Paper Arabia 2016

9th Paper Arabia 2016, the international exhibition for paper, tissue and converting industries organized by Al Fajer Information and Services, was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Saeed bin Hasher Al Maktoum at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event happened between 13th through 15th of  December.
Paper Arabia 2016 is a platform for buyers, producers and investors working across the paper industry.
 It has witnessed the participation from paper producers and tissue producing

SGI Round Table

SGI hosts first Knowledge Series event in Dubai


Well ahead of its next expo - Sign and Graphics Imaging show 2017, the organizers hosted a round- table at Shangrila Hotel on 8th September.


Round table discussions are a useful way of direct interaction with experts from different segments within the same industry.  Even though panelists may not have the same opinion on all issues, this healthy exchange of viewpoints has manifold advantages.
On the 8th September, organizers of the Sign

Print4Pack Conference

Print4pack conference held to let world know where the Italian printing stands and as a base for Print4All fair


The Print4pack event is part of the Made BY Italy promotional programme which ACIMGA association has been developing for years to support the printing and converting industry.
The two day conference is organised in cooperation with ARGI (Italian association of graphic industry suppliers) and with the support of ICE – Agenzia and the Ministry for Economic Development. They used

Drupa 2016

Drupa 2016 is a resounding success: excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate.


Decisive impulses for the global print industry & top marks for drupa 2016

The atmosphere at drupa 2016, the world’s biggest and most important trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, can hardly be topped: the investment climate is extremely good and has far exceeded all expectations. As the 11-day trade fair draws to a close the 1,837 exhibitors from 54 countries

PaperWorld Middle East 2016

Paperworld Middle East 2016 concluded in Dubai on an all-time high, as a record turnout of visitors and exhibitors firmly cemented its position as the must-attend trade show for the regional paper, office supplies, and stationery industries.

The three-day event, which took place from 1-3 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 6,832 visitors from 115 countries, 12 per cent up on the previous year, while 305 exhibitors from 36 countries showcased their

Print Pack Arabia 2016

At 2nd Print Pack Arabia, 3rd Plastivision Arabia and 3rd Arabia Mold trade visitors, whose numbers hit 6,619 from 88 countries, also used the opportunity to experience firsthand how new technology and equipment will help them achieve greater efficiency and productivity.
The event, which was opened by Deputy Ruler of Sharjah H. H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salim Bin Sultan Al Qassimi on February 22 and ran until February 25, made Expo Centre Sharjah the gathering point of decision-makers, senior

SGI Dubai 2016

SGI Dubai 2016, the largest and oldest trade show in the MENA region, that closed its doors at the Dubai World Trade Center (WTC) ended on a high note. The show floor has been bustling with activity during the 3-day-show amid a thrilling atmosphere. The variety of equipment and software solutions for all kinds of work related to signage, retail, digital printing and finishing was, for the first time divided into pavillons: Print fabrication, finishing, textile, screen as well as digital

Sign Istanbul 2015

SIGN Istanbul, Eurasia’s biggest advertising and digital printing technologies trade fair set new records for levels of industry participation. Taking place from 10-13 September 2015, this 17th edition of SIGN Istanbul attracted 438 exhibiting companies coming from 30 countries other than Turkey in the fields of Digital Printing, Textile Printing, SIGN Technology, Visual Communication, LED Technologies, Industrial and 3D Printing and was attended by 21,009 local and foreign sector

3D Print UAE 2015

The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to

Gulf Print & Pack 2015

Gulf Print & Pack 2015 enjoyed its most successful edition to date as it closed its doors last week. As the Middle East region’s definitive platform for the commercial and package printing industry, 2015’s edition of the show posted a 26.7% rise in visitor numbers with a footfall of 11,918.


Running 13-16 April at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, its registration data shows that visitors came from an unprecedented 110 countries (93 in 2013, 83 in 2011 and 65 in 2009) underlining the show’s

SGI Dubai 2015

SGI Dubai 2015 have witnessed the rapid growth surge in ‘Sign and Graphic’ industry sector in the region. SGI Dubai 2015, an official DSF event welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 34 countries and registered over 12,781 trade visitors from 78 countries during these three days. The ‘SGI Dubai 2016’ show will be held from January 10th to 12th at the Halls 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. 

“We are delighted to state that SGI Dubai 2015 show has grown by

1st edition of Print Pack Arabia hosts 88 exhibitors in Sharjah

The inaugural Print Pack Arabia 2014,  jointly organised by Expo Centre Sharjah and the Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) showcased latest printing and packaging technologies.

Inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, chairman of Sharjah Department of Central Finance and Indrajit Pal, secretary of DCPC, the show witnessed presence of less but indeed decision maker footfalls. The show was held at Sharjah Expo Center between

Paper World ME 2014

The fourth edition of the region’s leading trade fair for stationery, paper and office products, Paperworld Middle East 2014, got underway with 14% larger than the previous edition. Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry inaugurated the show who was accompanied by a number of senior industry representatives and senior managers from organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.

Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4th -6th March 2014, the

Paper Arabia

Paper Arabia 2013 hosted 130 exhibitors from 22 countries and 7500 visitors at its Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre venue between 24th-26th September this year. Exhibitors from UAE, Italy, Jordan, France, China, Netherlands USA and UK exhibited their wares.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Sami Daen Al Qamzi, director general, Department of Economic Development.
Satish Khanna, general manager of Al Fajer Information and Services, organizers of the show, said: “Dubai is



Gold sponsors of SGI, DigiMatrix had a successful show, selling machines, generating interest and serious leads. Says Bilal Al-Hattab: “We at DigiMatrix Technologies give big value to trade shows where we can share our experiences live with our customers and partners, and also hold face-to-face discussions about all our offers and products as well as our latest technologies.” DigiMatrix participated with their Dilli UV roll to roll printers, the UV flat bed with varnish, white and RTR



Epson participated at SGI with a bigger booth, launching 4 new models for the signage market and the white plus metallic silver inks. Shihab Zubair, business development manager said, “We have managed to sell 10 machines with our partner Flex Europa and have had serious leads for the new label press, which is suitable for short run label printing. This machine fills the gap for small quantity label printing or customization. Since it is an inkjet machine, it can even print 100 labels



Blue Rhine showcased products from their new principals Aslan, along with other manufacturers. Anand Joseph, general manager said, “This new partnership for the whole of GCC region, will help us compete with established names like 3M, Mactac and Avery. Another brand that we are promoting is Germany based Intercoat. We are representing them in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and UAE. Through both these distributorships we are fully equipped to compete with high end brands. We have



Seiko participated in SGI with their distributors Graphic International, showcasing neon inks. Paresh Patel, director GIC says, “For the first time we are exhibiting heat transfer technology on textiles. This product from Italy-based Siser has been extremely popular with visitors. We, Graphic International are their Middle East distributors.” Adds Marco De Rossi, export sales manager of Siser, “Our research shows increased interest in heat transfer. We are one of the few companies producing



Canon presented new line-up of LFP models aimed at the Graphic Arts and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) industries. Canon’s stand was divided into zones with the objective of showing end-to-end solutions. The zones consisted of Photography & Proofing, Photo Albums, Production, In-House Printing, CAD/GIS and service zone. The newly launched imagePROGRAF 760 and imagePROGRAF 765 were displayed. Yuichi Miyano, director of Large Format Solutions, Canon Europe said: “The newly launched models are


Giffin Graphics participated in the SGI showcasing their newly launched Durst and Xanté LFprinters. The newly launched Xanté Excelagraphix 4200 Inkjet Print System features Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology that delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second, for print speeds up to 8 times faster than traditional inkjet technology. With up to 305mm per second at 1600 x 800 dpi the printer uses dye-based aqueous inks. It can print on up to  9.5mm thick materials including foam board



Al Mahir participated in the SGI this year launching new UV flatbed printer from Azon, Croatia based manufacturer. The new UV printer can print on to substrates up to 20 cm height. It can print on a variety of substrates and 3D objects from wood and stainless steel to ceramic tiles, plastics and glass. The sales manager, Ivana Cicak said: “We are developing A2 and A3 size models in this series. It also has laser beam print head protection for cost efficiency. We are focussing on 3 kinds of



Mimaki showed their latest machines in the SignTrade booth which is their official distributor. Marketing manager, Mike Horsten said: “We can see the MEA market is maturing in terms of technology and investments. We need to work on sublimation for textile market in the MEA which is still a solvent or flatbed market. As Mimaki we are growing in new segments like small format UV, print and cut, flatbed etc. We invest 7 to 8% of our revenue in R&D and hence launch many new products like one



HP participated at SGI 2013 showcasing their indoor, flatbed and latex technologies. Ernest Azzam, business manager-large format design-HP ME, Mediterranean & Africa said, “Depending on the applications printers have, we always exhibit something new, showing everything HP can do, from rigid to flexible, banners to indoor photos. The outdoor and signage market is picking up again, and especially our latex technology is being well received. In January, we launched our ready-to-mount wall


Agfa exhibited their Jeti 3020 Titan UV inkjet printer, the Jeti 3324 solvent and the Anapurna M2050 wide format inkjet printer at this year's SGI show in Dubai.  Kristof Van Cleemput, channel development manager- direct export said, "We are happy with the visitor turnout at this edition of SGI, prospective customers from India to Africa visited out booth. The list of leads was very satisfactory.  The market is picking up again and exhibitors are investing more in exhibition space, so we can


Mutoh and their distributors System ME exhibited their 2.6 meter large format printer suitable for solvent and dye sublimation printing.  "The machine, exhibited for the first time, was sold on the first day of the show," says Arthur Vanhoutte, president of Mutoh.  "Based on the success of our previous 1.6 meter machine that used  2 heads at a very high speed, we have expanded the width of the machine to 2.6 meters while enhancing other features. The changes in the wide format market are


The manufacturers and exporters of digital solvent inks for textile are based in India with a regional office in Sharjah. They currently export in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, & Nigerian markets. They participated in SGI for the second time. “ We make digital printing ultra fine inks with dispersion technology ranging from solvent based, plastisols, eco-solvent, dye based, oil based, which are available in all colours and are compatible with most brands like Xaar, Spectra, Konica, Sieko

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Digital printing equipment distributor, Digi Matrix Technologies participated in this year's SGI showcasing their new range of products for digital advertising market. The company showcased for first time in the show products like 3D imaging media materials which has started beta testing, Digi Bend the auto bending machine and Digi Cam CNC router etc. Digi Matrix also has signed a MOU (Memory Of Understanding) with DGI for their new textile machine (Fiber T).

The new Digi Bend the automatic

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HP's displayed their HP Scitex Industrial printers, geared towards print service providers who want to produce high-volume, durable outdoor and indoor applications utilising a host of different media types. Also part of the showcase in SGI this year were advanced large format printing solutions from the HP Designjet portfolio, introduced to meet the changing needs of architecture, engineering, construction, mapping (GIS), MCAD and repro-house professionals.HP latex printing technologies on show

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Epson showcased at the SGI event this year the Stylus Pro 9700, Stylus Pro 7900, Stylus Pro 11880, Stylus Pro WT7900 and Stylus Pro 4900, for the engineering scientific and display signage markets.

The Epson Stylus Pro 9700 incorporates the latest achievements of ink jet printing, combining the precision of a MicroPiezo TFP print head with the performance of UltraChrome Vivid Magenta Ink with application like production and contract proofing, as well as the quality fine-art and photographic

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Seiko Instruments promoted their new W Series (high production) machines in the SGI. Seiko also launched HAPS free inks which are ideal for indoor as well outdoor use. Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Matej Dittrich from Seiko said: "These are still solvent inks but the new formulation has the hazardous components removed from it. It has no pollutants inside."

Paresh Patel, director of Graphic International said that the printer has 95% of the indoor quality output. "One who is setting up his business