Record Registration Results For Drupa 2008: 19 Halls Totalling 170,000 Square Meters of Exhibition Space
Halls 1 and 2: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Polar-Mohr
Halls 3 and 4: printing, materials, services
Hall 6: PrintCity and other international exhibitors active in print finishing
Halls 10 to 12: paper converting, packaging production (e.g. Bobst, E.C.H. Will, Bielomatik)
Halls 12 to 14: bookbinding, print finishing (e.g. Müller Martini, Horizon)
Halls 15 to 17: printing machinery, bookbinding and finishing (e.g. Koenig & Bauer AG, Ferag AG, Windmöller & Hölscher, Kolbus, Mitshubishi, Komori, Ryobi, Cerrutti)
Comprehensive knowledge transfer via a specialist ancillary program
The clearest possible structure of the offerings is one objective; another is a comprehensive transfer of knowledge. “We want to support drupa visitors – to take them by the hand, in a manner of speaking, and offer them assistance,” said Manuel Mataré, outlining the organiser’s aims in the extensive specialist ancillary programme. “The launch of the most varied informative events at the last drupa was a great success and confirmed that we are on the right track and should continue in this direction with Drupa,” explained Mr. Mataré.
To this end, plans are underway for the Drupa innovation parc, for instance, which will be coordinated by ZIPCON Consulting and serve as a forum for innovative new technologies. With the whole of Hall 7 dedicated to it, the “dip” will not only comprise such building blocks as workflow, publishing, PDF, XML, etc., but also poly-sectoral topics which will be addressed in the “print buyer integration parc”. There, a direct appeal will be made to the print industry customers for the first time. Aside from a comprehensive information programme – which will run on two stages – and tours through the “dip”, there will also be a look ahead to tomorrow’s media and futuristic production processes.
Following the successful debut in 2004, Drupa 2008 in cooperation with CIP4 will once again set up a special JDF area. The JDF experience parc and JDF experience theatre will introduce the latest developments in this field. Also in the pipeline are the Compass Sessions, which the Bundesverband Druck und Medien (German Printing and Media Industries Federation) is conducting as an expert start to a Drupa day, in addition to the Highlights Tours organized by Deutscher Drucker trade journal.