The Print and Digital Convention to be moved to October

Print and Digital has made extension by considering the health of their visitors and exhibitors

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The Print and Digital Convention to be moved to October
Print & Digital Convention congress and trade fair

Due to the ongoing pandemic and national and international lockdown measures and associated travel restrictions, the Print & Digital Convention congress and trade fair initially planned for June and now will be moved to 20-21 October 2021. The organizers, Fachverband Medienproduktion (f:mp.) and Messe Düsseldorf, are thus counting on better general conditions in autumn and an extended planning horizon for participants.

“We have a responsibility to the health of our visitors and exhibitors. Against the background of the current Corona pandemic and continuing restrictions, it is unfortunately not guaranteed that we will be able to hold the Print & Digital Convention at the Düsseldorf exhibition center in June. Our exhibitors’ confidence in our decision is documented by the fact that 95% of the exhibitors who have already booked will also be present in October,” says Rüdiger Maaß, Managing Director of f:mp.

“We see the congress as a platform for interaction focusing on selected highlight projects and knowledge transfer while placing a strong emphasis on interactive experiences. We, therefore, consider it important to hold it as a face-to-face event as soon as the framework conditions permit,” Maaß added.

Sabine Geldermann, Director of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, added: “Even if virtual formats are the measure of all things in these times, our customers recognize, based on the experience of the last twelve months, that face-to-face events are indispensable, especially when it comes to the haptic experience of technologies and their applications. That is why we are confidently looking ahead to October 2021.”

Print and Digital focusing on covering many topics of printing technologies

The Print & Digital Convention focuses on presenting innovative technologies in projects that showcase individual machines or tools and demonstrate overall solutions-oriented on practical requirements. In addition to exciting exhibits and intensive expert advice at the exhibitor stands, visitors to the event can expect an extensive and top-class program of lectures on all relevant aspects of corporate communication and print and digital technologies. 

In this way, as an established annual event in the industry, the congress and trade fair – together with virtual offerings such as virtual.drupa and drupa’s global Print Technologies trade fair portfolio – bridges the time window until the next drupa in 2024 and offers an important platform for knowledge transfer, exchange, and networking.

For more information visit: www.drupa.com/en/drupa_global/ or tdm-e.f-mp.de

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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