EFI & CMYUK enhance jointly developed UK demo & training facility

Largest independent EFI demo center in Europe

EFI and CMYUK enhance their jointly developed UK demonstration and training facility

EFI and CMYUK collaborated to enhance their jointly developed demonstration and training center in Shrewsbury. CMYUK’s Shrewsbury facility is the largest independent EFI demonstration center in Europe and the refinements will further increase the portfolio of EFI printers on display.

With COVID-19 creating real headaches around international business travel, CMYUK’s impressive facility is set to become the epicenter for all EFI customers in the UK. The center is set to reopen on Monday 15th June and its size will enable CMYUK to implement safe, extremely comfortable, and viable social distancing arrangements.

Under its newly devised COVID-19 Safety Etiquette, CMYUK will operate a single company experience, ensuring that only customers from the same business are visiting at any one time. CMYUK will also provide all necessary hygiene and protection requirements for effective housekeeping.

Customers will also have the opportunity to learn about Consumable Supported Asset Finance (CSAF). CMYUK’s revolutionary purchasing solution, which links a customer’s consumables spend with significant savings on the price of newly purchased equipment.

By customers switching some, or all of their roll-to-roll consumable spend to CMYUK; the company contributes a monthly amount directly into the finance agreement, reducing monthly payments. So, the more spent on materials, the greater the savings on equipment.

In addition, the extended Government Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has been extended to directly support capital asset finance. Now UK digital printing companies can get their businesses up and running again by investing in capital equipment at highly advantageous terms. Benefits include 0% to 10% low deposit finance, and no interest or fees payable in the first year.

Robin East, CMYUK, Group director said, “The upgrades to our newly reopened demonstration and training facility will really do justice to the EFI brand ensuring that UK customers have everything they need without having to leave the country. Never has there been a better time to invest in capital equipment. Our CSAF finance package in conjunction with the new government support for asset finance is a win-win for all print service providers. We are reopening our doors but under strict COVID-19 guidelines that will ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our customers and staff.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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