After 11 days, the 1,837 exhibitors from 54 countries unanimously reported excellent business deals, extremely promising contacts and a positive outlook for the global printing industry at Drupa 2016, held May 31 through June 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Additionally, some 260,000 visitors from 188 countries and about 1,900 journalists from 74 nations traveled to the show to learn about technology innovations, further developments and new business lines.

The re-positioning of Drupa and its focus on future themes with strong growth potential – such as 3D printing, functional printing and packaging printing – proved to be the right decision. Be it publication, commercial, packaging or industrial printing, printing technology offers matching solutions for all of these applications while opening up new lines of business and business models at the same time.

“The print industry is constantly re-inventing itself and offers a wealth of high-potential facets. And this is precisely what Drupa 2016 has very impressively shown. We were able to experience a highly innovative industry here in the 19 exhibition halls, one that has succeeded in moving out of the ‘valley of tears’ and grasping the future by the neck,” explains Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the Drupa committee and chairman of the board at Koenig & Bauer AG.

Drupa will continue its four-year cycle and the next staging is scheduled from June 23 – July 3, 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany.