On 15 July 2020, Komori Corporation, through its president and CEO, Satoshi Mochida, announced its decision to cancel its participation in the drupa 2021 exhibition. Initially planned for June 2020, the drupa in Dusseldorf was postponed to 20 to 30 April 2021, due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Komori is the fifth major exhibitor to call off its drupa participation, the others being Bobst, Xerox, Heidelberg, and Manroland Sheetfed.
Komori’s press release says, “The comprehensive decision to suspend the exhibit is made in response to the continued raging of the novel coronavirus infectious disease and its serious impact on the economy of both the developed and emerging countries.” The company says it is taking into consideration the potential risks of a second or third surge of the pandemic and putting the highest priority in securing the health and safety of our global customers and our employees.
Komori plans to launch an array of new products and services in the days to come through open house events and active participation in regional exhibitions. Further information will also be released utilizing various media such as corporate websites, data, and video distribution services using emails or SNS, online demonstrations, and webinars.
The press release adds, “The pace of social and industrial structure change has accelerated rapidly in 2020, transforming the printing industry’s operating climate. Aiming to become a company that inspires customer Kando, ‘Beyond expectations,’ Komori always puts customers first. We will always listen to our customers, develop and deliver innovative technologies and services essential for printing companies worldwide to adapt to such climate changes.”