By Gerry Mulvaney, European Sales Manager, Landa Digital Printing
By the time you are reading this blog, I will have packed my bags ready to set off for Drupa 2016. It is not my first Drupa, in fact it will be my eighth. Now that doesn’t sound very many until you remember that they used to be held every four or five years, so when you have done the calculations you will realise I have been in the industry for a long time. Forty years in fact this year!
My first Drupa was in 1982, not long after I joined DRG Litho Supplies. My junior status and the fact that we had left the booking rather late, meant that I had to share a room on one of the hotel boats that line the side of the river.
Leaving the Messe to look for my boat on the first day, I was very impressed by the beautiful vessels moored outside. Unfortunately their names did not match that on my booking form and after a long walk along the river towards the Altstadt, with each boat less glamourous, I discovered mine, moored two boats out in the Rhine at the bottom of some steep steps – a precarious return after a night on the town. I was sharing a cabin with a colleague and when I tell you that we could not both get up at the same time in the morning, but the first resting on the bed while the other got dressed, you will realise the cabin was on the small side.
Altstadt (Old City) Düsseldorf
Of course at that time, the proximity to the Altstadt overcame the quality of the accommodation, since we spent more of the night in the Altstadt than our cabin. Today I am much happier with a comfortable bed, well away from the lure of the Altstadt. Whilst my career progressed and I gradually improved the quality of my drupa accommodation, so did the knowledge I acquired by attending the show.
Drupa: The “Crystal Ball” of the Printing Industry
Drupa to me has always been the place to go to see the future, whereas IPEX and other European and U.S. shows were the place to go to order it.
For anyone who has even a small interest in print, Drupa is a must! And so will it be again in 2016, when along with a number of other new ideas, Benny Landa’s Nanography® technology will be shown in a mature form.
In Hall 9 on a stand twice the size of last drupa, the world will see what has been going on behind closed doors in Israel. Benny will be doing five shows each day and as well as sheetfed and webfed versions of the Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses, there will be a debut for the new Nano-Metallography® process – set to revolutionise the world of foil blocking.
I am as excited today as I was attending my first Drupa in 1982. For the third time running I have said this will be my last show. But with the show cycle down to three years and the next one in 2019…
Drupa – in the past
Drupa 2012 – what will the future look like at Drupa 2016?
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