Pauline Brooks, marketing development manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East: “The exhibition was good. We had been very busy. Overall, there was a lot of interest for our two main label machines and MGM machines. We are expecting a few deals sometime later as more than 700 serious customers visited our stand during the show.”
Chris Lynch, head of Production Technology and Graphic Communications Services, Xerox Middle East & Africa: “We were delighted with the level of interest in the Xerox stand and record sales of our Iridesse and Versant machines. This was helped hugely by being part of the Innovation Trail, which really helped create momentum in the run up to and during this year’s show, and all our live demonstrations had a fantastic turn out. The seminars we hosted in the dedicated presentation area on our stand were likewise well attended. The show was certainly more international than ever before – we saw a greater number of visitors from around the world than in previous editions, and our international presenters were extremely well received. Visitors valued being able to listen to presenters sharing views and trends from the broader global print market beyond the MENA region. All in all, a tremendous show.”
Vinay Krishnan, general manager of Afra Asianray Printing Equipment Trading: “Our conversation will continue with potential buyers after the exhibition, and we hope to sell more machines during the month.”
Dilawar Dalwai, chief executive officer and executive director, Al Mahir Printing: “Lots of customers are coming next week to visit the office then finalize deals.”
Amit Radia, chief executive officer, Atlas Group: “This year, Gulf Print was very focused and niched with a lot of emphasis on digital production. With a wide variety of equipment on showcase, overall the show was a lot bigger than I expected. Considering the market environment, it was great to see such a positive response from the attendees. I believe we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel for the print industry in the region and those who have reinvented themselves will see positive growth after the last few challenging years.”
Samir Parekh, GM-International Business, Mahalaxmi Rubtech Ltd, India: “We are participating for the 1st time. We are in business of offset printing blankets and technical coated fabrics from India. For the past 4 days we had quality visitors to our stand. We are looking forward to the next edition, thank you.”
Jack Harris, MD, CreaseStream, UK: “We are here 2nd time and our main objective was to find out perfect dealer and we have found couple of them. We had a good number of visitors from the UAE, Africa and GCC."
Vanessa Lee, manager, T-One Precision Machinery Co., Ltd, China: “This is the 1st time and we had a good number of visitors and queries. We found out that the quality of visitors are very similar to that of China and we had lot of time to discuss in detail about our business activities. Overall the show is good, thanks."
Kimi Yang, sr. business development director, Chen Lui Printing Press, China: “We are delighted with the caliber of the business people who we’ve met at this event. This exhibition has provided quality leads. We had some very interesting discussions immediately after our visit to certain stands. This is our first time and the exhibition provided us with ideal solutions for our business. We will definitely share this with other businesses in China. We are definitely looking forward to visit again”.
Hamza Nasrallah, lead partner, Future Digital Designs, Jordan: “This is our second year at Gulf Print & Pack. We’ve had some excellent conversations across the four days and are hopeful that we’ll generate some business as a result. The Innovation Trail was something new, and we always appreciate these new steps as we are here to take a look at new technologies and solutions. We are very pleased with all the product demonstrations on the show floor. This will help us to implement these ideas in our business.”
Robert D’Sa, owner, Classic Printers and Binding, Bangalore, India: “This was our first time at this exhibition and we can’t fault the experience. Our purpose of visit is to source for new flexo machine and other environmentally friendly machines. The quality of prospects has exceeded our expectations. We’ve visited most of the stands and looks very promising to secure good leads in terms of supplier choices. We are already looking forward to the next exhibition.”
Hafidh Al Ararmi, designer, Rezma Design, Oman: “The exhibition is wonderful. I see many new things. I came to buy indoor printing machine and here is a lot of variety of this kind of machine. So, whatever I needed is here.”
Jess Oswald, managing partner, Printrun Series, South Africa: “I run my own offset/digital print run shops. I’ve come to Dubai exclusively for this event. It’s a good exhibition, very informative and an opportunity to meet industry related people under one roof. I was very intrigued to be at Innovation Trail with latest technologies with live demos and good interaction sessions. I will surely come back next time around.”
Mariam El Abdouly, sr. production officer, Reid Print and Packaging Co., Lebanon: “I work for digital printing press. This is my second visit to Gulf Print & Pack. It’s better than the last show. This year I was interested in print décor lounge, which was interesting. I attended Innovation Trail. For our business we are interested in meeting suppliers especially from China and I was able to meet a few. We are expanding our business and this show has helped a lot.”