drupa kicks off as tickets go on sale
The world’s biggest print show drupa is open for business, with tickets on sale from today for the mammoth show, which takes place next June 16-26 in Dusseldorf.
The show’s organisers will also be touring the globe for the next six months to promote drupa 2020, with a focus on emerging economies. The tour will not be coming to many of the developed economies, with Australia and New Zealand not on the schedule as drupa is so well known here.
Entry tickets for drupa will as usual include all public transport – buses, trams and S-Bahn trains – within Dusseldorf and the surrounding region for the duration of the ticket. Tickets also include a free WiFi code for the Messe centre for the duration of the show. A three day ticket will cost €150 while five days is €240.
The drupa world tour kicks off in Mexico this week, and will entail visits to 27 countries. Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa said, “We are looking forward to exciting meetings with industry experts, journalists and representatives of local media partners, industry and trade associations.”
The show in June will have some 1800 exhibitors including 400 first timers, highlighting the evolving nature of print and the new opportunities that are emerging. The current booking level is above that of the 2016 show.
The organisers say that in the run-up to drupa 2020 four future trends are emerging. They will also be the focus of the world tour conferences:
- Press manufacturers are driving forward the networking of their processes and are making increasing use of the possibilities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Business models and cooperation between machine builders, customers and other industry players are undergoing rapid change, leading into the Platform Economy
- In today's world, customers are online around the clock. The print and media industry must adapt to the changing needs of Connected Customers
- Growing environmental awareness, stricter regulation and finite resources require the transition to a Circular Economy. The print and paper industry has long been developing appropriate solutions that will meet with a rapidly growing demand in the future.
High-ranking delegations, consisting of the CEOs of various printing press manufacturers and leading representatives of PrintPromotion and Messe Düsseldorf, will present the most important trends in printing and paper technology, present innovations in the graphics industry and packaging printing, and will inform about innovative applications in the field of industrial and functional printing, and they will shed light on the status of preparations for drupa 2020.
Dr Markus Heering, managing director of PrintPromotion and the VDMA's Printing and Paper Technology Association said, "Our aim is to arouse some fascination for the applications and possibilities of modern printing technologies in an increasingly networked world and to make experts want to visit drupa in Düsseldorf from 16 to 26 June 2020.”