by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, PostPress

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drupa 2020, the global trade fair for print, will take place June 16-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Once again occupying the entire Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, halls will be carefully structured to address product groups that include Prepress / Print, Premedia / Multichannel, Post press / Converting / Packaging, Future Technologies, Materials, and Equipment / Services / Infrastructure.

drupa’s size is its advantage, with 1,800 exhibitors from more than 50 countries ensuring that visitors can find exactly what they need and make comparisons among technology and consumables providers. A survey of just a few categories related to PostPress readers finds the following:

  • 73 exhibitors in the films / foils category
  • 32 exhibitors related to adhesives / glues
  • 358 exhibitors in the bookbinding machines / print finishing machines category
    • 26 foil stamping machine exhibitors
    • 52 diecutting machine exhibitors
    • 26 perfect binding machine exhibitors
    • 15 three-knife trimmer exhibitors

Many of these exhibitors will be launching new equipment and solutions for the print industry, addressing sustainability, interconnectivity and consumer trends. Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa and global head of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, said, “drupa stands for cutting-edge technologies and solutions that reach target groups in a wide range of markets. It has become very apparent in recent years that the appeal of print products is growing as the technology steadily advances. Print is conquering new dimensions with haptic elements, innovative materials and finishing techniques that engage the senses in previously unknown ways for an entirely new experience.”

With the rapid pace of change and technology adoption, drupa provides insight what’s next in the industry. In an article for the drupa 2020 article series, Isidore Leiser, CEO of European label converter Stratus Packaging, said, “Yes, it’s true that drupa is huge and I did get lost there more than once … but to attend the biggest print show in the world gives me an overview of the complete printing market, the latest innovations and the trends that we can expect in future years. The different printing sectors within the industry are related and some trends that occur now in one category will also evolve in another.”

drupa is more than a trade fair with acres of exhibitor space. To provide participants with the best possible visitor experience, drupa invests in top-class knowledge transfer through its five special forums where world-renowned speakers cover a range of topics – from keynote presentations and business evolution topics to print futures, brand stories and an executive think tank. “We want delegates to learn things that can be applied to their businesses upon their return from drupa to help deliver sales success, business transformation and improved competitive advantage both for their businesses and ultimately their customers,” Geldermann said.

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