Events & Exhibitions

Paperex 2015 concludes successfully!

– E-commerce to boost demand for paper packaging industry

The 12th edition of Paperex exhibition and conference - Paperex 2015, was successfully held from November 1 – 4, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It is the largest conference organised in Asia for pulp and paper technology. Paperex conference brings together a highly focused and expert group of technology suppliers, internationally acclaimed scientists, academicians, research organisations and high profile delegates, industry captains, well known management personalities into one forum to share their experience, expertise and also to seek solutions to achieve sustained growth of the Indian Paper Industry.

The show was divided into six major zones - Specialty Technology & Services, Specialty Paper & Printing Pavilion, Tissueex, IPPTA Networking Lounge, Federation of Paper Traders Association of India (FPTA) Networking Lounge and Paperex Industry Networking Village.

The four day concurrent international conference on “Pulp & Paper Industry: Innovations - Need of the Hour” was organised by Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association.

As per the consensus views of majority of exhibitors, e-commerce boom will help paper industry to enter new phase of growth. With the increasing number of internet users and rising middle class in the society with higher disposable income has boosted the demand for paper packaging products in the shipment industry. This seems like it will continue on spurring the growth for the same. The Indian e-commerce market will be sized to $ 228 billion in 2030, according to Goldman Sachs estimates. That’s still below the size of the market today in China ($328 billion) and the U.S. ($281 billion), but close to ten times as large as India’s market is today. Indian e-commerce startups received $2.6 billion in funding in the first nine months of 2015, compared to $3.1 billion in all of 2014.

Trade experts are hinting that the industry is entering new phase of growth and paper packaging business will give much needed support to the industry. Speaking on the success of Paperex Exhibition, Gagan Sahani, director ITE India said that there were total 500 exhibitors from over 33 countries, including group participation from China, Finland, Taiwan, France and Germany. Most of the exhibitors are optimistic that the Indian paper industry is resorting to farm forestry for meeting its wood requirement; however, due to the long gestation period, the paper industry in India is yet to receive its full benefits. Thus, non wood based raw materials are increasingly becoming more popular in the paper industry in India. Having mapped with paper mill water use, companies are working to develop site specific plans at priority facilities that address additional efficiencies around water reuse and potential reduction. India’s consumption for paper will go up substantially in the medium term despite the digital creating a lot of buzz. Right now, per capita consumption of paper in the country is 9.8 kilograms as compared to 350 kilograms in the US, while global average is 58 kilograms.

The world’s largest paper exhibition organised by ITE India’s along with 12 trade bodies, has got tremendous response from both trade and general visitors. Paperex has confirmed that it is a reliable and tested platform to all connected with paper industry including, SME exporters, entrepreneurs and investors. Over 15,000 trade visitors attended the exhibition and learn about more technologies and positive eco-system.

Line O Matic @ Paperex 2015

Line O Matic marked its presence at Paperex with catalogues show with video presentation on their range of exercise notebook making machines and paper converting machinery.

The company has launched cut size sheeter (photo copy paper machine) model - CSS 100 with flying knife synchro cutting system, very heavy duty high capacity reel stand having robust construction with motorised track and trolley system for automatic reel loading and with upgraded double ream wrapping line including image printing having capacity of 100 ton production per day.

Now Line O Matic is having 4 models in cut size sheeter that is CSS 20, CSS 40, CSS 60 and CSS 100 with production capacity of 20 tones to 100 tones respectively.

Apart from cut size sheeter, Line O Matic fully automatic exercise book machine model – BOLT RB104 that can make staple pin type exercise notebook received staggering response from the market from its inception.

Overall exhibition was wonderful and company has received good number of inquiries.

It was also a good platform for the company to meet existing customers.

Beijing International Book Fair: a resounding success!

Held from August 26-30, 2015, Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) was a meeting ground for publishers from China and 82 different countries and regions around the world. The show was abuzz with activities on all five days and Print on Demand was one of the hot topics at the show. Here, Varsha Verma, associate editor, Print & Publishing brings a report. The 22nd Beijing International Book Fair was successfully held from August 26-30, 2015 at the China International Exhibition Centre (New Venue).

The statistics…

Spread over an exhibition area of 66,000 sq m, with 2,400 stands, featuring 2,302 publishing houses from not only the mainland China, but also from 82 different countries and regions. Approximately 3,00,000 titles were on display. Over 1,000 cultural events and seminars were held, which attracted more than 2,60,000 visitors to the fair. The rights deals signed at the fair numbered to 4,721, an 8.6 percent increase from last year.

Guest of honour country…

The United Arab Emirates was the country of honour this year, with an exhibition area of 1,000 sq m. The UAE invited its cultural institutions, publishers, and writers to attend the Fair, and held activities to enhance communication amongst publishing industry and writers. These included UAE culture, art and heritage photo gallery, film screening, henna hand art, Arabic calligraphy, crafts, etc.

Major highlights…

This year BIBF, for the first time, facilitated the Hall of International Children’s Publications (over 14,000 sq m) for children’s publishers from home and abroad. Besides, the Rights Trade Zone, the 1,500 sq m BIBF Picture Book Exhibition and the Illustration Exhibition were set in this hall. The new hall attracted over 40,000 children and parents during public days.

This year, BIBF continued to organise brand activities such as 2015 Beijing International Publishing Forum, BIBF Advanced Seminar on International Rights Trade, CLT-ELT Seminar, BIBF 10+10 Roundtable Meetings, and IDPF@BIBF International Digital Publishing Forum. Moreover, BIBF launched the first International Children’s Publishing Forum, Rights Managers’ Salon and the International Translation Grant Presentation. These activities contributed to enhancing communications between publishers from home and abroad.

9th Special Book Award of China

The 9th Special Book Awards of China was held at the Great Hall of People, Beijing. Established in 2005, it is a national-level award for foreign books that make great contributions introducing China and promoting Chinese culture and publications – it is awarded to foreign nationals, and Chinese nationals of foreign descent, working as authors, translators and publishers.

BIBF literature activities…

The show brought together a galaxy of writers, translators and artists from various countries and offered a reading retreat for literature fans. Over 50 renowned authors from China, Britain, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, etc participated in a series of activities like 2015 BIBF Literature Night, Introduction to New Books and Close to Reading. The activities were held in Writers Zone and offsite venues like One Way Space, Kubrick and Courtyard Institute and TrainspottingCulture Salon.

Print on Demand

At the show, there were a few companies showcasing their POD facilities. One such exhibitor was Xerox. According to Arie Levi, general manager, Xerox Impika Inkjet Solutions, Asia Pacific, Xerox started their operations in China in late 2014. “Many big publishers, with encouragement of Chinese government, have now begun to save cost (waste) and the market is now on a stage of looking at saving cost on printed material. We are in the process of getting an order for Xerox Impika soon,” he said.

CAPEXIL takes Indian contingent @ BIBF 2015

Book Division of CAPEXIL took a contingent of Indian printers and publishers at BIBF 2015. The CAPEXIL and NBT India stand was inaugurated by Vinod K Jacob, Counselor (Political), Embassy of India, Beijing. Siddharth Malik, second secretary, Embassy of India, Chaoyang District was also present on the occasion.

Since Ramesh K. Mittal, chairman, Book Publications & Printing Panel, CAPEXIL could not attend the fair due to immense work pressure, PG Bandhu, a veteran from the book trade, was entrusted the responsibility to lead the delegation of Indian printers and publishers.

Sunil Kumar, Executive Officer, CAPEXIL remarked, “CAPEXIL has taken this initiative for the first time at BIBF. We have brought 13 publishers who are looking for business opportunities. Mostly the response is good for the printers and publishers as BIBF is a good fair to be. A round table discussion has also been organized between Indian publishers, writers and Chinese writers and publishers at the Embassy of India.” Besides, CAPEXIL also facilitated and encouraged Indian trade visitors to the show.

The publishers to the show included CBS Publishers & Distributors, DS Publishers India, Future Books, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Pvt Ltd, Macaw Books, National Book Trust, India, Om Book International, Quixot Multimedia, Shivsagar Publishing, Sterling Pixels and Tara Books. Other exhibitors included RP Printers and National Handicraft Exports.

Preps on for ‘guest of honour country’ China @ NDWBF ‘16

China will be the guest of honour country at NDWBF 2016. Here, Wang Yuyan and Xiao Guanglu from Events and Media Department of China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) unfolds their plans for their participation, in conversation with Varsha Verma.

For the first time, China would be the guest of honour country at New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF). “We would not only focus on publishing but will have a plethora of other activities as well. “We will bring renowned Chinese authors to the show and will also arrange a picture exhibition,“ told Wang Yuyan and Xiao Guanglu at the beginning of the conversation.

On asking about the size of Chinese delegation to the fair, Wang Yuyan, director, Events and Media Department of CNPIEC, replied that we expect it to be a delegation of more than150 authors and publishers.

They are also collecting a book list, which may be over 5,000 titles for the show. “This will include titles on literature, history, tourism, picture books, Chinese culture, education, STM and digital,” Wang shared. “We hope Indian publishers would be interested in buying rights of such books,”added Xiao Guanglu, deputy director, Events and Media Department of CNPIEC.

Talking about the cultural events to be organised during the fair, Xiao informed that they will organise a great exhibition on China-India cultural contacts to unfold the friendship through the ages between the two countries. “There will be a tea show as well,” added Xiao.

Further talking about the two countries, Xiao remarked, “India and China are two important countries for global economy. We know about each other in different industries but publishing can bring together the cultures of these two countries.”

“We have a general impression that India publishing market share is increasing in educational and children publishing. While, in China, digital publishing is increasing at a rapid pace of 20 percent per annum, though we cannot compare it to the US. These e-books are more attractive to younger generation,” Xiao added.

Replying to a query on the kind of books Chinese publishers would be interested from India, Xiao replied, “We are looking for titles on current economy in India and the educational system. Also, India is strong in STM and literature, so these would obviously be on the top list.”

Quality business opportunities unpacked at PACK PRINT International 2015

Power-packed with conferences, seminars, one-stop packaging and printing consultations and presence of a horde of 14,615 visitors from 50 countries, PACK PRINT International 2015 held from August 26-29 at BITEC in Bangkok hovered quality business opportunities, reports PRINT & PUBLISHING editor SK Khurana. The 5th International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia (PACK PRINT International 2015) marked a successful showcase of products and technologies from 300 leading exhibitors from 20 countries. The specialist trade fair was represented by a broad mix of latest developments for printing and packaging supply chain. As strings of printers and machines covering broadly all areas were on display, visitors to the expo were thrilled to get hands-on experience of the latest in printing and packaging.

Collaboratively organised by The Thai Packaging Association, The Thai Printing Association and Messe Düsseldorf Asia, general sentiments on the success of the expo were reflected in the strong levels of exhibitor and buyer satisfaction. Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Düsseldorf Asia said, “We’re very heartened by the success of the exhibition, also in light of the recent safety and security concerns in Bangkok. On closing, we registered strong visitor numbers and significant sales transacted on the show floor – both of which validated the ‘pull’ factor of this world-class exhibition.”

Successful business network

The expo was propounded to be a common ground to numerous business transactions with leading companies, such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Konica Minolta, Takano Machinery, Heidelberg Graphics, Wanjin, Sansin, Superior Inkjet, among many others, reporting successful sales of their machines. For the first-timer like Wanjin, a specialist in print finishing solutions, they sold two machines by on the first day of the exhibition.

According to Korarit Jindatanon, PSB product marketing manager, Fuji Xerox (Thailand), they chose the expo as launch pad to introduce their Colour 1000i Press in Thailand as they were quite confident of quality regional audience the exhibition would draw. Similarly, for regular exhibitor HP, which had the largest digital printing booth at the expo this year, they highlighted their extensive fleet of game changers, specifically HP Latex printers and HP Indigo digital presses. Daniel Leong, business development manager, HP (Singapore) said, “The objective of our participation at PACK PRINT International was to showcase the latest Latex and Indigo technologies and others to the Thai market.” He added that the show was amazing as they had lots of visitors jamming around their booth with sales enquiries and leads.

Big industry player like Heidelberg Graphics, which announced its strategic partnership with Masterwork Machinery (MK), one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of die cutters, also secured several business transactions during the exhibition, including one to a new buyer – further paving the way for the company’s expansion plans into the Thai and regional market.

Consultancy Clinics

Geared up primarily to provide consultancy advice and business matching recommendations to packaging and printing companies, the two one-stop consultancy clinics organised by The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association received warm response from local and international companies alike. Chaivudhi Pungthong, president, The Thai Packaging Association, said the Packaging Clinic saw more than hundred companies comprising international firms, particularly suppliers from India, China and Latin America enquiring and sourcing for new packaging designs and materials.

Serving the needs of the market, the Printing Clinic received positive response and great interest from Indian and Chinese publishing companies looking for association with printing houses in Thailand. Pimnara Jiranithitnon, president, The Thai Printing Association, said, “Each segment has been represented at the clinic, with consultants from offset to digital printers offering advice and links to relevant local Thai printers. We are confident these engagements will spin off to greater trade prospects.”

Diverse trade visitors

All four days of the expo welcomed a diverse profiles of trade visitors from different industrial or market segments, such as printing and packaging domains, and others including vocational students from printing and design institutes/faculties as well as corporate groups, visiting delegations and industry associations from India, Vietnam, Philippines and Mauritius, for the first time this year. Preliminary statistics indicated that majority of the overseas visitors came from India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam.

Mentioned by Allan Driver, president of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (Mauritius), PACK PRINT International 2015 successfully showcased new printing technologies and was a great platform to explore possibilities for joint ventures and partnerships with Thailand and regional companies. The 21-group delegation representing printing and packaging SMEs in Mauritius were impressed by the expo’s line up, including the breadth of machinery and technology on display and how it suitably mirrored the leading global trade fairs like drupa and Interpack in Düsseldorf, though on a more regional context.

Enhanced next edition

“As an exhibition for the industry by the industry, PACK PRINT International is a platform dedicated to driving the industry forward in the region, and together with our partners, we are committed to developing the exhibition further through research and strategic partnerships, and to build upon the success of activities such as the one-stop consultancy packaging and printing clinics,” said Gernot Ringling adding that they as organisers look forward to an enhanced next edition of PACK PRINT International.

The next edition of PACK PRINT International will take place from September 20-23, 2017 at the same venue.

Seminars on perfect packaging

Stefan Glimm, executive director, Alufoil hosted a seminar on ‘Packaging Design Innovation and Technology’ in which he ticked some innovative packaging methods and technologies to save wastage while unpacking any packaged food item and the like. Picking up the example of Indian consumers who constantly lose net content of packaged pasteurised milks during pouring process, Stefan urged to develop correct and intelligent packaging processes to reduce the significant waste.Sector-specific seminars and conferences complemented the expo, attracting overwhelming response from participants. Crowd pullers were particularly the Food and Beverage Packaging Conference, organised by Food Focus Thailand and Kasetsart University and the Packaging Design Innovation and Technology Conference organised by The Thai Packaging Association and the European Aluminium Foil Association and Flexible Packaging Europe, which was held in conjunction with the Thai Pack Awards ceremony that saw leading Thai companies with their innovative product packaging being recognised for setting industry standards.

Dedicated pavilion for local printers

One-of-its-kind ever found in any printing expo, Thai Printing Association presented a unique and separate dedicated pavilion designed only for exhibitors who are local printers. The locally produced outputs and activities being put on display at the pavilion impressed more than a hundred of overseas visitors who showed keen interest in the exhibits.

Global traveller S VENKATARAMAN

Veteran industry stalwart S Venkataraman has his reasons of travelling the world over. He travels around neither for holidaying nor sightseeing but to attend printing expos, wherever it is, in any part of the globe to gain knowledge and pass it on to industry fellows. Recent PACK PRINT International 2015 in Bangkok was where Print & Publishing editor SK Khurana met him to chat over his life and works.

A dweller of three metropolitans, S Venkataraman was born on December 02, 1948 in Mumbai where he spent eleven years of his childhood before moving to New Delhi with his father who worked as engineer with a French company in the capital city. After schooling at DTEA School (Mandir Marg), Venkataraman graduated in English (H) from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of Delhi University in 1972 and he further pursued a six-month course on PSS (Professional Selling Skills) in Chennai.

His exploration of different cityscapes in varied time periods has transformed him into a man of multilingual personality who knows six languages—Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Hindi and English. He can read, write and speak five of them fluently, except Malayalam that he falls short in writing. Venkataraman loves to be involved in humanitarian activities too; to point out an example: he has donated blood 20 times.

The first fulltime job of Venkataraman at Dynamic Engineering in Chennai had no connection to the printing industry. In 1978, he left the company that engaged in selling DIY (Do It Yourself) educational kits for school children. Soon after that, he joined Mototype India, a UK company, as a sales executive where he worked until 1984. Overall activities of the company revolved around selling of mono casters, plate making equipments, arc lamps, vertical cameras, printed circuit board (PCB) etching machines, perfect binders and others as it was a transition time of ushering in new innovations and phasing out mono-casters.

As his journey continued, Venkataraman worked with MSL Graphics in Chennai from 1984 to 1996. The company later changed its name from MSL Graphics to EAC Graphics and became quite popular in the market catering compugraphic photo typesetting machines and others like Muller Martini, Heidelberg, etc. He then worked for a couple of years at Monotype India until the company’s closure in 1998 following its acquisition by Jalan Group.

Venkataraman ventured into a brief partnership firm called Vignesh Associates with partner V Ganesh, selling Autoprint machines, Heidelberg spare parts, spray powder from Nikka (Japan) and PCS blades, before taking his final lap at Monoprint Equipment & Spares where he was involved from 2000 to 2013, dealing in various equipments and spares. Today, Venkataraman is fully retired from job; but his determination is still stuck to travelling and attending print expos around. As a life member of the Printing Technologists Forum (PTF), Chennai, he currently lives in the city with his mother and wife who is a state rank holder in MSc chemistry and now learning Sanskrit.

Best of printing and packaging at Pack Print International 2015

Returning to Thailand for its 5th edition, Pack Print International – driven by world’s leading trade shows in their sectors – drupa and interpack, and jointly organized by The Thai Packaging Association, The Thai Printing Association and Messe Düsseldorf Asia, will be the one-stop platform for industry players to experience and learn the latest technology and developments in the packaging and printing sectors. The 4-day exhibition will be open to trade visitors from August 26-29, 2015 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand

Featuring an impressive line-up, a myriad of industry-specific, innovative products and solutions offered by leading exhibiting companies, as well as knowledge sharing by industry experts at the trade fair’s many seminars and workshops and complimentary pre-event business matching service have been intricately planned out to match the business needs and demands of some 20,000 quality visitors expected to visit Pack Print International 2015. The exhibition’s opportune staging is further endorsed by the participation of leading brands, such as Heidelberg Graphics, Konica Minolta, VT Graphic, Ricoh, Hewlett-Packard, Ferrostaal, Fuji Xerox, Fujifilm, Cyber SM, Nationwide, Riso, Duplo, Koenig & Bauer, and many more.

State-of-the-art printing and packaging technology and solutions

According to Transparency Market Research, the global paper packaging market is estimated to reach US$344.43 billion by 2019, a significant jump from US$254.8 billion in 2012. The global market is expected to grow at 4.4 percent CAGR through 2019. These plus the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the printing and packaging industries in Southeast Asia are set for robust growth.

Known for its technology in new class document solutions, Fuji Xerox will be introducing the industry’s first production printer featuring both Gold and Silver Dry Inks at Pack Print International 2015. Targeted at the high-end professional printing market, the new Gold and Silver Dry Inks — developed by applying the company’s Emulsion Aggregation (EA) technology— are ellipsoid-shaped inks with flat reflective pigments completely covered by toner particles, thereby achieving a metallic appearance. Color 1000i Press will make its inaugural showing at Pack Print International 2015 and will be available in Thailand thereafter.

Heidelberg Graphics, following its strategic partnership with Masterwork Machinery Co., Ltd. (MK) – the largest Chinese manufacturer of die cutters, are bringing things up a notch with its latest offering of high-quality Postpress machinery, including the Promatrix 106 CS die-cutter, a 8,000sph die-cutter and embosser, aimed at short to medium-run folding carton production that will be on display at the show. The alliance will further pave the way for Heidelberg’s expansion plans in the international market.

Other leading brands that will showcase their best in machinery at the show 2015 include: Bobst – prominent supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries, Duplo, whom will exhibit its complete range of digital print finishing solutions and effective office products such as its newest solutions – the DC-616, DC-646 Automatic Slitter and stacking machine DM-230C + DM-SE. Duco International, the official representative in Thailand for Maxcess International USA, will unveil its web solutions in flexible packaging, printing, label, paper and metal industries and lastly, PMC Label Materials will put on show its line of pressure-sensitive adhesive labels and non-adhesive papers and films that are suitable for bar-code labelling systems, product identification and other applications used by label converters and consumer product package designers and manufacturers.

Technical as well as creative

At Pack Print International 2015, visitors from the printing and packaging arenas can look forward to a broad yet relevant display of cutting-edge machinery, equipment, technology and solutions serving the entire packaging and printing supply chain across the nearly 15,000 square metres (sqm) of show space: prepress and premedia; printing machinery, appliances and accessories; Book binding and print finishing; paper converting including packaging production; packaging machines, equipment, accessories and appliances; packaging materials, means and aids; and services for the packaging and printing industries

A series of forums, seminars and workshops on recent developments and highlights in the areas of packaging and printing will be organized to complement this world-class exhibition. Topics include food packaging, labels printing, corrugated packaging, packaging design innovation, European packaging design approaches, highlights of Red Dot Design Award Winners, Aluminium and flexible packaging, as well as business opportunities in the new free-trade ASEAN Economic Community.

Concurrent Event

Co-locating with PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2015 is T-PLAS 2015 – International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries. Strategically positioned in Southeast Asia’s largest plastics processing industry, T-PLAS enhances its regional focus and provides an international outlook of the abundant strategic opportunities available for participating companies to springboard into the regional plastics and rubber markets.

PAMEX 2015 returns to Mumbai!

DIP@DRUPA 2016: Future vision demonstrated in six theme parks

Once again the drupa innovation park 2016 (dip) will be the focal point for the industry’s latest inspiring and creative developments. The six theme parks will display current trends and topics along with business cases associated with process-oriented print and publishing solutions. drupa is all set to open its doors from May 31 to June 10, 2016. Visitors to the drupa innovation park (dip) will find trend-setting innovations, solutions and business cases in one centrally and clearly laid-out platform. They can enjoy opportunities from dip trademarks like the integrated communication concept on the presentation stage and in the “dip energy lounge”. As an orientation forum and community meeting point, these areas will help promote interactive dialogue between everyone involved. Covering an area of more than 3,000 square meters, once again the drupa innovation park can be found in Hall 7.0.

Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa, explains the intention behind dip 2016, “The dip is a fantastic way for young companies and startups as well as global players with forward looking solutions and applications to present themselves. Since its first appearance at drupa 2004, the ‘dip’ has made a name for itself in the industry as a pioneering technology and solution platform for the international print and media industry and we are building on this success.” Geldermann continues, “In line with the strategic restructuring of drupa 2016 and its focus on highlight topics, the drupa innovation park, with its six themed areas, will provide an opportunity for visitors to acquire insights into the technologies of the future. We believe this opportunity will give our industry an indispensable tool to support strategic business decisions.”

DIP 2016 will be split into the following six theme parks:

  1. Sabine GeldermannMultichannel publishing & marketing solutions: This area covers topics such as management of cross-media content/ assets, web & app publishing, database publishing and marketing and brand management solutions. Also potential applications and trends such as augmented reality, NFC applications or customised mass production.
  2. Web-to-media & e-commerce: This area focuses on solutions for web-topublish or web-to-print, E-commerce & shop platforms, cloud publishing and web editors for design/print and HTML 5.
  3. Process optimization & automation: Visitors to this area can expect to find solutions and innovation on the following topics: management information systems, enterprise resource planning, print automation with JDF/JMF, workflow management from pre-press to finishing, process and quality control systems, industrial robots and automation technologies
  4. Added value in print: The focus here is on finishing, further development and the advanced added-value of print products, including innovative substrates, new finishing methods, packaging, labelling printing & displays, green printing and secure printing
  5. Innovations in printing technologies: Modern printing and process technologies will be presented in this theme park and visitors will find applications for functional printing, printed electronics, 3D printing, solutions for prototyping, visualisation & workflow.
  6. Business models: Alongside technological changes, new business concepts and models have an ever more important role to play. These and strategic cooperation and marketing platforms, finance concepts and franchising and licence models are the subject of this innovation park.

In 2016 an international team of experts will again be responsible for designing and communicating the drupa innovation park. “The dip is a platform for all visitors to drupa 2016, sharing knowledge and providing an insight into future communication developments in the print and media industry,” says Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Peter Sommer, senior vice president of the Elanders Group, adds, “drupa has always been synonymous with technical innovations. But what has been lacking is implementation in successful business models, especially in relation to competition in the online and mobile segments. The drupa innovation park is a beacon in this respect and does what the name suggests. Ideally, it will turn the drupa slogan 'Touch the future' into reality.”

Messe Düsseldorf has once again authorised the marketing, communications & events agency Winter Consulting with realising and coordinating the drupa innovation park. For more than 14 years, Winter Consulting has been designing and implementing exhibition concepts for innovative trade fairs and conferences. Owner Sandra Winter has been actively involved in marketing, communication and sales in the IT, print and media industry since 1992 and oversaw 2004, 2008 and 2012.

After 2016, drupa will switch to a three-year cycle

-running in May of 2019, 2022 and 2025

drupa, the world's leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, will switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from May 31 to June 10, 2016. This decision was taken by the drupa committee in Düsseldorf. “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,” explains Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the drupa advisory board and president 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.”

One positive side-effect of this change is that drupa will no longer run in 2020, the same year as Interpack, the world's most important trade fair for the packaging industry and the closely related process industry. "The drupa exhibitors who specialise in packaging printing would have found 2020 an incredibly stressful year so the change will clearly benefit customers," emphasises Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president & CEO Messe Düsseldorf.

The precise dates haven't yet been finalised, but it's clear that drupa will take place in the traditional drupa month of May in 2019, 2022 and 2025 in Düsseldorf.

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