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Stay safe, stay connected

FM Future has announced it will be holding its first FuturePrint Virtual Summit, as a response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson, co-directors of strategic consultancy FM Future

Under the theme of staying safe and staying connected, the summit is free for all attendees and participants and hopes to provide an online platform to connect the international print industry.

The summit will take place June 2nd to 4th across three print sectors and will consist of pre-recorded and live sessions. The content will focus on commercial print, wide-format print and industrial print and packaging, and there will be webinar panel discussions, interviews and fireside chats, presentations and virtual coffee and networking.

So, we then thought why not extend this to provide a more significant level of content, across a wider spectrum of print?

Supporters of the event include partners such as Ricoh Europe, Integration Technology, Kavalan, Meteor Inkjet, Sun Chemic, Global Inkjet Systems and Memjet. Further organisation includes Bespoke and digital marketing partner 3B Digital.

Marcus Timson, co-director of FM Future, comments: “In March, FuturePrint launched a series of webinars for April under the theme, ‘Stay Safe, Stay Connected’, and these generated some surprising interest. So, we then thought why not extend this to provide a more significant level of content, across a wider spectrum of print?

“Our thinking is that we want to simply extend and amplify this value and in so doing, help the market to connect and gain access to some quality insight delivered by experts, leaders and other professionals and partners within the sector – at a time when we all need it the most.”

Co-director Frazer Chesterman continues: “The coronavirus has massively impacted on face-to-face events across the world. We, FM Future are part of the event community and we can see that a number of our event colleagues in different sectors have already made use of amazing virtual technology to help hold their communities together.

We, as an industry, need to come together and this dateline is helpful as by then I’m sure we will have more clarity over the direction we need to take

“Being part of the print industry for nearly 20 years, and having such large networks, we are uniquely placed to use this virtual technology to help the print community remain connected and to ensure we share good ideas and great technology. And importantly, we felt that it was crucial that this be a ‘free to participate and attend’ initiative, to ensure that any business could take part without further financial pressure.”

Graham Kennedy of Ricoh Europe adds: “We, as an industry, need to come together and this dateline is helpful as by then I’m sure we will have more clarity over the direction we need to take. The market has had a shock over the past few weeks and to some extent, I sense we are all assembling our thoughts to understand what this means going forward.

“The FuturePrint Virtual Summit, taking place June 2nd to 4th, will provide us with a really useful platform to connect and hear the latest thinking but to also share some of the projects and innovations that are being worked on. We look forward to the positive outcome it will have.”



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