D – 3D print, printed electronics, multi-channel applications, promotional and packaging printing, nano technology – for eleven days from May 31 to June 10, 2016, the drupa 2016 showed everything the industry has to offer worldwide in terms of technology, themes and innovations in the 19 halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. The trade show of the global printing and media industry is staged in Düsseldorf every four years – according to the official figures, 1,837 exhibitors from 54 countries let around 260,000 visitors from 188 countries experience machines and technologies, ideas and best practice examples up close. The organisers put the decline in attendance compared to 2012 (when 314,248 attended the drupa) down to a “reflection of the worldwide industry consolidation”. Their overall conclusion is positive: “We were able to experience a highly innovative industry here, which has succeeded in escaping the valley of tears and is now getting a grip on the future,” stated Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa Committee.
Industry giants from Brother to Canon, Fuji, Heidelberger, hp, Konica and Ricoh, through to Roland contributed greatly towards the overall picture in the exhibition halls as well as the big stands of numerous Chinese suppliers, who are making their way onto the printing market. But the many smaller specialists from all sections of the printing and media industry also co-shaped the drupa. The specialised supporting programme with its established pillars the drupa cube, drupa innovation park, 3D fab + print, touchpoint packaging and Printed Electronics Products and Solutions proved very popular: According to the organisers, every second drupa visitor was interested in the different special shows and lecture stages.
Contrary to initial announcements, the drupa will continue to be staged in the customary four-year rhythm, the next edition is scheduled to take place from June 23 to July 3, 2020. A further report will be published in eppi magazine, No. 112 (August 24, 2016).
// Brit München
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