The workshop “Co-financing programs for the graphic industry” was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on January 27. It was organized jointly by Print Magazine and the Printing Section of The Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia. This was the first of two workshops that Print Magazine plans to organize on this topic. The second one is planned for March in Zagreb, Croatia.
The workshop in Ljubljana gathered a total of about 50 participants. At the same time, due to epidemiological measures, it was held live and online.
The aim of the workshop was, first of all, to present to Slovenian printers the various co-financing programs and tenders that are currently available to them. The current co-financing tenders were first presented by Ms. Martina Anderlic, director of the consulting company Tiko Pro.
As she said, in the period until 2027, the economy has funds from the EU’s NextGeneration instrument. 5.7 billion Euro are intended for Slovenian companies, of which 3.6 billion Euro are loans and 2.1 billion Euro are grants. The funds can be used to purchase machinery, equipment, software, infrastructure development, education, marketing, employment, opening a representative office, certification, etc.
She also announced that a public tender for the digital transformation of companies will be announced in the first quarter of this year. That is certainly a great opportunity for the printing industry, where process automation is becoming key for business.
Ms. Mateja Grobelnik presented the incentives offered by the Slovene Enterprise Fund (SPS). In 2022, they have more than 156 million Euro at their disposal, which they expect to stimulate new investments in the economy of around 237 million Euro.
Pre-projects with elaborated ideas and technologies
Five regional distributors and manufacturers of printing technologies have decided to facilitate at least one part of the very demanding application process. Namely, they prepared preliminary projects with ideas and technologies already adapted to the announced tenders.
Eurocop has introduced a digital line for special effects printing in commercial printing and packaging production (Ricoh and Duplo technology).
Graphic Center digital line for the production of corrugated cardboard (Fujifilm, Elitron and MultiPress) and digital technology for tee production of clothing and home decor (Kornit Digital and Elitron).
Konica Minolta has prepared a preliminary project for a line for digital production of luxury packaging (Konica Minolta, MGI, Motioncutter).
N.C.R. a line for the production of display systems for shops and packaging from plate media (Efi, Summa, SAI).
3Print B2 digital printing line with foil printing and partial varnish (HP Indigo, Scodix).
All pre-projects are available free of charge. Just contact the listed companies.