Symbiosis of IT, iron and steel: drupa 2004

As global players and small, innovative companies take the floor, the complete global range of products and services for prepress, print, paper converting, book binding and packaging production can be surveyed at Düsseldorf.

“The international profile of offerings is matched by that of demand”, comments Werner Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, encapsulating drupa’s status. “We expect some 370,000 visitors from around the world, intent on gaining a comprehensive overview at the world’s No. 1 fair for the print and media industry”.

drupa brings together IT, iron & steel to form a symbiosis – impressive presses and converting machinery are as much a feature of the 17 exhibition halls as computer workstations. To help the visitors find their bearings, the exhibitors will be grouped under the following product and/or thematic categories:

* Halls 1 and 2 will house the full product spread from prepress to converting as laid out by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and its cooperation partners.

* For the second time, Hall 6 will be home to PrintCity, a strategic alliance of graphic arts’ suppliers, spearheaded by initiators MAN Roland and Agfa Gevaert.

* Halls 15 and 16 will be notable for printing machinery manufacturers Koenig & Bauer, Komori, Mitsubishi and Cerutti.

* Halls 3 to 9, 13 and 16 will revolve primarily around technology dedicated to the prepress and premedia stages, as well as other digital technologies. Exhibitors showcased here will include Dainippon Screen, Esko Graphics, Hewlett Packard and Kodak Polychrome.

* In Halls 3, 4, 6, 7, 13 and 15 to 17 the spotlight will be on machinery, equipment and accessories for printing. Aside from previously mentioned exhibitors, Xerox and Xeikon will also set up shop here.

* Halls 6, 10 to 13 and 16 have been reserved notably for paper converting and packaging. Here, companies such as Bobst, Körber PaperLink, Winkler & Dünnebier and Windmöller & Hölscher will take the floor.

* Halls 6, 12 to 14 and 16 are the nexus for exhibitors with offerings in book binding and print converting. Here, such names as Ferag and Kolbus can be found.

Virtually all the halls boast equipment and services in their lineup.

drupa will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (May 6–19) except at weekends when it closes at 5 pm. A one-day ticket costs EUR 33 and the four-day ticket is priced at EUR 100. Catalogues are available for EUR 22.

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