Preparations are ramping up for this year’s Gulf Print & Pack 2019 – the Middle East’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector – with almost half of exhibitors taking part hailing from outside the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Gulf Print & Pack 2019 returns to World Trade Centre in Dubai from 15 to 18 April. Overseas exhibitors confirmed as taking part include ATECE Group (the Netherlands), Berhalter (Switzerland), Holweg (France), Novurania (Italy), OMM Graphic (Malaysia), RotoMetrics (US), Tong Shin Pack Co Ltd (Korea), UPM Raflatac (Finland), and Winpack Machinery (Taiwan).
The show boasts a growing number of first time exhibitors including Lemorau (Portugal), Frimpeks (Turkey) and Pulse Printing Products (UK), alongside a growing number of companies from the Indian sub-continent making their show debut. They include Apex Industries, Technova Imaging Systems (both from India), and Roshan Packages (Pakistan).
Returning exhibitors include internationally recognized brands Bobst, Canon, HP, Konica Minolta and Xerox. Most of these will be showcasing their machinery to potential buyers at a series of live demonstrations taking place throughout the four days of the show as part of a newly introduced ‘Innovation Trail’ feature.
Lisa Milburn, managing director, Gulf Print & Pack, commented: ‘We are delighted with the international response from overseas exhibitors at this year’s event. At its core, it has typically been Middle Eastern and African, but already we are looking forward to the most far reaching edition of the show yet, with a particularly strong representation from Europe and Southeast Asia. It is proof that overseas companies are eager to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the region. It truly is a global show.’
The number of pre-show registrations from outside the MENA region are already way ahead of 2017 and come from countries as diverse as Bahrain, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. With the show displaying the newest in multi substrate presses, wide and narrow format digital presses, laser die cutting, smart labels/packaging, and software, it is aimed primarily at printers, brand owners and designers.
Entry to the exhibition is free, but visitors should pre-register at www.gulfprintpack.com