha Qatar. 

“The latest multi-function devices, along with mobile printing solutions were a great success. Our main objective is to provide end to end business solutions to our valued customers,” said Issa Al Bitar manager, office equipment & business solutions division.

One of the many new solutions on show by Almana was the flagship

Guinness record for largest billboard

JCDecaux, an outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced that its subsidiary JCDecaux ATA along with LG Electronics and KKIA, has won a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest outdoor advertising billboard at King Khaled International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

The advertising structure took over three months to complete and measures 250 x 12 meters, with a total surface area of 3,000 sq m. 

LG’s advertising artwork was installed in only seven days, Trade Arabia

Flint Group announces offset inks price rise

Flint Group has announced a 5% increase in the price of all offset inks from 1 January 2015.

The price rise, which is subject to existing contracts, will apply across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and is due to ongoing upward price pressure on raw materials for offset inks, which it first cited in a statement released last month.

Craig Foster, president of Flint Group’s Print Media Europe Division, added that there has been a “steady creep upwards of pricing for most inputs”, as

Huffington Post’s deal with Wadah Khanfar

The Huffington Post is forming a partnership with Wadah Khanfar, the former head of Al Jazeera to launch an Arabic-language edition targeting a fast-growing population of mobile-connected Middle Eastern youth, Gulf News has reported. 

The launch of HuffPost Arabi is the latest step in the AOL-owned US news and commentary website’s international expansion strategy, which has taken it from the UK and Canada to local language sites in Germany, Brazil and South Korea. 

Huffington Post’s

Bobst hosts roadshow in Africa on innovations

Bobst’s roadshow in Kenya highlighted how innovations across the packaging chain can help realize the region’s great untapped production potential. In its Africa Roadshow, Bobst had earlier hosted conferences in Nigeria and South Africa. Over 100 delegates participated.

Eric Pavone, business director for Bobst Business Unit Web-fed said, “It is time now for the Kenyan converters to invest in localised production as there is growth overall.”

Jacques Pitteloud, Switzerland ambassador to

Kodak and distributor Sidhom launch new products in Egypt

Kodak and its distributor in Egypt, Sidhom organized a road show in Cairo, announcing the launch of new products like the new process free plates Sonora, the NexPress with gold as fifth imaging and Flexcel packaging portfolio, in the region. Over 100 people participated in the event.
Tarek Nasr, commercial manager, Sidhom explained: “Egypt represents a big strength for us with 95 million people. It’s a very evolving and lucrative market for investors and print service providers. This was the aim

East Afripack to be held in Sept

East Afripack – the packaging and processing exhibition for the East Africa market, scheduled for September 9th to 12th in Nairobi, Kenya, will now enjoy the support of PMMI – a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers suppliers and the organizer of the PACKEXPO trade shows.

“We’re very excited about this new venture with Ipack-Ima - says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI -. We’re entering East Africa at a time

DigiPro,Canon ME host event in Egypt

DigiPro, a distributor for Canon Middle East in Egypt conducted an event in partnership with The Egyptian Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (ESRNM), showcasing the technological innovations of the Canon imagePRESS C1+. The event was held at the Giza Pyramids and was attended by radiologists and professionals within the industry.
Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon ME said; “The imagePRESS C1 + is a great example of how we can  tailor a product to suit a customer. The solution

Fespa Africa to be held in July

Fespa Africa will take place between 2-4 July 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is sponsored by Roland and Avery Dennison.
Major brands exhibiting at the expo include: Roland, Avery Dennison, Epson, HP, Mimaki, Durst, Kodak, OKI, Kornit Digital, Fujifilm, Agfa, swissQprint, Esko, Seiko, Aristo, Optimus, Pantone among others.
Michael Ryan, group
exhibition manager at Fespa commented, “Global manufacturers consider Fespa Africa and the integrated Sign Africa expo as the perfect regional

Inaugural Fespa Africa set to be biggest in sub-Saharan Africa

Around 75% of floor space has already been reserved by exhibitors at Fespa Africa 2014, set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-4 July next year.

The event, a partnership between Fespa and South African event organiser Practical Publishing (PP), will incorporate PP’s existing Sign Africa Expo and Visual Communications Africa events.

The combined events will have a footprint of 13,500sqm, with an anticipated 150 exhibitors, and a target of more than 6,000 visitors from Africa

Youssef Allam Group organizes open house at PMA in Cairo

With digital printing volumes  growing in Egypt and North-East Africa, and due to customers expecting a quick turnaround for shorter and variable runs, the Youssef Allam Group, a long-standing Heidelberg agency, held a three-day open house event at the Print Media Academy in Cairo to launch the Linoprint C digital printing system.
Sales and service activities for these systems will be the responsibility of the newly founded company Aim, a subsidiary of the Youssef Allam Group.
“We are keen to

Saga digital to resell Mutoh’s large format printers in Africa

Distributors Saga Digital has announced the signing of an agreement to resell large format printers made by Mutoh into the African markets, including West, East, Central and parts of North African nations.
Mehdi Berrada Baby, director of Saga Digital commented, “Mutoh products will allow us to target clients that cannot  invest in the super large format printers immediately. The Mutoh printers are available in ranges upto 2.6 meter wide, roll to roll eco solvent, water based products where as

DigiPro inks Canon deal with International Printing House

DigiPro, a distributor of Canon Middle East in Egypt, has installed the first Canon proofing solution in the country with International Printing House (IPH).
The installation is said to be the first of its kind for Canon in Egypt which will further contribute to the growth of the country’s graphic arts industry.
“Canon is committed to providing the highest standards of support in the Professional Print industry and is a trusted partner to its customers helping them drive profitable business

Youssef Allam Group participates in TechnoPrint 2013 at Cairo, Egypt

Youssef Allam Group  through its participation in Technoprint 2013, announced its completion of printing systems after its recent penetration the field of digital.
Heidelberg Linoprint 901 with Inline Finishers, and various finishing products like paper scissors, by Polar automatic, half-automatic binding machines, creasing machine, by Fastbind & latest cutting business cards, by Uchida were on display.
This is in addition to showcasing the latest digital machines for label printing, as well

Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej and Technova successful six years

Bahrain-based Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing House have been using chemicals and inks from Technova for 6 years now.
Says Samuel Paul, director- operations, “Yes we are very satisfied with Technova products. We follow a stringent, unbiased scientific method of product selection & evaluation. If & only if any product qualifies our quality requirements then only we approve the same for use on our machine. Price is secondary to us, but yes what I can say is that the products

Heidelberg Linoprint launched at Cairo by Youssef Allam at PMA

Youssef Allam Group, at an event in its Print Media Academy in Cairo launched Heidelberg Linoprint. This machine is in the production printing line of Heidelberg, resulting from the strategic alliance between Heidelberg and Ricoh. It will be distributed in Egypt through Youssef Allam’s newly launched company called “Aim”.  
According to Eng. Adel Allam – CEO of Youssef Allam Group, digital printing is growing in volume everywhere as showcased in Drupa 2012, so it was time to introduce it in

HP unveils solution to tackle the counterfeiting problem in Africa

HP plans to roll-out a verification code-technology that could help African consumers detect fake ink, cartridges or toners reported Web Africa.
The verification mechanism will take the form of a Quick Response (QR) code that consumers can use to check the authenticity of equipment.
Alternatively, customers can enter a alphanumeric code printed next to the QR Code into the HP Mobile Authentication website to verify  if the equipment is genuine or fake.
“After checking for the label’s holographic

Bobst MEA subsidiary in Tunis completes 20 years operation

Leader in packaging and finishing machine manufacturing, Bobst recently celebrated 20 years of operation in MEA. Subsidiary of Bobst in Tunisia was created in 1992 to meet the needs for packaging machinery and equipment in Africa and Middle East.
Bobst CEO, Jean-Pascal Bobst, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Tunisia, Pierre Combernous and the Tunisian Vice-Minister to Investment and International Cooperation, Alaya Bettaieb were also present at this event as special guests.
With staff of 33

Four Goss community presses to be installed in Nigeria

Four new presses installed in different printshops in Nigeria takes the total to 200 units purchased since 2008.
Four new presses installed in different printshops in Nigeria takes the total to 200 units purchased since 2008.

Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation has installed a 12-unit press with 578-mm cut-off for half- and quarter-page folding capability as well as six Goss reelstands providing the capacity to print multiple webs simultaneously.

"This investment will jumpstart training for Akwa Ibom

Adobe gives discounts to Egyptian businesses

Adobe Systems Incorporated MENA is offering discounts of up to 60 per cent on products including Creative Suite 6 (CS6) and Adobe Acrobat application software under their new pricing strategy for Egypt’s business community.

In line with its efforts to reduce software piracy and to make its products more affordable for Egypt’s business sector Adobe Systems unveiled this new pricing strategy for Egyptian businesses aimed at making its leading creativity and business productivity applications

Three Goss Community presses installed within two months

Goss International undertook three installations of its Community presses, one each in Bahrain, Oman and Egypt.

The first web press was for the Police Press Pension Fund in Cairo, Egypt. A two-tower Goss Community with two SSC folders has been installed. Its configuration allows printing of two webs of 16 tabloid pages or one web of 32 tabloid pages in a single pass, complementing production of eight existing sheetfed presses.

For Apex Press and Publishing, operating in the Sultanate of Oman

Riyadh roadshow by Konica Minolta

Hoshan Group and Konica Minolta organized a road show in Jeddah on June 11, 2012. The objective of this roadshow was to bring together the customers from around the country to focus on colour production series of Konica Minolta.

The roadshow was attended by more than 100 customers from various disciplines including commercial printers, photo shops, large corporate and Government sector.

Press C 8000, Press C 7000 and Press C 70hc were the highlights of the show, however, customers showed a lot

Digimatrix has good sales in ME and Africa

Dubai-based distributors of machinery for signage industry, Digimatrix sees a good first half of 2012 with installation orders from Kuwait, Qatar, Tanzania, Algeria, Rwanda and Ghana.

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director, Digi Matrix said, "TNA (Binnaji Group) in Kuwait has placed an order for the new & latest CNC router, Digi Cam DRM48A-DCS and the installation will take place within a few days. While Oxy Print from Qatar has confirmed an order for Dilli UVT1604D-WV the UV flat bed printing

Coated paper seminar attracts 40 printers

Youssef Allam's Print Media Academy in Cairo hosted "Nevia Day - the Coated Paper" seminar on 14th March. About 40 print professionals from Cairo and Alexandria attended the seminar on coated paper and the quality of printing.

The seminar was sponsored by art paper mill, Gold East Paper (GEP) and distributors of paper products, Gold Hua Sheng Paper.

Ming Zhang, director of research & development at GEP was lead speaker and assisted by Dr. George Nubar, professor at Helwan

2MMedia invests in flatbed Dilli in order to cater demanding market 2012-03-01 1106

Tanzania based, digital printing and manufacturer of custom signage products, 2MMedia has bought Dilli flatbed Neo Titan machine from Digimatrix.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, group-managing director, Azim Somji said: "Our market is demanding such advancement in the advertising industry. As we are present in the market for the last 11 years, we would like to move ahead with the help of latest technological investment.

"We are planning to launch printed moulded designs, as we already have a moulding

HP MEA offers training courses

HP has announced a training initiative, named HP Capture programme (Capture) for its Scitex and Designjet machines in the Middle East and Africa.

Workshops and seminars would be conducted in Greece, Turkey and East Africa with further training programmes scheduled to be held in Morocco and South Africa. The HP Capture programme comprises educational events and a comprehensive HP Capture website, available to all HP press and printer owners. Updated materials will be available to clients

25 printers participate in KBA's seminar

Twenty-five printers from Kenya and Tanzania attended a seminar on current trends and advances in the print media industry hosted by KBA in Nairobi.

The seminar was divided into 2 parts. The first half had presentations on personalised print, trends in packaging production and new features of Rapida sheetfed offset presses.

The second part included a tour of Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB), which took delivery of a four-colour KBA Rapida 105 a few months ago, for printing posters and world maps

Comexi conducts first ME seminar for lamination and slitting

Suppliers of flexible packaging machinery Comexi Group jointly hosted a seminar with Al Madina for Advanced Technology in Cairo. The workshop was the first such event hosted by the suppliers for the ME region.

The two-day event was attended by 45 Comexi customers from Egypt and the ME.

Talking to Printweek MEA, Albert Lopez, of Comexi Technology Centre, said: "Our aim to organize workshops like these is to help printers understand new developments in technology and latest trends. That is the

Al Borg reap advantages with Canon's VDP print technology

One of the largest private medical laboratory in the Middle East, Al Borg Medical Laboratories has reported a substantial improvement in its service delivery following the deployment of Canon's print and Variable Data Publishing (VDP) solutions including imageRUNNER and imagePRESS print machines.

Says Dr. Ahmed El Saifi CEO, Al-Borg, "With thousands of patients requiring comprehensive medical analysis reports, we needed a system that will effectively manage our document management and printing

Print training for team from Iraqi Ministry at PM academy in Cairo

The Iraqi Central Statistical Organization, which is part of the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, sent its team for a training course in the Print Media Academy Cairo (PMAC), also known as Youssef Allam Academy.

A customized course was developed based on the customer needs, namely the "Modern Concepts & Stages of Printing Production".This course, conducted in July, primarily focused on - the Printing process, printing of raw materials, quality assurance and problems of printed copies.

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