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COVID-19 Coverage

The graphic communication industry responds to the global coronavirus crisis. The latest feature articles, updates, including event cancellations and postponements.

Featured Articles

How COVID-19 is Accelerating Industry 4.0

Few would dispute that we’ve entered a period of profound change. COVID-19 is causing radical shifts in workflow across the globe as millions practice social distancing and/or comply with self-quarantine recommendations. The pandemic’s dramatic appearance has accelerated numerous trends while slowing others. Although there is no doubt that COVID-19 is a transformative force, it is not bringing us into Industry 5.0.

Print Applications in Times of COVID-19

WhatTheyThink European Section Editor Ralf Schlözer looks at how the COVID-19 crisis will impact various kinds of print products—both in the short term and the long term.

The Lull Before the Tempest—March 2020 M&A Activity

Transactions continue apace up to mid-March, then abruptly stop. What’s next, and more…

Supply Chain Disruption in a Pandemic and the Benefits of a Digital Workflow

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed significant shortcomings in today’s supply chain structure. As companies look to reconfigure their supply base, do they also nee to think about radically restructuring manufacturing processes? This thoughtful piece from textiles industry expert Debbie McKeegan addresses that issue.

How PSPs Can Get Their Groove Back

There’s no denying that times are tough. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, most print service providers were seeking ways to increase their business revenue while also working smarter and faster. This article explores how PSPs can uncover new opportunities as they work through this crisis, and perhaps even grow from it.

Wide Format and Signage: Essential Services in the Time of Crisis

How are wide-format and signage providers coping with the COVID-19 crisis? Some are playing important roles in providing safety signage, while others still serve businesses that are classified as “essential.” In the first of a series of “check in” articles, we look at how the crisis has impacted the wide-format and signage market.

What’s COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on Mail?

What will be the long-term impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the printing industry? There are three possibilities: It will shift even more communications to digital channels as marketers reduce their direct mail spend during the lockdown and keep it that way; direct mail volume will remain unchanged; or direct mail could see a resurgence as marketers and their customers develop a newfound appreciation for the channel they’ve been missing.

April Fools & Utilizing Top Talent During COVID-19

First an April fools laugh, then some more insight on how to deploy your best resources during the COVID-19 pause in capitalism.

Community Building in the COVID Economy

MindFire established the COVID-19 Print Group on LinkedIn to provide a forum for printers to help each other share volumes, information, and advice as more states issue Stay at Home policies and organizations are forced to close, leaving clients without service. In three days, membership has grown from zero to nearly 800 members.

Making Masks and Other PPE to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic

One thing about a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is that it can bring people together to come up with creative ways to help. We are starting to hear stories about how players in the textiles and apparel industry are doing just that, converting operations to the production of much-needed masks and other PPE, and we wanted to share these inspiring stories with you.

Industry News

Minuteman Press International Launches Bounce Back USA Initiative Providing Free Local Business Listings and COVID-19 Safety Posters Across Entire Franchise System

Mimeo Supports Intercept Pharmaceuticals Continued Training Amidst Pandemic

Evergreen Packaging’s Commitment in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mimaki Provides Reinvestment Solutions to Help Businesses Grow

Gerber Technology Brings Together Industry Suppliers to Increase Production and Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

BillerudKorsnäs to Postpone this Year´s PIDA

Top Value Fabrics launches COVID-19 Resource Center

Entrepreneur Joins Forces to Create Mask-Making Business

Bobst Communication on COVID-19 - Update #5

Vanguard Digital Printing Systems Offer Rebate to Clients Supporting Frontline Responders

Sakurai USA Extends Remote Operations Through April 30th in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Graphic Arts Advisors Responds to Coronavirus Crisis

Domtar Announces Temporary Idling of Paper Capacity to Address COVID-19 Related Business Impact

Adhesive Tapes Provide the Invisible Bonds that Keep Essential Industries Up and Running

Quad Provides Business Update Related to COVID-19

Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) Releases Online Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Blackman & White to Cut Through Covid-19 PPE Shortage with New Visor

Gerber Technology Partners with Hardwire, LLC to Rapidly Expand Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Xeikon Committed to Providing Ongoing Critical Support to all its customers during Corona Crisis

BMI Launches New Website to Inform Book Industry About Manufacturing Status

PIA's COVID-19 Special Update: SBA Loans

FESPA Brasil 2020 Announces New Dates and Schedule

Massivit 3D Contributes to Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic, Producing High Quality 3D Printed Personal Protection Equipment in Record Time

Allied Printing Services, an Essential Business, Provides Relief to Local Community by Producing Much Needed PPE

Printers’ Impact: Time Printing Solutions Provider Produces Sanitation Signage During Coronavirus Pandemic

Bobst Communication on COVID-19 - Update #4

Free PaperSpecs "5 in 5" Series Inspires Designers to Up Their Print Design Skills While Working from Home

APTech’s LeadingPRINT Summit to Go Virtual on April 28

Graphics Printers Mobilize Globally to Support Public Health

Get 3D Printed Respirators, Donates Proceeds to COVID Fund

FuturePrint Virtual Summit Launches 2-4 June To Provide Help in Turbulent Times

Nilpeter Business Continues Despite COVID-19

Kodak Supplies Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to New York State to Aid in Production of “NYS Clean” Hand Sanitizer

Canon U.S.A. To Host Virtual Press Conference For New Professional Imaging Products And Technologies

Printable Pages for Productivity and Learning

Xitron Initiates Stimulus Package for Printers

SGIA, NAPCO Media, PIA and Its Affiliates Come Together to Launch Dedicated COVID-19 Resource Channel

COVID-19 Update: Nazdar Facilities Remain Open

Phase 3 Marketing & Communications Shifts Business Focus to Produce Protective Face Shields and Protection Barriers

Print Manufacturer Producing 5,000 PETG Face Shields Per Day

For Heidelberg, Customer Support Has Priority

SOMIC Operations Proceed in Germany and North America with COVID-19 Measures in Place

LexJet Provides Webcast for Printshops During & After COVID-19

IUVA Releases Fact Sheet on UV Disinfection for COVID-19

CARES Act Passed by Congress; on to President for Signature

Graphic Arts Advisors Responds to Coronavirus Crisis

PrintLink Graphic Placement Specialists Providing Support to Candidates and Clients During COVID-19 Situation

Delphax Solutions Inc. Announces “#PrintingStrong” COVID-19 Recovery Program for the Printing Industry

Strong Under Pressure: Automating Print Data Workflows out of the Home Office

Minuteman Press Franchise Owners Rally to Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Show Print Is Essential

Governor: Allow Print Service Providers to Support Virus Suppression

Double A Paper Official Statement Regarding COVID-19

Colter & Peterson Providing Support to Supply Chain Customers During COVID-19 Situation

Canva Offers Covid-19 Content Templates for Printers

Quarantine and Chill: New CBD-Infused Body Oil and Pain Patch Help You Stay Calm + Well

COVID-19 N95 Masks Market Size Witness Exponential Growth by 2027

Koenig & Bauer Classified as System-Relevant in Italy

WhatTheyThink to Host Virtual Technology Outlook Week May 18-22, 2020

ISA Webinar Friday, March 27: Families First Coronavirus Response Act—What You Need To Know

Hunkeler Innovationdays: Postponement to 2022

Fujifilm Remains Committed to Supporting Graphic Communications Industry

Digital Signage Expo 2020 Announces New Show Dates

GMG Americas Remains Fully Operational through COVID-19

Print in a Time Of Virus: Longtime Xante Customer Reacts Creatively to Crisis

Deluxe Announces First Quarter 2020 Earnings Release Information; Actions to Lessen Near-Term Business Impact of COVID-19

RBP COVID-19 Update

Xplor International Announces Re-Scheduling of 2020 Event

HYBRID Software Promises Uninterrupted Service to its Customers, Including Free, Temporary Software Licenses for Those Working at Home

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Coronavirus RFI

Gerber Technology Using China Experience to help Global Customers and Increase Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Eckhart & Company's Response to COVID-19

Connect with Zund—From Anywhere

Marketing Resources for Printers Offers Coronavirus Resources for Printers

Afera Sharing COVID-19 Best Practices and Experiences

Tower Products Inc. Is Open for Business!

Business Continuity Confirmed for Tecnau Offices Based in North of Italy (update March 24, 2020)

Color-Logic Offers Free Metallic Files to All Printers

Update From DCOS, Tensor & Amal on the Current Covid-19 Situation

TLMI Letter to Congress

A Note from Trekk: Marketing in the Age of COVID-19 

Bobst Communication on COVID-19 - Update #3

Gerber Calls on Manufacturers to Join the Fight Against COVID-19

IIMAK is an Essential Business

INX International Continues Work Amid Global COVID-19 Crisis

We Are Here: Roland DG to Support, Inspire and Invigorate Our Community

Voice of the Car Summit Becomes Worldwide Online Event, April 7-8, 2020

Canon Medical to Commence Development of a Rapid Genetic Testing System for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn How Taylor Is Responding To COVID-19 Challenges

FESPA 2020 Events to Return to Madrid in October 2020

COVID-19 Kao Collins Customer Update

Flint Group Confirms Business Continuity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Bobst Communication on COVID-19 - Update #2

Sitma Machinery Loses Founder Aris Ballestrazzi to Coronavirus

Sakurai USA Announces Action Plan in Response to Illinois Governor’s Stay at Home Order During COVID-19 Crisis

Ultimaker Connects 3D Printing Hubs, Experts, and Designers with Hospitals to Enable 3D Printing Support During Coronavirus Outbreak

TentCraft Launches Hospital and Medical Screening Tents

Ricoh INTERACT 2020 Postponed

A Message from Trotec Laser About COVID-19

Bobst Communication on COVID-19 - Update #1

Phoenix Challenge Competition Updates During COVID-19

Minuteman Press Offers Coronavirus Pandemic and Customer Service in Times of Crisis – 5 Business Management Tips

Global Graphics Accelerates drupa Product Announcements

ManageArtworks on Helping Businesses Stay Connected in Response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update from Focus Label Machinery

Uninet Corporate COVID-19 Update

No Disruption to USPS Operations for COVID-19 at Quad Graphics

Cenveo Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update

Komori Looks Ahead to Rescheduled drupa in 2021

PI CONNECT 2020 Imaging Conference Announces New September Dates

Converters Expo Announces New Dates for 2020 Event Due to COVID-19/ Coronavirus Outbreak

Bobst Communication on COVID-19

Sun Chemical Issues Updated Supply Chain Statement

Cenveo Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update

Avery Dennison to Hold 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Virtually

PIA Calls for Swift Legislative Action in Response to COVID-19

Top Value Fabrics Coronavirus Update

FSEA and IADD Cancel the Joint Conference Scheduled for April

Adobe Enables Distance Learning Globally for Schools Impacted by COVID-19

Proforma Cancels Million Dollar Club; Issues Work From Home Policy

AF&PA Response to Increased Consumer Demand for Tissue Products

INX International Addresses COVID-19 Supply Chain Impact and Customer Concerns

drupa postponed to April 2021

AWA Sleeve Label Conference Postponed

In Response to COVID-19, ACG Implements Work from Home Policy, and Takes Other Progressive Measures to Ensure Workforce and Public Health

FESPA Brasil 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus Situation

Mutoh America, Inc. - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PRINT UV 2020 Conference Postponed Due to COVID-19

Digital Signage Expo 2020 Postponed - Will Stage in Late Summer/Early Fall

Continuous Improvement 2020 Conference Cancelled

Infigo Software Supports Sensible Decision to Postpone Dscoop Edge Orlando 2020 and Offers a Virtual Alternative on 31 March

Mimaki Announces Innovative Virtual Event to Inspire, Inform and Engage with Customers and Prospects

ISA Sign Expo Postponed Until August

TAGA Annual Technical Conference Cancelled Due to Evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

CPS Global Update on Coronavirus

Sign & Digital UK 2020 Suspended to 2 to 4 March 2021

CHILI publish Cancels drupa Participation Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns

FESPA 2020 Event Postponed

Tarsus Postpones Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness at Cenveo

INX International Addresses Supply Chain Impact Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Health and Safety Resources

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Everyday Steps, Steps When Someone is Sick, and Considerations for Employers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

OSHA: Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this to guide employers and workers on general practices to help prevent exposure to coronavirus.

Industry Community Content

Navigating Through Challenging Times - Printing Company Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and its Potential Impact

This is the first of a series of discussions with print industry business leaders, who discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is, and could continue to, impact their businesses. APTech's Ken Garner talks with Mike Graff, President and CEO of Sandy Alexander, Gina Danner, CEO of NextPage and Jon Budington, CEO of More Vang.

How will COVID-19 impact sales and marketing? How will print, mail, and communication change as we see our way through this storm?

How will COVID-19 impact sales and marketing? How will print, mail, and communication change as we see our way through this storm? Panel Moderated by David Rosendahl, President of Mindfire.

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