The whole industry-manufacturers, resellers, printers and consumers are preparing for the most awaited event this year - Drupa. This edition promises advances in inkjet and digital, with both moving up to the next level.

Traditional offset printers too are moving onto the realm of digital printing, with most maintaining that the latter technology serving to complement its older competitor.

The must-read interesting articles in this issue of PrintWeek MEA are KBA's launch of new inkjet presses developed jointly with world's largest printer, RR Donnelley, and the anticipatory announcement from Xeikon for toner based inkjet press. From the information gleaned, the technology for the newly christened press has been in existence since 50 years. Xeikon procured the know-how from an acquisition 2 years ago. How it is able to enhance and refine this technology remains to be seen.

Komori and Konica Minolta along with HP have their own announcements.

Two special in-depth features on what to expect this Drupa make for an informative read. Local installations, environmental issues, price increase of consummables, and many more stories make up the rest of the magazine.

Well then, the countdown begins...