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Helping retailers comply to government directives while keeping customers calm and informed in unprecedented times

“Retailers are experiencing dramatic changes to the way they run their businesses due to the current global crisis triggered by Covid-19.  An increased demand for critical products due to countries being locked down and the government directive to practise social distancing, can cause confusion and distress for shoppers. Using clear informative signage in-store can be vital to maintaining a safe and calm retail environment” says Ali Al Salihi, manager, retail & hospitality - Middle East

Konica Minolta unveils 3 new A3 multifunctional printers

Konica Minolta has announced the launch of three new colour A3 multifunctional printers (MFPs), the C450i, C550i and C650i which offer a choice of 45ppm, 55ppm or 65ppm print speeds, respectively.

“The three new MFPs not only offer fast, reliable solutions for document handling but also serve as an intelligent device that effectively becomes the heart of the customer’s digital office. They can also be tailored to meet the requirements of each business with the wide breadth of applications that

Canon set to bring its imaging expertise to Expo 2020 Dubai

Following an agreement between Expo 2020 Dubai and Japanese imaging technology company Canon,  “exceptional imagery and high speed printing will support a range of onsite activities at The World’s Greatest Show”, according to the press statement.

A world leader in its industry, Canon was named Expo 2020 Dubai’s Official Printing and Imaging Provider in a tie-up that will see it deploy its expertise in imagery and printing throughout the six-month celebration that opens on 20 October 2020.

Konica Minolta’s digital press AccurioLabel 190 reaches Qatar

Konica Minolta, a provider of business transformation solutions and technologies, together with its partner Almana recently unveiled its latest offering in the digital label market to Qatar.  

The company stated: “With the introduction of its new printing press, the Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 provides label converters with an efficient answer to the rapidly changing nature of print requests. In the past few years, producers of consumer and industrial goods have modified their approach

Packaging company in Saudi Arabia invests in EFI Nozomi

United Carton Industries Company (UCIC) based in Saudi Arabia, seeks to advance in digital print with  the installation of an EFITM Nozomi C18000 six-colour, single-pass LED inkjet printer from EFI.

According to EFI, the new printer will help UCIC enter new market segments, expand its customer base, and create a competitive advantage in the region.

 “UCIC’s priority is to meet customer expectations, which are constantly increasing due to ever changing market conditions,” said UCIC president

First Pack to enter print market with Nilpeter FA6

Qatar-based First Pack  recently purchased Nilpeter FA6, a mid-web flexo press.

Nilpeter started making flexo presses for the last 100 years and we are sure they are the true market leaders when it comes to automation and innovation. We have done more than two years of research to handpick Nilpeter and we are sure we made the right choice for our bright future. According to Nilpeter, its FA6 would be “the most automated press” in Middle East. “Tube laminate is a nurturing industry here and

Epson appoints GCG-DDS for Middle East printer distribution

Epson Middle East appointed Gulf Commercial Group - Digital Document Solutions (GCG-DDS), as a distributor for its business inkjet printers. As per the agreement, GCG-DDS, a provider of innovative digital document solutions in the Middle East, will add Epson’s environmentally friendly and cost-effective EcoTank printers, SureColor large-format printers and WorkForce mono and colour version inkjet printers, to its product portfolio.

 The agreement was signed by Jeroen van Beem, director of

Canon Middle East ties up with Almasa for its Iraq distribution

Canon Middle East announced its latest partnership with Almasa IT Distribution in Iraq to better service its customers on the ground. As part of the agreement, Almasa will distribute and promote Canon’s consumer product portfolio of consumer imaging products and solutions to meet a growing level of demand.

According to the press statement, the partnership with Almasa will help increase Canon’s Middle East channel coverage strategy in Iraq and will see the investment in a state-of-the-art

“Businesses should not forget their responsibility towards humanity”

Riyadh-based Raqam International Labels and Ribbons Factory general manager Khalid Aziz Shah discusses his business, achievements, success mantra and  sustainability.

Everything starts with an identification label according to Khalid Aziz Shah, the general manager of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh-based Raqam International Labels and Ribbons Factory.

Canadian national Shah studied computer programming and holds a masters degree in public administration. His desire to be creative and do things

Konica Minolta gears up for Fintech Technology Conference

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East in partnership with Al Mulla Office Automation Solutions has announced its participation in the Fintech Technology Conference & Exhibition to be held between 22-24 October 2019 in Kuwait.

Al Mulla Office Automation Solutions (OAS) is a ‘total solutions provider’, for office automation-related products and services. The company offers its customers a complete range of office-automation solutions, through a portfolio of products and after-sales

Latex certification programme for HP R printer series rigid media

HP and Color Concepts will introduce the new Latex Certification Programme for the R Printer Series for rigid media. Color Concepts is an exclusive Latex Certification partner of HP and will offer this programme in the USA and the EMEA region.

This programme is a milestone in the HP Latex Certification Programme, it provides the possibility to explore a wide range of applications. HP believes that the HP Latex Certification Programme for R Printer Series is the right way to deliver great

Kodak unveils Sonora Plate Savings Estimator

Investing in new technology is an important decision a business faces when trying to improve their operations. For an increasing number of printers, switching to Kodak Sonora process-free plates is an investment that is having a positive impact, greater operational efficiencies and a clear Return on Investment.

To help printers who are considering switching to process free, Kodak developed the Sonora Plate Savings Estimator. This online tool allows printers to calculate their estimated savings

Xerox Baltoro replaces Brenva, set to compete with Canon’s Varioprint

Xerox recently announced the availability of its Baltoro High Fusion Inkjet Press. “Xerox was consistent in positioning the Baltoro as a ‘platform’ in the model of the Trivor, iGen and DocuTech series of devices,” a press release from the firm said.

Xerox had earlier announced that Baltoro would displace Brenva. Accordingly, Xerox sold out its inventory of Brenva devices in the first half of 2019 and discontinued production.

Chris Irick, worldwide product marketing manager, entry

Xerox launches Iridesse Production Press in Doha - PrintWeek MEA

Xerox in partnership with Darwish Trading Company, its master distributor in Qatar, launched the Xerox Iridesse Production Press for its Qatar-based customers.

The launch event titled ‘Iridesse Launch Color Reignited’ took place in Doha in June. The event was attended by printing and packaging entities from across Qatar, including commercial printing companies, graphics and arts clients from both public and private sectors.

The Xerox Iridesse Production Press is a high speed, six station colour

Digital print market share up by 21%: Smithers Pira report

The global print market is shrinking in volume but growing in value over the period 2014–24. The average value of print will slightly increase over the 10-year period, as a result of changes in the product mix and the print processes employed.

Smithers Pira’s latest market report, ‘The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024’ shows the global output measured in billions of A4 prints was 49,665 in 2019, to remain static through to 2024. In value terms, print output grows from $808.3bn in

OCTAL gets international recognition for quality

To recognize the quality of OCTAL’s operations at their PET Sheet Plants in Oman, the clear rigid packaging material suppliers have been awarded the certification for production excellence.

The company was given a coveted internationally-recognized AA rating following a recent rigorous audit of their Salalah facilities against the requirements of British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5.

OCTAL CEO Nicholas Barakat said: “This level of certification

Taropa Technologies extends its range to HP in Southern Africa

Taropa Technologies is a dedicated business solutions aggregator in office automation, providing quality products, professional services and value-added support to its distribution network in southern Africa.

Taropa’s previous focus was predominantly on Samsung multifunction printers (MFPs), but, as of 2019, its range has been extended to the HP A3 and A4 MFP range. Taropa still has a dedicated team to support Samsung in the market, but looks forward to supplying the HP range to its national

Kenya government & De La Rue joint venture kicks off

De La Rue plc (“De La Rue” or the “Group”) announces the commencement of its joint venture with the government of Kenya on its currency and secure printing site in Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya.

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial currency and security printer and the joint venture strengthens and builds on the Group’s existing long-term strategic relationship with the government of Kenya. The site in Nairobi will become a centre of excellence for banknote production and security

Positive outlook for digital display technologies in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East

According to International Expo Consults, digital signage and display technology is the future and the segment will grow in the UAE. At the moment, the global digital signage market is estimated to value at USD 20.8 billion and is expected to grow to USD 29.6 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 7.3%. SGI Dubai 2020, the leading industry event for the printing and signage industry will play a significant role in the growth of the market in the Middle East.

Sharif Rahman, CEO, International Expo

Segezha Group plans to build in Egypt its own converting

According to the corporate press service of Segezha Group, the timber group of companies Segezha Group (part of Sistema) will take part in the IV international exhibition “Arabia-EXPO 2019” and the XII session of the Russian-Arab Business Council, which will be held in Moscow In the Central exhibition hall “Manege” on April 08-10.
The programme of the forum includes discussion of the prospects for the creation of the Russian industrial zone (RPP) at the Eastern Port said the site in the special

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 noon.com, 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