The postponed drupa has been shortened by two days
The postponed drupa has been shortened by two days

drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies, has decided to reduce the trade fair duration from eleven to nine days for 2021. Doing so will respond to the wishes of the partner association VDMA (Printing and Paper Technology Trade Association) and many exhibitors to make the trade fair presentation more efficient and to concentrate the volume of visitors in a targeted manner. This is also in reaction to any continuing travel activities and restrictions.

Fewer overseas visitors expected

“Since we are currently assuming that fewer visitors from overseas will be able to travel to drupa 2021, we consider a reduction from eleven to nine days to be sensible in order to direct visitor flows more efficiently. At the same time, the duration of nine days ensures that running machines can still be shown, which is a unique selling point of drupa,” explains drupa President Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

Despite some corona-related cancellations, the current booking status remains at a high level, with over 1,500 exhibitors and a net hall space of more than 140,000 square meters. This once again underlines the industry’s confidence in the international appeal of the event. The need for face-to-face meetings, acquisition of new customers, or live presentation of running machines still exists. “Many of our customers also see it as their own responsibility to strengthen the industry and provide important impulses personally on-site,” says drupa director Sabine Geldermann.

To guarantee a professional and safe trade fair environment, drupa adapted the general conditions and relies on a hygiene and infection protection concept that is continuously tailored to the latest corona protection regulations and official requirements. Sabine Geldermann points out, “The character of drupa in 2021, due to the pandemic and hygiene regulations, will certainly be different from what we are used to, but it will continue to make a very important contribution to the economic recovery.”

Additional information on Messe Düsseldorf’s hygiene and infection protection concept can be found at www.drupa.com.

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.

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