Kodak quits drupa 2021

Eastman Kodak Company has become the latest manufacturer to pull out of drupa 2021 as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic continue.

Kodak’s executive chairman Jim Continenza said, “Kodak’s commitment to the safety of our employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount. The continued concerns and impacts of the pandemic make it difficult for us to commit resources for such an event in these uncertain times.

“Kodak will continue to invest in the print industry, doubling down on digital print and delivering the products our customers need to drive productivity and growth as the industry evolves.”

The decision follows a number of suppliers who have withdrawn from drupa in recent times as health concerns related to the pandemic continue to loom large for many.

Fujifilm also withdrew its participation from the drupa megashow and the interpack tradeshow, which are both scheduled to take place in Messe Düsseldorf, Germany between 20-28 April 2021 and 25 February-3 March 2021 respectively.

Screen Graphic Solutions has also announced that it won’t be participating in the upcoming drupa international printing and media trade show.

In July, Manroland Sheetfed and Komori Corporation both pulled out of drupa amidst fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the likes of Heidelberg and Bobst, which have ceased their participation at the exhibition.

On the other hand, Kurz and VDMA as well as Windmöller & Hölscher have reaffirmed their commitment to drupa.

Drupa has since extended its digital offering with the upcoming launch of a new online portal that aims to increase communication around the tradeshow.




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