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HP and United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have conducted a highly successful operation to halt the trade of counterfeit HP and Samsung branded cartridges across both the UAE and internationally.

In April 2018, UAE officials carried out the major raid of several private residences and farms where significant volumes of HP and Samsung branded, illicit products were discovered, hidden in storage areas. As a result, the authorities seized over 46,000 ready-for-sale counterfeit toner cartridges and the criminal ring assembling and distributing the goods have been seriously disrupted.

Counterfeiting is a crime. For users, such illegal imitations can cause a multitude of problems that can cause performance and reliability issues. Should your printer break because of using counterfeit printer ink or toner, you could also have issues with your manufacturer's warranty becoming not applicable.

In contrast, original HP products are designed to meet HP's strict quality and reliability standards, based on a long history of inventing and testing. Original HP LaserJet and HP inkjet cartridges, unlike counterfeits, benefit from superior performance and consistent results.

"HP commends the cooperation and swift action of UAE officials and their determination to apprehend and prosecute counterfeiters who break the law. We are proud of our continued work to bring counterfeiters to justice, not only in the UAE but throughout the world," said Mathew Thomas, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and East Africa, HP. "Through our unwavering efforts and commitment to removing counterfeit products from the market, we continue to focus on the protection of our customers through our Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud Programme."

Across EMEA over the last five years, approximately 12 million counterfeits and components have been seized by local authorities, supported by HP. HP has conducted over 4,500 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) of partners' stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers.

Through HP's Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) Programme, the company actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement authorities to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.

Epson's portfolio of cartridge-free printers has been extended with two models which offers a new 5-colour ink system (L7160 and L7180), while ITS's stylish and functional next generation design is now accessible within the entry home range (L3110/1 and L3150/1 only).

For the first time users looking for a cartridge-free printer suited to both creative and office tasks will find the solution with the new Epson L7160 and L7180 3-in-1 ITS printers. Underpinning these models is a new 5-colour ink system which includes a black photo ink and a black pigment ink, great for producing everything from photos, drawings and diagrams to office documents. Supporting a range of tasks, these models provide mobile printing, a card reader, CD printer and double-sided printing. The L7160 supports A4 printing while the L7180 incorporates A3 too.

Also new are the L3110/1 and L3150/1 which add improved functionality and an enhanced, compact aesthetic to the entry level home range. Ideal for saving space in the home, these models feature Epson's next generation design where the ink tank has been moved from the side to the front offering a more compact and sleek aesthetic. This alteration also means it's simple to see how much ink is left via a visible display. Underpinning the modified design is an enhanced ink filling system engineered for mess-free refills. Great for busy households, spills are minimised with bottles that are easier to open, are squeeze-free and can only fill tanks with the corresponding colour. These 3-in-1 models both come with up to three years' worth of ink included, helping users to save up to 90% on the cost of ink. The L3150/1 also includes mobile printing features.

Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle East, says: "We are excited to launch the L7160 and L7180 as they fill a gap in our portfolio that is sure to appeal to creative professionals from advertising agencies and educational organisations to photographers. The new 5-colour ink system is just what they need to produce a variety of photos and documents, while the range of features will ensure every task can be completed easily.

"We're sure that the L3110/1 and L3150/1 are also going to prove really popular with home users. Our compact and re-engineered ITS design proved really popular across our business focused range, so we've rolled this design out so that home users can also benefit from its contemporary style and improved usability."

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East is setting its sights on leadership in the industrial printing market with the addition of MGI Digital Technology (MGI) products for commercial print, and packaging to its existing and growing portfolio. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East is based in Jebel Ali Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes systems and solutions that fulfil all the requirements of the entire document life cycle for clients in the office and production printing area.

Konica Minolta, with 40.5 per cent stake in MGI aims to utilise skilled R&D power to develop unique products fulfilling customer needs in the digital professional printing market, said a statement from the company. Konica Minolta will further accelerate its initiatives for application development in the special printing systems including package printing, it said.

In response to the needs for decoration printing in the commercial packaging space. Konica Minolta's enhancement in the product line through synergy creation, including joint development with MGI, will give the company a solid and strong presence within the digital package printing market and drive expansion in the growth field of production printing (PP), it added.

During the past decade, Konica Minolta's PP business has increased considerably with global business development as the leader in the colour production field. Konica Minolta in partnership with MGI will further strengthen its production print and industrial printing business in the Middle East by leveraging the strategic alliance and introducing new solutions into the market.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East has planned to announce the launch of MGI machines in the coming month to address the digitalisation needs in the professional printing market.

In response to the demand for decorative printing in the labels and packaging area, the creation of synergy between Konica Minolta and MGI will strengthen Konica Minolta's leadership in the industrial packaging printing market and drive forward expansion in commercial printing, it stated.

Corporate vice president Peter Williams said the manufacturer was "still very much in investment mode" on inkjet technology and had developed new ways of working with smaller specialist and start-up firms in emerging areas of industrial inkjet printing, such as textiles and décor.

"If we are just supporting them [printhead partners] centrally then we have to select a small number of large winners, but that fails to pick up new applications that could be high-risk," he said.

Williams said the firm had leveraged existing skills and expanded the expertise within its Customer Experience Centre in Telford to provide "intimate" technical support to smaller developers.

This has involved assessing around 300 projects, with some 200 going on to receive test kits.

"Our aim is to reduce the risk barriers they see to digital migration, be that commercial, technical, or both, making sure Ricoh is their chosen partner," he explained.

Williams said the firm was working on "some very exciting projects".

"We are finding out so much about textiles, laminates and embroidery and becoming very knowledgeable, and this is allowing us to modify our portfolio."

An example is the embroidery product developed by Swedish innovator Coloreel. This uses Ricoh inkjet technology to produce multi-coloured designs using only white thread, by colouring the thread while it is travelling towards the fabric. (Sample output pictured below.)

Williams also said Ricoh was looking at the potential to expand its inks business.

"Currently we don't develop ink to sell generically but there's an opportunity there. One of the things we're looking at is should we or could we sell ink for ink's sake?" he said.

"Our ink scale is relatively small but we are already installing equipment at our site in Stirling to make ink for a specific application. Water-based will increase for sure, we're looking at what the likely rate will be and what the implications are on printheads."

Ricoh chief executive Yoshinori Yamashita has outlined ambitious growth expectations for the $2bn (£1.5bn) turnover Commercial & Industrial Printing part of Ricoh's business, and Williams said that the industrial printing side of the division had the potential to grow to become a $2bn-scale business itself by 2020.

On the commercial printing side, Williams said Ricoh would bring a B2 inkjet press to market "when we have a genuine commercially viable offering" with the right unit cost and media flexibility.

"It has to be duplex, we think. We will enter when we can do that successfully, and not dimming the lights when drying!"

Dubai, UAE, August 14th, 2018: Canon Middle East (CME), a provider of imaging technologies and services, signed a distribution agreement in Jordan with Logicom, a leading regional distributor of technology solutions and services.

As part of the agreement, Logicom Jordan will distribute and promote Canon's comprehensive consumer product portfolio of photo, video and B2C printing solutions to the entire Jordanian market.

Canon is already present in Jordan through its long-standing partner United Electronics Company (UEC), and the recent agreement with Logicom will further expand Canon's reach nationwide and position Canon as the imaging leader in the Jordanian market.

"For 80 years, Canon has been at the forefront of new imaging technologies, supported by our strong research and development capabilities, which has led us to be leaders in the imaging industry. Jordan has been an integral part of our growth and a strategic market for Canon Middle East," said Venkatasubramanian Hariharan, B2C business unit director at Canon Middle East. "Through our local partnerships with UEC and Logicom, we aim to become closer to our customers in Jordan and continue strengthening our presence."

Murad Mutawi, general manager of Logicom Jordan, said of the agreement: "We are proud to partner with Canon. With the company's comprehensive product portfolio of photo, video and printing solutions, we are confident that our network of committed channel partners will play a key role in increasing the presence of the Canon brand and its solutions in Jordan."

The partnership with Logicom will help increase channel coverage and support the vertical integration of Canon's solutions, co-selling alongside partners and creating dedicated marketing campaigns. In addition, dedicated Logicom teams will be on hand to provide technical presales support as well as training programs for customers.

Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2018: Peleman Industries, a leading provider of printed presentation and photo solutions as well as lay-flat paper technology, has introduced the most efficient way to create printed documents and photo books that lay flat, to the Middle Eastern market. Having long established a name for itself in the field of quality printed presentations through the UniBind brand, Peleman Industries is now further broadening its portfolio with the introduction of the Vpaper Tower.

Bringing a cutting-edge solution to the market, the Vpaper Tower has been designed to turn any double-sided printed or printable paper into lay-flat pages, one by one. To ensure that every single sheet of documents and books of all sizes lay open, Peleman Industries' innovative Vpaper technology relaxes the paper fibres through a three-step process, creating a supple hinge at the spine of the book.

As Bilal Selman, Business Development Manager, Middle East and North Africa region, Peleman Industries, pinpointed, Vpaper Tower is unlike any other solution in the market. "The Vpaper Tower turns ordinary paper into hinged paper thereby eliminating the need to invest in overpriced ready-made paper or to keep inventory of different paper types," explained Selman. "The Vpaper Tower combines three techniques: creasing, folding and pressing. The result is a high-quality book or publication that lays opens and stays open."

Thanks to this cutting-edge technology, Vpaper Tower offers a cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications from soft and hardcover photo books to short-run books, catalogues, magazines and more, ensuring a convenient and comfortable reading and viewing experience and giving book producers, print and publishing houses a competitive edge over their peers.

As Selman noted, the Vpaper Tower is particularly gaining interest from photo book software developers and producers who, thanks to the revolutionary Vpaper technology, can now also produce lay-flat softcover photo books, opening new avenues of growth and profit for them. "Making softcover photo books lay open is the talk of today. Now our Vpaper technology ensures that not only hardcover but also softcover photobooks lay open, heralding a whole new era in photo book production," said Selman.

Suitable for any paper between 70 and 250 g/m2 for up until 320mm x 460 mm, Vpaper Tower is profitable from just 1,500 books per month, guaranteeing a fast return on investment. Available through three different options, including rental and leasing programmes, Vpaper Tower can now be tested for a trial period without any risk or long-term commitment.