Canon Saudi Arabia inaugurates its offices and business solutions showrooms in the Kingdom

CANON Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Canon Middle East (CME), officially opens its first office and business solutions showroom in Riyadh. The company was formed in partnership with Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers (AZAQ) in June 2018, and with two additional offices and showrooms in Jeddah and Khobar, will represent the largest regional B2B direct presence for Canon in the Middle East region.

The opening was attended by senior Canon executives including Stefano Zenti, executive vice president

MENA Packaging Industry poised for growth

Packaging sales across the Middle East and North Africa will be worth AED 268 billion this year, according to the most recent research published by Smithers Pira. The emergence of many e-commerce platforms in the Middle East, such as, is among several factors fuelling the growth of the packaging industry in the region, with the value of packaging used in e-commerce rising at 25% per year. The report entitled The Future of Global Packaging to 2020 also pointed to another significant

Sona Commercial LLC participates in Saudi Print & Pack 2019

Sona Commercial LLC has announced of its participation in the 16th edition of  Saudi Print and Pack which took place at Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from 27 to 30 January 2019. Saudi Print & Pack 2019 is a prominent exhibition related to printing, packaging, papers and allied industry in the Middle East Asian region. 
It should also be noted that this is their first major participation coming from Sona Commercial after announcing their strategic distribution partnership with Neenah in

Xerox launches Iridesse Production Press in Oman

Xerox in partnership with Bishara Est. LLC, its master distributor in Oman, launched the Xerox Iridesse Production Press, the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass, in Oman. The launch event titled “Iridesse Launch – Color Reignited” took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel at Sindbad Ball Room in Qurum on January 23rd, showing Oman based commercial printing companies, and graphic arts clients from across public and private sectors

Kuwait based Gulf Business Forms invests in Xeikon 3030 Digital Press

Global Graphics INT installed a new Xeikon 3030 Digital Press at Gulf Business Forms Co., Kuwait.

Gulf Business Forms Co. (GULFORMS) is one of the first Kuwait Company specialized in manufacturing and printing wide range of printing products that meet international standards and varied requirement of their customers such as different kinds of labels, computer forms, ATM roll and Cash roll, pin mailers, cheque printing, security printing etc. GM, Abdulaziz N. Al-Saleh said ‘We care about our

Xerox unveils Iridesse Production Press in Kuwait

More than 88 Xerox customers and partners were shown new ways of maximizing business opportunities and generating new revenue streams at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuwait City. The event included a reveal of the recently launched Xerox Iridesse and discussions and talks on how Xerox Iridesse can support business growth and potential revenue generating applications of the new technology.

“Iridesse is a digital press that will help our customers save a significant amount of time, improve the

Xerox in KSA names Niyazi Mehmet as general manager

Xerox today announced the appointment of Niyazi Mehmet Sezer as the general manager for Saudi Arabia.

In his new role, Mehmet will drive new business, develop and execute regional business plans, and manage end-to-end business projects and finances, whilst growing and maintaining direct customer relationships.

“The document management industry is continuously changing to keep up with the latest technological advancement and meet evolving customer needs. We are at the forefront and connecting

Canon partners with Copatra Graphics

Canon Saudi Arabia, the leader in imaging and printing solutions, announced a strategic partnership with Copatra Graphics, a leading provider of printing and media solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With this collaboration, existing and prospective graphic art customers across the Kingdom will have access to Canon’s innovative, technology-led solutions, designed to deliver high quality and efficiency.

With over 50 years of experience in the Saudi market, Copatra Graphics today provides

Xerox Iridesse launch event to happen in Oman on January 23

Xerox is all set to launch the Iridesse Production Press in Oman on January 23, 2019. They have invited 150 plus invitees and expecting to receive minimum of 100+ attendees. These include business directors within the the publishing, advertising and marketing industry in Oman. The Iridesse Production Press is the only digital press that can print metallic gold or silver dry ink, CMYK and clear dry ink in a single pass, giving print providers an immediate competitive edge in the growing digital

Xerox Saudi Arabia participates in Riyadh sustainability initiative; Plants 200 trees

Xerox Saudi Arabia employees joined more than 1,000 volunteers for the second annual Tashgeer sustainability initiative. With a goal to make the city of Riyadh greener, the team helped plant 200 trees along King Khaled and King Salman roads. A total of 8,000 trees were planted in one day.

The “Making Riyadh Greener” initiative – launched by the Riyadh Development Authority in October last year – is aimed at increasing the afforestation rate in Riyadh city, doubling the number of trees, and

Saudi Plastics is getting ready to accommodate more visitors

Preparations for the 16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals 2019 exhibition, organized by Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd, are underway. The four-day event is being held under the diamond sponsorship of SABIC, from 27th through 30th January 2019, and will bring together leading regional and international experts, decision-makers and pioneers to review potential investment prospects available in the Kingdom, which currently possesses 67 per cent of the total GCC petrochemical

Konica Minolta awards Middle East best performers

Konica Minolta honored its global partners and distributors for their performances across several categories during the 2018 Annual Conference that was recently held in Japan. 

During the Conference, Konica Minolta bestowed to its partner Juma Al Majid and Mohsin Haider Darwish “Best Performer in Middle East” award, as a recognition of their success in making Konica Minolta one of the market leaders in the Middle East.

Shoei Yamana, president and CEO Konica Minolta Inc., and Kazuo Kobayashi

Saudi Arabia builds first house using 3D printing technology in Middle East

As part of the wider Saudi Vision 2030, the Ministry of Housing has announced the success of building the first house using 3D printing technology in the Middle East.
“The aim of this experiment is to compete with the technological progress in the world of future construction, to benefit from the latest technologies in the world, and to be a pioneer in promoting the adoption of innovative construction techniques in the construction sector and the localization of its industry in the Kingdom in

Almarai installs Sidel’s PET lines at Al Kharj processing plant

Liquid dairy and juice maker Almarai has installed two complete PET lines from packaging equipment manufacturer Sidel Group at its Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP) in Saudi Arabia.
Almarai chose Sidel Combi to increase its orange juice production capacity in the single-serve format. The 200ml juices are bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution.
Each PET line is capable of handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph). The PET lines also feature the packaging firm’s efficiency

Canon partners with Al Sayer group to highlight the technology-enabled education in Kuwait

Under its ‘Education For Life’ campaign, Canon Middle East partnered with Al Sayer group and the Kuwait Teachers Society to demonstrate its suite of solutions that address challenges brought about by the changing needs of key education sector stakeholders – students, teachers, and administration.

One of the technology leader showcased its commitment towards enabling the digital transformation of the education experience in Kuwait at an event held at the Kuwait Teachers Society in Kuwait City

Four Films Printing Group invests in Xerox’s iGen 5 Press

Four Films Printing Group has added Xerox’s iGen 5 Press to its fleet of printing presses catering to Kuwaiti customers. The investment in the new press is a result of its successful experience with the preceding model – Xerox iGen 4. With the investment, Four Films is expected to offer customers in Kuwait a complete web-to-print solution while simultaneously expanding their market presence regionally.

“The iGen 5 gives Four Films a competitive advantage in Kuwaiti market and allows them to

MEPCO and Arab Federation enter into agreement during the event

The Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries during the 10th Middle East International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Industry (Paper ME), held in Cairo from 10-12 September 2018.
Commenting on the agreement, Sami Safran, CEO of MEPCO said, “We believe that the Arab Federation for Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries plays an effective role in this sector

MEPCO partners with Closir to boost corporate access for investors

The Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO) has become the first Saudi company to join Closir, a global platform connecting companies directly with investors.

The paper manufacturer's engagement comes at a time when the Saudi equity market is in the spotlight for global investors, having been upgraded to "Emerging Market" status by index providers MSCI and FTSE Russell.  

Closir is a technology platform that connects listed companies in emerging markets to institutional investors, allowing them to

Mondi concludes acquisition of 96% stake in Suez Bags

International packaging and paper group Mondi has concluded the acquisition of a 96% stake in Egypt-based industrial bags producer Suez Bags for EGP284m ($15.88m).
The deal follows the company’s acquisition of National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export (NPP) in June for EGP510m ($27.79m).
Suez Bags currently operates one production plant near Cairo to serve its regional customers.
According to the company, the deal expands its network of production plants in the Middle East and

KSA's King Fahd Complex puts a modern spin on the ancient traditions of Islamic texts

The King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an was established in 1985 by Saudi Arabia to produce and distribute Islamic print and audio publications, as part of the leading role played by the Kingdom in serving Islam and the needs of Muslims worldwide. 

As the name suggests, the plant prints the Qur’an. It also records recitations in a variety of styles popular across the Islamic world, offers translations and interpretations, presents the sciences of the Qur’an, publishes the

Egyptian newspapers to increase cover price

Egypt’s National press agency (NPA) is considering a decision to increase government newspapers prices due to the rising cost of paper, which has surged 100 percent in the last period.

During a meeting today with the NPA and Chairmen of the Board of Directors of the National Newspapers, along editors of private press institutions, discussed current issues such as poor distribution and lack of advertisement, along with the increase of printing prices which have all weighed badly on the print

Digital Print Centre invests in AccurioPress C6100

Digital Print Centre has invested in Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C6100.
Speaking about the investment and the reason for opting the brand, Seraj Ghazzal, general manager, Digital Print Centre commented, “We are always looking for the latest technologies and innovations in the printing industry. We researched the digital market and found that the Konica Minolta AccurioPress C6100 was equipped with all the latest technologies we required to drive our business forward. The AccurioPress C6100

Sentez signs with Heidelberg

Turkish packaging producer Sentez, which is based in Istanbul and has a workforce of around 550, has elected to use the subscription model of HeidelbergerDruckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) as part of its growth and digitization strategy. That makes the Sentez Group the first Turkish company opting to conclude this type of contract with Heidelberg and use a large format press.
The pay-per-use agreement with Sentez includes not just one but two subscription contracts - one each for the 70 x 100

Canon Middle East launches direct operations in Saudi Arabia

Canon Middle East (CME) has launched direct operations in Saudi Arabia.
The company has signed an agreement with Ali Zaid Al Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia, which will become the largest regional direct presence for CME.
Canon Saudi Arabia will operate from Riyadh, and with an additional two branches in Jeddah and Khobar, will be become the company’s largest entity in the region. The company aims to have over 300 employees by 2020.
The company said that a direct

Zeejprint installed first Duplo Dusense Spot UV coater in KSA

Zeejprint became the first printing press in KSA to invest in Duplo DuSense DDC-810 Spot UV coater for its factory in Sulay, Riyadh. The installation was completed successfully by Giffin Graphics in April.
Talking about the investment, Ahmed Siddiqui, COO of Zeejprint, said, “We have been looking for a machine that fits all our requirements and this Duplo Dusense fitted exactly. The machine allows us to do many value added services for our customers. Particularly, the machine fits for the

Dynagraph’s new branch in Kuwait

Dynagraph, as one of the leading regional Graphic Industry players in the Middle East recently inaugurated its new showroom in Kuwait to demonstrate a number of digital printing production solutions from Canon as well as of offline digital finishing equipment.
According to the company spokesperson, “The showroom is destined to become a center of excellence for digital printers across Kuwait to familiarize themselves with Canon branded production equipment and allow them to test and assess the

Orpic launches new thermoforming grade of polypropylene

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has launched a new thermoforming grade called Luban HP1151K that will increase both productivity and the overall performance of transparent thermoformed cups, trays and containers.
The new polypropylene (PP) thermoforming grade is based on Milliken’s nucleating innovation Hyperform HPN-600ei. The new grade (Luban HP1151K) was launched during the 5th Oman Plast Exhibition 2018 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Orpic’s Luban

Zeejprint receives ISO 12647-2 certification for process colour

Zeejprint has become the first printing press in Gulf to complete readiness for ISO 12647-2 Certification, world’s leading Process Colour Standards for Offset. This certification would enable Zeejprint to measure, manage and report its colour management process and overall print quality to customers.
 The certification has been awarded by Franz Brandi and Prof. Florian SuBi for Virona GmbH,  a global leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Virona confirmed that the production

Narayanan Venkataraman appointed as managing director for HP Saudi Arabia

HP appoints Narayanan Venkataraman as managing director for Saudi Arabia. Narayanan will be responsible for driving the company’s PC and print business and strategy in the country. He will be working with local public and private sector partners and drive HP’s growth in the areas of cybersecurity, education, healthcare, anti-counterfeit and 3D printing. Narayanan commented: “I’m delighted to continue my work at HP in this exciting role, and take on greater responsibility for driving the company

GraphX18 hosted by Business International Group in Bahrain

Business International Group of Companies (BI) hosted a multi-vendor event - GraphX18, which is an Exposition of Digital Print & Finishing Technology that took place at the Conference Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel on the 21st of March 2018 in Bahrain. BI is better known as Xerox in Bahrain.
GraphX18 unique saw the participation of multiple global partners exhibiting together for the first time to bring the best in pre-press, digital automation, digital print, finishing, wide format technical