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The recently concluded, 15th Sign and Graphics Imaging exhibition, was termed as a successful show, with most exhibitors expressing satisfaction with visitor turnout, serious inquiries received and confirmed sales in a lot of cases.

There were notable absentees at this year's edition, like EFI, who cited resource constraints as the reason for non-participation, especially since 2012 also hosts 2 major shows, Drupa and Fespa.

The other much talked about news is Heidelberg cutting 2000 jobs worldwide and Kodak filing for Chapter 11 for bankruptcy protection. While the former action is a reflection of the general economic mood in a greater part of the developed world, the latter decision will not impact the regional operations according to the managing director of Kodak's local office in the region, Komal Sharma.

This issue of PrintWeek MEA, we have carried a 4-page special report on SGI 2012 show, with candid interviews from participants and visitors.

A more comprehensive detailed coverage of the exhibiton can be accessed on www.printweekmea.com, our website, which features the 12-page show daily over 3 days; so 36 pages of news, reviews, interviews and lots more.