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Newsletter No: 170

February 21, 2017

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Customer education starts with ‘why' and ‘what's next'

The large format printing industry in the Middle East is largely driven by the printed signage market for marketing and corporate communications in the form of billboards, vehicle and building wraps, shop signs, and interior branding. Advances in large format printing technology and new applications such as interior decoration, clothing, fashion, and personalisation have opened up new revenue streams for print service providers (PSPs) and opportunities for their business transformation. However, insufficient education, fixed mind-sets, and resistance to change are among the biggest barriers to adoption and investment on wide format printers for new applications.

Traditional marketers and PSPs continue to view signage as printed or fabricated materials with graphics attached to a surface for the purpose of communication. The conversations start and end with prices and square meters of printed material. While they remain caught in a price war, an ew breed of entrepreneurs is looking at signage differently; they have a broader definition of large format printing, and they see it as a new business opportunity in the creative industries. New investment into this business is coming from interior designers, architects, photographers, fit-out contractors, in-house department of companies, and freelancers.


Gulf Print & Pack

“We are hoping to attract over 12,000 visitors to Gulf Print & Pack 2017”

Q&A with Lisa Milburn, managing director of Gulf Print & Pack

Why is GPP 2017 a must-attend show? What's new for visitors this year?

Gulf Print & Pack is the biggest, dedicated event for the Middle East and covers every aspect of the printing spectrum. The show has been running in Dubai since 1997 and I think it is fair to say that it is widely acknowledged as also being the best place to see what is new in terms of the latest machinery and applications.

2016 was a huge year for innovation with many new technologies flooding the market. Gulf Print & Pack 2017 will give printers who didn't make it to other shows like Drupa last year, the first proper chance to find out how they can enhance their business and add to their service offering.



Large format printers must be versatile enough to handle indoor and outdoor applications

OKI launched its new ColorPainter E-64s, a new model in its ColorPainter family of professional printers, aimed at high-quality, large-format printing for signage, graphics and interior decoration businesses.


Cheaper, quality alternatives keep original ink prices in check

Singapore-based Sam Ink, a manufacturer of ISO-9001 ISO-14001 wide-format large-format branded water-based, latex, eco-solvent, and dye-sublimation inkjet inks, presented its range of inks which are cheaper alternatives to original inks from the likes of HP, Epson, Canon, Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh, Konica-Minolta, and Seiko.


Promotional, personalized, and on-demand printing applications have opened new revenue streams

Mimaki’s UJF Mk II Series printers, showcased at SGI, are the next generation models in its UJF Series line developed for on-demand, direct-to-object printing. The UJF-3042 Mk II and UJF-6042 MkII UV flatbed printers replace earlier models UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042, respectively.


Products and Applications

Entry-level production presses for digital printing applications

The Konica Minolta AccurioPress C2070 is a successor of the bizhub Press C1070

With the launch of the AccurioPress C2070 series, Konica Minolta Business Solutions introduces a new line of production printing systems. As a successor of the bizhub Press C1070 series, the brand-new AccurioPressC2070 series combines the quality and performance of the previous models with additional features and options in order to adapt to individual customer requirements.

The AccurioPrint C2060/C2070 presses are aimed at print providers in an entry-level production environment. Both devices provide an easy transition into digital printing, with entry-level finishing features and an optional modular concept for maximum colour consistency. For commercial printers and CRDs with high volume demands, Konica Minolta offers the AccurioPress C2060/C2070/P.



MPS marks entry into the UAE

MPS, the manufacturer of flexo and offset presses for the narrow web industry, has marked its entry into the UAE by installing its first flexo press at Hexxa Flexible Packaging, a printing company in Ras Al Khaimah, which specializes in printing and converting of flexible packaging, mainly using rotogravure printing technology.



More events in the region in


منشأة جديدة

تطبيقات الطباعة الدعائية والمخصصة وعند الطلب فتحت مصادر عائدات جديدة

سلسلة ميماكي UJF Mk II Series من الطابعات والتي تم عرضها في معرض SGI هي الجيل الجديد في خط الانتاج الخاص بها UJF Series والمطورة خصيصاً للطباعة عند الطلب والطباعة المباشرة على الأسطح، إذ تستبدل طابعتي UJF-3042 Mk II و طابعة UJF-6042 MkII UV المسطحتان الطرازين الأقدم UJF-3042HG و UJF-6042 على الترتيب.


"إن ديجيتك" تعزز كفاءة إنتاجها وتعلن عزمها على افتتاح منشأتها الجديدة في مجال تصنيع مستلزمات المعارض والفعاليات في "مدينة دبي للإنتاج"

أعلنت "إن ديجيتيك"، شركة الإنتاج الإبداعي الرائدة في الإمارات العربية المتحدة، عن عزمها افتتاح منشأتها الجديدة المتخصصة في مجال تصنيع مستلزمات المعارض والفعاليات ضمن "مدينة دبي للإنتاج"، والتي تهدف إلى زيادة وتعزيز كفاءة إنتاجها، وسط الاقبال الملفت على الخدمات والحلول التي توفرها الشركة في دولة الإمارات والمنطقة.


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