VIRUS: Chili publish pulls out of drupa
Industry software developer Chili publish, known for its Smart Templates, has cancelled its presence at drupa on fears of the coronavirus, becoming the first company to do so.
The giant trade show is slated to take place in just over three months' time, 16-26 June, at the Messe Centre in Düsseldorf, and is set to attract upwards of 200,000 printers from around the world.
However, the Covid-19 virus has cast a shadow over the exhibition, with virtually everyone in the world of print wondering if it will go ahead. At present the drupa organiser says it is all systems go, and will be hoping the virus fades in the next few weeks.
Chili publish says it 'regrets the cancellation' at the key print event that only takes place every four years. Kevin Goeminne, CEO of Chili publish, said, “drupa is the highlight for anyone in print and packaging. Our team worked hard to deliver new features within the Smart Templates in Chili publisher, as requested by
B2B printers, brand owners and agencies. However, we have a responsibility towards our team, partners, customers and the whole community worldwide to ensure that business continuity and full operability prevail at all times.”
Confirmed customer and prospects meetings to showcase the new features in CHILI publisher are being rebooked to individual meetings, dedicated webinars and online (1-1 and/or group) meetings. The company is currently investigating alternatives to reach and serve the drupa visitor audience, with new features to be announced as scheduled towards the end of April.
Chili is marketed in Australia and New Zealand by Workflowz.