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.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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