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All to soon, its time to write the last editorial for this year. Echoing the oft-used cliche 'the year went by so fast, hard to believe we are in the last month of this year', one is tempted to look back on the year putting the developments in perspective

All to soon, its time to write the last editorial for this year. Echoing the oft-used cliche 'the year went by so fast, hard to believe we are in the last month of this year', one is tempted to look back on the year putting the developments in perspective.

On the upswing is the packaging industry, with many printshops either entering this segment while existing packaging printers are expanding capacity through additional investments in machinery and premises.  The downside can be seen in some regional exhibitions, some which are either scrapped or postponed to be combined with other events, or facing reduced exhibitor and visitor participation.

With this issue of PrintWeek MEA, we have brought out an exclusive 20-page packaging supplement, with news, views and interviews of senior people in the industry.  PrintWeek team would also like to say   a big 'Thank You' to the scores of telephone calls and messages of appreciation for our the second edition of PrintWeek Directory. 

The features section in this issue covers textile printing in our Better Business section, upgrading RIP in our Technology Report and the Product Portfolio features Bobst's mobile portal and HP Exstream.

So enjoy our last issue this year, and we come back in 2013 with loads of news, features, in-depth articles and new developments.