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Print Service Providers (PSPs) looking to reassess their operation and identify how to shape future developments in response to the global pandemic are being supported by the newly launched Ricoh Business Booster programme.
Ricoh Business Booster delivers Covid-19 support and knowledge in a community space

By Owen Kilbane, Senior Executive, Kofax

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for financial services companies to have a “Remote First” mind-set. When we look over the past number of weeks, consumers are interacting and doing more and more business online, using a new set of tools – such as Zoom. This could create a significant opportunity for financial services companies to find a better way of engaging. One can easily foresee that Wealth Management companies will use online video meetings for annual assessments.

With sustainability firmly at the forefront of today’s packaging supply chain, Flint Group Packaging Inks, one of the largest consumables suppliers to the global print and packaging industry, has detailed its vision for supporting circular economies in a new white paper that reveals the formation of a dedicated Sustainability Task Force.

As a result of the Covid 19 crisis, a global petition calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) to define clear guidelines for minimum air humidity in commercial and public buildings. The petition is based on numerous studies that show that a mean humidity level of 40 to 60% can prevent infections of the respiratory tract.

The American subsidiary of the PDF Association has been authorized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to act as administrator of the Technical Advisory Group for the USA. The Technical Advisory Group belongs to the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 171, Subcommittee (SC) 2, which focuses on PDF format, PDF variants, including PDF/A and PDF/UA, and related file formats. The PDF Association thus replaces the 3D PDF Consortium, which held this function from 2017 to 2020.

Current capacity utilization of printing companies in China has recovered significantly
Packaging and label segment very stable in the corona period
Data from Heidelberg Cloud provides trends on the current situation in the print industry
Weekly update under www.heidelberg.com/PMI-climate

This year’s drupa Spotlight report, Strategic choices in a competitive and converging marketplace, will be published in May. In a survey (conducted before the coronavirus outbreak) over 500 printers and almost 200 suppliers described the challenges and successes of launching new products and services. For many in the industry, planning their recovery from the coronavirus recession may well necessitate such launches, so lessons must be drawn on how best to do so.

The 7th drupa Global Trends Report will be published in April 2020. The results, from a survey conducted before the outbreak of the corona virus and the postponement of drupa to April 2021, show a global industry that remained positive but reflected more challenging global economic conditions. Packaging and Functional market sectors are better placed than Publishing and Commercial. North America remains buoyant but confidence has slipped in Europe and across all other regions. Developing regions are held back by concerns about political instability and corruption, while developed regions are nervous of an inevitable cyclical economic downturn. There is constant pressure on margins but increasingly the better companies counter this by continual innovation. Investment plans remain strong, as printers and suppliers all recognise the need to remain competitive.

By S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law group

The month of March has brought a deluge of cancellations of international conferences, travel and severely affected markets around the world, all due to the spread of “COVID-19” – the newest strain of the “Coronavirus” which was first discovered last December in Wuhan, China.

The IPIA and BAPC have today (Friday 6th March 2020) made the decision to postpone their joint Spring Conference 'Where do we go from here?' until later in the year. The event was due to be held on Thursday March 19th at The Shendish Manor Hotel, Hemel Hempstead.

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