Canon, Copatra team up to develop KSA’s graphic art industry

Canon Saudi Arabia has partnered with Copatra Graphics, a provider of printing and media solutions in the Kingdom.
Updated 15 January 2019

Canon, Copatra team up to develop KSA’s graphic art industry

Canon Saudi Arabia has announced a strategic partnership with Copatra Graphics, a provider of printing and media solutions in the Kingdom. 

“With this collaboration, existing and prospective graphic art customers across the Kingdom will have access to Canon’s innovative, technology-led solutions, designed to deliver high quality and efficiency,” a press release said.

Canon Saudi Arabia, reporting to regional headquarters Canon Middle East, was formally established in 2018 to support growing demand for business solutions in the Kingdom. The company’s largest regional direct presence operates from Riyadh with two branches in Jeddah and Alkhobar.

With over 50 years of experience in the Saudi market, Copatra Graphics today provides solutions to the printing, packaging and graphic art industries across the region.

“Over the last few years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed significant growth within the graphic art, publishing and printing sectors, which has driven demand for revolutionary technology to boost productivity and ensure high quality. Copatra Graphics’ extensive market reach and experience in this industry makes them the ideal partner for us to extend our commitment to businesses in Saudi Arabia looking to tap into new opportunities,” said Shadi Bakhour, B2B business unit director for Canon Middle East. He added: “This partnership will go a long way toward strengthening our ability to deliver our suite of solutions to our customers in the Kingdom and we look forward to extending our collaboration well into the future.”

Yasser Anan, CEO of Copatra Graphics, said: “We are excited to partner with Canon, a proven leader in the imaging and printing industry. Our position as one of the pioneers in the regional graphic art industry, along with Canon’s value proposition will provide us with the edge we require to lead this competitive local market and most importantly enhance our customer’s experience. Together with Canon, we will continue to deliver quality, productivity and profitability in the Kingdom.”

According to a report by the Printing Industries Research Association (PIRA), the Saudi print industry is presently well established with significant market potential in digital printing for suppliers of print equipment, consumables and print service providers. It is set to expand at 5.5 percent by value across 2017–2022 to pass $7 billion by the end of this period.

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.