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Plexiglass between workers? Towards a COVID-safe economy

An infectious diseases expert says Australian factories and businesses hoping to reopen under any government easing of Covid-19 restrictions will have to rethink how they operate. The comments came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the federal government was building towards a ‘COVID-safe economy.'

Enfocus releases PitStop 2020 

Software company Enfocus, a global leader in PDF productivity and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry, has released PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 2020: “A must have, not only for printing companies, but especially also for Large Format Printing.” 

Durst converts Brixen demo centre to mask production

Wide format technology manufacturer Durst has responded to a lack of suitable protective masks for industrial work by converting the demo centre at its Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy to industrial mask production.

Japan to invest billions to move manufacturing out of China

The Japanese government will invest up to two billion dollars to encourage Japanese firms that manufacture products in China to move back to Japan, according to industry researcher Keypoint Intelligence. Ricoh recently moved its production print manufacturing from China to Thailand to offset US tariffs.

oOh! billboards thank unnoticed heroes during Covid-19

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media has partnered with Greater Bank to recognise local heroes including nurses, teachers and café owners across NSW for their kindness and generosity during the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, ASX-listed oOh!media this week completed the retail component of a $167 million capital raising.

Small businesses urged to apply now for JobKeeper payment

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is concerned by reports that many small businesses impacted by Covid-19 may not be applying for the JobKeeper payment because they can’t pay staff by April 30. "It’s especially critical that small businesses that are struggling to pay their rent apply for the JobKeeper payment for their staff."

Recovery: NZ Signmakers D&D show how it's done

As NZ nears downgrading from Level 4 to level 3 restrictions, D&D Signs of Whangarei leads the way by example with a bulletin that is so near-perfect, we will reproduce it here in whole. We can all learn from the way D&D is operating.

 Good response to ASGA free membership offer

About 30 companies from across all states and territories have so far taken up the Australian Sign and Graphics Association’s free membership offer to all sign, graphics and print businesses. ASGA has also announced a Q&A webinar for members next week - presenters will include its business adviser and accountant.

“After the storm comes a rainbow”: one year to drupa 2021

Organisers Messe Düsseldorf issued a ‘365 days to drupa’ alert this week: “The new date of April 20 - 30, 2021 is now firmly established in the international calendar. The decision to postpone was difficult, but the only right choice for everyone involved.”

New Zealand printing industry to reopen next week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country will move out of its level four coronavirus lockdown to alert level three at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April, clearing the way for manufacturers including printing and signage companies to prepare for reopening their doors. "Great news," said Print NZ GM Ruth Cobb.

Large format market to grow to $11.2 billion by 2025

The global large format printer market is projected to grow from $US9.3 billion in 2020 to $US11.2 billion by 2025, at an annual growth rate of about 3.8 percent, according to new research. The Asia-Pacific region is forecast to grow at the highest rate during the five-year period.

Fujifilm Australia HQ moves to new high-tech hub 

Fujifilm Australia has moved its headquarters about 20 kilometres west from Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale in northern Sydney to Waterloo Road in Macquarie Park, northern Sydney. The company’s camera repair and optical device service centre remains at its existing Brookvale location and all service booking procedures remain the same.

ASB Ombudsman demands 30-day payment time legislation

Big companies - including MYER, David Jones, Just Group, Sussan Group, Carlton United Brewery and CIMIC - are using the coronavirus as an excuse for slow payments and forcing many small businesses to close their doors, says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. 

Minuteman Press brings 'Bounce Back Australia' hope to our shores

The Minuteman Press franchise group has launched a new COVID-19 resource, the 'Bounce Back Australia' initiative to support local businesses to ' Bounce Back' from the crisis. Amongst other benefits, it provides free local business listings and COVID-19 Safety Posters. Started by a caring Nashville, USA Minuteman franchisee, it's now going global.

EasyCut updates its vinyl cutting software

EasyCut, a leading global developer of sign-making software programs, has released the new EasyCut Pro 5.1.02, the 32-bit and 64-bit vinyl cutting software for Windows and macOS, with a range of new features. 

New Zealand printing industry prepares to reopen

“It will be good to have our industry back in business,” says PrintNZ general manager Ruth Cobb. "An announcement will be made on Monday about whether we move to Level 3...and If it goes ahead businesses that can re-open will have 48 hours to have the right protocols in place for safe operation.”