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In response to the COVID-19 pnademic, GMG Color UK is providing a remote proofing service to help businesses to remain operational. The colour management company will assist with proofing requirements for those who can’t access large-format printers in their premises, on a pay per proof basis.

In the Budget 2020, the Chancellor announced that a ‘Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme’ (CBILS) would temporarily replace the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG). As an accredited lender under the British Business Bank’s EFG programme, Compass Business finance will be offering asset finance via CBILS to smaller businesses, predominantly in the manufacturing sector.

The EJ-640 Deco printer first mooted by Roland DG at Fespa 2018 is now commercially available, albeit with a crucial tweak - it now runs off VersaWorks 6 rather than the ErgoSoft software originally previewed.

The BPIF has uploaded a number of guides to help print businesses deal with coronavirus, dealing with topics such as insurance as well as health and safety.

FM Future is running two webinars in April - ‘Decorative Surfaces: The Final Frontier for Inkjet?’ and ‘What is the Future of Inkjet?’

Drupa 2020 is off due to the COVID-19 situation. The move follows the postponement or cancellation of other key trade events including of Fespa Global and SDUK 2020. In latest developments the organisers of Fespa Brasil 2020 and of the Digital Innovators’ Summit have also pulled the events for now.

Papergraphics has appointed a new international business development manager - Paola Cerchiai - as it focuses on developing its interior decor product range abroad. “Paola is based in Milan and will work with our international trade team in Belgium to help grow our customer base and brand presence in Europe, as well as developing our ROW export business,” said John Selby, CEO of Papergraphics. Formerly channel sales manager for official European Mimaki reseller, Bompan, and previously working as area sales manager with Viscom (Ritrama), Cerchiai has a wealth of experience within the large-format sector.

Mimaki will host a ‘Virtual Print Festival’ of webinars and online meetings, starting the 24 March 2020, the same date that Fespa Global 2020 was scheduled to open its doors. The company said it will use the platform to replicate its original Fespa 2020 line-up and to reveal new features and content every week until the end of April.

Media supplier Soyang Europe has issued a statement to reassure customers of stock availability amid the Coronovirus pandemic, saying it’s business as usual at its textile manufacturing partners at Soyang Technologies in China.

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