Manroland Sheetfed withdraws from drupa 2021

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On 14 July 2020, Germany based offset press manufacturer Manroland Sheetfed, owned by British company Langley Holdings, announced that it is pulling out of drupa 2021, the printing industry’s iconic exhibition. Drupa is usually held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic was postponed to 20 to 30 April 2021. However, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world with lives and livelihoods, an increasing number of significant drupa exhibitors are re-looking at their participation. Earlier, Bobst, Xerox, and Heidelberg announced their withdrawal from drupa 2021. So far, Koenig & Bauer is the only major participant that has reconfirmed its drupa 2021 presence.

“Exhibiting at drupa, or any other trade fair for that matter, makes absolutely no sense during the current Covid-19 pandemic,” Group managing director Rafael Peñuela-Torres saidManroland Sheetfed production line running at full capacity
“Exhibiting at drupa, or any other trade fair for that matter, makes absolutely no sense during the current Covid-19 pandemic,” — Group managing director of Manroland Sheetfed, Rafael Peñuela-Torres

“Exhibiting at drupa, or any other trade fair for that matter, makes absolutely no sense during the current Covid-19 pandemic,” Group managing director Rafael Peñuela-Torres said. He added, “It is regrettable, as we would have been exhibiting with live demonstrations of both our recently launched Roland 900 Evolution press and the new Roland 700 Evolution Elite. Unfortunately, it is just not practicable in the current circumstances. Instead, we will be holding a series of live webinars in the fall.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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