SGI Dubai 2022, during its 25th edition, aims at ‘Redefining the Future’ to enable and catapult all printing and associated businesses to re-establish themselves through the coming years. SGI 2022 will once again be home to over 300 global exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 80 plus countries. The show will feature products within categories such as Large Format Printing, Robotics, AI, 3D printing, digital display, LED, precision cutting, labeling, paper, MFPs, retail, consumables, screen printing, and textile printing. The 25th edition of the SGI Dubai show will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on January 16th, 17th, and 18th. SGI Dubai 2022 will showcase of some of the most innovative products during the show that will enable businesses to make their brands lead the next phase of growth. To book your booth please write to sgidubai@iecdubai.com



Shihas Kizhisseri, the Chief Executive Officer at Pixcom Group of Companies, stressed upon the state of digital signage industry in the region. The company’s primary focus for the next two years will be on big events which are happening in the Middle-East region such as Expo 2020-21 and the FIFA World Cup 2022. There will be an influx of tourists and visitors which means that it will be an explosive year for the digital signage industry. The company is expecting digital signage to grow over 20% by 2022 in the UAE. It is being predicted that the Middle East and Africa digital signage market is going to register a compound annual growth rate of over 6% by 2025. Pixcom’s focus going ahead remains on outdoor LED Displays, but their solutions are focused on improving interaction and online integration. The company is also are working on rolling out smart retail solutions this year. Source – PrintPack MEA Magazine



Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), met with local publishers and members of the Ghanaian Publishers Association to discuss the huge opportunities which the global pandemic has presented for African publishers to rebuild their sector for future growth. The Ghana visit is fourth in a series rolled out as part of an African tour to meet with the key organisations leading the publishing industry on the continent and engage in dialogue aiming to share knowledge and experiences in the face of the ongoing challenges created by Covid 19. During her visit, the IPA President also met with members of the African Publishers Network (APNET), encouraging key industry stakeholders to engage closely with the IPA and, in doing so, find and explore untapped opportunities. Al Qasimi also took the chance to encourage African publishers to apply for the third edition of the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF) – a four-year $800,000 grant program co-led by the UAE-based global philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares and implemented by the IPA. Source – PrintPack MEA Magazine



The Big Bang reforms and initiatives will deliver the desired for results, and retail will be one of the beneficiaries. In the relatively short history of our nation, the UAE has proved its mettle time and again. In recent months, the UAE not only managed to safely reopen its borders but implemented one of the world's fastest vaccination drives and became the first Arab country to reach Mars. Furthermore, the launch of ambitious strategies such as the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan and Operation 300Bn will aim to spur local industry. Source – Gulf News



The Middle East and Africa is the fastest growing region for food packaging products in the world, growing at approximately 5-7 per cent, compared to the global average of 3-5 percent. Hotpack Global has announced the opening of its largest retail store for food packaging products in the UAE. The outlet is the biggest of Hotpack’s 32 sales centers and will offer a versatile range of food packaging products for both retail and wholesale customers. In a statement, Hotpack Global said that its product range will continue to reinforce the company’s uncompromising focus on quality, innovation, and hygiene. The new sales centre, spanning over 5,600sqft, is located on Umm Suqiem Street in Al Barsha. The opening was done in the presence of Adnan Jasim Rashid Boausaibah, director of Hotpack Global. The company’s outlook is to continue expanding in the UAE, as well as in the region, as new global food brands have been foraying into the market. Source – PrintWeek MENA Magazine



Conceived as modular house, the Emirati Majlis has been proposed as a place of gathering and socializing in response to today’s question on “how can we reimagine a house in light of today’s lifestyle and technology?”. The Majlis House is proposed as “a predominant spatial typology” in Gulf residences. Aimed at building typically as an annex to the house, it is a space of social gathering and interaction typically used to receive guests and is designed to be detached from the private quarters of the family in Emirati homes. The house is made of the using of concrete 3D printing technologies. Proposing new modular strategies, the house can be envisioned in-line with the challenges and potentials of these technologies to allow for faster, more spatially fluid inhabitations at an ecological and affordable rate. Source – MEPrinter Magazine



The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that 105,443 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours. The total number of doses provided up to Friday stands at 10,106,684 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 102.19 doses per 100 people. This is in line with the Ministry’s plan to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to all members of society and efforts to reach acquired immunity resulting from the vaccination, which will help reduce the number of cases and control the COVID-19 virus. Source – Gulf News



Exhibitors can book their booth now at the 25th edition of the SGI Dubai show. This will be an year for the printing and signage industry to bounce back and gain the lost momentum caused due to the pandemic. The show will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center on January 16th, 17th, and 18th. SGI Dubai 2022 will create an ecosystem for brands to launch some of the most innovative products that will enable them to capitalize on future trends. The 25th edition of the show aims at ‘Redefining the Future’ to help all printing and allied businesses to flourish through the coming years. SGI 2022 will be once again aim to welcome over 300 global exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 80 plus countries. The show will feature products within categories such as Large Format Printing, Robotics, AI, 3D printing, digital display, LED, precision cutting, labeling, paper, MFPs, retail, consumables, screen printing, and textile printing. To book your booth please write to sgidubai@iecdubai.com



SGI Dubai 2022 will have a dedicated section in its floor plan for players that are operating within the digital signage & DOOH sector. The retail sector is set to explode in this region opening up a plethora of opportunities. Digital signages are now viewed as one of the most powerful and effective communications tools to connect with the end users. SGI Dubai 2022 is an ideal platform for digital signage hardware and software manufacturers including content creation, management & distribution companies to tap into this potential. This show is also a unique destination for advertising agencies, integrators of digital signages, event management companies, the healthcare sector, hospitality industries, retail sector, mall owners, and decision-makers. You can book your booth by writing to sgidubai@iecdubai.com



The Middle East region will host big-ticket events like the EXPO 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022. The expected influx of tourists and visitors means it will be an explosive year for the digital signage industry. The MEA digital signage market is expected to grow annually at a rate of over 6% by 2025. The Internet of Things (IoT), AR, and AI are among the trends that are likely to influence the industry. Advertisers will effectively monitor consumer behavior and further gain meaningful insights. According to industry experts at Pixcom Group of Companies, digital signage will be one of the fastest-growing AV solutions, with expected growth of over 20 percent by 2022 in the UAE. Industry insiders are now predicting that the Middle East and Africa digital signage market is largely expected to register a compound annual growth rate of over 6% by 2025. Pixcom also predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT), AR, and AI are among the trends that are likely to influence the industry. As AI, AR and IoT further develop and merge with technology like digital signage, the level of personalization will grow to a great extent. Productivity will increase because of Artificial Intelligence. AI and augmented reality are rapidly becoming household names as companies, ranging from big retailers to small restaurants, embrace these technologies. For companies who are conscious of their carbon footprint, advances in digital signage also offer them a greener option while making the next two years the most interactive and engaging from a brand-consumer perspective. Source – AMEINFO



When you think of digital signage, typically a big Hollywood awards show won't come to mind. However, digital signage is starting to get noticed by Hollywood awards ceremony: the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, run by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Digital signage is now getting some major praise from this awards ceremony. For example, LG Electronics Inc. recently won an award from the academy for its large OLED display solutions. LG has pioneered the development and mass production of cost-effective large screen OLED display solutions. The company has made significant, long-term investments in R&D and manufacturing that have produced thousands of patents and involved billions of dollars of investment. By leveraging this investment and collaborating closely with technologists and creatives in the media and entertainment sector, LG has gained a deep understanding of the features and capabilities required to produce the most exquisite and accurate rendering of creators' intent. In Hollywood over the past few years, OLED screens have begun replacing most other screen technologies in high-end production workflows. Source – DIGITAL SIGNAGE TODAY



Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has introduced its Spring 2021 colour collection, four exciting new colour additions to the company’s Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio. Launched under the theme, The Power of Light, the four premium colours inspire creativity with hidden gradients and mesmerizing sparkle effects. See the thrilling impact of different kinds of light on Gloss Metallic Mystery Black and Gloss Metallic Mysterious Indigo. The Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film vehicle colour change portfolio continues to reflect the latest in automotive colour trends. Outstanding durability and performance are the high standards Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film continuously sets as one of the world’s leading vehicle wrapping film brands. The Power of Light Spring 2021 colour collection delivers excellent conformability around curves and recesses. Easy Apply RS adhesive technology makes application simple and fast, and the films are easily removable, even after long term use. Source – PRINTPACK MEA MAGAZINE



3M announced it expects to invest approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years to accelerate new environmental goals: achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, reduce water use by 25% at its facilities, and return higher quality water to the environment after use in manufacturing operations. The company’s long-term investments will help advance waste reduction and pollution control programs, reduce water usage, and acquire and apply the best available technology. The investments further accelerate 3M’s continuous improvement of its manufacturing operations and ability to deliver on its environmental goals. Source – PRINTPACK MEA MAGAZINE



The much-awaited show dates for the 25th edition of the SGI Dubai show has been announced. The Show will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on January 16th, 17th, and 18th. SGI Dubai 2022 will witness the launch of some of the most innovative products during the show that will enable businesses to make their brands future-ready. The 25th edition of the show, SGI Dubai 2022, aims at ‘Redefining the Future’ to help all printing and allied businesses to flourish through the coming years. SGI 2022 will be home to over 300 global exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 80 plus countries. The show will feature products within categories such as Large Format Printing, Robotics, AI, 3D printing, digital display, LED, precision cutting, labeling, paper, MFPs, retail, consumables, screen printing, and textile printing. To book your booth please write to sgidubai@iecdubai.com.



SGI Digital, a virtual show is currently reaching out to local, regional, and global players that are operating within the digital signage marketplace. Digital signages in retail, hospitality, and other allied sectors, are now viewed as one of the most powerful and effective communications mediums to engage with consumers. Content creators for digital signages in addition to the hardware and software manufacturers can join SGI Virtual to reach out to the target audience in GCC and the wider African region. Furthermore, advertising agencies, integrators of digital signages, event management companies, the healthcare sector, hospitality industries, retail sector, mall owners, and decision-makers from large corporates should register for the show to view the latest innovations in this space. The market has a massive growth potential due to the ongoing innovations in display technologies such as OLED, electronic paper display (EPD), and quantum dot LED (QLED) displays and growth in the retail sector through the digital transformation of retail stores into smart stores. You can book your virtual booth by writing to sgidubai@iecdubai.com.



Retail sales in the UAE are expected to rebound and grow by 13 per cent to reach $58 billion by the end of 2021 as per Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Retail sales in the UAE are expected to rebound and grow by 13 per cent to reach $58 billion by the end of 2021 Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The surge in sales will be supported by pent up consumer demand in the second half of the year, Covid-19 vaccination efforts and Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai Chamber said in a report. The analysis, based on recent data from Euromonitor, predicted that UAE retail sales are forecast to maintain 6.6 per cent annual growth in the medium term to reach $70.5 billion by 2025, with store-based retailing growth forecast at a CAGR of 5.7 per cent, while non-store retailing is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 14.8 per cent. Progress related to the UAE’s vaccination campaigns is expected to boost demand in the second half of this year and attract consumers and tourists back to traditional stores. Source – Gulf News.



Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced the introduction of Avery Dennison Supreme Defense™ Gloss, a next-generation gloss clear paint protection film that provides outstanding protection from outdoor weathering conditions while enhancing the vehicle’s finish and helping to maintain its resale value. Supreme Defense Gloss provides invisible protection against stones, stains, dings, scrapes, insects, and other environmental damage. The advanced hydrophobic top-coat layer repels water and dirt for easy cleaning and low maintenance and has an exceptional self-healing capability. The core polyurethane layer provides a uniform look and long-term impact resistance. And the adhesive layer creates a secure and safe bond with the bodywork and yet is easily removable. Moreover, this ultra-high gloss, high transparency film won’t yellow, peel or blister and is durable for up to 10 years. Source – MEPrinter magazine.



In order to accelerate the growth of the global inkjet business, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. (Newcastle, Delaware, USA, hereinafter referred to as FFIC Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation will construct a new production plant for pigment dispersions, which is a colorant for water-based pigment inkjet inks. Construction will start in April 2021 and is scheduled for completion by 2022. The investment for this construction is approximately 19 million USD. Inkjet technology has the capability to deliver fast, versatile, print production at short or long run-lengths with variable data. Applications for inkjet are expanding into industrial fields such as packaging printing in addition to commercial and publishing printing. In particular, there is a growing need to use water-based pigment inkjet inks, which have low environmental impact and potential to meet requirements for food packaging safety compliance. Source – MEPrinter magazine.



SGI believes in introducing the most innovative products during the show that enables businesses to make their brands future ready. The 25th edition of the show, SGI Dubai 2022, aims at ‘Redefining the Future’ to help all printing and allied businesses to flourish through the coming years. SGI 2022 aims to welcome over 300 global exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 80 plus countries. The show will feature products within categories such as Large Format printing, Robotics, AI, 3D printing, digital display, LED, precision cutting, labelling, paper, MFPs, retail, consumables, screen printing, and textile printing. SGI Dubai 2022 will be a live in-person event and will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. You can book your booth by writing to sgidubai@iecdubai.com.



If you are, then, SGI Digital is the platform that you should be focussing on. This virtual show is bound to attract content creators for digital signages in addition to the hardware and software manufacturers. This is in addition to advertising agencies, integrators of digital signages, event management companies, the healthcare sector, hospitality industries, retail sector, mall owners, and decision-makers from large corporates. As per reports, the global digital signage market size is estimated to be USD 16.3 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach 27.8 billion by 2026. The market has a promising growth potential due to several factors, including the ongoing innovations in display technologies such as OLED, electronic paper display (EPD), and quantum dot LED (QLED) displays, ongoing disruption in retail sector through digital transformation of retail stores into smart stores, and the increasing demand for cloud-based software with dynamic content creation. This communications medium increasingly impacts lives and presents opportunities for the world of business, its capabilities are also evolving from being a passive system that pushes content to a more advanced system that connects, interacts, and pulls content from diverse sources in real-time. You can book your virtual booth by writing to sgidubai@iecdubai.com.



Afra International plans to host series of promotional campaigns and roadshow in association with Etirama to promote ETIRAMA SPS2. Etirama is launching a new series of Servo driven label press called SPS2 which is already commercially produced and sold in the market. They are getting their first SPS 2 to Dubai by April 2021. Afra has taken over distributorship of Etirama from Brazil for the MEA region from early 2020. Source – Printweek MENA



MakerBot has introduced a whole new way to create solid metal parts that can withstand high temperatures and extreme loads. The system can now print BASF Ultrafuse 316L Stainless Steel on MakerBot METHOD. BASF Ultrafuse parts combine the next level strength, rigidity, and durability needed for end-use parts and manufacturing tools. Print solid metal parts with unbeatable rigidity, heat resistance (550°C max temp), and strength (561 MPa tensile) utilizing the MakerBot LABS GEN 2 Experimental Extruder. 316L stainless steel is one of the most popular types of steel because of its impressive level of corrosion resistance. Ultrafuse 316L packages 316L into a 3D printable filament which can be post-processed to produce 100% metal parts. Source – PrintPack MEA



One of the leading printing press Silver Point has expanded its product solutions with a new showroom in Sharjah, UAE. Silver Point established in 2005 has focused on commercial, packaging, and digital solutions for B2B. They have added the latest Xerox Iridesse digital production press with six color printing in a single pass, availing specialty inks such as gold, silver, white and clear apart from CMYK. Other than that, the company has brought MGI JetVarnish 3DS and iFoil machine for the first time in UAE, which has a facility of Digital 3D Foiling and 3D Spot UV along with their fleet of other machines. Source – Printweek MENA



The industry is evolving rapidly, and it is important to adapt to the new reality to sustain growth. Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Etsy, Alibaba.com have all created history in the B2C space globally. International Expo Consults, the organizers of SGI Connect is aiming to create a specific B2B marketplace for global signmakers. This virtual marketplace is for business matchmaking which will connect sign makers, advertising companies, and corporates on a common platform to conduct business. This is also an endeavour that IEC has embarked upon considering the mega Dubai EXPO 2020 event. This global EXPO which will host close to 200 countries will also be home to thousands of organizations and therefore, will have huge requirements for promotional gifts during the second half of 2021. SGI Connect is a dedicated platform for sign makers, gifts, and promotional items companies, or a BTL services provider. Exhibitors can display their innovative products, services and extend visibility for their business. Furthermore, IEC’s marketing campaigns will aim to attract corporate decision-makers in the region.



Consumers have connected with the brands through engaging advertisements at bus stations, airports, ordered food, bought movie tickets, all through these state-of-the-art digital signages. There are endless uses supporting a diversity of businesses and audience needs. As per reports, the digital signage market is expected to touch over 32 billion dollars in the next 5 years. These numbers hint at the enormous impact and potential lying within. As this communications medium increasingly impacts our lives and presents opportunities for the world of business, its capabilities are also evolving from being a passive system that pushes content to a more advanced system that connects, interacts, and pulls content from diverse sources in real-time.

Digital signage is comprised of three key components one is ‘content’ which includes an inventory of audio, video, image, graphics, text, and more, that are assembled to tell stories for any number of unique concepts. The other two components being hardware and software. This virtual show is bound to attract people representing these three important components in addition to advertising agencies, integrators of digital signages, event management companies, the healthcare sector, hospitality industries, retail sector, mall owners, and decision-makers from large corporates.



IEC is gearing up to catapult the international sign and graphic industries sector once again with the upcoming SGI Dubai 2022. This is the only show of its kind that focuses on this dynamic printing and signage industries within the MENA region. During this event, the latest innovations are displayed, the world’s leading companies are brought together, and industry experts share their knowledge with the stakeholders. SGI 2022 aims to welcome over 300 global exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 80 plus countries. SGI Dubai 2022 will be a live in-person event and will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.



Canon a leading provider of printing and imaging solutions, reiterated its commitment to the Middle East region during a virtual version of its employees’ annual ‘Kick-Off’ event, with the goal of ‘Power to lead the future’. The event presented a platform for Canon to recap the challenges and opportunities of the past year as well as discuss strategies for 2021. It focused on key milestones from 2020 despite a challenging year, the journey ahead, and Canon’s plans in the region, while also showcasing the role of various teams in the company’s accomplishments. Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine.



Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is hosting the 26th edition of Gulfood this month, with industry professionals recognising its importance in reinvigorating global connections and making up for missed opportunities as the world’s first in-person sourcing event for the global F&B sector in almost a year. Running from 21-25 February across 20 exhibition halls at DWTC, the most competitive global sourcing platform welcomes participants from 85 countries, coming together to reconnect, reignite business in an industry beset by changing customer behaviours. With a diverse exhibitor line-up and a who is who of international power brands eager to capitalise on UAE’s safe business environment and Gulfood’s status as the only place to start the year with confidence, the show is being held against a backdrop of the UAE National Food Security Strategy. It is a strategy that visualises the country ranking among the top 10 of the Global Food Security Index.The UAE vision is expected to be a magnet to a different sectorsfor international industry engagement. Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tumblr Pinterest Reddit VKontakte Odnoklassniki PocketThe Katara Cultural Village Foundation announced, the launch of first specialized printing press in Braille. The new press serves the publishing and printing needs of visually impaired in Qatar and other Arab countries. The new printing press is part of plans to expand the activities of the Katara Publishing House. Which also includes include printing 100 books in Braille for the visually impaired during 2021. The books cover a variety of themes and subjects for children and young adul



SGI Connect is an ideal virtual marketplace for business matchmaking where the platform will bring together sign makers, advertising companies, and corporates on a common platform to conduct business Global revenues to touch $77 billion by the end of 2022 where personal and corporate gifts will hold almost 80 percent of the retail market share. This is a dedicated platform for sign makers, gift and promotional items company, or a BTL services provider. Exhibitors can display their innovative products, services and extend visibility for their business. International Expo Consults, the organizer of this virtual marketplace, will attract corporate decision-makers of the region. Buyers will converge on this platform to interact with suppliers to source their requirements. This is a Dubai Expo 2020 focused event as the organizers expect a surge in the promotional gifts requirement from corporates during the second half of 2021.



Digital displays have replaced the traditional small and micro-display screens with large wall-sized LED and LCD displays, used across various industries. If you belong to this industry, then SGI Digital welcomes you to be an integral part of the virtual expo and explore the opportunities. SGI Digital aims to help the innovative digital signage players to build their brands further through this platform and reach out to their customers from across the MENA region. The global digital signage market is projected to touch US$32.12 billion by 2026 and the MENA region will play a significant role within this sector. Digital signage or dynamic signage is an electronic display that advertises content, broadcast data, television programming, and other informative content. The show will attract advertising agencies, integrators of digital signages, event management companies, the healthcare sector, hospitality industries, retail sector, mall owners, and decision-makers from large corporates.



Canon Europe recently launched the results of its latest Insight Report - 'Creating Customer Value' - which reveals the changing demands of the print buyer and the untapped opportunities for PSPs and in-house print rooms. The research uncovered that fewer than 20% are fulfilling the needs of their customers. At a time when brands are under more pressure than ever to achieve due to static or declining marketing budgets, 80% said they would welcome more creative input from their PSPs, representing a clear opportunity for print. Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine.



Avery Dennison Corporation announced preliminary, unaudited results for its fourth quarter and year ended January 2, 2021 and provided an update related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company. The company delivered another year of strong earnings growth in 2020. In the face of an unprecedented series of crises, the team demonstrated remarkable preparedness and incredible agility in ensuring the health and welfare of their employees, delivering for their customers, supporting their communities, and minimizing the impact of the recession for their shareholders. The company was able to protect, even expand, margins, despite pandemic-related market declines particularly in the second quarter. RFID grew significantly due to continued strong organic growth and the acquisition of Smartrac. Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine.



The UAE has administered more than 4.008 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and achieved a distribution rate of 40.53 doses per every 100 people.Crossing the four million does mark comes as a result of the efforts made at the country level to contain the pandemic, stated the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The health official attributed the achievement to the determination and diligent efforts made by the nation's medical teams under the directives and constant support of the country's wise leadership.The health minister underlined the importance of the UAE residents continuing to display full commitment to COVID-19 countermeasures in order to safeguard the society against any new coronavirus strains.Source: GULF NEWS.



SGI Dubai 2021 Virtual was a grand success as trade visitors from 88 countries actively participated with the regional and global exhibitors at the show. The 24th edition of the show hosted exhibitors from across the globe within the large format, textile printing, digital display technologies, 3D printing, LED, fabricating, printing software, and other allied industries. Some of the key exhibitors that participated in the show included Canon Middle East, Magic Trading, Epson Europe BV Middle East, Heliozid OCE, Klieverik, Rollsroller, TORS General Trading, Extris SRL, Colortek Kasorla and Union Telecom. International Expo Consults the organizers of the SGI Dubai show would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and also hopes to welcome the industry stakeholders again for the upcoming shows.



International Expo Consults will be launching two new shows namely 'SGI Connect' and 'SGI Digital' in the middle of this year. This show is a special EXPO 2020 initiative and is aimed at connecting the signage industry with the corporate world. Sign makers, corporate gifts companies, BTL services providers can capitalize on this opportunity to grow their business and reach out to the wider community. This is a unique marketplace to meet potential customers from the advertising industry and corporates. On the other hand, SGI Digital will address the needs of one of the fastest-growing industries. The digital signage market in the MENA region is set to grow, however, there is still a huge vacuum when it comes to state-of-the-art products in this region. This will be the platform to connect with retailers and other service providers and grow your market share. Digital signages are the future, and all the players within this industry should utilize this opportunity and be an integral part of it.



The on demand section of the show can still be viewed if you were not able to attend the live webinars and product demonstrations by the exhibitors. This can be viewed online till the 20th of February and it will be taken off the platform post that. The videos include informative webinars from Canon, product demonstrations, and informative presentations by Magic Trading, Klieverik, Epson, Heliozid OCE, and Extris SRL among others. You can visit the 'Auditorium' section on the SGI virtual platform for these video resource center. Kindly click on this link to log in - https://sgivirtual.vfairs.com/



In this episode of PrintPack Connect, Jorg Schuurman, the Area Sales Manager at Klieverik talks about how the regional printing packaging and signage industries are evolving, the learnings in 2020, Klieverik's participation at SGI Dubai 2021, and more. Please listen to the podcast to know more.



In this episode of PrintPack Connect, Ayman Aly, the Senior Marketing Manager at Canon Middle East talks about how the regional printing packaging and signage industries are evolving, the learnings in 2020 and Canon's participation at SGI Dubai 2021. Please listen to the podcast to know more.



Increasing use of personalization and evolving technology are driving growth in thermal printing, according to a new report from Smithers, The Future of Thermal Printing to 2025. Society is continually evolving into a more technologically competent state. Today, this involves daily shopping on Amazon, Deliveroo or Waitrose delivery. This shift by society feeds the need for thermally printed products such as labels and tags, creating global demand for thermal print equipment and consumables. Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine.



The UAE has been ranked fifth in the world in terms of the availability of vaccine doses. The UAE has so far administered more than 2,065,367 COVID-19 vaccine doses, making it the first country in the world in terms of the daily doses administered. According to the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the UAE has topped the world in terms of daily COVID-19 vaccine doses over the past seven days at a rate of 1.16 doses per 100 people. The UAE has also been ranked fifth in the world in terms of the availability of vaccine doses, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, Official Spokesman of NCEMA, revealed. During the weekly media briefing, Al Dhaheri urged all members of the community to take the COVID-19 vaccine at the nearest health center, saying that the vaccine is the fastest and best way to recover.



The SGI Dubai team can set up the virtual booth within 2 days. SGI Dubai Virtual show will be hosted on one of the world's leading virtual platforms and will be held on January 18, 19, and 20. This virtual exhibition aims to provide both the exhibitors and trade visitors, with a show that is as realistic and vibrant as the original SGI Dubai shows. The 24th edition of the show will host exhibitors from across the globe within the large format, textile printing, digital display technologies, 3D printing, labeling, LED, fabricating, printing software, paper, and other allied industries. THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE TO CAPITALISE ON THE OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF 2021. DON'T MISS IT!For booking your virtual booth please directly contact sgidubai@iecdubai.com



This virtual show will have a regular branded booth for all the participating companies and trade visitors can immediately REGISTER their interestthrough the virtual platform. SGI Dubai show will also attract a wide audience of local, regional, and international trade visitors due to the sheer technological reach of the show. This event aims to digitally welcome trade visitors and serious decision-makers from over 100 plus countries. Trade visitors can immensely benefit from the state-of-the-art virtual platform which will enable them to interact with global exhibitors and place their orders on a real-time basis.



Canon Middle East has been exhibiting at SGI Dubai for several years and has come on board as its platinum sponsor. Canon Middle East will be showcasing some of its latest innovations for the signage and graphic industry to inspire businesses to explore new creative product opportunities and maximize productivity to meet rising customer demand. Listen to Mr. Wael Ahmed, WFP Product Manager, Canon Middle East on joining SGI Dubai 2021 - Virtual!



Magic Trading Co (MTC) is one of the oldest and the pioneer in the promotional gifts business and its printing and branding technologies in the Middle East. They are suppliers of branded flat heat presses, t-shirt printing machines, auto opening, and manual flat heat transfer machines for garment and textile printing among several other products and services. Magic Trading has created a vibrant booth as always and ready welcome trade visitors at SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.Listen to the CEO of Magic Trading Co. LLC (MTC), Mr. Sina Haghi on joining SGI Dubai Virtual 2021!



Klieverik is a dynamic company, focused on rotary thermo-processing equipment for advanced textiles. With more than 40 years of experience Klieverik designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains innovative industrial machinery. Listen to @John Selfhout, Klieverik's Commercial Director on the innovative products that they will be displaying at SGI Dubai 2021



A long time SGI Dubai exhibitor and the Gold Sponsor, Heliozid OCE' will be presenting their latest machines at SGI Dubai Virtual 2021. Heliozid Océ founded in the UAE in 2004, is one of the leading IT providers of Large Printing Systems, their clientele base includes most of the engineering and commercial printing companies that have adopted Canon and Océ technologies across the UAE. The main strength of Heliozid Océ has been to focus on and promote unique innovative technologies that bene?t the customer and support the environment in the true sense.



EXTRIS is a manufacturer of fabric rolls with ultimate versatility, performance, and stability for total screen-printing accuracy. EXTRIS, founded in 2008 near Como, the Italian textiles capital, produces high-tenacity monofilament screen printing polyester fabrics. Unlike other manufacturers, our quest for high quality starts from the yarn. They source only those yarns that offer the highest performance or meet specific criteria such as, for example, their antistatic mono-wire fabrics. Listen to the CEO of Extris Srl, Mr. Daniele De Rosa on joining SGI Dubai Virtual 2021!



The company will unveil its latest flatbed machines with the global audience during SGI Dubai Virtual.ROLLSROLLER Flatbed Applicator has revolutionized the finishing work of many sign makers. Using manual processes for sign making can make it difficult to meet a customer's growing demands. Many of the manual procedures are strenuous, time-consuming, and demanding - and results can vary. ROLLSROLLER Flatbed Applicator gives the customers perfect results in a third of the time.



The company has pioneered the domestic power supply industry culture and has been leading it since the company's foundation in 1995. They have been introducing various new products, such as power supplies, solid-state relays (SSR), noise filters, and indoor/outdoor LED lamp converters, through its cutting-edge technology and customer satisfaction policies. Union Elecom is a global manufacturer that showcases domestic technology and power supplies to the world. When it comes to power supplies, Union Elecom has world-class leading technology and know-how. The company will showcase some of its most sought after products and solutions during SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.



Tors General Trading L.L.C. was established in 2020 by a team of UAE based 3D enthusiasts first and engineers second to provide the region with leading quality 3D printing services. We are also the first in the nation to design and manufacture our very own 3D printer, and to provide large scale 3D prints, printers, services to consumers and corporate customers alike. Listen to the Founder of Tors, Mr. Omar Khaled Almehi, on joining SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.



Under the banner of 'New World, New Heights', Canon Middle East held its annual Partners' Conference 2020 virtually, demonstrating a commitment to ensuring a sustainable future in the region with innovative insights and solutions that help achieve new heights, in a new world. Despite a challenging year, Canon Middle East proceeded with its important annual partner conference virtually, demonstrating commitment to the Middle East region, 'closer to customers' Strategy.In addition to thanking frontlines for supporting essential sectors in the region while navigating the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.Source: PrintPack MEA Magazine.


Dr. Khaled bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, Director General of Katara
Dr. Khaled bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, Director General of Katara

The Katara Cultural Village Foundation announced, the launch of first specialized printing press in Braille.The new press serves the publishing and printing needs of visually impaired in Qatar and other Arab countries. The new printing press is part of plans to expand the activities of the Katara Publishing House. Which also includes include printing 100 books in Braille for the visually impaired during 2021. The books cover a variety of themes and subjects for children and young adults.Source:MEPrinter Magazine.



As of the start of 2021 these temperature checks will no longer be required. Thermal scanning was previously required upon entry at all enclosed public spaces including shopping malls, events, restaurants, workplaces and more. However, the wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing, among other strict safety must be adhered to.This is part of the new update on protocols and regulations for reopening businesses with effect from January 1, 2021, the authority announced.



SGI Dubai Virtual show will be hosted on one of the world's leading virtual platforms and will be held on January 18, 19, and 20. This virtual exhibition aims to provide both the exhibitors and trade visitors, with a show that is as realistic and vibrant as the original SGI Dubai shows. The 24th edition of the show will host exhibitors from across the globe within the large format, textile printing, digital display technologies, 3D printing, labeling, LED, fabricating, printing software, paper, and other allied industries. For booking your virtual booth please directly contact sgidubai@iecdubai.com



Canon Middle East has been exhibiting at SGI Dubai for several years and has come on board as its platinum sponsor. With its long heritage in the large format printing market and several other product categories, Canon is dedicated to continuously developing innovative technology to support the evolving needs of its customers in this market. Canon's printers address the needs of customers in the corporate, construction and engineering, retail, education, and government sectors, enabling them to produce high-quality drawings, maps, and posters on demand, in-house. Canon Middle East will be showcasing some of its latest innovations for the signage and graphic industry to inspire businesses to explore new creative product opportunities and maximize productivity to meet rising customer demand.



Magic Trading Co (MTC) is one of the oldest and the pioneer in the promotional gifts business and its printing and branding technologies in the Middle East. MTC celebrated its 31st anniversary in 2020. They are suppliers of branded flat heat presses, t-shirt printing machines, auto opening, and manual flat heat transfer machines for garment and textile printing among several other products and services. Magic Trading will once again create a vibrant booth as always but this time virtually at SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.



Klieverik is a dynamic company, focused on rotary thermo-processing equipment for advanced textiles. With more than 40 years of experience Klieverik designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains innovative industrial machinery. They manufacture stand-alone equipment and complete product lines. The highly versatile machinery provides added value and improves the efficiency of textile printing and finishing operations. Klieverik offers a vast range of calenders for dye sublimation and fixation for dispersed dyes and pigments right from a small entry-level calender up to a 5m large format calender for single pieces and roll-to-roll production. Klieverik HQ is based in Oldenzaal, The Netherlands, where they design and build the machinery. The calenders are shipped, installed, and serviced worldwide. The company is set to showcase some of its leading solutions at SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.



A long time SGI Dubai exhibitor, Heliozid OCE' will be presenting their latest machines at SGI Dubai Virtual 2021. Heliozid Océ founded in the UAE in 2004, is one of the leading IT providers of Large Printing Systems, their clientele base includes most of the engineering and commercial printing companies that have adopted Canon and Océ technologies across the UAE. The main strength of Heliozid Océ has been to focus on and promote unique innovative technologies that bene?t the customer and support the environment in the true sense. Another traditional factor has been a key differentiator is the reliability of its products. The company's broad and comprehensive product portfolio consists of a core range of products developed by Océ and Canon for the wide-format and for the high volume segments. These printing and copying systems are supplied as part of total solutions, ranging from the provision of initial document workflow advice through to the maintenance of systems.



EXTRIS is a manufacturer of fabric rolls with ultimate versatility, performance, and stability for total screen-printing accuracy. EXTRIS, founded in 2008 near Como, the Italian textiles capital, produces high-tenacity monofilament screen printing polyester fabrics. Unlike other manufacturers, our quest for high quality starts from the yarn. They source only those yarns that offer the highest performance or meet specific criteria such as, for example, their antistatic mono-wire fabrics. The careful attention to detail, together with the latest manufacturing technologies sets them apart from the other players in the market. By combining tradition with innovation, we bring you levels of quality previously unseen in this market. Their Dornier looms considered by many as the most advanced in the world are enhanced by cutting-edge plasma technology enhancing the inherent qualities of their fabrics.



ROLLSROLLER Flatbed Applicator has revolutionized the finishing work of many sign makers. Using manual processes for sign making can make it difficult to meet a customer's growing demands. Many of the manual procedures are strenuous, time-consuming, and demanding - and results can vary. ROLLSROLLER Flatbed Applicator gives the customers perfect results in a third of the time. The company will unveil its latest flatbed machines with the global audience during SGI Dubai Virtual.



The company has pioneered the domestic power supply industry culture and has been leading it since the company's foundation in 1995. They have been introducing various new products, such as power supplies, solid-state relays (SSR), noise filters, and indoor/outdoor LED lamp converters, through its cutting-edge technology and customer satisfaction policies. Union Elecom is a global manufacturer that showcases domestic technology and power supplies to the world. When it comes to power supplies, Union Elecom has world-class leading technology and know-how. The company will showcase some of its most sought after products and solutions during SGI Dubai Virtual 2021.



Tors General Trading L.L.C. was established in 2020 by a team of UAE based 3D enthusiasts first and engineers second to provide the region with leading quality 3D printing services. We are also the first in the nation to design and manufacture our very own 3D printer, and to provide large scale 3D prints, printers, services to consumers and corporate customers alike.



This event will also, have several regional and international speakers addressing the audience through the SGI Dubai Conference which will be held under the 'E3 Talks' banner alongside the show. Interested CEOs and decision-makers from across the globe are invited to participate. There are limited slots available and will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. This is a webinar platform to 'Educate, Empower, and Enhance' the print service providers and sign makers in the printing & signage industry. The core objective of this platform is to educate the sign makers on the various developments and trends in the industry and help them find ways of conducting their business more profitably. The current pandemic and its effect on the markets have created this urgent need to transfer knowledge from experts from the industry to the sign makers to help them overcome this situation. Interested spokespersons can also get in touch with sgidubai@iecdubai.com



Immensa Technology Labs, the region's leading additive manufacturing (3D Printing) company, has announced its foray into the Saudi market through the acquisition of two leading 3D-printing companies in KSA, Shakl3D and LayLabs. The move is part of Immensa's mandate to further extend its presence regionally and expand its reach and range of services to its clients in the Kingdom. The company is based in Dubai Production City.Shakl3D and LayLabs were established in KSA in 2016 and 2018 respectively and are considered among the leading, most developed 3D-printing companies in Saudi Arabia. The companies have been serving the oil and gas sector as well as other industrial and manufacturing sectors, representing an alignment with what Immensa specialises as a company with extensive experience and capabilities.Source MEPrinter.



With the establishment of a department devoted specifically to sustainability under the supervision of the new board spokesman Dr. Andreas Pleßke, Koenig & Bauer is intensifying its activities in a field which is seen as immensely important for the future development of the company group.Employees (social responsibility), environment (ecological responsibility), governance, society & outreach and integrity & compliance are the five pillars of the Koenig & Bauer sustainability concept.The concept was elaborated on the basis of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, whose 17 Global Goals aim to secure sustainable development on the economic, social, and ecological levels. Dr. Bernd Heusinger, who has served Koenig & Bauer in various functions since 1999, will be assuming responsibility for the new sustainability remit alongside his current corporate office duties for the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG. The area of investor relations, which falls under the mandate of Chief Financial Officer Dr. Stephen Kimmich, will be passed on to Lena Landenberger with effect from 1st January 2021. Source: PrintPack MEA.



The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has created are the major factors shaping the print and printed packaging sectors across the world. With human behaviors irrevocably changed by the virus, the analogue to digital print transformation trend is being accelerated and time-to-market and response are increasingly important, according to a new study from Smithers, The Future of Print to 2030.Worth a total of $743.4 billion in 2020, the global print industry is redefining itself as the importance of publications and graphics diminishes, pushing print businesses towards packaging print. Taking over is the use of smarter, more digitised, short-run printing that is more flexible and cost efficient. Source: PrintPack MEA.



SGI Dubai virtual show, the very first edition in this format in its history, is currently experiencing high interest from across the globe. SGI Dubai Virtual show will be hosted on one of the world's leading virtual platform. This virtual edition of SGI Dubai will continue to follow the same schedule and timelines and it will be held on 18, 19, 20 January. The endeavor would be to provide both the exhibitors and trade visitors, with a show that is as realistic and vibrant as the original SGI Dubai shows. The 24th edition of the show will host exhibitors from across the globe within the large format, textile printing, digital display technologies, 3D printing, labeling, LED, fabricating, printing software, paper, and other allied industries. For booking your virtual booth please directly contact karthik@iecdubai.com



SGI Dubai Virtual 2021, will also attract a wide audience of local, regional, and international trade visitors due to the sheer technological reach of the show. This event aims to digitally welcome trade visitors and quality decision-makers from over 100 plus countries. Trade visitors can benefit from the state-of-the-art virtual platform which will enable them to interact with global exhibitors and place their orders on a real-time basis. This virtual show will have a regular branded booth for all the participating companies and will be hosted on a powerful and engaging virtual exhibition platform. Visitors can immediately register and get ready to pre-book their meetings with the exhibitors.



This event will also, have several regional and international speakers addressing the audience through the SGI Dubai Conference which will be held under the 'E3 Talks' banner alongside the show. Interested CEOs and decision-makers from across the globe are invited to participate. There are limited slots available and will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. This is a webinar platform to 'Educate, Empower, and Enhance' the print service providers and sign makers in the printing & signage industry. The core objective of this platform is to educate the sign makers on the various developments and trends in the industry and help them find ways of conducting their business more profitably. The current pandemic and its effect on the markets has created this urgent need to transfer knowledge from experts from the industry to the sign makers to help them overcome this situation. Interested spokespersons can also get in touch with karthik@iecdubai.com



The inaugural day of the 10th Publishers Conference was held as a lead up to the 39th Sharjah International Book Fair. This has been symbolic of a fresh start for the global publishing fraternity, as 317 professionals and 33 speakers reunite in what is a first-of-its-kind global gathering of industry professionals since the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic led to cancellations of some of the biggest book events internationally this year.



One of the easiest things to customize is t-shirts. This is also a product that people can sell to multiple kinds of audience, from comic book fans to corporates.Whatever business you want to start, you need to invest your time and money. A good thing about the T-shirt printing business is that one can start a t-shirt printing business with less investment. You can even start this business from home.You just have to make arrangements for an online store, raw materials like ink and t-shirts, and machinery. If you are not planning to buy a printing machine, then you can get printing work done by third-party print service providers. More details can be found within the MEPrinter magazine article.



Mark Lawn, Director of Professional Print Solutions, Canon Europe reflects on the production print industry's evolution over the last 20 years and discusses the milestones in digital print technology in response to changing customer demands. Digital print burst onto the scene with a disruptive 'bang' in the mid-90s. By the turn of the millennium, its potential was starting to resonate with some PSPs because, despite many commercial printers still being focused on investing in 'heavy metal' equipment, the market was moving towards smaller orders and shorter run lengths. There was a clear need for a cost-effective solution and the business case for digital print on-demand was becoming stronger. As with any innovative technology, some customers were still sceptical and those PSPs who had embraced digital were really the 'early adopters'. Click here for the full interview MEPrinter.



‘SGI Dubai 2021’ will now be an engaging virtual B2B event. This virtual edition of SGI Dubai will continue to follow the same schedule and timelines and it will be held on January 18th, 19thand 20th. The endeavor would be to provide both the exhibitors and trade visitors, with a show that is as realistic as the original SGI Dubai shows, that have graced the exhibition floors for the past 23 years.The 24th edition of the show will host exhibitors from across the globe within the large format, textile printing, digital display technologies, 3D printing, labeling, LED, fabricating, printing software, paper, and other allied industries. SGI Dubai 2021 will also attract a wide audience of local, regional and international trade visitors due to the sheer technological reach of the show. This event aims to digitally welcome trade visitors and serious decision makers from over 100 plus countries.This virtual show will have a regular branded booth for all the participating companies and will be hosted on a powerful and engaging virtual exhibition platform. This event will also have several regional and international speakers addressing the audience through the SGI Dubai Conference which will be held under the ‘E3 Talks’ banner alongside the show. For more information please directly write to karthik@iecdubai.com



This is a webinar platform to ‘Educate, Empower and Enhance’ the print service providers and sign makers in the printing & signage industry.The core objective of this platform is to educate the sign makers on the various developments and trends in the industry and help them find ways of conducting their business more profitably. The current pandemic and its effect on the markets has created this urgent need to transfer knowledge from experts from the industry to the sign makers to help them overcome this situation. E3 Talks will be a monthly event happening digitally over the Zoom Webinar platform on the 4th or last Wednesday of the month.



As one of the biggest player in global printing industry Koenig and Bauer has been choosing its path wisely. The company started diversifying into different sectors of printing industry since many years ago and the company is now offering a wide range of printing equipment for offset, digital, security, flexible packaging as well as metal printing. Koenig and Bauer’s focus on packaging could be a winning formula to survive the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. They launched Koenig and Bauer live webinar back in June which was extremely successful. Many visitors from the near East, the Far East and Middle East signed up to watch the event. In order to find out more about company’s plans for the future and its view on current pandemic ME Printer talked with Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig and Bauer.



According to Printpack MEA magazine, Epson has announced that it will launch a new survey and research on how UAE and Middle East organizations are changing their business and technology priorities at its virtual session, which is scheduled for 19 October, 2020. The virtual discussion will be led by Jason McMillan, the Sales Director of Epson Middle East, and Husam Al Sughayyar, the Regional Sales Manager for UAE and GCC at Epson.During the webinar, the company will explain why the Middle East leads EMEA with 94% of employees agreeing that environmental and social issues will be more important post-COVID-19. Attendees will also be able to gain insights on how UAE organizations switching from laser printers to inkjet printers could save $2.1 million in energy costs, along with significant energy savings and time savings.Speakers during the webinar will also throw some light on the need to meet changing employee and customer expectations to drive success.



SGI Dubai, one of the oldest and most respected trade shows for the printing and signage industries, that had recently organised an exclusive webinar for the industry stakeholders will continue the webinar series. The core aim of the webinars will be to help and support various sections of the industry and ensure that the entire community is well informed with the latest updates from across the globe. The webinar will also focus on the key trends and also the possible solutions to steer the industry forward.



In an Epson study on the state of printing in the workplace conducted by market research company Kantar AMRB, 95% of respondents in UAE and KSA claim that printers are vital in terms of helping them to effectively work. This is in line with a similar study Epson did in Europe where 77% of respondents stated that printers were important in terms of helping them work more productively, with an overwhelming majority (83%) felt a “paperless office is unrealistic”.In addition to printers, significant proportion of organizations in UAE and KSA also claim that desktops (78%), laptops (67%) and scanners (54%) are vital for working effectively. 78% of organizations also believe that ‘there is more chance of making errors editing an electronic document than editing a printout’.Source: MEPrinter Magazine



The world’s first 3D printed office building opened in Dubai in 2016. It took 17 days to print, using a 37-meter long printer and two days to assemble on site. But 3D printing doesn’t just cut construction time, it also helps the environment.Cement is responsible for 8% of worldwide carbon emissions and concrete accounts for 9% of all industrial water use. 3D printing creates 60% less waste than traditional construction because 3D printers use materials more efficiently, cutting costs by up to 70% and labour by up to 80%.Khalfan Juma Belhoul, the Chief Executive Officer at the Dubai Future Foundation talks us through how Dubai aims to meet its target of 3D printing 25% of new buildings by the year 2025.Source: Printpack MEA Magazine.



SGI Dubai, one of the oldest and most respected trade shows for the printing and signage industries, organised an exclusive webinar for the industry stakeholders. The panelists discussed ways to mitigate the challenges faced by the industry as a result of the pandemic. The panelists in the webinar included, Dr. Nicholas, Founder, FLAAR-REPORTS, United States, Nitin Goswamy, President, A.T Inks, United States, Mike Horsten, Senior Director, Texsmart, Netherlands, Pablo Lee, Managing Director, FLAAR-REPORTS & DPI INSIGHTS, United States, Ayman Aly, Senior Marketing Manager, Canon ME, UAE and it was moderated by M Karthik, Chief Catalyst representing SGI Dubai 2021. More webinars are being planned to address the needs of the specific sectors within the industry.



Jacky's Business Solutions, a graphics solutions partner for HP, has appointed Saasz Solutions as a 'Strategic Reseller' for promoting HP's low volume and mid volume Latex printers in the countries that are covered by the partnership agreement between Jacky's and HP. Jacky's will support the sales channels that Saasz develops, particularly in the Print Service Provider (PSP) segments.Under the agreement, Saasz will work with PSP's to unlock opportunities for growth in this sector, particularly during the current challenges. Where most PSP's in the region traditionally focused on retail, MICE (meeting, incentives, conferences & exhibitions) and vehicle graphics, Saasz will help them to explore emerging opportunities in new sectors including interior decoration and pandemic signage. Saasz will also provide consultancy support to help PSP's in pivoting their business while monitoring their operational expenses better. Source: Printweek Magazine



Increasing number of small and medium size businesses in GCC and Middle East economies is anticipated to create lucrative business opportunities for print service providers in the next couple of years. Middle East & Africa have strong potential growth in the commercial printer market. On the other hand, players within the digital printing industry in GCC can capitalize on the market growth triggered by the e-Commerce industry and the exponential demand by the millennials and the rising GenZ population. Due to the growing social media revolution, every individual is currently looking at wearing something new in each of their individual social posts. Similar trends are visible in the home furnishing industry as well. Such trends are only going to grow further, and this will significantly propel the demand in the upcoming years. As per Smithers Pira, the market will touch AED20 billion by 2023 with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6%. Source: MEPrinter Magazine.



The third edition of the report showcases all the companies that exhibited their media,substrates and inkjet ink consumables for wide format printers during one of the largest signage trade shows in Middle East: SGI Dubai 2020. In the 24th edition next year trade visitors can witness an even more evolved products within the ink and substrates segment. It will be a very important turning point for the global printing and signage industries as it will set the tone for the remainder of 2021. It is time for players within the ink and substrates segment to be an integral part of SGI Dubai 2021 and grow their business within the MENA markets. Year 2021 will surely be a critical year for all the stakeholders within the printing and signage industries and it is important for everyone to plan early. Please also download the 3rd edition of FLAAR REPORTS for more information.



One of the regular SGI Dubai exhibitors, Strings International Advertising LLC., the distributor of Avery Dennison, UAE, recently launched the supreme protection film in matte finish and gloss black. Avery Dennison supreme protection films are the leading technology in self-healing protection. With both gloss and matt finishes, and a gloss black option, the films are designed for full car protection or protecting high risk bodywork. Made with a high scratch resistant TPU, every Avery Dennison supreme protection film product maintains the pristine factory condition of high value vehicles, are easy to apply and ensure outstanding aesthetics.

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Shihab Ahmed Zubair, Epson's regional sales manager
Shihab Ahmed Zubair, Epson's regional sales manager

Epson believes that label printers were one range of products that experienced growth during this crisis. This was due to the increasing need for customized coloured, short run labels, as well as a need for effective mobile solutions such as their portable label makers. “Epson’s on-demand ColorWorks label printers have been used to support labelling for the growing take-away food business and also in labelling for gels and hand sanitizers” says Shihab Ahmed Zubair, Epson’s regional Sales Manager. Epson provided its clients with latest innovations and solutions that addressed the challenges faced by its customers during this pandemic situation. Click on this link to read the complete story. Source - ME Printer magazine.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

AsianatFlex is the leading innovator, developer and supplier of a wide range of flexible PVC media and specialty substrates for eco-solvent, solvent, Latex, UV, screen and dye-sublimation printing. Their extensive product line enables them to provide diverse options at all price points. With a commitment to progress, quality and product development, AsianatFlex continually adds and modifies formulas to offer a variety of materials to meet the ever changing needs of the global market. The company warranties all productsand provides supplemental materials and support including technical data sheets, fire testing results and literature packets. Their products are supplied to more than 20 countries and to exhibitors at all major international exhibitions in UAE, South-Africa, Germany, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt, and Turkey


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

There is a lot in store for exhibitors and trade visitors at SGI 2021. It will be a very important comeback show for the entire global printing and signage industries as it will set the tone for the rest of the year. This report will provide the readers with an overview of the large format UV-curing inkjet printers that were showcased at the last edition of the SGI Dubai show. Players within the textile, large format, digital display technologies, papers, LED, retail, labelling, 3D printing and other industries can plan to reap the benefits by booking their stands early for SGI 2021. Be a part of SGI Dubai 2021and grow your business in the MENA markets that are coming back to normalcy at a rapid pace. The year 2021 will surely be a defining year for the printing and signage industries and it is always better to be well prepared for the very first show for the world, next year. Please also download the FLAAR REPORTS for more information.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

The 3D Printing market is expanding at a reasonable CAGR of 13% in the course of the forecasted period (2019-2025) from US$ 100.1 million in 2018. 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, is a combination of processes used to produce three-dimensional objects from 3D models or other electronic data sources. In the case of 3D printing, numerous layers of different kinds of printing materials are formed under machine control to create a 3-dimensional object. The 3-dimensional images can be of varied shapes or geometries and can be created with computer-aided design packages or 3D scanners. 3D printing as an end-use manufacturing technology is still at an infancy stage but in the years to come, with the combination of various innovative technologies, it displays the tremendous potential to radically transform many designs, production, and logistics processes. Source – ME Printer magazine.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

The behind-the-scenes video shows in5 engineers working alongside entrepreneurs, using innovative manufacturing methods utilising in5's state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to produce 3D printed personal protective equipment inscribed with the hashtag #UAEHeroes. It follows them to Rashid Hospital where doctors and nurses unbox the personal protective equipment. Thousands of units will eventually be made for healthcare authorities as part of ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Source - Print and Pack MEA Magazine.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

OKI Europe is providing free social distancing media and artwork to help support businesses both during the COVID-19 pandemic and through the transition back to a new normality. Recognising that it can be challenging for businesses to create and implement vital social distancing signage quickly, OKI Europe has partnered with Floralabels to offer organisations free media and artwork to create self-adhesive floor stickers that can be printed quickly and easily from an A3 colour printer. This enables businesses operating now and those re-opening after enforced closures to become operational as quickly as possible while protecting the wellbeing of staff, customers and visitors.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

ME Printer has partnered with Canon to run a first of its kind printing industry market research. The market study titled “Canon – ME Printer Printing Industry Survey” is a joint industry outlook survey that will attempt to unveil the opportunities, challenges, and market trends in the printing industry. The survey is divided into two parts: Canon-ME Printer Market Study 2020 and Canon – ME Printer Brand Owners Survey 2020. The market study titled “Canon-ME Printer Market Study 2020” will attempt to unveil the opportunities, challenges, and market trends in the print industry. In order to participate in the survey, kindly click here.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

The year 2020 unleashed some unprecedented circumstances for majority of the industries across the globe. However, it is time now to regroup, plan and steer the plans forward. SGI Dubai is currently working towards ensuring that the industry can witness a vibrant and profitable show for its stakeholders from across the globe. Players within the textile, large format, digital display technologies, papers, LED, retail, labelling and other industries can plan ahead to reap the benefits by booking their stands early. Be a part of SGI Dubai 2021 and grow your business in the MENA markets. The year 2021 will surely be a defining year for the printing and signage industry and it is always better to be well prepared for the very first show for the world, next year. Please also download the FLAAR REPORTS to get an overview of the last edition of SGI Dubai.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

The country is gearing ahead to reach the normalcy levels. UAE authorities have left no stone unturned in the race to bring the economy back on track. From Cinemas to malls to corporate offices everything is working at 100 percent capacity. This augurs well for the printing and signage industry after the partial lockdown phase in the last couple of months. During this phase some of the players within the printing and signage industry in the UAE and across the region were busy printing signages related to Covid-19 for all establishments including the public and private sector.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

One of SGI’s longstanding exhibitor is one of the first companies to have signed up for SGI Dubai 2021. ADS provides the market with the most reliable products at the right price point, and is known to support its customers with impeccable service. ADS, which stands for Advantage, Determination and Success has been at the forefront of signage, fabrication, and display, shop fittings, fit out, exhibition and gifts among other materials. ADS is associated with global brands and supplies products such as cutting plotter, CNC routers, laminating machines, modular signage systems, aluminium sheets, laser engravers among several other products from Japan, Australia, Belgium, USA, Taiwan, UK and China.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

Brother, the leading designer and manufacturer of specialist embroidery machines and a regular brand at SGI Dubai, has brought together an all-star line-up designed to meet the embroidery needs of small to medium businesses – from home, to start-up, to those looking to diversify.Building on Brother’s 100+ years of sewing and embroidery manufacturing, coupled with in-depth customer research, these three machines combine operational simplicity with high-quality finishing – they’re fast to set up, quick to learn, and still produce powerfully professional results.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

The majority of Airbus sites in Spain have joined forces to produce 3D printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment in the fight against Covid-19. More than twenty 3D printers are working day and night. Hundreds of visors have already been produced and dispatched to hospitals close to the Airbus facilities in Spain. Airbus leverages a patented design to manufacture the visor frames, using PLA plastics. SGI Dubai will also be showcasing the latest in emerging technologies including 3D printing and AI during its 2021 edition.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

Dubai based resellers of fine papers, Sona Papers has announced their rebranding with new logo and vision. Choosing to walk in the sustainable, eco-friendly direction while adding a new dimension of optimal utilization of scarce resources, Sona Papers has chosen to evolve their business methodologies. Sona distributes papers from USA, Italy, Austria and Korea in coated, uncoated, textured, coloured, metallic, recycled and other varieties. Since its humble beginnings in 1966, the company has come a long way. Today Sona Papers has representative partners in every major market across Middle East and South East Asia. SGI Dubai's Paper segment will also be expecting a higher level of participation next year from the paper manufacturers in UAE, GCC and across the globe.


Emerging technologies SGI Dubai 2021

Graphic arts and imaging technology have been the mainstay focus for the SGI Dubai show. Year after year, the event has proven to be a value-added marketplace for its exhibitors, where they can raise brand awareness, highlight features, gain convertible sales leads and conclude sales. With the emergence of new applications and technology, SGI Dubai has improved on its scope to cater to the same. With digital signage, textile printing, LED signage, labeling; the 2021 show will also feature AI embedded machines, robotics and 3D printing. Be a part of SGI Dubai 2021 and grow your business in the MENA markets.


AR experiences

The retail sector is under tremendous pressure to engage shoppers and keep up footfalls and spending. Shoppers are spoilt for choice and the retailers must work extra hard for each sale. One technology that is keeping the modern shopper engaged is augmented reality (AR) driven innovations. Today it's possible to walk into a furniture store and by using AR stroll around a version of your own home, decked up with new furniture and view it placed as per your liking. You can also try face make up at home to give you an idea of exactly what it might do for you. If you have an innovative AR solution then SGI Dubai 2021 provides the perfect platform to showcase such AR innovations to various stakeholders.


OKI launches MFP

OKI Europe has launched the MC883, an A3, smart multifunction printer (MFP) that’s equipped to support construction businesses. The printer offers media flexibility including banner paper up to 1.3m long in 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, while also printing the fine details of drawings, plans, blueprints, and instructions, as well as signage on-site, without the need for outsourcing. The MC883 features document management including OKI’s all-in-one software SENDYS Explorer digitizing, sharing and organizing all documents in a flexible and secure way.


World’s first 3D-printed commercial building

The Dubai Future Foundation, DFF, is officially recognised as a new Guinness World Records title holder for building the world’s first 3D-printed commercial building. The building created with just one printer, measures 20 feet in height, 120 feet in length and 40 feet in width. It took merely 17 days to print, two days to install and three months to build, including the landscape and interior design. The UAE has become a hub for innovation and a ground for emerging technologies. The country’s efforts to become a leading global centre of 3D printing is particularly remarkable.


Epson new SureColor SC-F9400H

Epson launched the new SureColor SC-F9400H, its first fluorescent ink, dye sublimation large format printer, in the Middle East, during SGI Dubai 2020. According to the release by the manufacturers, SC-F9400H offers businesses the option of printing with two genuine fluorescent inks, yellow and pink, which can be used to create a wide range of bright, vivid colours for the production of soft signage, sportswear, workwear and fashion items.
Source – Zawya


3D-print

Alloy wheels are expensive. Ford aims to use 3D printing as a weapon to defeat those aiming to make off with your fancy alloys. Ford’s idea is to 3D-print the locking nut and key (in stainless steel) with a design unique to each vehicle, ensuring cloning or copying methods aren’t possible. And to add a touch of personalization, the locking nut and matching key will be fashioned from the sound pattern of the car owner’s voice.
Source – Tech Radar


UAE signage firm Masonlite

A UAE based signage firm Masonlite, who has been a regular at the SGI Dubai will focus on expanding its metal cutting and fabricating division. Masonlite has been serving the Gulf and African region since four decades and serving the regional signage needs, but are now expanding by tapping into the metal industry with the supply of high-end precision fiber laser cutting machines, which can be used on steel and other metal alloys. Masonlite also supply a wide range of CNC routers and panel saws among others.
Source – Print Week MEA


digital label printing market

To gain a foothold in the digital label printing market, Dubai based Printmasters invested in a Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190. The label printing market is a growing area, and because of a huge demand for short run label printing the firm decided to add a flexo printing machines for high-volume label printing. According to Konica Minolta, the rapid expansion in the digital label printing market indicates that flexo printers regard AccurioLabel 190 as a solution in today's market challenges.
Source – Print Week MEA


canon large scale print

Photographer or professional print-for-pay business, the new image PROGRAF PRO Series makes high-quality large format printing easier than ever. High-impact posters or the finest of fine art, with ‘wow-factor’ borderless printing that you don’t need to trim or frame. Now you can turn your ideas into print and profits faster, and with minimum manual intervention. With five new models, there’s an image PROGRAF PRO for everyone. All feature new levels of automatic media handling and more smart workflow options than ever before.
Source – Graphic Display World


Roland DGA Corporation

Roland DGA Corporation, a provider of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, introduced the new Texart RT-640M – an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer that gives users the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics, or to sublimation transfer paper, using the same specially-formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks. The printer simplifies dye-sublimation production for soft-signage with direct-to-textile print option, while maintaining the versatility of printing to transfer paper for creating sublimated apparel, décor, rigid signage, and hard goods.
Source – Print Week MEA


Epson 64-inch SureColor S60600

Introduced earlier this year, the 64-inch SureColor S60600 features Epson UltraChrome GS3 four-colour solvent ink. The sign printer is capable of producing sellable quality banner at 550ft2 per hour, while also producing adhesive vinyl output up to 310ft2 per hour. The 64-inch SureColor S80600, a photographic sign printer, features Epson UltraChrome GS3 non-colour solvent ink – including an all-new red solvent along with the option for white or metallic silver inks. The printers are to be unveiled in the Middle East, probably by October or November this year and Epson promises to deliver on quality and affordability, the two most important factors in this region for the signage and display industry.
Source – Print Week MEA


gthia Group packaging technology

UAE-based Agthia Group launched its new packaging technology centre in Al Ain city of Abu Dhabi. This comes as part of its commitment to sustainability and innovation. The new facility aims to develop more sustainable packaging technologies to make a positive impact on the food and beverages industry and reinforce Agthia’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.
Source – Print Week


digital printing packaging 2024

In 2019 the total market value of all digital packaging and label printing is $18.9 billion. The digital print market has more than doubled over the past five years in value and print volume, making digital packaging the most dynamic and fastest-growing part of the print market as corrugated, cartons, flexibles and rigid plastics follow the more established digital label production sector. According to Smithers Pira's recent market report 'The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2024' the value of the digital packaging sector will reach $31.6 billion, accounting for 6.38% of all printed packaging by value in 2024. Increasingly, digital print is being used to print labels, corrugated, cartons, flexibles, rigid plastic, and metal packaging.
Source – ME Printer


Agfa Middle East

Agfa Middle East recently installed three printers for two of its Congo-based customers - XL Media Group and Congo Graphics. For XL Media, Jeti Titan HS UV hybrid printer marks their 10th installation with Agfa Middle East. While Congo Graphics bought two mid-profile printers - Jeti Ceres 3324 UV LED and Acorta 3120 HS.
Source – Print Week


Mimaki's New Hybrid Textile Printer

Mimaki showed cutting-edge digital print technologies including a look at new hybrid digital textile printer, featuring both direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer print capabilities. The new printer's features enable textile and garment manufacturers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased business growth. They also allow multiple sets of inks to be loaded simultaneously, supporting increased fabric range versatility and maximum product variety.
Source – ME Printer


Epson's BrightLink 1485Fi

Epson's BrightLink 1485Fi and the BrightLink 1480Fi ultra-short-throw interactive laser displays provide an exceptional productivity and collaboration tool for classrooms and meeting rooms. Leveraging a virtually maintenance-free laser light source, these ultra-short-throw, 1080p Full HD laser displays offer 16:6 widescreen display options for turning virtually any flat surface into an instant, ultra-wide interactive digital whiteboard.
Source – AV Network


Jumpo Dubai 3D printing strategy

The Dubai 3D printing strategy aims to make the city the world’s leading 3D printing hub by cutting costs across several sectors, particularly in the medical, construction, aviation, defence, robotics and automation and power and energy sectors. Jumbo’s 3D printing facility will pave way for easy adoption of 3D printing technology for those entrepreneurs in the UAE who are interested in exploring their own businesses but are facing limitations due to the lack of finance, technical know-how or business planning support. The facility is the only 3D printing incubation centre in the region where specialized training is imparted to develop a business model from concept to reality.
Source – Print Week MEA


DTM Print

International OEM and solution provider for specialty printing systems – DTM Print recently announced the availability of the new RX500e Color RFID Label & Tag Printer for customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa. RX500e is the latest full-colour, on-demand RFID built-in label and tag printer that prints codes and verifies labels in a single pass. The printed label is further cut by utilising a guillotine-style cutter and dispense the labels one at a time. Due to its on-demand printing facility, the RX500e is ideal for printing out visitor / trade show badges. Batches of many labels or tags at a time can also be encoded and printed.
Source – ME Printer


Canon Middle East imageRunner series

Canon Middle East recently announced the launch of yet another generation of its imageRunner series. The imageRunner Advance platform with new 3.8 version firmware forms the third generation of the series. With the help of a portfolio spanning 26 products and seven series, it offers cutting edge security and an intuitive interface across all the devices. Developed primarily to cater to Canon's multi-function printers (MFP) range, this edition of the platform provides upgrades across all devices in the imageRunner Advance series.


Roland DG has introduced the latest addition to its VersaUV LEF range of wide-format UV printers, the streamlined LEF2-200 benchtop flatbed.

The LEF2-200 builds on the capabilities of the VersaUV LEF-200, which was launched in 2017, and is available in the UK as of 7 March at a price of £19,999. It can be purchased with an additional BOFA air filtration system or a RotaPrint accessory for direct printing onto cylindrical items.

The new machine is intended for use at promotional print companies, retailers, screen and pad printers, sign shops and commercial printers. Roland is pushing its ability to print on "virtually any surface", with typical applications including customised promotional goods, stationery, awards and signs.

Head of sales for UK & Ireland Rob Gowleniowski said: "Each refinement in the LEF2-200 has been made according to the typical customer behaviour we have observed in its predecessor. We have seen the LEF series become a core engine in many businesses and their profitability depends on the productivity of the device. The key areas for improvement lie in production speed and ease of use.

"Through several small changes to the previous model, we have streamlined the main processes of LEF2-200 and introduced features to improve usability."e experience in a real world environment. In addition built-in analytics allow – for the very first time – to really "measure" the impact of a printed campaign.

Source- http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/21-global/15700-roland-dg-unveils-benchtop-flatbed.html


Heidelberg and IST Metz

Printing equipment manufacturer Heidelberg and curing specialist IST Metz are intensifying their relationship to include UV LED retrofitting on sheet-fed offset presses.

Heidelberg and IST Metz have been working together successfully in the UV printing sector for more than 20 years. Now, UV unit manufacturer IST Metz will cover the LED retrofit business for various Heidelberg Speedmaster series presses and manage the handling and installation of the systems directly. IST Metz will also supply LED curing systems for various new machines in the Speedmaster series for small and medium-size formats.

Heidelberg noted that Speedmaster machines are renowned for their high productivity and long service life. Retrofitting these printing presses with the latest LED curing technology from IST Metz will accelerate the production process, it stated. This will include the LEDcure high-performance LED system, suitable for retrofitting to Speedmaster machines built from 2004 onwards.

"When it comes to the interaction between machine, LED dryer and consumables, optimum dryer integration determines the stability and productivity of the printing process," explained Heidelberg in a statement detailing its extended relationship with IST Metz. "The installation and commissioning of curing systems in existing printing presses can be complex and have far-reaching repercussions. As the world market leader for UV curing systems based on ultraviolet light, infrared and warm air, and with more than 40 years of expertise in UV unit construction, IST offers comprehensive consulting services and safe, professional retrofits of LED curing systems. The communication between the machine and the curing system and the interaction between the interfaces must function perfectly when retrofitting – this is guaranteed with IST Metz systems."

Source-http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/18-post-press/15695-heidelberg-and-ist-metz-extend-partnership-for-uv-led-printing-systems.html


Agfa has revamped its divisional structure and created three separate divisions for its print-related activities, as the group seeks more partnerships for future growth. Speaking as Agfa-Gevaert Group announced its year-end results to 31 December 2018, chief executive Christian Reinaudo said the business had made "major steps to transform our group". Its Healthcare IT business has been renamed Agfa Healthcare and has been separated from the rest of the group. The former Agfa Graphics and Speciality Products businesses have been renamed Agfa, which now comprises three divisions: Offset Solutions (the pre-press business); Digital Print & Chemicals (the inkjet business and Specialty Products including synthetic papers); and Radiology Solutions (the imaging activities of the former Healthcare business). "This simplified divisional structure is technology- and solutions-based and will allow Agfa to seek further partnerships," the firm stated. Reinaudo commented: "The idea of the split is to give some independence to the two units to help them develop partnerships and grow independently." "I cannot commit but I think we are close to the end of decline in the top line of Agfa," Reinaudo added. Source-http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/21-global/15703-agfa-revamps.html


CANON Saudi Arabia showroom in Riyadh

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 developing regions business group, Canon Europe and Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East and Canon Eurasia, as well as Faisal Al Quraishi, chairman, AZAQ.

Canon believes that establishing a long-term presence in Saudi Arabia adds value to the economy by contributing to the development of a sophisticated digital infrastructure mandated by Vision 2030 to attract investors and enhance the competitiveness of the Saudi economy.

Canon Saudi Arabia will further expand Canon's business products and services across the Saudi market where there is a growing need for digital and other technology-based imaging services to support a more agile, robust, and efficient business environment.

"Canon Saudi Arabia is strategically positioned to support the nation's ambitions of developing a competitive business environment in the region's largest economy, which is expected to grow by 1.8% this year and by 2.1% in 2020. We have invested in the market to provide better wider coverage and deliver a holistic approach to business solutions.

"Whether these businesses are large corporations or small and medium enterprises, our innovative services and solutions are customizable to address the businesses' requirements and position them as leaders in their respective industries. This drives business competency to allow for economic growth and competitiveness of Saudi-based businesses on a global scale," said Agrawal.

In addition to supporting businesses achieve their objectives, Canon Saudi Arabia will be investing in its employees and enhancing their skills and capabilities through extensive learning and development programs, with a focus on embracing and enhancing the talent of Saudi youth to support the country's Saudization drive. Through these initiatives, the company aims to grow to 300 employees by 2023.

Al Quraishi said: "The joint venture and partnership between CME and AZAQ comes as a result of a long business relationship between Canon and Al Quraishi Group that is 50 years in the making; and this development comes as natural progression of our successful business ties. AZAQ sees this partnership as a contribution to the country's 2030 vision whereby Canon, a global brand, contributes to the Kingdom's transformation through its innovative technologies and solutions. Furthermore, the partnership will be highly committed to train young Saudi nationals as well as advance technology in private and government sectors alike."

Shadi Bakhour, B2B business unit director Canon Middle East and general manager, Canon Saudi Arabia, said: "According to recent reports, The Kingdom's print market is estimated to pass the $7 billion mark in 2022, which is a testament to the growth opportunities available in this sector. Through our strategy of being closer to our customers in Saudi, we are able to meet this demand and offer services that address their challenges and creates opportunities for them. Our Managed Print Services for instance ensures efficiency, minimizes downtime, and saves on costs so businesses can focus on their core offering."

Following Canon's corporate philosophy of 'Kyosei' which means living and working together for the common good, Canon Saudi Arabia also aims to establish a strong relationship with the Saudi society through environment initiatives and community welfare programs that give back and support various causes.

Source-http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/482-gcc/15645-canon-saudi-arabia-inaugurates-its-offices-and-business-solutions-showrooms-in-the-kingdom.html


Domino targets digital label

Domino Printing Sciences is investing into its Dubai regional office to now offer from there its Digital Printing Solution's division products to the Middle East and Africa markets. Historically this region has been supported out of Europe. Domino is investing into Dubai to offer a more localised service and a broader Domino product range to this region. The General Manager for the office is Hans Schreuders since 1999 commented "I am really delighted that we are now able to offer a wider range of Domino ink jet products to our customers in this region".

Speaking about Domino, Philip Easton, director, Digital Printing Solutions, said, "Our business was started in 1978 using ink jet printing for adding variable data printing capability integrated within the existing conventional printing process. The most common model today that comes under this category is the Domino K600i. This prints everything from alpha-numeric text to barcodes and 2D codes with traceability and brand promotional applications on a wide range of products from packaging, labels, tickets, security products and plastic cards as well as address printing for mailing. We recently launched a double white bar K600i providing a digital ink jet alternative to silkscreen printing. The K600i is already installed and successfully operating in the UAE so we already have a credible position in the market. The other main offering is our seven-colour ink jet digital label press, the Domino N610i based on UV-curable ink jet technology. The first generation, the four colour N600i press was initially launched at DRUPA in 2012 and then the N610i was unveiled the following year at Label Expo Europe in 2013. The product is now the global market leader in terms of unit sales for high productivity digital ink jet label presses. We decided that this is the correct time for us to invest and expand our business in the Middle East and Africa markets. We are planning to focus initially on the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, South Africa. Domino takes technical support very seriously and ink jet products require this to be available and our Dubai office will be better placed to provide our customers a higher level of service."

Domino also has label press hybrid integration agreements with multiple flexo press and finishing line suppliers including MPS and Lombardi in Europe, CEI in North America, Multitech in India and Spande in China. It also sells the N610i in stand-alone and in-line configurations, the latter often in partnership with leading finishing line suppliers including AB Graphics.

He further added, "Through our Dubai office, we will be aggressively promoting our N610i label press. We continue to enhance the N610i capability. It is renowned for printing short and medium run length self-adhesive labels, following the release last year of the Domino UV90 UV-curable ink-set, we have now added the capability to print also onto shrink sleeves. This is unique for ink jet and we have done an enormous amount of qualification work. With class leading ink jet products, we are excited about our growth plans in the Middle East and African region and expect to sell two presses in 2019 with strong growth expected from then on."

Source- http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/11-uae/15650-domino-targets-digital-label-users-through-their-dubai-office.html


Augmented Reality Makes Print Interactive

ME Printer speaks to Christian Kiesewetter, the Head of Operations and Project Delivery Business Innovation Centre at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, about the opportunities Augmented Reality brings along for the print industry

AR makes print interactive. In such a scenario what are the opportunities for those that choose to invest in such a technology?
AR is about showing information in the context of a physical object – so all we are talking about is bridging the on- and offline world and meeting the needs of today's customers.

A few examples:

  • Advertising sales, AR opens a whole new market for advertisers to get their brand to the consumer in a new way.
  • Thinking along the lines of recipes and 'how-to's' AR removes many steps from the process.
  • Thinking about training environments, people can consume training content in new ways i.e. see videos, interact with quizzes etc.


This leads to competitive advantages of those investing into AR because they can generate a more immersive experience in a real world environment. In addition built-in analytics allow – for the very first time – to really "measure" the impact of a printed campaign.

So Augmented Reality enables expanded content and direct interaction with the customer. It is a successful response to our increasingly interconnected world, allowing to deliver a greater variety of creative prints, labels and packaging.

What is the use and purpose of AR in the printing and packaging sector?
Print has always limitations – with high quality print you are able to get attention of people but the content is always "static" and typically space is limited. AR can help in making print interactive with linking digital content with a real world object, you can make it interactive and open a two-sided communication channel and you are not restricted by the size of a label or the number of pages of a printed product.

Reduction in packaging costs as AR can potentially negate the need for so much information on the package. Visualizing information of the product in its context – a few examples:

  • where was it produced
  • who produced it (storytelling par excellence … adds a personal touch)
  • in case of food: what are the ingredients
  • in case of food: story around calories and health
  • what is the CO2 footprint
  • which way did a package go (tracking)
  • any kind of gamification (scratch and win, collect points -> use points as credits for the next buy, collect credits for buying healthy or CO2 friendly products … the healthier/friendlier the more points you get)


Especially for FMCG or similar goods: these companies are lacking direct access to their customers who are buying their goods, they typically need retail stores or similar. With AR they have the opportunity of offering information, loyalty programs, sweepstakes, vouchers, … without involving retailers as this is linked to the context of the product itself.

How can companies create a competitive advantage and bringing in new revenue using AR?
Although AR itself is not really new it still is and "feels" fairly young and fresh and has the wow factor to attract new and existing users and when the AR content provides the right value it will further attract repeat usage.

AR offers new opportunities for print houses to add new revenue streams. Without the necessity of becoming a digital agency they are now able in offering additional services which are directly linked to their core business.

Two examples:

A label printer can now offer way more opportunities of presenting information to consumers. Mail houses or letter shops have already started to offer printing services and become a one-stop-shop for direct mailing. With AR they can now offer additional services to their customers and become the "trusted advisor" for their customers.

The low entry point for Direct Mail houses enables them to move closer from printer only to agency like services. So it helps them on their transformation of a print house which is typically challenged with high competition on pricing – whereas adding new opportunities (like finishing, AR, and so on) really offers the opportunity to stand out on the market.

How can companies get equipped in order to fulfill those specialty print jobs using AR?
Mastering the technology itself can be done in a few hours – but to be really successful it needs more: AR needs to be in thought process when creating a specialty print job and not an afterthought. As an example questions like the following need to be addressed to name a few:

How do I communicate that a print is interactive?
What content should be provided? How do I add an extra benefit to AR? All of this is no rocket science but it needs some creativity and the willingness to try out things. The content itself can be changed and adopted without the need of doing reprints or anything similar – so the investment is really small. But there needs to be an understanding of how the final printed product (no matter if it is a book, a brochure or a label) is used how the consumers of these products are using it and what they expect to do.

How can companies make sure they deliver a truly immersive experience?
AR itself is just a different "channel" to communicate with people – so typically you have the advantage at the very beginning of a costumer (or reader) journey, because AR triggers still a "wow effect". But then you need to think how people use it twice, which information they can find, and so on.

So all in all, it's about content – very similar to any other marketing tool – about telling a personal story that catches the attention and adding value either to the original print which triggers the AR content or for the user consuming the data (like exclusive content, chance to win, additional information, and so on). Using AR just for additional advertising alone will not bring repeat usage – the AR experience has to be well informed and printed content and the experience itself needs to be intuitive.

Does your company offer products that cater to the AR segment?
Konica Minolta has launched end of 2018 it's AR product genARate which is – for the first time – covering the needs of the print and packaging industry to make use of AR. Since decades we are trusted partner in the field of offering print services and now we are using this expertise we have gained to offer a one-stop-solution for AR. You don't need to be a programmer or a designer to be able to create AR content. You don't need to set-up up any IT infrastructure – all you need is a web browser and the willingness to expand your business.

What sort of impact will AR have on the collective printing and packaging industry?
If done properly AR has the power to be a complete game changer for the printing and packaging industry. This is true for the buying experience in a shop but also for engaging with the product when being at home. It will help to understand better the content of a book or help the consumer handling a product.

We will get to a stage where consumers are expecting 2D content to be augmentable – other industries are already showing great success with using AR. So it's the right time right now to start engaging with readers and consumers right now.

Source- http://meprinter.com/augmented-reality-makes-print-interactive/


Jumbo and Dubai SME

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, and Jumbo 3D Manufacturing LLC, part of Jumbo Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive awareness about 3D manufacturing technology. It should also be noted that on October 2018, Jumbo Group has unveiled a detailed 3D manufacturing strategy with the launch of its latest company Jumbo 3D Manufacturing LLC. During the same time, the Group inaugurated a 3D application development centre in the Middle East at an event which was attended by Saeed Al Gergawi, director of Dubai Future Academy at is newly launched facility in Jebel Ali Industrial Area.
Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO, Dubai SME and Arvind Agrawal, CEO, Jumbo Group, signed the MoU in the presence of senior dignitaries from both organisations.

The partnership will allow Dubai SME to benefit from Jumbo's 3D technology and solutions and provide members with ongoing training and mentorship. Dubai SME members will have access to Jumbo's 3D printing facility to manufacture parts and apply 3D printing technology across target industry segments, including architecture, healthcare, education, automotive and other sectors. It will also help potential SME members to incubate 3D printing business with Jumbo.

Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO, Dubai SME, said: "The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is transforming the manufacturing process in many sectors. We are proud to partner with Jumbo 3D Manufacturing for a deeper understanding of how 3D printing can be leveraged to enhance productivity. It's a significant step in line with our efforts to embrace tech innovations and Industry 4.0, and our members stand to gain substantially from this transfer by way of technology transfer opportunities."

Al Janahi added that Dubai SME is committed to collaborate with government and private entities towards adopting digital and smart solutions that would help accomplish Dubai's goal of a sustainable and knowledge-based economy. "Our collaboration with Jumbo Group is also part of our strategy to enhance the competencies of our national enterprises, advancing them to higher levels of f productivity and global competitiveness."

Arvind Agarwal, CEO, Jumbo Group, said: "We are delighted to partner with Dubai SME to share our technical know-how and expertise with their members and showcase the potential of 3D printing technology to small and medium business enterprises in the emirate.

He added: "When we established Jumbo 3D Manufacturing LLC in 2018, our goal was to help support and strengthen the UAE's plans for 3D manufacturing and offer guidance and mentorship to leverage 3D printing to any business looking to implement the technology – and we are pleased to be able to fulfil this vision through Dubai SME."

3D printing technology can be applied across several different sectors, and Jumbo plans to eventually cover a gamut of services, including 3D plastic printing, 3D metal printing and finally 3D construction printing. Jumbo uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to boost the demand for 3D manufacturing in line with UAE and Dubai's vision to become a global hub for 3D printing by 2030.

Source-http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/11-uae/15614-jumbo-and-dubai-sme-join-hands-to-strengthen-3d-manufacturing-operations-in-the-uae.html

At the next SGI 2019 show which will be held in Dubai from 13 till 15 January 2019, Graphic International (GIC), Mutoh's only official distributor for UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain & Oman, will present the latest Mutoh wide format digital printing and sign cutting equipment.

GIC will present ValueJet 626UF A2 size 6-colour (CMYK, White, Varnish) DIRECT-TO-OBJECT FLATBED LED UV PRINTER that can print on wide variety of solid materials and objects up to a thickness of 150 mm (5.9"). The optional "rotary system" enables the ValueJet 626UF to print on cylindrical objects with a diameter up to 120 mm and a length of 360 mm.

Offering a bed size of 594 x 483 mm (19" x 23.4"), the printer is targeted at short-run personalization of gifts & gadgets, packaging prototypes, awards, specialty industrial items, labels, decals, signs, etc.

With print resolutions up to 1440x1440 dpi, the VJ-626UF printer has an integrated vacuum bed, an automatic table lifting system as well as an LED pointer to facilitate accurate media placement and origin point detection. Thickness of the loaded object is also automatically measured.

Other MUTOH products you can witness on Stand 7D-107 in Hall 7, are the ValueJet 1638WX High Speed Sign Printer, DrafStation RJ900XG 42" Compact Dye Sublimation Printer and the ValueCut VC1300 Professional Sign Cutting Plotter.

Utilizing Mutoh's new DS2 series dye sublimation inks, the ValueJet 1638WX model is destined for digital transfer applications: soft signage, apparel and gadgets.

Integrating i.a. a newly developed mainboard allowing faster data communication and data processing as well as advanced print automation features, the X-series printers are specifically targeted at volume users who at the same time put constant high quality and image definition on top of their wish list.

The DrafStation RJ-900XG - 42" (1080 mm) wide CMYK high-quality dye sublimation printer will fit the needs of start-up and established businesses wanting to extend their product portfolio with digital transfer applications. The RJ-900XG is suited for volume production runs as well as short print runs of sublimated graphics: banners, flags, soft signage, interior decoration, sportswear and transfer onto all kinds of objects (mugs, cups, mouse pads, snowboards)

Featuring a high level of operator comfort and print production efficiency, the compact DrafStation RJ-900XG incorporates a piezo drop-on-demand print head offering print resolutions up to 2880 dpi. The print head is capable of firing drops from 3.4 pl up to 49.5 pl. Especially the capability to fire larger drops is essential for speedy dye sublimation applications compatible with lower print resolutions.

The Mutoh ValueCut VC1300 cutting plotter can cut a broad range of sign making materials ranging from self-adhesive PVC to sandblast, up to a maximum thickness of 0.8 mm. The ValueCut drag knife cutter series has been designed with home, office and professional users in mind and is available in three models: ValueCut 600 (media range: 50 - 770 mm) and ValueCut 1800 (media range: 300 - 1900 mm). The cutting force up to 600 g guarantees optimum cutting results on a wide range of materials. Cutting speed is adjustable up to 1080 mm/s at a maximum acceleration of 3 G, which enables a cutting speed up to 1530 mm/s and an acceleration of 4.2 G in diagonal movements.

Enabling kiss-cutting, contour-cutting and through-cutting, the new machines are targeted at traditional lettering jobs as well as automated print-to-cut applications. ValueCut VC1300 will cover a wide range of applications, such as window displays, vinyl stickers, vehicle graphics, car stickers, point of purchase signs, safety signs, etc.

Blue Rhine, the Gold sponsor for SGI Dubai 2019, is one of the leading distributors of all signage and advertising materials in the GCC. Along with the major attractions in the digital printing industry, Contra vision is among the top suppliers which whom they have been associated for many years.

Performance HD White on Black from Contra vision delivers ravishing Print images in High Definition. This polymeric calendared vinyl is a white on black 40% transparency (60/40) perforated window film for one-way vision graphics. Its unique features include World's smallest-ever perforations which create minimal disruption to the graphics. This result in stunning High definition quality images with much greater detailing than ever before, also providing a smoother see-through from inside.

The 1mm diameter holes are 60% smaller in area than standard one-way vision products. This break-through micro perforated window film delivers the clearest and sharpest images to one side and from the other a noticeably improved see-through compared to any other perforated films available. The 180micron thick German-engineered polymeric calendared vinyl is Formed by laminating white and black layers together to give optimum consistency and printing performance. The product is REACH compliant, avoiding the use of potentially harmful substances.

The polymeric formulation ensures minimal shrinkage after installation to avoid dirt-attracting adhesive from becoming exposed. The clear, solvent acrylic adhesive is optimised to give easy, low temperature application, reliable adhesion and quick and clean removal when required. The refined texture and superior appearance will make your display stand out. The refined texture and superior appearance give a new dimension to the earlier perceived image quality of perforated window films.

Please Visit the Blue Rhine stand for more information on this amazing perforated window film.
Stand Details:D-59, D74, HALL-7, DWTC Dubai.

ColorGate acquired by Ricoh

Ricoh has acquired German software provider ColorGate in a deal worth around €10m (£8.7m). Ricoh said the acquisition was intended to strengthen its industrial printing business and that it was particularly attracted by ColorGate's specialism in colour management. The transfer of shares is expected to be complete on 30 November.

ColorGate previously collaborated with Ricoh on the new Pro T7210, the manufacturer's first wide-format UK flatbed, which entered UK markets in September. Priced at £200,000 in full configuration, it makes use of a RIP from ColorGate. Discussions over a potential acquisition began around six months ago.

A Ricoh spokesperson said: "There are obvious business synergies in the activities of Ricoh and ColorGate. Leveraging the breadth of Ricoh's market reach and ColorGate's industrial software competence was key in this decision. Software is an essential part of the total solutions Ricoh is committed to offering customers and partners in this business area.

"In February this year, Ricoh announced its growth strategy plan, Ricoh Ignite, which sets out its intention to reinforce its value offering by expanding its printing technology portfolio. The investment in ColorGate is the latest part of this plan.

"By combining ColorGate's proprietary software technology with our own industrial printers, Ricoh will provide solutions covering the whole printing workflow from pre-press to post-press."

ColorGate currently employs 35 members of staff at its Hannover, Germany base and Ricoh has no plans to make changes to this structure.

Ricoh's next move is to fully integrate ColorGate into its offering, so the manufacturer becomes a "one-stop-shop for analogue to digital conversion".

Markets primarily targeted by ColorGate include décor and textiles, specialising in colour management and workflow software to standardise and automate the digital process.

ColorGate's brand identity will remain following the completion of the acquisition.

Source - http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/16-pre-media/15426-colorgate-acquired-by-ricoh.html

Col.Art invests in Agfa Graphics Anapurna H2500i LED printer

Col.Art Publishing and Advertising LLC, located in Dubai, have invested in a wide format Agfa Anapurna H2500i LED press.

Speaking about the investment, Rajesh K Kutty, managing partner, Col.Art, commented, "We were looking for a hybrid printer which we could print on rigid substrates as well as on roll-to-roll. In addition, whenever I saw some prints, printed on a flat media or substrate I used to wonder how the quality could sustain without the lamination. When I made a visit to SGI Dubai I saw a sample and was told that the sample was printed directly with UV process. This is one of the reasons I went for the machine. Again, the curing is UV based so the process is faster. Since, I am catering to retail industries; the customers have frequent requirements with changes. The machine allows me to eliminate the time spent on laminating and mounting. It can print on any substrate that is less than 5cm, so all these multi-function features were very attracting."

He further added, "Instead of going for four smaller machines it's better to go for a higher end machine from an excellent brand. Agfa has a great reputation for product innovation and quality in the industry. This made us to directly select the product. The parent company gave us a good deal for this machine and even the machine was in our budget. We wanted to invest on a reliable source when spending more than half a million. In addition, it is always understood that there is no good time for investment. The goals are not shorter and I believe that in the next 4 years this machine will yield good returns. Earlier machines were having bulb curing but this machine is having LED curing which is an added advantage." Talking about the product, Rajesh Patki, AGFA Middle East FZCO, said, "We will be using Col.Art facility as our local demo centre to showcase all the required samples and demos to perform the prospect around our region. Also as AGFA demo unit, we will display the samples produced by Agfa printers. Agfa Dubai office welcomes Col.Arts & team to Agfa family."

Kutty also mentioned by having this Agfa printer, they are very much gained and comforted by down time of printing on vinyl and mounting on rigid surface, where in here it is directly on the rigid surfaces.

Source - http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/11-uae/15424-col-art-invests-in-agfa-graphics-anapurna-h2500i-led-printer.html

SGI Dubai 2019 exhibitors

Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC, gives an open talk to Venkat Raghavan, assistant editor of PrintWeek MEA.

Volumes have become shorter and shorter, publishers and advertisers are looking to attract dedicated groups of people, so in which way the event would be helpful for the visitors and exhibitors?

SGI Dubai has been a good partner for advertisers and publishers. While the market situation has caused some organisations to cut down on spends, it has also made many organisations invest strategically in ways to improve their business outcome. For example, print media has been engulfed by the digital media to some extent in publishing but in advertising, marketers know the importance of the written word and how to strategically utilise it to achieve sales.

The best way to counter-balance decreasing volumes is to increase your target audience, reach out to demographics that were beyond your scope. SGI Dubai 2019 would be the perfect way to reach out to your audience in the greater MENA region.

Due to heavy competition the margins went down that enforce many print shops go to the new market niches. So what is your opinion on this?
Competition that sustains on margin cuts isn't sustainable. In the end, those with fatter wallets will survive. To be able to survive competition a print shop needs to innovate and rise from the clutter to distinguish itself from the rest. Reaching out to new market niche is one such way. Participating in SGI Dubai can help the exhibitors to expose their brand and business to a new market that may have not been accessible to them before.

Do you think that the printers/brands have to adapt to the latest technologies? How to stay in front and embrace the change? ?
The printing industry like any other business must adapt itself to the evolving technology and what it has to offer. And not just technology the industry must respond to the current trends that are visible in the market.

For print shops to stay relevant, they need to make capital investments in the latest machines that serve their customer's purpose.

What different ideas you are planning to bring in the coming edition?
We would like to keep that as a surprise. However, with regard to the show we are looking at a growth in LED, Textile, Retail, Digital signage and several other segments within the show.

Do you think that Sign, graphics, and visual-communications companies have unlimited opportunities to decide what and how they want to print?
Signage and specifically digital signage have huge opportunities in the region. The consumer consumption pattern for digital media has grown rapidly here and marketers are looking at fully optimising their communications to stay ahead of the pack. That's not to say that print communications have mellowed down completely.

Companies are looking at finding the right balance of print and digital media to attract customers to their brands. This provides the signage and graphics companies with a huge potential for business.

What was the outcome of the last edition and have you changed your approach after getting the feedback from the industry?
We have a dedicated feedback system in place that is fitting appropriately into the event, during and once it gets over. We have had positive feedback from the exhibitors and the visitors and also constructive feedback with regard to our show. We are operating here for the last twenty two years and we have learnt from each show and we will be continuing to do the same in the upcoming years. We always value the feedback which we receive from our global, regional and international exhibitors and incorporate their valuable feedback always to further strengthen our show.

What do you think about the overall Middle East and Africa market and where it will be heading in the coming years?
The experts for the printing industry are optimistic about the Middle East market. Smithers Pira data expects the market to touch $54.0 billion in 2022. With Expo 2020 Dubai in the pipeline, the whole industry is looking eagerly to reap its benefits.

Source - http://printweekmea.com/features/27-profile/15389-sgi-dubai-2019-is-all-set-to-welcome-more-than-400-exhibitors-across-the-world.html

EFI unveils single-pass Reggiani BOLT Digital Textile printer

The brand-new, next-generation, single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. made its debut recently during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy. The advanced, ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer has the potential to revolutionize the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, superior printing uniformity and accuracy, long printhead life and minimal maintenance needs. The EFI Reggiani open house has created huge interest in global textile market opportunities, with nearly 300 customers and journalists attending to see the new BOLT in action.

"The innovative development of our new single-pass printer comes from Reggiani's speed of innovation in digital textile printing, its 70 years of history, and our proprietary knowledge of high-volume analog rotary printing," said EFI Reggiani vice president and general manager, Adele Genoni. "Our EFI colleagues' proven, worldwide expertise in single-pass technology and, most importantly, EFI Reggiani's serious commitment to listening to and addressing our textile customers' needs, have allowed us to achieve incredible results with our newest print technology. The EFI Reggiani BOLT re-writes the rules of digital textile single-pass printing, delivering superior throughput and quality with a highly competitive return on investment for customers. We are excited to bring this technology to our customers and see their businesses succeed and grow."

Source - http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/484-digital/15437-efi-unveils-single-pass-reggiani-bolt-digital-textile-printer.html

HP new print consulting services

HP Inc. unveiled a range of new services and solutions to help businesses gain more flexibility and scale. The security technology and enterprise expertise includes a powerful new HP FutureSmart firmware release for HP Enterprise-class printers and MFPs, Immersive Analytics Service and the integration with both McAfee Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) – an industry first for print devices.

"Empowering customers to take full control of their work environment is central to our office reinvention strategy," said Tony Bssat, head of printing Middle East & East Africa at HP. "The services and solutions unveiled today provide a step forward in seamless intelligence and industry-leading security solutions."

Building on its office printing momentum, HP today unveiled the following services and solutions:

HP FutureSmart 4 Firmware: This new version of firmware for HP Enterprise-class printers and MFPs delivers productivity with a cleaner and more intuitive interface for users. The update features new capabilities, including Serverless Job Accounting that enables printers to record analytics without requiring a central server and empowering select print settings to be mirrored via USB to new printers – vastly speeding setup.

HP FutureSmart 4 will ship with new HP devices including the HP PageWide Color 755dn, PageWide Color MFP 774dn and dns, and PageWide Color MFP 779dn and dns. Customers that own HP devices with HP FutureSmart firmware as far back as 2012 models can be upgraded to the new HP FutureSmart 4 version.

Microsoft SCCM integration: Strengthening HP's industry-leading security arsenal, HP is the first print OEM offering integration with Microsoft SCCM. This integration enables IT management to use one tool to configure printer security in concert with all other SCCM-connected devices on the network. McAfee SIEM integration: To expand threat monitoring, HP has also achieved certified integration with the SIEM tool McAfee Enterprise Security Manager. McAfee SIEM provides actionable intelligence to prioritise, investigate and respond to potential malware attacks on HP printers. Immersive Analytics Service: Leveraging HP Labs' advances in visualisation and analytics, this new component of HP's Business Intelligence Services provides customers with a more immersive view of the key driving factors in their print environment. Through this in-depth engagement, HP consultants can help customers quickly pinpoint behaviors to accelerate digitisation, efficiency gains and risk reduction.

Source - http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/11-uae/15452-hp-announces-new-print-consulting-services-and-solutions.html

Mutoh unveils new hybrid ValueJet

Mutoh has launched its latest ValueJet wide-format digital printer, the VJ-1627MH, which comes fitted with a specialised hot air knife media drying system.

The entry-level hybrid roll-to-roll/flatbed is a 1.6m system intended to directly replace the ValueJet VJ-1617H in Mutoh's portfolio and sits alongside two other hybrid models, the VJ-1626UH and the VJ-1638UH. It is available immediately.

The flatbed uses Mutoh's own MP-31 resin-based inks that are dry immediately and comes with two rigid tables as standard. Prices start at €24,995 (around £22,000).

"Our hybrid printer addresses the needs of people wanting to move to direct-to-rigid printing but who do not have the budget nor the volume to equip themselves with a true flatbed," said Mutoh marketing coordinator Dirk Devroye.

"With our entry level hybrid VJ-1627MH, existing roll print providers can optimise their production and widen their range of application possibilities. It is the only printer on the market offering hot air technology capable of printing directly onto the widest range of rigid and roll substrates. "The new printer is equally suited to existing sign and display print shops for the production of both indoor and long term outdoor prints, as well as to graphics companies looking for a digital solution for proofing or short run production of packaging prototypes or customised labels, even for industrial printers specialised in thermoforming."

It can run either CMYK or CMYK plus white as standard an, according to Devroye, is well-suited to packaging prototyping, fine art, rigid blanks, banners, signage, thermoformation and shrink applications, The stretchable and shrinkable MP-31 inks use a corn-based solvent and are designed for applications such as car wrapping and will preserve the "natural texture and look" of substrates.

The ValueJet VJ-1627MH offers a 20% speed boost on its predecessor, offering up to 12sqm/hr in CMYK with resolution up to 720dpi. Automated media height measurement and semi-automated cleaning cycle capabilities have also been added.

With speedy switching between rigid and roll, the five-colour machine can be equipped with a 30kg take-up system to roll up finished prints.

Source - http://printweekmea.com/news-summary/484-digital/15456-mutoh-unveils-new-hybrid-valuejet.html

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