Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as national and international lockdown measures and associated travel restrictions, the PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION congress and trade fair originally planned for June 2021 will be moved to October 20 – 21, 2021 in the Congress Center at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. The organizers, Fachverband Medienproduktion (f:mp.) and Messe Düsseldorf, are counting on better general conditions in autumn and extended planning time for participants.
“We have a responsibility when it comes to the health of our visitors and exhibitors. Against the background of the current COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions, it is unfortunately not guaranteed that we will be able to hold the PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION at the Düsseldorf exhibition center in June. Our exhibitors’ confidence in our decision is documented by the fact that 95% of the exhibitors who have already booked will also be present in October,” said Rüdiger Maaß, Managing Director of f:mp. “We see the congress as a platform for interaction focusing on selected highlight projects and knowledge transfer while placing a strong emphasis on interactive experiences. We therefore consider it important to hold it as a face-to-face event as soon as the framework conditions allow it.”
Sabine Geldermann, Director Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, added: “Even if virtual formats are the measure of all things in these times, our customers recognize, based on the experience of the last twelve months, that face-to-face events are indispensable, especially when it comes to the haptic experience of technologies and their applications. That is why we are confidently looking ahead to October 2021.”
The PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION will focus on the presentation of innovative technologies in projects that not only showcase individual machines or tools, but also demonstrate overall solutions oriented on practical requirements. In addition to exciting exhibits and intensive expert advice at the exhibitor stands, visitors can expect an extensive and top-class program of lectures on all relevant aspects of corporate communication and print and digital technologies. As an established annual event in the industry, the congress and trade fair – together with virtual offerings such as virtual.drupa and drupa’s global Print Technologies trade fair portfolio – will bridge the time until the next drupa staging in 2024 and will offer an important platform for knowledge transfer, exchange and networking.