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.

Global wide format expo Fespa has been postponed, for the third time, with organisers now pushing the show back from March to October, as the host RAI Amsterdam location closed to all shows in Q1.

Organisers of giant print trade show drupa have bowed to the inevitable and cancelled next April's expo, which had already been postponed from June, as Covid continues to ravage Europe.

The second drupa digital preview will run on Tuesday, with a panel of international experts looking at trending topics within the industry, a section on the drupa forums, and the matchmaking service.

The twice-postponed wide format Fespa Global Print Expo says it is attracting a growing line-up of exhibitors, all enthusiastic to engage face-to-face after a year reliant on digital platforms.

The world’s biggest packaging expo interpack will go ahead in three months’ time, with the organiser reducing exhibition costs, and and giving special right of termination to exhibitors who want to withdraw.

Durst will provide label and flexible packaging insights, together with live press demos and Q & A sessions, at its first Virtual Digital Day, which is being held next Wednesday.

The opening day of drupa digital saw some 1900 printers from around the world tune in to the giant trade show’s online mix of conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities.

The world’s first major post-Covid print expo this year has just concluded after 70,000 printers attended All in Print China, although few were from overseas.

The drupa digital online platform will open next Tuesday, featuring a virtual conference, exhibition, and networking space; the organiser says it will provide a preview of next year’s drupa.