drupa, the world's largest exhibition focused on the printing industry, plans to switch to a 3-year cycle after the 2016 show taking place from May 31 to June 10. Traditionally, the event based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has run every four years.
“The entire print process chain has changed radically because of the Internet and digital technologies. New applications and solutions are developing and opening up new fields of business. At the same time, there is more focus on innovative technologies, such as 3D printing, printed electronics and functional printing,” stated Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa Advisory Board and President of Koenig & Bauer Group. “It’s more important than ever before that our customers have an overview of the latest technology and are also inspired to use new business models and solutions. drupa is the only specialist trade fair in the world to offer this – and will do so every three years in the future.”
Show organizers point to a positive side-effect of moving to a 3-year cycle in that drupa will no longer take place in 2020, the same year as interpack, one of the world’s largest trade fairs for the packaging industry. “For the drupa exhibitors who specialize in packaging printing, 2020 would have been an incredibly stressful year so the change will clearly benefit customers,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.
The exact dates have not yet been finalized, but future drupa exhbitions will take place in the traditional drupa month of May in 2019, 2022 and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.