drupa in Düsseldorf: what you can expect to see and hear

A wide range of special events will provide valuable know-how with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability.

Over a period of eleven days, 1,646 exhibitors from 52 countries will present innovative technologies, solutions and topics that affect the industry now and in future. In these volatile times characterised rapid social and technological changes, companies have to react: those who do not anticipate important developments and adjust accordingly will endanger their competitive edge and risk opportunities for the future. drupa is poised to demonstrate the current state of the print industry and showcase a wide spectrum of innovations which will shape the future. it will provide an opportunity to discover unique technologies, the latest developments and innovations, start-ups and international speakers at special forums and touchpoints.

drupa cube, Hall 6/Booth F03 (image copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann)

drupa 2024 focus topics

Limited resources and carbon emissions have caused sustainability to become an essential part of long-term company strategies. drupa examines the important factors for sustainable production of print and packaging solutions and which trends are evolving within the sector in order to achieve the goal of a circular economy. Digitalisation is changing analogue processes, while artificial intelligence is taking on more and more tasks. drupa presents top technologies across the industry’s entire added value chain with a special focus on future and cross-sectional technologies. Topics like circular economy, automation, printing/finishing, artificial intelligence, platform economy and connectivity will be taking centre stage in the conference programme and expert forums.

drupa touchpoint sustainability

Touchpoint sustainability deals with the role of the printing and paper industries in sustainable transformation and offers an overview of current, mid- and long-term developments. Technologies from mechanical and systems engineering are especially important in this context, above all with regard to quality, process safety during production and sustainability. Digitalisation and AI play key parts in order to accelerate the transformation process in the print and paper industries and to realise scaling effects. Manufacturers, industry players, brands and users together show how change can become reality in their many exhibits at touchpoint sustainability. Visitors to touchpoint sustainability can also enjoy a broad accompanying programme. Hall 14/Booth D60

drupa touchpoint packaging

Touchpoint packaging concentrates on visionary, intelligent packaging solutions and brings brand owners together with designers, print service providers and converters. The involvement of students and young talents in partner projects with exhibitors promises unique packaging solutions for folding boxes, labels, flexible packaging and corrugated cardboard. Beyond this, there will be discussion of important questions regarding global megatrends and their impact on packaging production, for example sustainability or e-commerce. The five key topics of touchpoint packaging are neo-ecology, connectivity, glocalisation, consumer mind and future regulations. Hall 3/Booth/B31

drupa touchpoint textile

The drupa touchpoint textile presents the world’s first digital textile microfactory. This is a fully connected, integrated process chain – from digital simulation to design, animation and virtual rendering to production. The industry is constantly gaining new fields of application, and inkjet technology not only opens doors to sectors like clothing and fashion, but also to the interior design, architecture, automotive and many other vertical markets. Hall 4/Booth B30

drupa dna

Big ideas, tiny budget – for many young companies, it’s not easy to make the right contacts and establish their fascinating and innovative solutions in the market. For this target group, drupa has created a special platform: drupa next age (dna). Newcomers, young talents, start-ups and established companies can network on a level playing field, find matching partners for cooperation and exchange innovative business ideas. For some participants, this is the first chance ever to present their businesses to an international audience of experts. Hall 7/Booth 09

drupa cube

Why is printing more important than ever in the digital age? Why do customers not always perceive printed products as sustainable? And how do you calculate your carbon footprint? These are just some of the issues that will be discussed in the drupa cube in 2024. In more than 50 sessions, the conference offers inspiration and expertise. The programme features five great keynotes from renowned international industry specialists and presentations about topics like increasing your business success, circular economy and sustainability, the future of print and packaging as well as sessions and best practice examples regarding new business models and trends. Hall 6/Booth F03

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