Just one day after Manroland Sheetfed announced its withdrawal from Drupa, Komori has announced that it too is cancelling participation citing concerns about Covid-19.
In a statement the company says: “The comprehensive decision to suspend the exhibit is made in response to the continued raging of the novel coronavirus infectious disease and its serious impact to the economy of both the developed and emerging countries, taking into consideration the potential risks of second or third surge of the pandemic, and to put highest priority in securing the health and safety of our global customers as well as our employees.”
Instead Komori will deploy a range of platforms and channels, including open house events, online and webinars and will participate in regional exhibitions. It has plans to introduce an array of new products and services, it says.
This will be built around its Connected Automation concept, to increase labour productivity in the industry and developed around its KP-Connect open platform to link different machines in the print production process. “The pace of social and industrial structure change have accelerated rapidly in 2020,” the company says.
Komori had been on course to show the first fruits of collaboration with MBO, having acquired the folder manufacturer earlier in the year, and to show the NP40, the sheetfed press that uses Landa’s imaging and print technology. There is currently one beta site for this machine and a commercial launch was anticipated for Drupa.
Koenig & Bauer is the litho press manufacturer that has made the firmest commitment to Drupa, while RMGT has made no formal declaration beyond noting the postponement of the show in March. It too planned to introduce new presses, notably the RMGT 970 A1 plus format machine.
Komori reported a pretax loss for the 2019 financial year, due in the main to an extraordinary impairment charge of ¥17.7 billion, but also recording a loss at the operating level.
Komori will host open houses at its Utrecht and other facilities to introduce new machines and services rather than participate in Drupa next year. The reason given is the extremely usual circumstance of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact around the world.