Drupa 2020 update: New exhibitors and new services to highlight world’s largest printing industry tradeshow

Show organizers have reported that the drupa tradeshow June 16 – 26, 2020 at the Fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany will attract more than 1,800 exhibitors from over 50 countries. The top five exhibitor nations to date are Germany, Japan, Italy, China and Great Britain. Exhibitors will range from global industry players to ambitious small companies and promising start-ups, all representing the entire print and graphic arts value chain. Officials have also reported that about 30% will be new exhibitors. For the current exhibitor list please visit www.drupa.com.

Drupa 2020 will occupy all 6 massive halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre and will cover the following product groups:
1. Prepress/Print
2. Premedia/Multichannel
3. Post press/Converting/Packaging
4. Future Technologies
5. Materials
6. Equipment/Services/Infrastructure

Sabine Geldermann.

“Drupa stands for cutting-edge technologies and solutions that reach target groups in a wide range of markets,” said Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa and Global Head of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “It has become very apparent in recent years that the appeal of print products is growing as the technology steadily advances. Print is conquering new dimensions with haptic elements, innovative materials and finishing techniques that engage the senses in previously unknown ways for an entirely new experience. Also, global trends such as the circular economy, artificial intelligence, the platform economy and connected consumers are forces that will have a growing influence on processes in the industry,” she added. Current megatrends will not only be addressed at the exhibitors’ booths, but also in special forums including drupa cube, dna–drupa next age, touchpoint packaging, touchpoint 3D fab+print and touchpoint textile. They’ll provide a unique setting for exchanging knowledge and experiences that reflect the competence and creativity of the industry.

New services at drupa 2020. In addition to the special forums, investments have also been made in updating infrastructure and adding new services for visitors. A new trade fair app, a matchmaking tool, a new online ordering system and a new wayfinder for better navigation on the Fairgrounds are all available. Both exhibitors and visitors can now plan a day at the tradeshow easier and more efficiently, said event officials. Plus, the entire city of Düsseldorf will be transformed into ‘drupacity’ from June 16 – 26, 2020, giving visitors a welcome change of scenery after a long day at the show. “The restaurants, hotels and shops will offer an impressive hospitality concept to ensure a good balance between business and relaxation.” The opening times for drupa 2020 are from 10 am to 6 pm during the week, and from 10 am to 5 pm on the weekends. For up-to-date information on drupa 2020, its accompanying program and special forums, please visit www.drupa.com.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.