Exhibitor registration is now officially open for drupa 2024, with the print industry ‘Olympics’ preparing to return in physical form.

Scheduled to take place from 28 May to 7 June 2021, the event will mark the four-yearly exhibition’s first physical instalment since 2016, following the onset of the Covid-19 crisis and cancellation of the 2020 dates.

Following a virtual replacement in 2021, organiser Messe Düsseldorf will be hoping that the industry return en masse to the halls of Düsseldorf Messe. Erhard Wienkamp, managing director at Messe Düsseldorf, said, ‘drupa is the global meeting place for the industry and stands for innovations and trends. Here we will see what impact the mega trends sustainability and digitalisation will have on processes, products, business models and the future of a constantly evolving industry.’

Sabine Geldermann, director of print technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, added, ‘The new motion design of our key visual combines classic graphic design with state-of-the art digital technology, and is synonymous with dynamism, motion and especially with water as the most important resource on our planet. It also visualises the top themes of digitalisation and sustainability, which drive the print and packaging industries, confront them with new challenges but also offer excellent opportunities.

‘International faces represent the target group of drupa, which is looking forward to networking in a fascinating atmosphere characterised by diversity. The organic structures stand for aesthetics, design and the beauty of nature. The new claim, ‘We create the future’, underscores the clear commitment of the community to jointly and proactively participate in the continuous development and design of the sector. And it represents thought leaders as well as high-quality knowledge transfer.’

The deadline for exhibitor registration is 31 October, 2022.