As the curtains fall on the most awaited show for the signage and large format industry - Sign and Graphics 2014, exhibitors expressed ‘satisfaction’ with the event, quality of visitors, display of technology and inclusive participation. One point which the organizers need to take note of though, was the timing of the expo.  First week of the new year, according to many exhibitors was too early a date and 3rd-4th week of January would have been more conducive.  
Reflecting the changing times, digital technologies were largely on display. The signage industry was showing movement towards LED’s and LCD’s, and fabric printers had their fair share of visibility, while the 7 axis DigiRob that can engrave 3D/4D on marble, stone, wood, foam, PVC, metal etc from DigiMatrix drew a lot of attention.
This edition of PrintWeek MEA features an extensive coverage on the Sign and Graphics show with news, interviews and technologies featured in detail.
Our Better Business article details backroom workhorses and applications for the visually impaired customers.  The feature examines the costs and regulatory requirements of using Braille in the packaging sector.
The Product of the Month showcases the flexible laser cutter for short-run dieless personalised applications and the wide format inkjet from Roland, VersaCamm.
Hope you enjoy reading the first issue of 2014. Happy New Year to all our readers.

Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek
MEA magazine.