Brief History

Metropole's history goes back over 40 years ago to a time when Mr. Ragui Iskandar was just a young man working with his father's Zincography and Photography studio in downtown Cairo near the "Metropole" Playhouse. In the late 1970s Iskandar met Mr. Adel Sobhi and convinced him to partner and invest in Egypt with him rather than immigrate during what seemed were difficult times.

In 1982, building on tradition, and keeping Iskandar's father's studio name, "Metropole" became the new name of the old “Bassal” press which was issued its working license in 1939. Iskandar and Sobhi began renovations acting as sub contractors to local presses in the area. In 1991, they installed their first private machinery, 2 GTO’s and 1 SORM. Today, their printshop has grown to over 150 employees and over 50 machines.

Metropole is a member of the International Organization of Printers and the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE). By promoting and using receycled paper, Metropole encourages environmentally friendly practices.

Mr. Ragui Iskanadr

Mr. Adel Sobhi


Metropack, an affiliate company of Metropole, was established in 1999. Specializing in labelling, Metropack has been a successful addition meeting the high quality standards of the Egyptian consumer products market.

It is the result of the desire to meet the needs of a highly specialized industry with a narrow-web press called Gallus.

The Gallus prints labels with great precision in large quantities. This all-in-one machine is equipped with printing, die cutting, embossing, foil stamping, laminating and varnishing capabilities.

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