I’m just back from drupa. What an experience!
If you were ever at Graphics Canada (which is the largest show in Canada), drupa is about 20 times larger – nearly 40 acres in size! Admission was 56 euros and nearly 400,000 visitors went to check out the numerous exhibits.
As I mentioned, the first thing that strikes you is its size. Heidelberg alone had two acres of booth space and 3,500 people working their booth. MAN Roland had the next largest booth at one acre, followed by HP and Xerox, also with incredibly large booths.
From a Canadian perspective, aside from the regular international companies that we would usually see at Canadian trade shows, there was Dynagram, Engview Systems Corp., Escher-Grad Technologies Inc., ETI Converting Equipment and Polkadots Software Inc., all from Quebec. There was Gandinnovations, Graphic Whizard, Printer’s Parts & Equipment and Hostmann-Steinberg, all from Ontario as well as Canada Gateway Bookbinding Systems Ltd. from Manitoba. Winfried Gleue, president of Hosmann-Steinberg said that this was his 10th drupa – and it was the best drupa ever!
If you consider that there were about 2,000 exhibitors – 12 to 14 from Canada and about 125 from the USA, that leaves around 1,850 from the rest of the world, predominately from China and India. It gives us a good overview of our industry. Check out John Zarwan’s complete coverage of drupa ’08 on page 18.
Our condolences go out to Ultimate Technologies on the passing of their president and founder while at drupa. David Watson will be a huge loss to the industry. Our sympathies go out to his friends and family.
Finally, in closing, I have to say I was very impressed with the German hospitality as well as the efficiency of their transportation system. A similar system in our large urban cities would be a definite asset.
By the way, I’ve watched many of the Euro Cup matches and my pick at press time with 4 teams remaining is Russia to win it all. We’ll see how it goes.
Have a safe and relaxing summer holiday. And, as always, stay positive and stay focused.