APP claims 70 to 80% of paper imports to come from China.

Paper manufacturer APP participated third time in this year's Paper Arabia. APP launched a new type of packaging board named as Lampak during the show. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director at APP Indonesia, Suresh Kilam said: "We have acquired a company in Finland and their machines in for container board. We expect to do a volume of 250,000 metric tonnes per year with this new grade. Our target is to get 30% of the existing market. We have also launched new range of Hibrite office

Ekman expects to achieve a volume of 30,000Mt from ME

One of the oldest names in the paper market, Ekman participated in the Paper Arabia this year showcasing their range of services.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Kashif Amin said: "Pulp and recovered fibres contributes to 75% of our volume. We could do a volume of 3.2 million metric tonnes per year in last year. Our Middle East operation has started two years ago in September. We supply pulp and packaging fibres to tissue industry. Other business operations are export of waste

Mepco signs distribution deals with Bindal and Sun Paper.

Mepco Gulf participated in this year's Paper Arabia launching two new paper suppliers. Company has signed up with India's Bindal Papers Limited exclusive for MEA region. Bindal Papers is a $200 million annualized revenue company with paper machine of 5 metres deckle. It has products from 48 to 100 gsm in uncoated woodfree and branded multi purpose papers.

Talking with PrintWeek MEA, Mepco Gulf's managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: "We will have direct sales with these papers with competitive

Third edition hosted 115 companies and recorded 6000 visits.

The third edition of Paper Arabia held at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, hosted 115 companies from 25 countries. This year's show had over 6,000 trade visitors, an increase of 16.6%, say the organisers.

Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, organizers of the show, said: "Paper Arabia was being held every two years and now we are holding it every year. Among the participants were companies that have Dubai as their main headquarters for Africa

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mills participates in Paper Arabia.

Abu Dhabi National Paper Mills (ADNPM), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects Co and the largest tissue paper mill in UAE participated at Paper Arabia this year. The company produces around 70,000 tonnes of tissue paper per annum.

Abdullah al Khateeb, general manager, ADNPM said, "In my opinion this edition of Paper Arabia was not that good; the number of participants were not lesser than the previous years. Even the visitors were disappointed by the size of the show. We

HP expands wide-format offer with launch of FB700 at Fespa

James Gandy, one of the pioneers of wide-format printing technology, marked his return to the industry at Fespa with a preview of his new firm and its "revolutionary" new machine, which is due to be launched in the autumn of this year.

Gandy Digital picked the trade show to introduce the Pred8tor, a 1.25x2.5m machine, which the firm claims is the first machine to deliver flatbed and roll-to-roll printing in a single machine without compromising on quality or productivity in either

Ipex marks debut for Ryobi's new B2 press with speed of 16,000sph

Press manufacturer Ryobi unveiled its B2 750G press for the first time in Europe at Ipex.

The new model in the 750 Series range boasts an increased speed of 16,000sph and incorporates a number of features from Ryobi's B1 press, such as a collapsible skeleton transfer drum and an air glide plate system to ensure that thicker substrates are smoothly fed through the machine.

This, along with double-diameter impression cylinders and transfer drums for stable paper transport, makes the 750G more

Spending at Ipex suggests that industry is regaining its vigour.

The print recovery has started, according to exhibitors at Ipex 2010, who said that the success of the show heralded a fight-back by the industry.

Prior to the event, there was a nervous feeling amongst printers and suppliers, concerned that it could be poorly attended, particularly in the light of the dust cloud and BA strike issues that hit travel in the preceding week.

However, the well-attended show was seemingly unhampered by the financial constraints of the past two years, and any fears

HP takes the wraps off 'baby' T200 inkjet press with 520mm width

HP has unveiled a second inkjet web press, the T200, to compete in the 2-up monochrome toner replacement market currently served by Infoprint, Kodak, Oce, Screen and Xerox.

The T200, on show at Ipex, is a 61m/minute colour, or 120m/minute mono, 520mm-wide machine capable of producing 23m colour or 46m mono pages per month.

It uses the same thermal inkjet technology as its bigger brother the T300 a 760mm-wide, 120m/minute and 70m-page-per-month machine, which was unveiled at the last Drupa in

Komori to give world debut to B2,5-colour Enthrone at Ipex

Komori will use Ipex as the worldwide launchpad for a new B2 press that sits between its existing Spica and Lithrone LS29 ranges.

The introduction also marks the debut for a new press brand Enthrone chosen by the Japanese manufacturer because the 13,000sph Enthrone 29 is viewed as "an entry-level Lithrone".

Komori will have four different presses from its sheetfed portfolio running live on its 1,025sqm stand in hall six, and the five-colour Enthrone on display will be shown switching from

Giffin Graphics conducts pre-Ipex seminar with KBA on innovations

Giffin Graphics has held a pre-Ipex seminar entitled "Newest Innovations in Offset Printing and Technology" for its partner KBA.

The seminar held at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers saw 220 Giffin Graphics clients attending to gain insights into what to expect during the Ipex exhibition in May.

Giffin Graphics' managing partner Ramzi Kteily welcomed Giffin's clients to the event. Kteily emphasised his optimism about the future of the print sector and the economy as a whole. He added

Heidelberg to reveal B1 press CX102 with speed of 16,500 sph

Heidelberg is to use Ipex as the worldwide springboard for a new B1 press, the 16,500 sheets-per-hour Speedmaster CX 102.

"We've taken everything that is great about the CD 102, ink train, sheet travel etc, but in order to make it a new high-speed platform, we've added a lot of the XL technology as well as new sideframes to offer proven CD 102 quality, but at higher speeds," said Heidelberg B1 product manager Gernot Keller.

The non-perfecting press will be configurable with between four and eight

Konica Minolta will showcase flagship Bizhub C8000 at Ipex

Konica Minolta will launch a new flagship model for its Bizhub Press range at Ipex, the C8000 high-speed colour digital press.

The digital press, which can output up to 80 colour prints a minute, will be previewed at the event and is set to become commercially available "later in 2010".

According to Konica Minolta, the Bizhub Press C8000 can print at a resolution of up to 1200dpi using the manufacturer's new Simitri HD toner, which it claims can produce ultra fine quality prints.

In addition, it

Kodak optimistic about Ipex, will unveil new innovations at show

Kodak will be displaying its latest innovations at Ipex this year. Among the equipments to be displayed for the first time are digital presses-Prosper 5000XL press and the Nexpress SE 3000, Magnus platesetter, new thermal plates Trillian SP and Flexcel system for flexo packaging printers.

John O'Grady - regional managing director - Europe, Africa and Middle East region said, "We have launched various new applications for the markets we are active in. For example, the announcement of our new

Manroland GB and RedTie link up to take W2P to 'the masses'

Manroland GB and web-to-print (W2P) specialist Red-Tie have formed a strategic partnership that both hope will result in the roll out of W2P to the "printing masses".

RedTie has already begun to train the Manroland GB sales force. RedTie will also be exhibiting on the Manroland stand at the show, demonstrating its RTtemplate (RTT) and RTquo-tation (RTQ) platforms.

According to Manroland GB managing director Norman Revill, the link-up will initially run as a trial in the UK only, but if it's

HP has said that environmentally unfriendly ...

HP has said that environmentally unfriendly solvent inks are "going to die" as it prepares for Fespa 2010 with "a lot of latex".

The company will be focusing on the applications for its suite of wide-format products at Fespa with an "application city" split into packaging and POS, banners, flags, interior decoration, billboards and posters and vehicle wraps.

It remained tight-lipped about product launches for the show, except to say that there would be "a lot of latex", referring to its latest

H'berg hints at non-digital new release as Ipex line-up revealed

Lean and green printing will be the focus of Heidelberg's offering at Ipex in May.

So far, the German manufacturer has only revealed one entirely new product for the show, a flagship perfect binder, the Eurobind Pro.

However, Stephan Plenz, member of the management board for equipment, hinted that there would be another big announcement at Ipex, one that "won't be digital".

According to Plenz, the 6,000cph Eurobind Pro, which is a development of the Eurobind 4000, offers make-ready speeds 50%

Kodak's maiden Stream-based colour press to get show launch

Kodak will launch its Prosper 5000XL, the first colour press based on its Stream technology, at Ipex in May, and has confirmed that the first European installation will be Italian printer Rotomail.

Rotomail will install the same four-colour machine that Kodak will be running on its Ipex stand straight from the show.

Kevin Joyce, Kodak digital printing solutions sales and marketing vice-president, said: "Demand exceeds our ability to meet it. We're having to accelerate the launch of Prosper

Manroland to focus on Value Added Printing concept at Ipex

Press manufacturer Man-roland will not bring any presses to this year's Ipex as it plans to focus on applications, rather than products.

It will be offering visits to local print facilities if potential customers want to view machines, but, according to Manroland GB managing director Norman Revill, the company is more interested in discussing how it can help printers than showing them how fast a press can run.

"No matter what presses we have on show, we can never cover the whole audience and all

Fujifilm's sheetfed inkjet to become reality at the show

Fuji will commercially launch its Jet Press 720 B2 sheetfed inkjet machine at Ipex, where it will finalise the machine's availability and price.

The group said it remained committed to a launch before the end of the year and set a price of around $1m, although it said that total cost of ownership was more important than upfront costs.

Ipex 2010 will also be the launch pad for the latest version of its XMF workflow, Version 3.0, which will include support for variable data printing on the

Canon to focus on advice and applications at this year's IPEX

Canon has doubled the space it is taking at Ipex 2010 compared to 2006 and will focus on business development tools and applications, including the publication of its third Insight study.

"We're not dominated by product launches, there's no need we have a full portfolio," said Mark Lawn, Canon Europe professional print solutions marketing manager. "Customers are telling us that they need support and not endless product launches.

"Ipex is about providing a springboard

Digital to dominate pex with 28% space

Digital print is set to dominate this year's Ipex show after organisers confirmed that the technology had overtaken litho's footprint at the forthcoming Ipex.

Speaking at last week's Ipex Media Summit in London, the show's event director Trevor Crawford revealed that digital manufacturers and suppliers would take up 38% of the NEC's floorspace compared to the 26% reserved for presses.

"The positivity in the market is better than it was six months ago and there's a new air of controlled

The Sign and Graphics Imaging Show was held at Dubai Airport Expo between 25-27th January 2010

Distributors of digital machines and other products, DigiMatrix Technologies exhibited their new dye-sublimation heat press machine and large format printers at the Sign and Graphics Imaging show in Dubai.

Bilal Al Hattab, managing director, DigiMatrix said: 'We are showcasing for the first time in the ME market, UV flatbed printers from Dilli, the 6-colour hybrid NeoTitan UVT-1606, that prints on rigid and flexible substrates, the 363x725 dpi resolution NeoDeluxe UVD-2506, suitable for flat

Indoor, Outdoor, fabric printers to be exhibited at Dubai show

Gandinnovations will be participating in SGI this year with five printers. They will exhibit the 3 meter wide direct to fabric printer Aquajet RTR, Jeti 3348 UV Jetspeed RTR, Jeti 3150 X-2 UV flatbed, Agfa’s Anapurna UV indoor and outdoor sign printer and Jeti T-shirt printer.

The 3324 Aquajet printer uses 6 colours with 24 spectra heads and prints with 60 sqm per hour speed. The printer is equipped with an in-line infrared fixation system for knitted or woven polyester fabrics.


Adobe to focus on emerging ME market with new office in Dubai

Adobe participated in Gitex this year with live demonstrations on CS4, Flash, Dreamweaver as well video productions solutions like Premiere, After Effects, SoundBooth and OnLocation.

The company also showcased their enterprise offering and platform technologies with LiveCycle ES software. General manager of Adobe ME, Abdallah Saqqa said: “We demonstrated to our customers the scope of products and services we are capable of providing.  We also introduced to the market, our local

ENG participates in SIM twice consecutively

Outdoor specialist Emirates Neon Group participated in SIM for second time this year. ENG showcased their products and solutions in Outdoor, Signage, Consultancy, Digital,Print and Media sectors.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, ENG Signage’s assistant sales manager, Ritchlyn Fynn said: “We received a good response from the show. We had about 80 to 90 visitors and we could generate many leads.We design, consult and manufacture all kinds of signage’s ensuring they complement with

Good response to Talib trading’s newself adhesive film range at show

Talib Trading participated in SIM this year showcasing their new Avecal SpeedyAir range of self adhesive films. These are pressure sensitive and with air release channels for bubble free application. Talking about this new range, general manager, Mamoon Abbasi said: “There are only seven manufacturers in the world who have developed such products.

“The glue in these vinyl’s is designed to withstand the high temperature in the Gulf countries and is also about 20% cheaper

APP launch food grade packaging papers

Indonesia based pulp and paper company APP participated in the Paper Arabia this year. They highlighted their TRUTONE technology for multipurpose paper, environmentally friendly recycled products, food grade packaging products and wet strength label papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, APP’s head of product entrepreneur department, Anil Kumar Sharma said: “TRUTONE is a new quality standard for multipurpose paper.  We have also launched our high quality recycled paper range

Mepco could use forum to sign two new deals valued at $10m

Dubai based, paper distributor Mepco Gulf has signed a new order of about $10 million through participation in Paper Arabia this year.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Fadi Baaklini said: “We will be supplying to two new areas and markets. This forum was an opportunity for us to meet new and important clients.”

Mepco Gulf launched newsprint and publication grade papers during the show. Baaklini said: “We intend to do a volume of 60,000 metric tonnes per year in

Eco-friendly paper products showcased

Papers Worldwide showcased various environmentally friendly range of products from Neenah Papers.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Neenah Paper’s director of sales for Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Robert W. de Leon said: “Recently we have launched Think Ink iPhone application in which designers can create custom colour palettes based on favourite colour of picture from phone’s camera. They can match these colour palettes with our papers and then order the samples