CMYUK Textiles has secured a substantial UK stock provision of 300,000 non-permeable, protective healthcare gowns and 1.5m community grade facemasks per week.

A group of employees at Widd Signs, St Helens site have been doing their bit to support a local initiative aimed at producing much needed face masks for frontline NHS staff and care workers.

Given the PPE shortage across the social care sector, two Yorkshire firms have teamed up to manufacture and donate face shields to over 30 facilities across the region.

The use of the famous Piccadilly Lights in Central London to carry messages on behalf of Her Majesty Queen and congratulations to national treasure Captain Tom Moore hasn’t gone unnoticed. These special moments have attracted impressive news coverage and broadcast interest from across the world.

As I’m sure is the case for most of you, six months ago I would never have imagined that I would find myself being quarantined in my home. Only being able to leave the house for the utmost necessities has certainly changed my perspective about how I spend my time when I’m not working. It has become more apparent after looking at our current trends and figures, that I am not the only one.

Tesco’s latest #FoodLoveStories campaign has been unveiled across OOH and TV. Running across OOH locations UK-wide, the OOH campaign celebrates recipes that bring people together. The campaign was booked through Kinetic.

Urgent demand to keep employees and customers safe in the wake of Covid-19 has seen a Leicestershire point of sale and visual merchandising display specialist pivot its operations to deliver a range of end-to-end hygiene products and services.

Antalis has been proactively assisting both customers and charitable organisations at this critical time supplying much needed essential materials and packaging. Antalis provides products to the nation’s crucial industries and care services such as the NHS, local authorities, education, food retailers and pharmaceutical companies.

FESPA has today announced that it has taken the decision to postpone FESPA Mexico 2020, which was originally scheduled to take place on 24 - 26 September 2020. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, will now return on 26 - 28 November 2020.

Imageco, a specialist print company that designs and produces large-format branding for the likes of Adidas and other retail giants has produced 2,900 protective visors for medical and care staff across the UK since it diversified its production facility after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The world famous Piccadilly Lights in London today (April 30) joined the nation in celebrating the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore.

The “Stay at home. Be in the stands” campaign is giving fans the opportunity to have a cardboard cut-out of themselves placed in the stands at BORUSSIA-PARK. With around 8,000 orders already, the initiative continues to enjoy a great response.

Floor graphics are an effective tool in many scenarios and are increasingly used to guide the public around a space safely. By reminding people to keep their distance, often acting as a visual barrier, floor graphics can play a key role in maintaining a safe but efficient flow of shoppers and other groups. However, if the intention is to protect people the last thing anyone wants is to create an injury risk.

Family business Elite Signs has responded to an urgent call for easily readable name badges for NHS staff treating COVID-19 patients. In addition, the Bridgend graphics specialist is helping children and their parents with a colourful challenge.

Continuing to support the alleviation of global shortage of medical and consumer personal protective equipment (PPE), Gerber Technology is now empowering manufacturers to accelerate PPE production by offering a PPE Retooling Package. The package includes an end-to-end suite of software and a specially configured PPE Edition Gerber Paragon® cutter with optimized cutting parameters that allow manufacturers to produce up to 150,000 medical gowns and 6 million non-medical masks per week. The package also includes PPE patterns, tech packs, and a regulatory consulting package for rapid conversion of conventional sewn goods production to PPE. The Gerber PPE Retooling Package will help manufacturers seamlessly convert their supply chain allowing them to quickly, efficiently, and sustainably manufacture quality PPE.

The Italian company, a specialist manufacturer of functional sportswear, conducted research and began producing masks in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"It is the most complex moments that bring progress, and it is in these moments that we activate our creativity". A phrase that has always reflected Guandong's innovative spirit and which proves even more true today, in the face of the world health emergency situation. Despite the lockdown that saw many 'turn off their engines' temporarily, the Specialities' Specialist has actually been 'pushing down on the accelerator', always remaining alongside its customers, but also giving life to new initiatives dedicated to the world of visual communication.

Alchemie Technology are announcing the accelerated launch of Novara, a breakthrough new high-throughput digital precision coating technology for technical textiles. The textile technology innovator is supporting the global efforts to combat COVID-19 by applying its Novara technology to the manufacture of safety-critical products including anti-viral facemasks. Alchemie is actively partnering with manufacturers worldwide to build production lines to address acute personal protective equipment needs and medical textile shortages.

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is now producing “community masks” in its demo center at the Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy. The masks are produced in the first step for employees of Durst Group and sister company Alupress and afterwards the production capacity will also be available for other companies. The know-how for the production of the “community masks” will be made available to interested print service providers worldwide through its branches.

ISA-UK powered by BSGA, the trade association for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry, has announced today that it is postponing the 2020 ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards, scheduled for 25th November, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

HP Inc. have launched Print, Play & Learn, a free online resource to support millions of families around the world who have transitioned to learning from home. Collaborating with education leaders, including Education.com, TIME for Kids, Canva, and KiwiCo, HP is curating weekly literacy content as well as worksheets, coloring pages, puzzles and other learning printables for parents with children ages 2-12. Here’s a simple “how-to” guide for accessing the latest printable Play & Learn content for free.

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