The twice-postponed wide format Fespa Global Print Expo says it is attracting a growing line-up of exhibitors, all enthusiastic to engage face-to-face after a year reliant on digital platforms.

The world’s biggest packaging expo interpack will go ahead in three months’ time, with the organiser reducing exhibition costs, and and giving special right of termination to exhibitors who want to withdraw.

Durst will provide label and flexible packaging insights, together with live press demos and Q & A sessions, at its first Virtual Digital Day, which is being held next Wednesday.

The opening day of drupa digital saw some 1900 printers from around the world tune in to the giant trade show’s online mix of conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities.

The world’s first major post-Covid print expo this year has just concluded after 70,000 printers attended All in Print China, although few were from overseas.

The drupa digital online platform will open next Tuesday, featuring a virtual conference, exhibition, and networking space; the organiser says it will provide a preview of next year’s drupa.

Wide format print association Fespa is launching a new Coffee Break webinar series, bringing together industry experts to share knowledge and business advice and answer questions from printers on topics including process control, software, automation and sustainability.

Digital print solutions developer Konica Minolta is the latest big name exhibitor to pull out of drupa, with the iconic exhibition now looking shorn of much of its star power.

Digital print giants Ricoh and Canon are the latest big names to pull out of the rescheduled drupa, joining a growing list of major exhibitors saying nein to Düsseldorf in April.

The industry’s first virtual trade show has closed its doors, with a visitor tally of more than 13,500 far exceeding the expectations of show organisers, Visual Connections, which opened the show on June 1.

Digital imaging pioneer EFI is the latest major name to withdraw from the giant drupa trade show, following Kodak, and the biggest single exhibitor HP, out of the door this week.

What was to have been the largest exhibitor at next year’s rescheduled drupa, HP, has pulled out of the show, with Kodak also withdrawing, both citing ongoing Covid health and safety concerns.

One of the major drawcards to drupa, Benny Landa, has reconfirmed his commitment to the rescheduled giant trade show, while Fujifilm has joined those withdrawing from the event.

The first trade fair to run at the Düsseldorf Messe Centre since the onset of Covid attracted 107,000 visitors over the ten days of the show. The Messe Centre is due to host postponed global mega show drupa in April.

The postponed drupa is launching a new online platform next month, the drupa preview, which it says will offer exhibitors and visitors an additional channel for touching base with the sector, discussing trending themes and presenting product portfolios.


Exhibitions are exempt from the extended ban on large gatherings introduced by the German government at the weekend. The ban will now run until the end of the year.