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The programme for the first FuturePrint Virtual Summit, on 2-4 June, has been confirmed. It includes 70 speakers and over 30 sessions across the three days.

Your Print Specialists (YPS) has launched a ‘Business in a Box’ comprising a 24in-wide Epson SureColour SC-F500 digital inkjet printer, a PixMax heatpress, a Singer heavy duty sewing machine and a starter kit of thread, transfer paper and inks. The aim is to help people set up a print business at home.

Screen Graphic Solutions has finalised development of its PacJet FL830 water-based inkjet system for flexible packaging that can handle media up to 83cm wide and run at up to 75mpm. It is scheduled for release around March 2021.

OKI Europe has partnered with Floralabels to offer businesses free social distancing media and artwork to help support them during the Covid-19 pandemic and in the transition back to a new norm.

Ricoh has revised its environmental goals, and outlined plans to reach a 63% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (from a 2015 baseline) by 2030. Ricoh aims to reach a 30% reduction in 2022, eight years earlier than outlined in its previous plan.

Thousands of SMEs will be unable to secure emergency grants meant to help them survive lockdown because the Government has allocated too little money, according to local authorities and business groups.

On 18 May more than 500 people from almost 30 countries previewed the Print4All Conference, ‘Future Factory’, which had been slated to run on that date and which, due to the current circumstances, will now be streamed on 24 June.

Teignmouth-based Inspirwood is using its Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV to print £4 wooden rainbow keyrings, with all profits going to Age UK, a local food bank and NHS Charities Together.

The IMI Europe Inkjet Summer School, due to be held 6-10 July in Ghent, Belgium, will now be held virtually. Details are yet to be published of the online event.

Durham-based wallart printer Azutura, which slashed the prices for its wall murals and stickers by half due to a fall-off in business just before the UK lockdown, is again running at full capacity due to a surge in demand.

Service Graphics parent Paragon Group has acquired ZenOffice (subject to approval by the UK FCA) and OfficeTeam to strengthen its business services capabilities.

Switching to printing signage and banners relating to Covid-19 is saving Moray-based Signworks according to its founder Cameron Philson. He said his work has gone from “zero” to “crazy” in the past few weeks with such orders, which he can turn around in hours using his HP Latex 315 printer.

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