DuPont Image Solutions joins drexit

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DuPont Image Solutions joins drexit (Image: drupa.com)

DuPont Image Solutions has canceled its participation in drupa 2021. The continuing uncertainty of the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced DuPont Image Solutions to withdraw from drupa 2021.

DuPont Electronics & Imaging is a global supplier of materials and technologies serving the semiconductor, advanced chip packaging, circuit board, electronic and industrial finishing, display, and digital and flexographic printing industries. Their ingredients and solutions help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, health and wellness, food and worker safety.

DuPont prioritizes safety above all else, and the care and protection of its employees, partners and colleagues is its primary concern during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drupa has been and will continue to be a key printing industry event at which DuPont Image Solutions has historically been an active supporter and enthusiastic participant. In light of the continuing threat posed by Covid-19, DuPont Image Solutions plans to find creative new ways to connect virtually and responsibly in order to advance its relationships and share technical innovations found throughout DuPont Cyrel and DuPont Artistri product lines.

DuPont joins drexit

According to our earlier article on drexit by Naresh Khanna, DuPont joins a long list of withdrawals from drupa 2021. To again recite the list of withdrawals, it was Bobst and Xerox who were the first to quit the event. Next came Heidelberg and Manroland Sheetfed, followed by Komori. Then it was Screen in the first week of September, Fujifilm on 14 September, Kodak in the third week of September, and HP, the Post Press Alliance at the end of September, and EFI on the last day of September. Canon and Ricoh just exited from the event in the first week of October.

The remainers

There are the hardcore drupa remainers too. Among the top twenty remaining exhibitors are Koenig & Bauer, Kurz, Landa, and Windmöller & Hölscher. One expects more exhibitors to withdraw and further fragmentation of the ecosphere of knowledge and technology sharing. As Gareth Ward of Print Business in the UK has written, “A host of other smaller companies would be giving serious consideration to withdrawing from the event if it did not mean losing a deposit of several thousands of Euros, which many cannot afford to do.”

The organizers had declared that drupa 2021 will be a hybrid physical and digital event, and the most recent withdrawals strengthen the digital and virtual outlook. Starting in October 2020, drupa will be making an online portal available to exhibitors and visitors.

The new digital platform called the drupa preview will open on 27 October 2020 at 10:00 am (Central European time). A panel discussion with Sabine Geldermann, project director Print Technologies, Dr Markus Heering, managing director of the German VDMA, and Dr Christian Plenge, executive director Digital at Messe Düsseldorf, will present the new platform and address the current situation in the industry. Afterward, companies and speakers will present essential topics in live web sessions.

The digital format ‘drupa preview’ will provide a preview of the next live drupa event with its three virtual areas – Exhibition Space, Conference Area, and Networking Plaza. Exhibitors will present their companies and products, speakers will give insights into the drupa agenda setting, and visitors and exhibitors will interact and network. With this new digital offering, drupa will provide the industry with continuous exchange and knowledge transfer.

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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