Konica Minolta and Hoshan to focus on KSA digital market

Konica Minolta and Hoshan Company had organized a Digital Print road show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 20, 2011. The show was targeted to exclusive high-end digital printing segment. The road show was attended by 150 customers from all major cities and from various business areas including professional printers, high profile government and commercial organizations where digital printing is a key element to their business.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, product manager of production

Two printshops in Saudi invest in Roland's sheetfed offset printers

Two Saudi Arabia based printing companies Al Kifah Carton Factory and Al Nasher Al Arabi with different product ranges and print runs have decided to invest in the same system: the ROLAND 700 HiPrint.

Wanting to expand their production capacities, Al Kifah chose to invest in the 6-colour version to print cardboard packaging, while Al Nasher, a brochure and magazine printer, opted for the four-colour version.

Among thefeatures ofthe Roland700 sheetfed offset machine are the QuickChange options

Perfect takes delivery of its 3rd m'roland sheetfed offset press

A subsidiary of the Al Nuqul Group in Jordan, packaging printer Perfect Printing Press, purchased its third manroland sheetfed offset press- a 6-colour Roland 706 LV HiPrint, in June this year.

Firas Awad, general manager-Perfect Printing says, "We have 3 printing machines and all of them are from Roland. That was the reason to invest another $ 3million in the new 6-colour offset press. We were keen to increase our market share, increase production capacity and expand into newer markets that

Canon ME showcased cost effective colour printers to resellers in KSA

Canon Middle East launched its cost effective colour printer imageRunner Advance C2000 series in the presence of 50 customers and automation resellers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"The launch of these new products puts us even more firmly on the industry map as the leading brand for colour and colour capable solutions. With businesses now making a strong transition to colour, we now have a product to match every specific business need," said Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon Middle

Bahrain Air signs deal for in-flight magazine

Red House marketing, publishers of the monthly magazine in English, 'Bahrain This Month' have been awarded a 3-year contract to publish Bahrain Air's in-flight magazine.

"We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, in a competitive tender, from Bahrain Air," commented George F Middleton, chairman of Red House Marketing. "Too often in the past such contracts have been secured by non-Bahrain based publishers; this contract demonstrates a trust and confidence in local businesses and we

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

Free Point Advertising installs KSA's first Nexpress SE2500

Saudi Arabia based, Free Point for Advertising has installed the country's first Kodak Nexpress digital production colour press, SE2500.

Free Point for Advertising is considered one of the leading agencies specialised in the field of advertising and information. The machine was installed by Kodak's distributor in KSA, Hoshan Company Limited.
General manager at Free Point for Advertising, Abdul Hameed Alqudaimi said: "This installation will serve in strengthening our abilities to

Al Kheraiji invests in UV inkjet spot coater for personalisation

Riyadh based printing press, Al-Kheraiji Factory has gone for MGI's JetVarnish, a digital inkjet spot UV coater.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Majed Ben Abdullah Al-Yoysof said: "This is the first of its kind machine in Saudi Arabia. We went for this particular machine because of its economical way to do this process and less makeready time."

"The cost of the production is about 15 to 25% less than conventional process when you have about 25% coverage. You do not need any mesh

Al Khobar based Al Jazeera Printing has expanded its machinery

Al Khobar based Al Jazeera Printing has expanded its machinery with a new acquisition of the four colour Speedmaster SM 52 in January this year.

Mohammad Battal Al Dossary said, "With increasing orders coming our way we wanted to increase our production capacity and quality, which made us opt for the Speedmaster. We already own a Manroland R204, GTO 52-1, and GTO 52-2. Heidelberg is the leader and largest printing industry manufacturer and Heidelberg Middle East is the best to handle after sales

New entrant in online advertising for MENA region is Dotmena

Regional media and entertainment company, Mediaquest Corp has launched online advertising network, Dotmena consisting of more than 40 websites with over 300 million impressions per month and 14 million unique users.

In a statement released to the press, Mediaquest co-CEO Alexandre Hawari said "40 sites have already joined the network, including ten from Mediaquest Corp.'s own portfolio. We aim to partner with 100 websites by the end of 2011 and will be focusing our marketing efforts in the GCC

New Goss Community SSC at Yemeni press

The inauguration of a new Goss Community SSC press at the 14th October Foundation for Journalism, Printing and Publishing in Aden City, Yemen was done by Yemeni vice president, Abdu Rabbu Mansoor Hadi.

Among the publications published by the 14th October Foundation is its flagship broadsheet by the same name.

Thenewpresshastwofour-high and two two-high towers, six reelstands and a Goss N40 folder and is configured to provide flexibility for future expansion. With a cut-off of 578 mm the publisher

Control P expands in interiors with L65500

Qatar based leading digital printer, Control P has gone for HP's L65500 from Jacky's.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, general manager, Mahmoud Darwish said: "We want to expand the business in the direction of green printing for serving the elite corporate clients."

The 40 people company who has a volume of 10,000 sqm has invested $150,000 with this machine. "We want to look into interior market. We can use this latex technology for indoor printing. We will be doing the applications like branding

Abaker Printing buys SM 102 with perfector

Riyadh based printing house Abaker Printing has invested in the 5-colour SM-102 with perfector.

Nasser Al Jarboa, CEO said, "We expect the new press to add much needed capacity for our production. This will meet additional demands in the commercial printing and envelope production. In this machine we like the various automation features in the set up of different production runs. The high quality printing, the ease of use and the high productivity, requires only one operator to set up and

NOPP first press in Gulf to buy Suprasetter 145

Saudi Arabia based National Offset Printing Press has installed the very large format, Suprasetter 145, becoming one of the first presses in the Middle East region to do so. The fully automatic machine was installed in June this year.

Saleh Al-Sanea, general manager says, "Our main job is school books printing, and we need to process high volumes. We own a variety of printing press machines from sheet to web, like Heidelberg's Speedmaster CD 102 and 102, beside a 16 page KBA web press, so in

Qatar based publisher, Gulf Publishing & Printing Company (GPCC)

Qatar based publisher, Gulf Publishing & Printing Company (GPCC) has shifted to new premises in the Commercial Printing Press Complex inaugurated at the beginning of this year in Doha's industrial zone.

The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the deputy prime minister and minister of energy and industry Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah inaugurated the state-of-the-art complex in the presence of ministers, diplomats, GPPC board directors

Italian manufacturers in a show of strength at Paper ME 2010

Leading Italian manufacturers have announced that they will participate at Paper Middle East 2010, to be held during September 18 -20, 2010 under the umbrella of Aspin agency and Frosinone Chamber of Commerce.

Under Aspin pavilion will be: Indexa Italia 2 Srl displaying advanced maintenance systems and technology development, along with Binet Sul Liri Engineered Fabrics SpA exhibiting display wet felts and dryer screens at high performances for papermaking.

Other participants under Aspin include

Brother honours regional partner in business planning workshop.

Brother International Corporation Gulf (BICG) has honoured its top regional partners during its first ever business planning workshop to be held outside of the UAE.

Recently staged in Cyprus, the event witnessed the awarding of Gulf Islands General Trading, which has been recognised for its significant contribution to the company's regional colour laser printer market share.

Other top awards given during the event include the 'Gold', 'Silver', and 'Bronze' winners, which were handed to Al Maktaba

KBA bags order for 2 Compacta 217 presses

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an has placed one of the biggest-ever commercial web press contracts in the Middle East with KBA.

The installation will comprise two 16pp KBA Compacta 217 press lines with a total of four reel-stands, twelve double printing units, four dryers and two folders and will be delivered in autumn.

The deal was finalised during a visit by the Saudi delegation to Ipex.

Professor Mohammad Salim Al-Oufi, general secretary of the King Fahd

Global Graphics will distribute Xante digital printers in Kuwait

Kuwait based Global Graphics will distribute digital printers and associated consumables from Xante, it was announced at an invitation-only event organised for printers and industry experts from government and commercial sectors.

Addressing the event, Ayman Abou El Farag, general manager of Global graphics said: "We have foreseen the printing demands of market for the low cost and creativity needs with local sales and service support. We are sure the products from Xante will allow printers to

KSA's agency installs new line for ID cards

Government Printing Press Agency (GPPA) in Saudi Arabia has taken a delivery of two Persolines from Atlantic Zeiser.

The system solutions are used to produce the Iqama Card and Iqama Family Card, providing individual personalisation coupled with inexpensive and secure digital Drop on Demand (DoD) variable data printing.

The State printing works uses the individually adapted machines to personalise the Iqama Card, which enables foreigners to live and work in Saudi Arabia. These cards act as work

Apex buys Goss press for inhouse printing

Oman based Apex Press and Publishing have purchased a Goss Community SSC press to start in-house printing of newspapers, magazines and directories.

Apex has been operating in the Sultanate of Oman since 1980 and has been publishing a range of titles including the Muscat Daily, The Week, Alisbou'a, Business Today, Oman Today, Usrat Al Youm and a local business directory using contract printers.

The publishers have print runs varying from 11,000 to 80,000 copies with frequencies from daily

Anti-piracy campaign in Jordan promotes use of legal software

Adobe Middle East has launched a direct mail campaign with self-audit forms to educate companies about the benefits of using licenced products.

The company stressed that one of the main benefits of using legal software is avoiding the hidden dangers of using pirated or cracked software. Most cracked versions of Adobes products contain Trojans and viruses that often trick a users machine into sending out spam messages to thousands of computers.

'The launch of our first Anti-Piracy campaign in

CaesarPac buys Bobst printer, plans growth

Kuwait based manufacturer of corrugated cartons and paper products, CaesarPac Carton and paper Products Company, has installed a Bobst Flexo Vision printer at its manufacturing unit in Kuwait Free Trade Zone.

The company opted to buy the printer ‘to continually improve product portfolio in terms of quality and output’.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, deputy general manager, Tamer Hozayen said, “We wanted to maximise our market share and stay one step ahead of the competition,

Bahrain firm satisfied with cutting machine

The Bahrain based, Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej printing and publishing company has purchased a cutting machine, Polar System 2 from Heidelberg in June this year.

Talking about the performance of the machine, P. Madhava Rao, manager - operations said, “Both the cutting and folding machine are performing to our satisfaction. They have been able to achieve the targeted production. The workers were able to adopt to the new machine and operate it efficiently as the machines have user friendly

Union Press invests in machinery to stay ahead of competition

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, Yasser Al Kuwari, managing director said, “The fully automated, high speed ST450 was our first choice over machines from competing firms, because of its latest technology and the strong after sales service offered by Heidelberg’s backup team.  Also, we did not need to train our staff since they had worked on a similar machine before.

“In the printing industry, one must invest in the latest machinery to stay one step ahead of the

Saudi Arabian University takes ownership of an XXL Roland 50

Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University has taken ownership of a four-colour Roland 50.

The company is the “first” in KSA to opt for the XXL sheetfed offset machine in the 36/52 format. The machine has been running since July this year.

Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University is a Riyadh-based government printing company. It produces business stationery and full-colour university books, special printing techniques such as hard covers and foil stamping of small-format

New distribution deal for service and sales

Saudi-Arabia’s Hoshan Company Ltd and Kodak have signed a distribution deal allowing Hoshan to offer sales and service support for several Kodak products.

These include unified workflow solutions, pre-press and electrophotographic printing solutions.

Hoshan’s printing division will target professional print houses, corporate organisations, in-house printing departments, universities, utilities companies, banks, copy centres and stamp makers.

Hoshan has more than 30 sites covering

Gulf Marcom Group, Mazoon Printing enter into partnership

The Gulf Marcom Group (GMG) has signed an official agreement to enter into a partnership with Mazoon Printing and Advertising –a subsidiary of WJ Towell – for the establishment of Gulf Marcom Oman.

The signing was carried out by CEO of GMG, Thamer Khamis Al Muqla and board member of the WJ Towell Group, Jamil Sultan.

Sultan said of the occasion: “This solid and strategic partnership will allow us to benefit from the growth opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman &ndash

B2B media in the GCC should build brands

The B2B media market in the GCC has experienced strong growth in recent years, but the industry remains small by international standards and needs to make changes to increase revenue.

This according to a new study by global management consulting firm, Booz & Company.

According to the study, B2B media should build their brands by taking advantage of the synergies between trade magazines and exhibitions to position themselves for growth.

B2B media – which includes trade events like

Yemeni printer orders second Goss SSC press

Yemeni government-owned 14th October Foundation for Journalism, Printing and Publishing has ordered a Goss Community SSC single-width press.  It will print the daily newspaper 14th October.

Project manager at 14th October, Ahmed Moataz said: “We operate a Goss Community press and are confident in its print quality so we had no hesitation in ordering a second press.”

The new press will be configured as two four-high and two two-high towers with six reelstands and a Goss