Due to the ongoing pandemic as well as national and international lockdown measures and associated travel restrictions following a third wave of COVID-19 in Europe, the Print & Digital Convention has been postponed.
Organisers of the show, Messe Düsseldorf and Fachverband Medienproduktion (f:mp.) said the congress and trade fair originally planned for June will now be moved to 20 and 21 October 2021.
The organisers said they are counting on better general conditions in autumn and an extended planning horizon for participants.
Messe Düsseldorf director of print technologies Sabine Geldermann said, “Even if virtual formats are the measure of all things in these times, our customers recognise, based on the experience of the last twelve months, that face-to-face events are indispensable, especially when it comes to the haptic experience of technologies and their applications.
“That is why we are confidently looking ahead to October 2021.”
f:mp managing director Rüdiger Maaß said the move provides visitors and exhibitors safety during the time of the pandemic.
“We have a responsibility to the health of our visitors and exhibitors. Against the background of the current Corona pandemic and continuing restrictions, it is unfortunately not guaranteed that we will be able to hold the Print & Digital Convention at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre in June,” Maaß said.
“Our exhibitors’ confidence in our decision is documented by the fact that 95 per cent of the exhibitors who have already booked will also be present in October. We see the congress as a platform for interaction focusing on selected highlight projects and knowledge transfer while placing a strong emphasis on interactive experiences. We therefore consider it important to hold it as a face-to-face event as soon as the framework conditions permit.”
The Print & Digital Convention aims to focus on the presentation of innovative technologies in projects that not only showcase individual machines or tools, but also demonstrate overall solutions oriented on practical requirements.
In addition to exhibits and intensive expert advice at the exhibitor stands, visitors to the event can expect an extensive programme of lectures on all relevant aspects of corporate communication and print and digital technologies.
“In this way, as an established annual event in the industry, the congress and trade fair – together with virtual offerings such as virtual.drupa and drupa’s global Print Technologies trade fair portfolio – bridges the time window until the next drupa in 2024 and offers an important platform for knowledge transfer, exchange and networking,” the organisers said.
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