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2021 Industry Viewpoints: cyber-attacks, the hybrid office, floor graphics

“Cybersecurity predictions for 2021 show the ripple effect of COVID-19 is likely to continue, leading to a rise in thread hijacking, whaling and human-operated ransomware,” says HP in its preview of 2021. Konica Minolta says the past year led to an “irreversible shift” in the meaning of the workplace and in 2021 “we will be entering the era of the hybrid office.” Ricoh says after a year of “exceptionally high demand” for floor graphics, the formerly under-utilised floors of retail, commercial and public spaces are likely to receive a lot more attention.

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Lots of late model used wide-format equipment for sale!

There's a flurry of late 2020 listings of used wide format equipment happening with WFOL and Printmachinery.com.au. Some is hardly used and no more than 2 years old. Yes, Covid-related close-downs and business difficulties have contributed to this, but it presents opportunities to others and delivers much-needed cash to the sellers.

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Durst wins EDP awards for Rho 2500 and best workflow

Two European Digital Press Association Awards have been awarded to Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies. They were for its Rho 2500 in the Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer > 250 sqm/h category and the other for Durst Workflow (Best Workflow Technology).

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Global Graphics to buy HYBRID Software for €80m

UK developer Global Graphics - known for digital inkjet software used by customers HP, Canon, Roland, Kodak and Durst - entered into a binding conditional agreement for the acquisition of HYBRID Software Group from holding company Congra Software - to create the “foremost enterprise software supplier for digital printing.”

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ASGA & FESPA HP conference cancelled, Awards event postponed

The ASGA & FESPA HP National Conference scheduled to take place in Sydney on Friday 19 February 2021 has now been cancelled due to "unpredictable and uncertain" restrictions related to Covid-19. The HP Awards For Excellence, due to be presented during the conference, have been rescheduled to 28 September 2021 in Melbourne, at the start of the Visual Impact / PacPrint21 trade show.

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Holiday shut-down precaution advice from Roland DG

Roland DG will be closed from COB of 23rd December and re-opening on Monday 4th January. In an advisory sent to customers, some very useful tips and a checklist are shared on how to correctly shut down, keep prepared and re-start wide format inkjet printers.

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FESPA 2021 postponed for third time

In a not unexpected move, and following the postponement of drupa 2021, the organisers of FESPA Global Print Expo, Amsterdam, have been forced to fast forward the show by six months, from March to October 2021.

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