Come on, let’s dance! No, it is not the roll of the plane going through turbulence. Nor is it the last dance as the ship sinks. It is real development and the notorious, unexpected increase in GDP (+0.5 in the third quarter and +2.6 year-on-year) is an official manifestation of this. How? Will it get worse? We’ll see… in the meantime, let us take satisfaction in seeing that if we don’t let ourselves be prostrated by the difficulties, albeit gigantic ones, the results arrive.

In our sector, development is apparent at many levels. For example in the investments that companies continue to make. This can be seen in the M&As of the year, the growth projects of companies (read what Davide Barbui reveals in the interview at the MIAC in Lucca), the declarations of intent of the operators who participated in our flexo printing survey. Not to mention the R&D results, presented at Miac and especially at K (in our report on page 23): important launches, not just a mere powdering.

But development is also what is born from the ideas and the sector’s culture; and of this are a very concrete example the articles by Marco Rotondo, Andrea Vittadello and Stefano d’Andrea (strictly in page order). As well as the beautiful Taga Tour, which provides education at home, i.e. updating on technologies and processes throughout the Peninsula. It is, again, the increasingly concrete and less “representative” activities of entrepreneurial associations, as Giflex and Assocarta testify on pages 14 and 16, as well as Acimga, which – we learn as this issue goes to printing – is setting up a new “specialisation group” dedicated to flexographic printing, to give voice, prospects and strength to technology suppliers.