Manufacturers investing time and money into different training programmes for their customers and prospective customers could be one of the various measures that can be taken to inject fresh blood in the industry. Canon, Xerox and more recently Ricoh are among the first companies undertaking training programmes, not only into the more effective use of technology and processes, but using consultants and experts to help printers become more innovative, capture new markets and germinate an idea from concept to sale.

The print industry these days operate in a more complex landscape. Technology is making rapid strides and business is becoming increasingly multi- faceted and dynamic. Collaborative efforts can contribute towards creating competitive advantages.

This edition of Gulf Print was successful for most exhibitors from the feedback received by the PrintWeek MEA team, though most distributors had smaller stands and there were fewer sheetfed offset machines on display, but on the whole exhibitors expressed satisfaction with the show and the interest shown by visitors, especially from Saudi Arabia and Middle East region.