CMYUK Announces Major Sponsors of Creatives In Residence Live Event


The world’s largest tech companies announce their commitment to the next generation of digital textile designers

CMYUK, Shrewsbury – CMYUK announced that six global technology companies – Canon, EFI, Epson, Klieverik, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems and Mimaki have become the main sponsors of its Creatives in Residence Live (CIRL) project.

This unique program is open to young people enrolled in the UK Government’s Kickstart program and offers three young surface designers and a talented videographer an exceptional opportunity to complete a 6-month internship at CMYUK’s Advanced Digital Demonstration and Training Center. in Shrewsbury.

Young designers will develop their creative talents through practical applications and useful insights from industry experts. The chosen videographer will capture these businesses through a vlog, producing an engaging cross-platform social media story for the home decor, fashion, design and print communities, adding an interactive dimension to the learning experience. progressive.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the commitment of our flagship sponsors who are all crucial players in the digital arts landscape. They will provide unparalleled insight into the industry and play a key role in delivering the elements of the program that has been developed specifically for the program, ”said Robin East, Group Director of Sales and Marketing, CMYUK.

Derek Joys, Product Marketing Manager, Production Printing Products at Canon UK & Ireland, said:
“We are delighted to support the Creatives in Residence project and to have the opportunity to mentor and be part of the learning journey of these talented young students. From wall coverings to textiles, digital printing is an extremely important part of the production of products for interior design. With our support, we hope to equip students with the insight, experience and knowledge they need to thrive in their future careers.

Ken Hanulec, Vice President, Marketing, EFI, said, “We are thrilled to be part of a project that motivates and strengthens the professional and personal development of young, creative minds. CIRL is a great initiative, offering young people the opportunity to broaden their practical skills and gain unique experiences by learning from industry experts and using cutting edge technologies in the market. Collaborating and guiding the next generation is essential in shaping a sustainable and better future. So we can’t wait to see the results of this project! “

Phil McMullin, Head of Pro Graphics Sales Epson UK, said: “Giving the next generation industry expertise and sustainable technology illustrates the direction we should all be taking to make the world a little better and that is good. illustrated by Creatives in Residence Live (CIRL) from CMYUK. Epson invests heavily in making sustainable solutions that can reduce the carbon footprint of the fashion and textiles world on the environment, and as a distribution company, it is imperative that our resellers embrace common ideals. to contribute to society. With CIRL, CMYUK is addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Quality Education (SDG4) and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG12), and we are happy to be part of this special initiative.

Maaike de Jong, Marketing Manager at Klieverik, said: “In the home textile manufacturing process, Klieverik plays an essential role in printing and finishing substrates. All kinds of polyester textiles can be printed on our sublimation and fixing calenders. We manufacture machines for roll-to-roll printing, one-piece printing or both. The constant temperature control allows for the perfect deep colors, as they should be.
We are happy to support and share our know-how with designers around the world participating in the CIRL project.

Stuart Fox, President of Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems, said: “Our latest innovative cutting tools and solutions improve efficiency, productivity, quality and creativity, helping Kongsberg customers not only meet their own operational needs. , but also to those of their customers. Allowing these young surface designers, the future generations of this industry, to experience working with our state-of-the-art equipment ensures that as they advance in their careers they know they can produce. creative designs without any restriction that limits the imagination. “

Duncan Jefferies, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Hybrid, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, said: “Creatives in Residence Live is a fantastic opportunity for young surface designers to gain a foothold in the printing industry, and this is important to us as a distributor of Mimaki for the UK and Ireland. With our support for this unique initiative, we will help CMYUK mentor and develop great creative talent, while providing designers with unique access to the latest printing technology from Mimaki. Young people are the future of the printing industry and the importance of helping them thrive is not lost on us – we can’t wait to see the results of their first projects!

CMYUK’s Creatives in Residence Live will launch on September 20. The four successful kickstart candidates will be announced soon. For more information and updates, visit

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