Chili Publish, which develops online marketing design software, has pulled out of this year’s Drupa citing concerns over the rapidly spreading CoVid-19 epidemic.
Kevin Goeminne, CEO of Chili Publish, states: “Drupa is the highlight for anyone in print and packaging. Our team worked hard to deliver new features within the Smart Templates in Chili Publisher, as requested by B2B printers, brand owners and agencies. However, we have a responsibility towards our team, partners, customers and the whole community worldwide to ensure that business continuity and full operability prevail at all times.”
The company says that it will announce those new features formally towards the end of April. In the meantime, Chili Publish is rescheduling its meetings and looking at alternative ways of reaching out to visitors at Drupa.
Several other companies have sought to cut down on staff travelling and attending events to avoid them catching CoVid-19 so this is unlikely to be the last company to give up on Drupa. The nature of this virus means that there’s both an obvious health risk to anyone who catches it and companies may also have to cope with large numbers of staff being absent as they self-isolate or get caught up in a quarantine zone.
You can find further details from on Chili Publish from its website here.