Gulf Print & Pack 2024 presents vibrant print and package industry

250 exhibitors and 8,331 visitors from 101 countries

Gulf Print & Pack
Covering 5,083 sqm of floor space, this year’s show featured a wide range of new technologies including label and package printing, packaging machinery and packaging materials.

Gulf Print & Pack 2024 has closed on a high note, with a total of 250 exhibitors taking part in the show which took place between 9 – 11 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Covering 5,083 sqm of floor space, this year’s show featured a wide range of new technologies including label and package printing, packaging machinery and packaging materials.

This year’s show saw a total of 8,331 visitors from 101 countries attend the three-day show, compared to 7,535 visitors from 90 countries at the 2022 edition, a 10% increase. Saudi Arabia, India, China and Northern Africa were particularly well represented with large visitor delegations.

Showcasing new technologies for the commercial printing market were Ricoh, who presented the Ricoh Pro C9500 and Pro C7500 digital presses and the Auto Color Adjuster inline quality control system.

Heidelberg showed its new Versafire product range capable of printing banners up to 1,260mm and printing on paper media from 40 to 470g/m2 duplex, offering the fifth color as well for online finishing with a multitude of possible substrates.

On the labeling side, Konica Minolta showed its AccurioLabel 400 digital label press printing at speeds up to 39.9 m/min. Epson showcased its L-4733AW press for the first time at a trade show in the Middle East region and its ColorWorks printers C6500 and C4000 on-demand print systems.

Afra demonstrated the new Etirama SPS3 8-color flexo press inline with a Lundberg waste management system. Vinsak sold two label presses, six high build digital embellishment systems, one slitter with semi-automatic turret rewinder and one high speed flatbed die-cutter. 

On the packaging side, exhibitors demonstrated a wide range of equipment and materials, including folding carton forming systems, sustainable protective packaging solutions, blow and injection molding pre-forms and corrugated converting and decoration equipment.

Jade Grace, managing director, Gulf Print & Pack commented, “We’re delighted to have received such positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike about Gulf Print & Pack 2024. This year’s edition has proven that the show continues to lead the way in driving new innovations for the MENA region’s commercial and packaging printers and specifiers of packaging machinery and materials.”

Barry Killengrey, Gulf Print & Pack event director, added, “It’s been fantastic to connect with so many visitors and exhibitors from across the MENA region and beyond at Gulf Print & Pack 2024. There were a lot of business deals signed on the show floor and a range of cutting-edge technology was on display. 2024 has been the best edition so far, it’s been an overwhelming success.”

Martin Teilberg, global marketing manager at Nilpeter commented, “This is the first time Nilpeter has exhibited at Gulf Print & Pack; there is a good buzz, a good vibe at the show. Sustainable solutions, digitalization and automation are the key trends at the moment, with customers looking to save money and optimize efficiency, and these are the features we have been highlighting.”

Amit Radia, CEO & founder – Atlas Print said, “Gulf Print & Pack 2024 was an excellent show. Gulf Print & Pack is the benchmark of the printing industry for the region and a must-attend event on the calendar.”

Semih Levi, CEO of label and packaging films supplier Frimpeks added, “Gulf Print & Pack 2024 was a success from where we stand. Firstly, we had the chance to share our products and solutions in different business divisions concerning the printing and packaging industry. Secondly, we have joined with our existing and new customers over a dinner to share quality time together.”

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