Global print and packaging sector sets eyes on drupa 2024

Exhibitors from 45 countries are already on board

79
drupa 2024
Nina Goldt (Left) and Dr René Baston

More than 100,000 sqm of net exhibition space have already been booked by around 900 exhibitors from 45 nations for drupa 2024, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for print technologies.

From renowned global players to up-and-coming new entrants – the list of registered exhibitors includes the ‘Who’s Who’ of the print and packaging industry such as Bobst, Comexi, Duplo, EFI, Epson, ESKO, Fujifilm, Heidelberg, Horizon, Koenig & Bauer, Kolbus, Komori, Konica Minolta, KURZ, Landa, Müller Martini, Screen, Windmöller & Hölscher, to name but a few. They will showcase their innovations, technology trends, product portfolios, and global launches in Düsseldorf from 28 May to 7 June 2024. Participants can look forward to automated workflows, processes, and new machinery at drupa 2024.

Even after the official deadline for registrations at the end of October, Messe Düsseldorf continues to register a strong demand for exhibition space. Germany is the strongest exhibiting nation among the top 10 followed by such countries as Belgium, China, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Current booking levels and the positive verdict received by exhibitors make us very confident and optimistic – despite the geopolitical and economic challenges – that drupa 2024 will again be the world’s most important industry meeting place,” confirms Sabine Geldermann, director drupa, Portfolio Print Technologies, Messe Düsseldorf. “With around 75% international attendance on the exhibitor side, drupa occupies an outstanding position by global standards. The range, variety, and staging of innovations are unique and will once again provide a glimpse into the future of this industry. With ideal prerequisites for exhibitors and visitors to network intensely and drive forward-looking projects.”

The in-depth knowledge transfer and interaction with experts from all over the world on the impacts of global megatrends and the associated new business models as well as opportunities for the sector will be in focus here. Special forums such as the drupa cube (conference area), drupa next age (dna), the exhibition area for newcomers, startups, and young talents alongside long-established exhibitors of cross-sectoral technologies as well as the touchpoint ‘packaging’ for visionary and smart packaging solutions, the touchpoint ‘textile’, including the installation of a textile micro-factory, and the touchpoint ‘sustainability’, which is dedicated to sustainability and circular economy themes, all provide highly relevant and valuable insights into tomorrow’s high-potential themes at the event.

In addition, the drupa blog allows a glance at industry trends, solutions, and inspiring best cases from throughout the world.

Ken Hanluec, VP of Worldwide Marketing, Electronics For Imaging, said, “EFI delivers vital innovations and opportunities for customers through digital print and, for us, drupa is a venue for digital’s best ideas. At drupa 2016, we launched a Nozomi single-pass inkjet press that is transforming the corrugated space. The 2024 show will be just as important for anyone seeking the next level of success in many segments of digital print.”

According to Dirk Schröder, Sales Division manager for paper/film / special markets, Erhardt+Leimer, said they will present to trade fair visitors the new EL.NET-technology based on a digital, connectable, IoT-enabled and web-based system architecture in addition to our drive technology or inline inspection products.”

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen CEO Ludwin Monz said, “For us, drupa is a showcase for our leading technologies and innovations in commercial and packaging printing. Heidelberg wants to continue to shape the future of the print media industry and we look forward to seeing our customers again in Düsseldorf in 2024 under the motto ‘we create the future.”

Andreas Pleßke, spokesman of the board at Koenig & Bauer, and chairman of the drupa Committee, “2024 still sounds far away but drupa 2024 is already pretty near for Koenig & Bauer. There is great anticipation to be able to experience exciting innovations hands-on again at the world’s most relevant industry trade fair.”  As an exhibitor, they will make the leading topics of digitalization and sustainability graspable.

Olaf Lorenz, general manager, Global Brand Management, Konica Minolta, said drupa is the bedrock for our industry. “As a global technology leader, Konica Minolta will have a major presence at the exhibition. With our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility goals, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand to help them rethink possibilities, ignite their creative ideas, and see the potential in print.”

Swapnil Patel, management executive, Line O Matic, drupa provides an excellent networking opportunity. “We expect ground-breaking innovations and sustainable solutions in line with global challenges. Our product range will help our customers gain high production volume with lower running costs.”

Hermann Veismann, general manager, Business Unit Printing and Finishing, Windmöller & Hölscher, said W&H will be showcasing innovative solutions for a wide variety of challenges on the basis of its unique printing press portfolio.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now
close
unnamed 1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our Newsletter

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here