There will be one less hall at Drupa next year as Hall 2 has vanished from the Messe complex in Dusseldorf. Overall floor space is not affected as the new Hall 1 is the latest in design and facilities for a multi-use exhibition space.
After the last show Halls 1 and 2 were demolished, traditionally housing Heidelberg and close associates, as part of a site modernisation programme. A new Hall 1 has been built on the site, with 12,0272m of unencumbered floor space, a first floor with meeting rooms, state of the art presentation systems and direct access to the south entrance with improved access for bus and taxis and the entrance to a 300 space underground car park. The €140 million hall will be used for the first time at Compamed at the end of this year.
The new hall with house Heidelberg during Drupa, but Heidelberg will not fill the hall. It will occupy around one-third of the space and will be joined by Muller Martini, Kolbus, Masterwork, Polar and Technotrans along with a number of Chinese companies, many offering packaging presses and finishing equipment.
HP will again fill the whole of Hall 17 and many exhibitors remain in or close to the locations they have occupied in previous shows, making life easier for turning visitors. Messe Dusseldorf has implemented a new navigational system based on geodata to provide routes to the exhibitors’ stands.
Agfa is a major exception to this continuity. The company has been located at one end of Hall 8 for the previous two Drupas. It is shifting to Hall 4, close to the textile printing touchpoint feature area, Chinese plate company Lucky Huaguang and among some of the larger paper groups. Kodak is close by in Hall 5, while Fuji remains in Hall 8.
Agfa is not the only absentee from the largely digital print Hall 8. Xeikon has moved to be with specialist packaging press suppliers in Hall 11. This has allowed the likes of Canon, Ricoh, Xerox and Konica Minolta to stretch a little and for Memjet to take a substantial stand in Hall 8B.
Landa will dominate Hall 9 where visitors will also find EFI, Highcon and Durst. Bobst remains the anchor exhibitor for Hall 10 along with fellow flexo press suppliers Comexi and Uteco. Koenig & Bauer subsidiary Duran has space here.
There is more packaging in the next flow of halls towards the north of Messe site where in Hall 14 book binding takes over. Manroland sheetfed repeats its position from 2016 in this hall, while Manroland Web Systems, now Manroland Goss, takes over the old Goss location in Hall 15. The long term residents of this hall, Komori, Ferag and Windmoeller & Hoelscher are joined by Elitron and corrugated inkjet press Barberan.
At this stage not all the stands have been assigned while negotiations about positioning continue.
By Gareth Ward
The new south entrance to the Messe will be in full operation for Drupa next year. It links directly to Hall 1, home to Heidelberg, Masterwork, Polar, Muller Martini and Kolbus. The organiser has published the first floorplan of the show.