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Mood in the printing and paper industry brightens up

"Despite the current impact of the pandemic, the mood in our industry is characterised by confidence," says Dr Markus Heering, managing director of the VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association, summarising the results of a recent member survey. In March - in the midst of the Corona-related lockdown - just under 50 members of the trade association took part in the survey.


Roland DG Survey Predicts Further Growth in Personalisation

UK shoppers are set to spend over £750 million on personalised gifts over the coming festive period, fueling market growth.

The average shopper is willing to spend an extra 7% on gifts that have an element of personalisation
Most popular personalised gifts are books, clothing and babywear and calendars
Number one driving factor behind purchases of personalised gifts is that they are considered to be more thoughtful
Online retailers like Notonthehighstreet and Etsy are by far the most popular places to buy personalised gifts

Moody's - Number of EMEA distressed companies will remain close to all time high in 2021

In 2021, distressed companies (rated B3 negative and lower) in Europe, Middle East and Africa will remain close to the all-time high of 130 in June 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper their performance, according to Moody's latest B3N list. The B3N list is the number of non-financial corporate debt issuers rated B3 negative rating or lower.

Nearly 50% of Germans don’t trust public authorities with personal data

European citizens who least trust public authorities with their personal data

In a world driven by technology, our online personal data and how it is used is of huge concern for many of us. From the local government to police, public authorities’ databases hold a significant amount of our personal information, but do we really trust them with this data?

November 2020: Business climate clouds over only slightly despite the partial lockdown; outlook for the coming months is not very confident

Despite the partial lockdown in November caused by the corona, the business climate in the German print and media industry cooled only relatively slightly. The business climate index calculated by the Bundesverband Druck und Medien (German Printing and Media Industries Federation) fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.0 per cent to 91.0 points compared with the previous month. As a result, the year-on-year decline was 9.3 per cent, albeit much less pronounced than during the lockdown in spring - in April the index fell by 18.3 per cent year on year.

Record 21,700 Robots In UK Factories – IFR reports

The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows a record of about 21,700 industrial robots operating in factories of the United Kingdom – an increase of 5%. Sales of new robots slow with 2,000 units shipped in 2019. This is 16% less compared to 2018.

EMEA Tablet Market Posts Strongest Performance Since 2013, Says IDC

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) tablet market grew by 23.8% YoY, reaching 11.9 million units in the second quarter of 2020, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Tablets performed positively for the first time in six years in EMEA and posted the strongest growth since 2013, when the market had not yet reached maturity. The consumer segment was the main driver, with 27.1% YoY growth. This was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden need to acquire devices for leisure and education purposes during lockdown.

COVID-19 Expected to Hit EMEA's Tablet Market Harder in Calendar Year 2Q, Says IDC

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the overall tablet market in EMEA declined 8.7% YoY, reaching 12.9 million units, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Digital transformation is keeping demand for mobile solutions growing in enterprises, which drives the commercial space, while the weak consumer performance remains the primary reason for the contraction in the market.

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