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The dynamics of current businesses has become such that expanding frontiers, or venturing into rival terrain is seen as necessary to survive. Traditional offset giants are making forays into digital, like KBA's latest announcement, the RotaJET 76 or Bobst's plans of entering the digital market within 2 years. Offset press manufacturers Miyakoshi and Ryobi have joined forces to develop an 8,000sph B2 digital press, while HP, Xeikon, EFI and Heidelberg have their own multi-use inventions serving more than one application, thus expanding the boundaries of their products.

The big story this issue, is the investment into the iGen4 by Al Ghurair Printing Press, the first such investment in UAE by a printshop. The high end digital printer can prove to be a value addition if 'print processes are plannned and machinery is utilised to optimum levels', says Al Ghurair's experienced general manager, Kishor Gohil.

Heidelberg hopes to become industry leaders in environment friendly practices, by trying to offset its carbon footprint created by participation at Drupa through reforestation donations in another country. Every manufacturer, trader, printer and consumer needs to give increased thought, (and back it up with action) to each individual carbon footprint, only then will we be able to make a collective difference.