As the countdown begins to the most awaited global show this year for the printing industry, most industry experts do not believe that there will be anything revolutionary in conventional printing presses. Yes, enhancements would be announced, and presses will be proclaimed to be more efficent, faster, automated with less makeready times. And though money is being invested in technology, the manufacturing giants are facing tough times.
The never-ending print slowdown as well as the mature technology leaves little scope for significant improvements. Though new presses are appearing but they are not that different from their predecessors. Large sized print shops are also eyeing new technolgies as conventional printing does not guarantee their survival.
On a different note, the leadership in Dubai has shown its customary vision by establishing a dedicated International Center for 3D printing, and announcing the The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy will be based on five main pillars, namely: Infrastructure, Legislative Structure, Funding, Talent and Market Demand.
This issue of PrintWeek MEA has a dedicated section on Drupa Preview and the next issue will be our special Drupa Issue. Our Technology Report features an interesting article on how digital technolgy can help astro-photography.
Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek