drupa 2024 concludes with record deals, attendance

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drupa 2024 featured 1,646 exhibitors from 52 countries showcasing innovations and cutting-edge technologies from the print media industry, industrial & functional printing and packaging production.

drupa 2024 in Düsseldorf, the world’s largest trade fair for printing technologies, drew to a successful close on June 7 after 11 days, according to organizers. The printing expo featured 1,643 exhibitors from 52 nations, visited by 170,000 trade visitors. The international share of the visitors was 80%, with attendees coming from 174 countries – a record figure, according to organizers.  After Europe, Asia was the most strongly represented region with 22%, followed by America with 12%. Asia as well as Latin America and the MENA region are markets with great growth potential, which was reflected in the significant increase in exhibitors’ presence and order books. drupa management said key players, such as Bobst, Canon, Fujifilm, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, HP, Horizon, Koenig & Bauer, Komori Konica Minolta, Kurz and Landa, reported having signed contracts that significantly exceeded expectations.

“drupa has underpinned its position as the industry’s leading trade fair and its unique appeal in a remarkable way,” said Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf. “The impressive international flair and, above all, the high decision-making competence of the visitors ensured in-depth and well-founded technical discussions at the trade fair stands on the one hand and many direct investment decisions on the other. Our exhibitors told us about large-volume purchase agreements.”

“drupa stands for new approaches and new technologies like no other trade fair,” said Dr. Andreas Pleßke, Chairman of the drupa Committee. “It is not only the largest, but also the most important global platform for our industry, because the entire printing and post-press industry meets at the world-leading trade fair. It has been invaluable for generating leads. Nowhere else offers the opportunity to make so many new international contacts from all over the world in such a short space of time in one place.”

The next drupa will be held in 2028.