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Touching the future today

It was Drupa 4.0, we were touching the future, and from 10 o’clock onwards on day one the buzz from Düsseldorf’s Messe was palpable. “Drupaaaaa, is in town agaaaaain” blared round the 17 halls, and print enthusiasts from around 190 countries knew that once again they were home.

Big H fires up fresh strategy for Drupa

With a reported share of just over 40% of the sheetfed market - significantly more than nearest challengers KBA and Komori combined – Heidelberg can be forgiven for primarily focusing on its core litho offering at each Drupa up to now.

Exhibitors praise organisers and visitor quality for 2016

While it might have only been mentioned in hushed tones in Amsterdam, many exhibitors were a little nervous about the ‘Drupa effect’ on this year’s Fespa Digital, falling as it does in the same year as the behemoth print event.

Drupa's cycle change reflects digital’s growth

When Messe Düsseldorf first floated the idea of switching Drupa's four-year cycle to a three-year cycle in 2012, vendors, with one notable exception, were falling over themselves to explain why it was a bad idea.

'Those who offer something different will be the winners': Frank Romano on print's future

Diversify to survive was the message from print guru Frank Romano, who spoke at a PrintWeek event last Wednesday (July 4), entitled 'Frankly Speaking'.

Decision-makers were ready to invest at print's Olympics

So, what was it for you? The 'Digital Drupa'? The 'Landa Drupa'? Another 'Inkjet Drupa'? Whatever your view, one is clear: at Drupa 2012 digital print became part of the mainstream.

Will DM technology usher in a new screening revolution?

Whether, conventional, stochastic or hybrid, or to use their respective abbreviations AM, FM or XM, halftone screens have long been associated with improving print quality. From the mid-nineties to the mid-noughties there was a rush of screening advances that, together with the switch from analogue to digital pre-press, coincided with a rapid increase in print quality.

'Inkjet Drupa' faces a new challenge: the Xeikon Quantum

Conventional wisdom has it that Drupa 2012 will be all about inkjet. Tell that to Xeikon, which last week announced a disruptive technology aimed at the high volume, low cost, digital print market. Like the rest of Xeikon's presses, the Quantum will be...

PrintCity shows survival instinct in face of member's woes

The bonds of the PrintCity Alliance have been creaking of late. The insolvency of one its founding members at the end of last year - six months from Drupa - could not have come at a worse time. Manroland's administration resurrected questions over PrintCity's role in a world where Heidelberg has retrenched to its core technology, sheetfed offset. It also raised the question of what PrintCity might look like without Manroland, and whether such a slimmed-down organisation could survive?

Will the digital drive make post-press Drupa's unsung star?

As another major print show rolls around, the industry is busy assessing exactly what this year's Drupa will be focused on. While no individual theme has emerged as a stand-out leader, there is a feeling that one trend in particular will continue: the increase in digital products at the expense of litho.

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