And yet another Sign and Graphics Imaging show (SGI) concludes, with most exhibitors and visitors expressing satisfaction in general, with the visitor turnout and visibility factor. While the number of exhibitors from the East has increased significantly; a lot of big names from the UAE were missing this year.  It could be a strategic or ‘budget-constraints’ decision, since 2017 will host another major exhibition - Gulf Print and Pack.
Non-participating exhibitors expressed the price increase by organisers to be decisive factor in their decision to withdraw.  Participating exhibitors though expressed satisfaction at the visitor turnout, especially on the first day of the show itself, while also expressing that it would be better if the timing of the show be moved to the last week of January. On their part, the organisers introduced some initiatives this year like the SGI Hall of fame and hosting a delegation from African nations.
The first issue of PrintWeek MEA -2017 features exclusive interviews from the Sign and Graphics show, and our Better Business article examines the ways of adding value to a digital printing job, dwelling on the increased affordability of embellishments like texturing, embossing, metallic and other exotic finishes.
Our Star Product features the hand operated, lever-pull, vertical platten type Caslon Adana 85C and Kodak’s NexPress ZX3900 digital, colour production press.

Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek MEA magazine