FuturePrint Virtual Summit
24 Apr 2020 06:00

Rebooting Business FuturePrint Virtual Summit will take place 2-4 June and is launched in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for the print community to connect with new developments, ideas for navigating an unpredictable 2020 and defining growth for the future. The event will comprise of keynotes, fireside chats, webinars and networking sessions.

The theme of the event is ‘Rebooting Business’. Although this unprecedented crisis has roundly derailed 2020 plans, we believe now is the time to reignite our thinking by providing access to experts, leaders, new developments and insight to enable companies to reignite business for the recovery.

Content covers commercial, wide-format, industrial and packing. And is delivered by partners, consultants, experts and leaders in the field of print and print technology.

As well as presentations, sessions will include fire side chats, panel discussions and networking utilising the latest in virtual event technology. All designed to inspire, inform but most importantly connect people from across the global printing community.

“With all the event postponements and cancellations, coupled with the stress the market is under, coming together virtually to connect, discuss and network is exactly what we need whether we are focused on commercial, wide format, packaging or industrial.” Roland Biemans, LMNS

“We need something positive to focus on to help our business when recovery begins, productivity returns and demand increases. It will be a tough year, but by coming together and sharing ideas and thoughts, this has to be a positive platform and idea to get involved with.” Peter Saunders, Sun Chemical

“Frazer, Marcus and I have worked together over the years in a variety of different projects. In these unprecedented times when we are removed from our places of work, our ability to connect face-to-face is reduced, but the need to learn, gain insight, help and educate remains. Importantly, the summit is not looking to capitalise on or replace the events or tradeshows that couldn’t run in 2020 – hence why it’s free for all but instead, be a one-off source of help to stimulate ideas and enable business to make critical changes today, or make smart plans for a successful reboot once life returns to normal.” Ben Dodson, The Bespoke Group.

Graham Kennedy, Ricoh Europe, is a strategic partner for FuturePrint and explains, “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 initiative, taking place early June, will provide us with a really useful platform to connect, to 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.”

Frazer and Marcus previously ran the FESPA Shows from 2003 up until 2011, then launched FM Brooks and ran EcoPrint, and the InPrint Shows. After exiting in 2019, Marcus and Frazer established FM Future, a strategic consultancy designed to help print and events business improve their communication and storytelling.

Prepared on the basis of information from FM Future 

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