Gulf Print & Pack 2024 opens doors

Gulf Print & Pack, the MENA region’s leading exhibition for the commercial and package printing industries, opens its doors at the World Trade Center in Dubai on 9-11 January 2024.

Visitors will experience first-hand new technological advancements across the show floor in digital embellishment, sustainability, automation, workflow capabilities plus so much more from over 250 leading global suppliers, including Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Nilpeter, Pulisi, GCG and Weigang.  

From India, Acme Rolltech, a manufacturer of anilox rolls, will present its ACE (Advanced Channel Engraving) technology along with its AHDW (Acme High-Density White) for high-opacity white printing and ATAC 2.0 (Acme Tactile for screen type raised effect), at Gulf Print & Pack. 

Monotech’s Jetsci Global is also exhibiting the dSpark Hybrid+ digital finishing and converting solution at the show. 

The last Gulf Print & Pack event was held in June 2022, when it attracted leading graphic arts suppliers from across the globe and over 7,500 international visitors. 

Gulf Print & Pack 2024 will give PSPs, commercial printers and packaging converters the chance to see a broad range of new technology in action including wide format printers, digital corrugated, cut sheet inkjet, package printing presses and digital embellishment systems. 

“With the milder climate, January is the ideal time to plan a business trip to Dubai and the best time to kick-start new business here,” says Barry Killengrey, Gulf Print & Pack event director. “Dubai is the most populous city in the UAE and has become a center of trade and commerce for the Middle East.”

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