Exhibitor registrations now open for drupa 2024

The deadline for registrations is 31 October 2022

Exhibitor registrations are open for drupa 2024 till 31 October 2022
Exhibitor registrations are open for drupa 2024 till 31 October 2022

In 2024 the International print and packaging industries will again meet at drupa, the world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies. Exhibitors can now register online at www.drupa.com to present their innovations in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 28 May to 7 June 2024. The deadline for registrations is 31 October 2022.

“drupa is the global meeting place for the industry and stands for innovations and trends,” emphasizes Erhard Wienkamp, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf. “Here, we will see what impact the mega trends sustainability and digitalization will have on processes, products, business models, and the future of a constantly evolving industry.”

drupa will focus on the future technologies

drupa will showcase cutting-edge technologies along the industry’s entire value chain, focusing on future and cross-industry technologies. Against this background, topics such as circular economy, automation, print/finishing 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, the platform economy, and connectivity will play a central role in the conference agenda and special forums.

New key visual and new claim

drupa 2024 presents itself with a new, dynamic look and feel for the start of exhibitor applications. “The new motion design of our key visual combines classic graphic design with state-of-the-art digital technology and is synonymous with dynamism, motion, and especially with water as the most important resource on our planet,” explains Sabine Geldermann, director Print Technologies Messe Düsseldorf. 

“It also visualizes the top themes of digitalization and sustainability, which drive the print & packaging industries, confront them with new challenges, and offer excellent opportunities. International faces represent the target group of drupa, which is looking forward to networking in a fascinating atmosphere characterized by diversity. Organic structures stand for aesthetics, design, and the beauty of nature. The new claim ‘we create the future’ underscores the clear commitment of the community to jointly and proactively participate in the continuous development and design of the sector. And it represents thought leaders as well as high-quality knowledge transfer.”

New exhibitor brochure sustainably produced

drupa is equally committed to sustainability, which is also successfully reflected in the new exhibitor brochure. This brochure was produced in a sustainable and climate-neutral way using state-of-the-art technology and environment-friendly resources. The digital version can now be downloaded from the website.

Forums for interaction and dialogue

At drupa 2024, there will once again be a high-caliber lecture program by top international speakers offering valuable knowledge to stay competitive. At the drupa cube and various touchpoints focusing on the segments Packaging, Textile, and Sustainability, participants will gain detailed insights into relevant topics and impulses for growth potential and the further development of their business models. Start-ups will be hosted at ‘dna – drupa next age’ using this opportunity to showcase their innovative services and ideas to a highly international and interested audience.  

Outlook on events in the industry

Numerous International trade shows will also be held in 2022 as part of drupa’s global portfolio – Printpack Alger in Algiers (16 – 18 May), Print & Digital Convention (22 – 23 June), Indoprint in Jakarta (31 August – 3 September), PackPrintPlas Philippines in Manila (6 – 8 October), All in Print in Shanghai (11 – 15 October) as well as PackPrint International and Corrutec Asia in Bangkok (19 – 22 October). 

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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