Komori quits drupa 2021

Fifth major exhibitor quits drupa 2021

The Komori stand at drupa 2016 Photo Komori
The Komori stand at drupa 2016 Photo Komori

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.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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