With the final curtain call falling on the most awaited show of this year, Drupa 2016 has been hailed by industry stalwarts as a success. Though overall the number of visitors in this edition were lower than 2012; over 250,000 unique visitors arrived at the expo from 188 countries. Breaking records were show sales and new technologies and tie-ups. Though inkjet ruled the roost, corrugated packaging emerged as a key trend with a swathe of new inkjet machines targeted at the sector. All in all, a resounding success packaged with a new announcement - that Drupa will go back to its 4-year cycle.
Closer home 3-D printing is making waves and headlines. The ruler of UAE inaugurated world’s first 3D-printed office in Dubai last month. Built by a 3D printer, measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, the 250 square meter office was constructed at less than half of the labour cost, in a significantly short span of time. The office was inaugurated less than a month after the launch of Dubai’s 3D printing strategy.
This edition of PrintWeek MEA features an extensive coverage of the technology and product launches at Drupa, besides our regular articles - Better Business, Technology Report and Product of the Month.
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Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek