Technology leaders prepare for drupa 2024

After a pandemic-induced eight-year break, drupa 2024 will soon be held, with exhibitors set to offer innovative product presentations and riveting live demos.

“drupa 2024 is an important milestone for Canon,” Canon Europe EMEA vice president, digital printing and solutions marketing and innovation Marc Bory said of the upcoming show. This confirms another key player in the industry which will be exhibiting at drupa when the global print and packaging industry finally meet again in Düsseldorf from 28 May to 7 June.

“It allows us to deepen engagements with our print communities whilst demonstrating our innovation, technology leadership and commitment to accelerated growth in commercial and industrial print. We look forward to meeting with global print communities face-to-face again, to discuss how we can help them to grow and thrive sustainably for the future through technology and business innovation,” he added.

Canon Europe’s Marc Bory

With challenges but also opportunities being omnipresent in the print industry, drupa’s offering will be valuable, helping those keeping abreast of technology trends and market changes tap into and leverage new potential for themselves. Examples of this are exhibitors Bobst, Canon, Durst Group, EFI, Epson, Fujifilm, Heidelberg, Koenig & Bauer, Konica Minolta, the Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe PLC, and Windmöller & Hölscher.

“We are delighted to take part in drupa again,” Ricoh Europe business innovations and solutions director Erwin Busselot said. “We are delighted to be able to return to drupa. We are already getting excited about what we aim to bring to the show, and are confident that a visit to the Ricoh stand will prove to be a memorable experience.“

Also presenting their innovative solutions will be renowned SMEs and start-ups thereby creating an inspiring environment for companies that drive the market with their competencies.
Digitalisation as a key
New technologies and areas of application offer a wide variety of opportunities. “Digital printing remains a key growing force within commercial and industrial markets, as run lengths continue to come down and demands increase for sustainable production,” Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe general manager international marketing division Olaf Lorenz said, in the run-up to the trade fair, where digitalisation is one of its focal themes.

Konica Minolta’s Olaf Lorenz

“Visitors to our stand will be able to immerse themselves in a captivating Industry 5.0 tale, where scalability, capacity reliability, sustainability, and smart factory automation will be covered, all centred on the human experience. As a global technology leader, our mission is to help to identify and unlock the potential that digitalisation holds. We will also be inviting them to explore our strategic partnerships, enabling end-to-end ecosystems across multiple segments, from label to large format,” he added.
The Focal Themes 2024
Digitalisation is an enabler for processes and applications in the print and packaging industries. AI, platform economy, and the openness to new product solutions in the field of industrial applications play a key role. Furthermore, sustainability will characterise drupa’s agenda next year. With such topics as Circular Economy, Energy Efficiency and Resource Conservation it has become a pivotal factor for the industry as a whole. 

In this dynamic context the exhibitors will pitch their essential fields of action to an international audience comprising the print and packaging industries, agencies, trade, media and research. “As exhibitors we do our utmost to make the focal themes of Digitalisation and Sustainability perceivable. Digital solutions are the enablers for sustainable products, services and processes. With our ‘Exceeding Print’ strategy we shine the spotlight on the topics that move both the print industry and society,” Koenig & Bauer spokesman of the Board Dr. Andreas Pleßke said.

Koenig & Bauer spokesman of the board Dr. Andreas Pleßke

Diverse possibilities for participation
drupa is not only in demand as an indispensable, global industry platform but also place relevant and visionary themes and best practices centrestage in its Special Forums. Here, exhibitors will generate now business opportunities with their innovations, ideas and concepts.
At the drupa cube and at various touchpoints on the topics Packaging, Textile and Sustainability participants will be given in-depth insights into relevant themes and impulses for growth potential. Start-ups will find their platform at “dna – drupa next age” and can present themselves to an international expert audience.
At the same time as applications are approved, the exhibitors‘ database and the interactive hall plan will also go live at

Those companies interested in exhibiting can find out more here.

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