Renewed anticipation building for drupa 2021

With just under a year to go until the new opening dates of April 20 to 30, 2021 in Düsseldorf, Germany, drupa, the world’s largest printing industry tradeshow, is still top of mind with leaders in the graphic communications industry worldwide. “We were already in the final stages of preparing for drupa 2020. However, given the current exceptional situation, we believe the decision to postpone was both right and unavoidable,” said Hiroaki Shimosaka, General Manager of the Graphic Systems Business Division at Fujifilm Corporation. “The announcement in March has minimized the economic damage to exhibitors and we are grateful that the decision was made before the impact could become even more drastic. However, while the Coronavirus is causing social-distancing and general caution, the communication infrastructure provided by the printing industry, and the role of print remains unchanged. We are therefore preparing for drupa 2021 to be successful, when the extent of the Coronavirus has subsided.”

Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer, added: “Drupa is the leading trade fair and the highlight of an entire industry. We at Koenig & Bauer have already put a lot of energy and passion into drupa. We would like to share this with you – also in 2021 – and of course on the way there. Stay tuned, it’s worth it!” Show officials are still reporting continued strong interest from many corners of the world – even from countries hardest hit by COVID-19.

Some exhibitors plan to make the most of the additional time to complete, re-develop or initiate further innovations – and thus have a greater presence at the tradeshow in 2021. In the meantime, drupa has invited its community to take advantage of the website’s various features to present themselves, publish company and product information free of charge, and keep up to date via its newsroom and social-media channels. These services, said organizers, can bridge the current need for presentation and visibility, as well as provide the industry with targeted information and interaction.

Drupa contact information. The online ticket shop for drupa 2021 is now open. For further information and regular updates please visit For more information on visiting or exhibiting at drupa 2021, please contact Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180 or e-mail: For hotel and travel information, please contact TTI Travel at (866) 674-3476 or e-mail: