| Oriental Press Acquires a Screen CTP through ETG
The new CTP is part of the Company’s $4 million investment for its existing plant at Jebel Ali Free Zone Area in Dubai.
Oriental Press, with branches in Bahrain and Dubai has announced that it has invested in a new Screen CTP system Through Emirates Trans Graphics. Emirates Trans Graphics (the agent of CTPs from Screen) also sold another CTP machine to United Printing Press in Bahrain. The company, which was established in 1952, today has a production facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone Area and three other facilities in Bahrain.
Oriental Press’ activities and services include production of hard covers and soft covers books, magazines, stationeries, packaging materials, promotional brochures, annual reports, greeting cards, calendars, and collaterals. The company also has a special set up for security printing such as postage and revenue stamps, cheques, share certificates, and airline tickets, among others.
Speaking to ME Printer about the new deal, Majeed Al Zeera, the President of the Oriental Group Holding, said, “We decided to opt for a CTP system because CTP is now a necessity rather than a luxury. We purchased two machines – one for our Bahrain plant and one for our facility in Dubai. We intend to use the new system for printing books and magazines, and other commercial printing and security printing jobs.” According to Al Zeera, the company chose the CTP system from Screen, because its technologies have been proven and reliable in the market for thermal plates, for years. While one of the CTP machines has already been delivered to us, we expect the other machine in around 5 to 6 week’s time.”
Al Zeera also added that over the past several years the company has been continuously adding printing machinery to its various plants and it intends to continue to do so, in the future as per its needs. “Though it is difficult to quantify the production capacity for commercial work, as there is such a variety of products we produce, our Jebel Ali facility alone has a book production capacity of 15 million books per year. We believe that the new CTP machine will enhance productivity in plate making,” said al Zeera.
In February of 2008, Oriental Press had announced of its intentions to invest a whopping $24 million on its new printing complex situated at the Bahrain International Investment Park. Back then, the company had also announced that an investment of $4 million will be separately pumped into its existing plant at Jebel Ali Free Zone Area in Dubai.