Counterfeit products seized in Saudi Arabia

In a survey conducted by HP in Saudi Arabia, it was revealed that 17% of the companies in the country have purchased counterfeit printer cartridges.
Arab News reported prevalence and spread of counterfeit consumables has had a “damaging effect” on businesses in the Kingdom, with “print quality and inconsistency” the leading indicators of counterfeit consumables. 62 percent of businesses surveyed said they only became aware consumables were counterfeit when printers “failed frequently”.

Orion appointed distributor of Kodak’s packaging segment

Saudi Arabia based Orion has been appointed as the first dedicated distributor of Kodak’s packaging solutions in Saudi Arabia.
“Packaging in Saudi Arabia is a fast growing industry and flexo is gaining market share as a printing process,” comments Komal Sharma, Kodak’s managing director, Emerging Geographies, EAMER.  
“We are delighted to be able to bring our expansive portfolio to this region with the highly valuable support from Orion. Its expertise will help increase our reach into the

Bin Omair buys from Universal Graphic Trading, UAE

Ajman based Bin Omair Printing Press has bought a Heidelberg Cavomit hologram stamping & foiling machine from UAE based Universal Graphic Trading for their ongoing expansion. The investment cost being 200,000 AED
    "We bought this machine in the month of August 2013. The main feature of this machine that attracted us were it’s speed & accuracy. We can also do foiling work using this machine on the largest available sheet size for offset printing jobs. While the main reason to select

GENETCO, Canon’s partner in Oman signed as PSP for ONEIC

GENETCO, Canon’s business partner in Oman, has been signed as a printing service provider for Oman’s National Engineering & Investment Co. (ONEIC).
The deal is the first signing of its kind for Canon in Oman. The deal involves the purchase of an imagePRESS 1110. Designed for print rooms that demand the highest standards, the imagePRESS 1110 is said to deliver the sharpest prints and handles a diverse range of media for trouble-free operation.
Equipped with Variable Data Printing software, the

Qatar National Printing Press invests to speed up profits

Qatar National Printing Press(QNPP) has invested in four packaging machines in a bid to create a one-stop-shop  in Qatar for all print requirements.  Among the machines purchased are Champion’s auto die cutting machine, six corner folder gluer machine, shopping bags machine (end to end manufacture line)  and spot UV machine from Sakurai  were purchased through Afra Asianray during this  year’s Gulf Print in Dubai.
Joseph Dorlian, general manager, Qatar National Printing Press said, “Eventually

Hoshan will distribute Brother’s products

Brother International (Gulf), has announced the signing of a distributor agreement with Hoshan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Under the terms of the agreement, HCL will distribute Brother’s colour laser and monochrome laser multi-function centres (MFCs) and printers and A3 inkjet multi-function centres (MFCs) & scanners through its 22 sales offices and showrooms spread across KSA.
“This new distributor partnership with HCL proves to be both very timely and strategic as industry

TPH makes forays into African markets with new order book

The craftsmen behind the Orient web offset presses, TPH from India strengthens their presence with their latest orders.
Punch Nigeria has opted for two units of fully automated 5-tower Orient X-Cel (36,000 cph) press of 578mm cutoff with 6 auto reel changers. The press being supplied by TPH is a fully featured shaftless press, equipped with auto colour registration & cutoff control, remote & automatic ink pumping, stacker, expected to be operational by July-August this year.

Al-Jazirah, Riyadh partners with Goss for press upgrade

Al-Jazirah Corporation of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has chosen to partner with Goss International on an ambitious press upgrade, refurbishment and relocation venture. Scheduled to be in full print production by the end of the second quarter 2013, the project involves reconfiguring a total of 88 Goss Universal single-wide press units.
The initial phase focused on relocating a 2x1 Goss Universal press comprising 13 four-high towers, two folders and 15 reelstands from north-eastern France to Riyadh

Darvesh Group to start new business venture with 'Darpap'

Dubai based Darvesh Group has started a new business venture ‘Darpap’ “the door to print and packaging supplies” which will distribute a complete range of printing and packaging consumables, material and substrates.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, COO, AbdulMoid Syed said: “We are in the process of supplying printing consumables such as inks, plates, chemicals, post press materials and all types of substrates. “Our aim is to be a market leader in Afro Middle East countries within a span of 5 years

Kodak, Hoshan host roadshow in KSA

Kodak (Near East) organized a roadshow along with their commercial partners Hoshan Group in Saudi Arabia.
Two workshops held in Riyadh and Jeddah had commercial printers and brand owners attending the 3-day event followed by customer visits to three newspapers.
Kodak’s team included U.S.-based Eric Owen, worldwide VP-sales & business development, Digital Printing & Enterprise and Komal Sharma, MD, Middle East, Africa and East European countries. “Saudi Arabia is a very important market

Air Defence Institute, IMBD buy laminators from Autobond

The Air Defence Unit in Jeddah has added a second Autobond laminator to its portfolio - a Mini 76 SD TP - while first time customer IMBS University in Riyadh has invested in a Mini 76 TPMHS.
Government subsidiary Air Defence Institute bought the Mini 76 SD TP following last year’s drupa.
Abdul Azis Almashaan from the purchasing department said: “When we saw the Mini 76 SD TP demonstrated, we were immediately attracted to the quality of lamination the machine achieved at such high speeds Since the

Saudi Printing acquires UAE based ENPI

Saudi Printing and Packaging Company (SPPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, has acquired 100 percent stake in Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries (ENPI), Arab News announced recently.
UAE-based ENPI, which specialises in producing solid and flexible plastic products and has eight factories in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, was previously owned by Qatar First Investment Bank and Nizar Rajoub and Omar Al-Shamsi.
   “The acquisition of ENPI by SPPC was the

Sunshine Project: Heidelberg and Fujifilm link-up in ME

Fujifilm products will now be distributed by Heidelberg Middle East (which is a joint venture between Heidelberg and E.A. Juffali and Brothers, a major business group in the region).
  The announcement was made at an official launch event hosted in Grand Hyatt, on 1st January  this year.  The new joint venture was named 'Sunshine Project'.
   The strategic aim of this project is to serve CTP plate markets in UAE, Oman, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq; and to become  the 'preferred provider in

Copatra Graphics to be official distributors of DGI for GCC

Copatra Graphics and DGI have signed a distributorship agreement wherein Copatra will be their official agents for GCC countries including Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar as well as Sudan and Yemen.
Yaser Anan, CEO of Copatra said, "Recently, we have been appointed by Agfa to market their digital machines Jeti, and this current agreement with DGI for the Gulf region shows the confidence they have in our performance.  We plan to expand our business in the GCC and the larger ME region. UAE and Qatar

Brand ME Advertising expands with new router investment

Dubai-based large format printer, Brand ME Advertising has invested in new router from Woodpecker. The machine was sold by Masonlite, who is the distributor.
Talking to PrintWeek MEA, director of Brand ME, Farook Ummar said: "We predict market to take its peak in the coming years and now it's the right time to invest and prepare ourselves for the best. Market has started taking a positive turn after few years of global crises and hence an update was needed in our production setup.
"One of the

KSA printers buy offset press from Manroland

Two Saudi Arabia printing presses, Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi have purchased the high-speed sheetfed offset press made by Manroland, Roland 700 HiPrint. 

Two Saudi Arabia printing presses, Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi have purchased the high-speed sheetfed offset press made by Manroland, Roland 700 HiPrint. 

Al Kifah has invested in the 6-colour version to print cardboard packaging, while Al Nasher has bought the 4-colour Roland to expand capacity of its

FedEx Kinko express satisfaction with HP’s large format printers

Kuwait based FedEx Kinko has six branch offices across the country. The company owns the Designjet T7100 and T2300 eMFP printer models, the Designjet Z6200 and Z3200 photo printers and a Scitex LX800 industrial printer among others.

Hany El Bayar, manager, FedEx Kinko’s Kuwait says, “The HP Printers are also playing a key role in bringing in new business. One particular high profile project worth KWD 1,150,000 (US$4.1M) would never have been won by FedEx Kinko without the capacity provided by

Good Experts examine current and future advertising trends in the Arab region

TECOM Investments hosted a panel discussion on ‘Advertising Trends in the Arab Region: The Present and the Future’. Held as part of the ‘Thought Incubator’ series, the debate centred on the rapid shift in new platforms and creative approaches.

The panel featured senior advertising experts including Jonathan Labin, head of Facebook MENA in Dubai, Youssef Toqan, CEO, Flip Media, Joe Marritt, general manager, Motivate Publishing (Abu Dhabi), Sarah Messer, director of media, Nielsen, Steve Smith

Global Graphics INT-Kuwait installed high capacity folding machine


Global Graphics INT-Kuwait successfully installed high capacity folding machine from GUK-Falzmaschinen Griesser & Kunzmann GmbH & Co. at Al Khat Printing Press.

In the event Ayman Abo El Farag, general manager of Global Graphics INT said, “This is our third installation of GUK folding machine in Kuwait. GUK FA-74/6-4-4 with R6 (continuous) Feeder is a good choice for Al Khat according to their work schedule as this machine is possible to have up to 30 - 160 m/min and 40 000

Good response from MEA for laser machines from DigiMatrix

Bilal Al-Hattab, managing director of Digi Matrix Technologies says, "We have the latest technologies for the laser using Yag and CO2 and also galvo laser tubes with the table size of 0.50 x 0.90 m upto 1.5 x 3 m and more; starting at 60 Watt and reaching upto 600 Watt of laser capacity. Our machines are widely used for all kind metal cutting and semi engraving as well as on wood, acrylic, fabric and plastic. We have been making forays in the Middle East and African markets and receiving good

Al Bayader expands operations in Oman with larger premises

"Over the years, the Sultanate of Oman has seen an exponential increase in the company's product portfolio," said Nidal Haddad, CEO, Al Bayader International.

"With a burgeoning economy fuelled by a young, educated and informed population, Oman is a market that cannot be ignored due to a consumer base that is extremely aware of their needs when it comes to disposable food product and food service solutions. As such, this presents a potential revenue stream that is even at par with other more

Doha, Qatar based Al Jazeera Printing Press has ordered a 5-colour offset printing press

Doha, Qatar based Al Jazeera Printing Press has ordered a 5-colour offset printing press, the Speed Master CD 102 from Heidelberg.

Jacob Kannath, director says, "As our existing machine were getting old, there was a possibility that our production schedules would get disrupted, hence we decided to invest 1 million Euros to order the 5 colour offset machine from Heidelberg. Our past experience with Heidelberg has been good quality machinery, durability, dependability with lesser number of

German Press Company invests in new basysPrint UV Setter 860x

Kuwait based, German Press Company W.L.L. for Printing and Packaging has invested in basysPrint UV Setter 860x at Drupa.

The general manager of German Press Company, Huzefa E. Petladi said, "We chose this machine because of our dedication high imaging quality, customer satisfaction, and quick productivity. We are sure we can bring out good customer feedback with additional revenue all from this engine because of its quick and quality exposure".

Kuwait based art supplier's company Global Graphics

KSA based Caravan purchases flat bed inkjet LFP at Drupa

Sign makers, Caravan Industries headquartered in Saudi Arabia placed an order for Inca Onset S20 from Fujifilm at Drupa. The printers previously own an Acuity Advance HD 2545 and an Inca Spyder flatbed, both manufactured by Fujifilm.

Nasser el Rass, owner of Caravan Industries, comments, "We were in the market for a high speed, high quality, inkjet flatbed printer and had narrowed it down to a choice of two. However, when we visited the Fujifilm stand at Drupa, had detailed discussions with them

Prismat starts digital business with Mgi Meteor DP8700 buy

Qatar based, Prismat Advertising has chosen Mgi's Meteor DP8700 XL digital printing press as its first printing machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, executive director, Shiju Thomas said: "We have started the printing and advertising division six months ago and this is our first printing machine. We chose this machine particularly because we liked the output quality and its ability to print on range of substrates like paper, plastics and envelopes."

Company is catering to the short run digital

Konica Minolta hosts 'Leading Colour Production' workshop

Konica Minolta Middle East had organised a sales workshop in Dubai last 17-19 April 2012 for Hoshan Group who is their distributor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The theme of the workshop 'Leading Colour Production' was focused on Konica Minolta's colour print production product range.

The event was attended by 10 people and demonstrations were done on Konica Minolta's press C 8000.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Marketing Manager Production Printing - Konica Minolta Middle East, Nayyar Ansari said

Hajen PP invests in Durst UV flatbed to cater high demand

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based offset and digital printer, Hajen Printing Press has expanded their digital printing capacity by investing in Durst Omega 1 industrial inkjet printer.

General manager, Mobarak Al-Ghanim said: "We are increasing our printing capacity with this new investment. We have new requirements for jobs from domestic and gulf markets."

The Omega 1 can handle both flatbed and roll-to-roll printing technology and can print rigid and flexible material without compromise to either. The

Zeej are first printers in KSA to invest in C8000 digital press 2012-03-01 1105

KSA-based Zeej Printing Press has invested USD 100,000 in the purchase of C8000, the digital press from Konica Minolta.

This is the first of such printer in KSA.

Ahmed Siddiqui, director of branches - Zeej Printing says, "It is a production machine with a fine quality output. It supports up to 350gsm media and provides satisfactory results. We needed the latest technology to cope with the needs of our customers. Also since we reached maximum potential in our production capacity and wanted to

Printec receives good response in ME for laminator from D&K

D&K laminators distributed in the Gulf countries by Printec were well received by printers.

Joseph Dorlian, general manager, Qatar National Printing Press said, "We are very happy with the performance of this machine, it has brought us spectacular results. We knew D&K for long and share very good report with Printec LLC. They are professionals and have given us complete support in installing this highly efficient lamination system. It is easy to use and has a great speed. We find all advantages

Al Firdous PP revamps binding line to cater to book demand

Sohar (Oman) based Al Firdous Printing Press has invested in Welbound 2000 OB 6 Clamp perfect biding machine.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Nikhil Dauria, managing director said: "We have demand for educational books and we needed a binder for quick turnaround. With this we can bid for larger quantities and get more sales."

The 2000 cycles per hour WB 2000, the 6-clamp perfect binder is suited for production jobs. The maximum book size is 440 mm x 250 mm with spine thickness is 3 to 50 mm. The