Industry update: Frustration, perspiration and inspiration

Joe Mulcahy.

By Joe Mulcahy, Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine.

The past several weeks have yielded examples of personal frustration (staying home and keeping our social distance), perspiration (plain hard work), and most of all, inspiration in the form of printing companies here and south of the border stepping up to the plate to help society fight this scourge.

Below are just a few examples that I recently chose from our news pages at We’ll continue to keep you up to date each and every day.

  • The protective visors at Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital in Montreal are made, in part, from GBC’s 10 Mil Clear Covers.

    At the Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital in Montréal, hospital employees are making protective visors for non-medical personnel to wear. The clear part of the visors is made from GBC’s 10 Mil Clear Covers.

  • The Association for PRINT Technologies released a free online Disaster Recovery Toolkit that provided best practices to help businesses, especially when a plan isn’t yet in place.
  • The FuturePrint Summit will now take place online only June 2 – 4 and will provide a free platform to connect the international printing industry.
  • SGIA, NAPCO, PIA and their affiliates have launched a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Channel that provides the printing industry with up-to-the-minute news and other helpful resources.
  • Mimaki USA released its Wide Format Investment Program that will offer up to 6 months of payment relief at a 3.99% fixed interest rate for 60 months.
  • Drytac released a series of tips to help your graphics and signage withstand deep cleaning during the pandemic.
  • Kodak has been supplying Isopropyl Alcohol to New York State for production of hand sanitizer.
  • The Global PrintExpo virtual exhibition in June will see its 10,000-square-metre venue and all exhibitor booths rendered to real physical dimensions.

    Sandy Alexander, a printing and marketing communications company with facilities in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida, is producing 5,000 PETG Face Shields per day to help front-line healthcare workers in the U.S.

A virtual tradeshow!

The UK-based Global PrintExpo will now launch as a fully virtual exhibition in June. It will work the same way that a live tradeshow does, except that anyone can visit the show online 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world. It should be very interesting to see how this groundbreaking approach is received. Please stay healthy and stay safe – and we’ll emerge from this even stronger!


Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine