On 14 July 2020, Germany based offset press manufacturer Manroland Sheetfed, owned by British company Langley Holdings, announced that it is pulling out of drupa 2021, the printing industry’s iconic exhibition. Drupa is usually held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic was postponed to 20 to 30 April 2021. However, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world with lives and livelihoods, an increasing number of significant drupa exhibitors are re-looking at their participation. Earlier, Bobst, Xerox, and Heidelberg announced their withdrawal from drupa 2021. So far, Koenig & Bauer is the only major participant that has reconfirmed its drupa 2021 presence.
“Exhibiting at drupa, or any other trade fair for that matter, makes absolutely no sense during the current Covid-19 pandemic,” Group managing director Rafael Peñuela-Torres said. He added, “It is regrettable, as we would have been exhibiting with live demonstrations of both our recently launched Roland 900 Evolution press and the new Roland 700 Evolution Elite. Unfortunately, it is just not practicable in the current circumstances. Instead, we will be holding a series of live webinars in the fall.”