Looking back at a great year, we definitely do not forget to look forward as well. After all, drupa 2016’s motto was “touch the future”! At K 2016, another trade show within the field of competence “Machinery, Plant and Equipment” at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, we took the opportunity to meet some exhibitors from drupa 2016. While displaying innovations for the plastics and rubber industry, they reviewed drupa 2016 and answered a few questions. We asked them, which future trends they see regarding the next drupa, how they prepare for drupa 2020 and what they are looking forward to the most when thinking of it.

Marjan van Zalen, Event and Tradeshow Co-ordinator at Mimaki

Marjan van Zalen from Mimaki experienced drupa 2016 as a meeting point for industry experts from all over the world. At their crowded booth they presented new machines based on robotics technologies. For the years to come Mimaki will further develop their machines for the textile industry. Additionally, Marjan van Zalen thinks that the 3D printing industry has great potential. Nevertheless, she could not give an outlook yet, in which direction they will head for drupa 2020, since they are still developing their strategy. However, the preparations are already in full swing: First of all, Mimaki will deal with subscriptions and space location.

Ursula Mezler-Andelberg and Michael Engelbrecht, Marketing & Communications and Technical Sales at KURZ

According to Ursula Mezler-Andelberg and Michael Engelbrecht from LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG drupa 2016 once again proved that it is the world’s leading trade show for the printing industry. In their opinion digitalization was among the top topics at the show. They assume that digital processes and techniques, as well as surface finishing will grow further until drupa 2020. In total, they are sure that it will be the highlight of the year 2020!

Stay Tuned: What is Next on our Schedule?

Even though it still takes some time before drupa will open its doors again in 2020, of course, we are out and about on many industry events over the upcoming months. Be it the Digitaldruck-Kongress in February, interpack in May, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL in September or PacPro Asia taking place under the umbrella brand SWOP – Shanghai World of Packaging in November – drupa is trendspotting in the printing industry all over the world. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Save the date: drupa will return from 23 June to 3 July 2020. Until then, we are curious to find out what you expect to shape our branch the most within the next three years!