Following industry concerns over the rescheduling of FESPA to March 2021, just 5 weeks before drupa and with Covid-19 travel uncertainty, FESPA's CEO Neil Felton responds to questions from WFOL publisher Andy McCourt.
Organisers of global print expo drupa 2021 have released an extensive new Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept designed for ”safe and successful trade fairs in Corona times.” Major exhibitors including Heidelberg, Xerox, Bobst and now Manroland have all decided against taking part in next year’s event, which was postponed from June 2020 because of the pandemic.
New research on the impact of Covid-19 and “a looming global recession” projects the global market for wide format printers will continue to grow at an annual rate of 2.5 percent to reach US$4 billion (A$5.7bn) by 2027. Led by countries including Australia, the ‘UV cured Segment’ in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$552.2 (A$790m).
The 37th annual National Print Awards will be streamed live on Friday from 8-9pm AEST on the Print and Visual Communication Association's (PVCA) Facebook page.
EVOK3D - a partner of leading graphic arts supplier Currie Group - has won a contract to supply three HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems to the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), part of the Australian Department of Defence that provides technology support for defence and national security needs. The public tender contract includes the supply of automated post-processing equipment.
Our article in this issue concerning the voluntary administration of ACM and facade panel supplier Fairview Architectural, was confirmed as factual and balanced by the company. However, elsewhere in the media, wild inaccuracies have been promulgated and we feel it our duty to publish Fairview's rebuttal in the interests of the 52 staff still working hard and fulfilling orders from the Lithgow, NSW HQ.
German software developer for global wide format and industrial printing markets announced three new solutions and services that are available this month: Productionserver 20, Custom Create and Professional Color Management Services. ColorGATE, acquired by Ricoh in 2018, is distributed in Australia by Starleaton and Celmac.
In April 2014, SAi, a leading provider for professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CNC machining industries announced a new sales option: software by subscription. We caught up with Philippe Meyer, SAi’s Sales and Support Manager for Oceania, about the success of this innovative approach in the intervening years.
Fairview Architectural Pty Ltd, a leading supplier of ACM panels, has addressed the challenges faced by cladding-related litigation, Covid-19 and customer failures leaving large debts and has voluntarily appointed Grant Thornton to administer (not liquidate as reported elsewhere), the company's affairs. The goal is to emerge from administration and keep all 52 jobs.
Signage franchise Signarama, which has over 100 stores across Australia, is offering a customer $5,000 worth of free signage in its Power Up contest. “Unusual times can call for quick action,” it says. “We're here to support you during the changes to trading conditions caused by the coronavirus.”
"Nothing beats experiencing the latest technologies up close in action with the public and the trade fair feeling,” said German press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, confirming its presence at next year’s global printing trade expo drupa following the surprise exit of competitor Heidelberg. “Although digital formats are gaining in importance, they are only a supplement in customer communication.” K&B CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann is also the president of drupa.
Wide format inkjet technology manufacturer Agfa has released a 40-minute video featuring a live demo of its new Oberon 3.3 metre high-end roll-to-roll inkjet printer that had been scheduled to make a debut in March 2020 at the now postponed FESPA global expo.
The world’s leading outdoor advertising company says its new generation Natural Cooling bus shelter will create cooling areas in cities as temperatures continue to rise because of climate change. The bus shelter, currently being trialled in the northern summer, “will improve quality of urban life during increasingly frequent heatwaves.”
The 100 percent recyclable Drytac Polar Street FX is designed for safe, durable outdoor floor graphics applications without lamination, says the UK manufacturer. "There is a huge market for floor graphics and we expect that to continue for some months."
“Covid-19 has accelerated the move towards digital and local events,” says Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in a statement. “Although there is no way of knowing what the impact of corona will be next year, Heidelberg has to make a decision now." Heidelberg said it would focus instead on new virtual trade fair concepts and regional events.
According to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Industrial Printer Tracker, the industrial printer market in Australia & New Zealand declined significantly in the 2020 Q1 period, with a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of -18.39% and year-on-year (YoY) decline of -33.79%.
Strong visitor numbers and positive activity at the Print, Sign, Display & Graphics Virtual Trade Show bodes well for business sentiment into the new financial year, and reinforces the value of the innovative online expo in ‘these strange and challenging times’, according to organisers Visual Connections.
Roland DG Corporation has released a new addition to its popular VersaUV LEF2 series benchtop UV flatbed printers. The LEF2-300D features an expanded workspace that supports a height of up to 200 mm, 100mm more than the standard model*.
Epson is making “serious moves to strengthen and expand its business in Australia” with the launch of Epson Australia’s new three-tiered Premium Partner Program designed to offer significant benefits to current partners, attract new partners and create business and growth opportunities for all members.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland print shop SunPrint has added to its already impressive array of awards by scooping a total of nine medals in the state’s PICAs, including Gold in Regional Print Business. A huge pat on the back to owner Steve Hall, despite his modesty!
FESPA Global Print Expo will no longer take place in Madrid in October 2020 due to continued public health risks and business disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.