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Open letter: Declaration of economic and supply chain hardship

Dear All,

as we all have come to learn in the past months, the circumstances of the global pandemic have heavily affected everyone´s daily life. While the health aspects are certainly in the foreground for each individual, massive difficulties and consequential effects in various business activities are now also becoming apparent.

Chancellor Scholz of Germany Spells Out Plan to Restore Trust and Build a Stronger Europe

Scholz lays out ambitious, bold and collaborative plan for peace, health and a strong and better Europe
Pandemic response must shift from piecemeal national efforts to a global collaborative programme to immunize the world
Technological innovation and growth must be coupled with long-term societal progress

Von der Leyen Outlines Vision for Stronger Europe

On a path towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe’s most valuable assets are its strong liberal democracy and trust in its institutions, according to the President of the European Commission
During her speech at the Davos Agenda, she said that the world needs trust in democracy as much as trust between democracies
She announced a new European Chips Act to reduce dependency on global supply chains of semiconductors, reaffirms solidarity with Ukraine and warns against actions that threaten territorial integrity

(Moody's) European Airports: 2022 Outlook revised to positive from negative ; Passenger traffic expected around +98% higher than 2021 (32% below 2019 levels)

Moody’s is revising today to positive its 2022 outlook on European airports, expecting full-year 2022 passenger traffic at our rated European airports will be around +98% higher than 2021, translating into total passenger traffic at around 32% below 2019 levels (vs -65% in 2021).

European Spend in Exoskeleton Will Reach $283 in 2021, Supported by Workforce Transformation, Employee Augmentation, and In-hospital Rehab Needs

International Data Corporation's (IDC) The Future of Augmented Humanity in Europe: 2020-2025 Forecast estimates that European spending on exoskeleton will reach $283 million by 2021 and will grow at a solid double-digit rate throughout 2025, supported by workforce transformation, employee and human augmentation, and in-hospital patient experience needs.

Western European HCP Market, 3Q21: Supply Chain Issues Bring Recent Hardcopy Market Growth to a Sudden End as Shipments Declined for First Time in Over a Year, Says IDC

After a strong start to the hardcopy market in the first half of 2021 the initial signs of supply chain issues finally came to light in 3Q21 as the market contracted by 21.5% compared with a year ago as most brands simply didn't have enough inventory to fulfill orders. According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and multifunction (MFP) market stood at 4.07 million units in 3Q21 compared with 5.19 million a year ago.

EMEA PC Market Growth to Continue in 2021Q3, Despite Sustained Supply Constraints, Says IDC

According to research by International Data Corporation (IDC), EMEA shipments of traditional PCs (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) will reach 95.8 million in 2021, a 13.2% YoY growth. This includes 24.1 million PC shipments (+11.4% YoY) in 2021Q3. This can be attributed to ongoing demand in both the consumer and commercial markets, and the fulfillment of backlogs.

EMEA PC Market Remains Positive in 2021Q2, Despite Commercial Slowdown and Lifting of Lockdowns, Says IDC

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) traditional PC market, (desktop, notebooks, and workstations) saw growth of 6.5% YoY in 2021Q2 — a total of 22.2 million units, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Unfavorable growth rates versus 2020Q2 — the first full quarter propelled by COVID demand — makes 2021Q2 appear slightly weaker than other COVID-hit quarters, despite strong unit shipments overall.

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.

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