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With the curtains drawing to a close on the most anticipated exhibition for the print industry, Drupa 2012, exhibitors and visitors are taking stock of what has been achieved and what could have been.

Yes, visitor numbers were below expectations and yes, it has been attributed to recession, upheavals in the industry and the fluid situation in general. Every one has a take on should have been, from shifting the venue of host-city, to reducing the number of show days, but there can never be a one-option-fits-all solution.

However, visitor numbers alone do not determine the success or otherwise of any event. Ultimately, the return on investment, number of current and prospective orders, new technology and networking benefits will tilt the balance in favour of future participation.

This issue we have featured sizeable investments by UAE printers at Drupa. Al Mawrid backed Gallus' new flexo launch with an all-option buy and Kimoha, the flexo label printer treading the digital path, closing a deal with Xeikon.

A complete Drupa 2012 roundup, with articles featuring new machinery launches, cutting edge technology and filling up of order book forms make up the rest of the magazine, ensuring the reader wanting to save the copy for a leisurely read.