As the investment climate starts to improve, and printers search for options to expand into new areas, there arises definite segments that have been consistently showing promise - namely wide-format digital, outdoor, signage and the unsurprisingly resilient packaging, with certain new areas showing potential like textile printing, wall coverings and interior decor that bring in profits and stability.

While opportunities abound and markets start seeing an upswing, the ball now remains in the printer’s court to find the best way to apply  opportunities to their businesses. Though each of these resilient segments cannot be completely immune to any tough trading conditions affecting print, they have demonstrated a steadiness that can help printers leverage and take calculated risks.

One exhibition concluded and another round the corner.  PaperWorld behind us and the print fraternity now looking ahead to  the once-in-2-years show, Gulf Print and Pack.  Though the feedback from many exhibitors at most shows (except from those participating in the Sign and Digital show) is that organisers should host expos once every 2 years, considering the cost of exhibiting in large stalls, challenging market conditions, return on investments quandary and customer interest.

As we close the April issue, all eyes on Gulf Print and Pack 2015.


Shilpa Jasani is the editor of PrintWeek

MEA magazine.