April marks the final month for printers to get their entries in to this year’s state PICAs, with awards dinners taking place in all states in July. The Gold winners go through to the National Print Awards.

The global Print & Digital Convention, hosted at Messe Duesseldorf and organised by drupa has been postponed from June to October 20-21, as the pandemic continues to rage through Europe.

The New Zealand Sign Expo has been cancelled for the second year in a row, with what would have been the accompanying events to move into an online format.

The Conference Area of next month’s virtual.drupa will feature an English-language programme focusing on the global trends of AI, circular economy, connected consumer, and platform economy.

The federal government has extended its 50 per cent cost rebate to smaller companies exhibiting at PacPrint, and all other expos, cutting the threshold before the rebate kicks in to just $10,000

Representatives from some 40 companies which will exhibit at PacPrint 2021, and the co-located Visual Impact and Label & Packaging expos, met yesterday for the first time, to be briefed on arrangements for the industry’s leading show, taking place at the end of September.

The already rescheduled Labelexpo Europe has been postponed again, this time from September until April next year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still raging across Europe.

Printers can now register for the virtual drupa, the four-day event taking place 20-23 April in place of the cancelled show, and featuring exhibitors and a conference programme.

The fourth drupa preview day – aimed to set the scene for virtual.drupa in April – will take place on Tuesday 23 February, and will include Bobst, Heidelberg and Konica Minolta.

Suppliers association Visual Connections and the Print & Visual Communications Association have signed a new joint venture agreement, providing certainty for the industry’s flagship events, including PacPrint which will take place at the end of September.

The world’s big textile show Heimtextil is the latest print-related expo to fall victim to the ongoing pandemic, which continues to rage throughout Europe. The already postponed show has now been cancelled.

Exhibitors at this year’s PacPrint trade show can claim back half their costs, thanks to a $50m government funding initiative for the embattled expo sector. However, exhibitors will have to move fast to claim.

Companies wanting to show their wares to the world can now register for online event virtual.drupa, which is set to take place 20-23 April, in place of the now cancelled mega-show.

Running from January 25 to February 5, the event features a virtual exhibition hall, along with demos and presentations on advanced solutions.

With much of the world struggling under the pandemic pump, trade industry expo organisers are looking to September to kick-start their decimated sector.


Signage printing event the Asga and Fespa HP National Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Sydney on 19 February, has been cancelled, with the accompanying HP Awards For Excellence rescheduled to the opening night of PacPrint on 28 September.