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drupa 2024 to Focus on Key Future Topics with Special Forums

27 February 2023: Five Special Forums of drupa 2024 will open up new perspectives by providing a deep dive into tomorrow’s print and packaging industries, connecting technology leaders, newcomers and users and specifically focusing on the top trends in the industry

As the largest and pioneering trade show for printing technologies, drupa stands for innovations and new approaches like no other. Five special forums are therefore planned again next year, which will become the hot spot for new technologies, applications and ideas. The drupa cube, drupa next age (dna) as well as touchpoints packaging, textile and sustainability will all address global mega trends, future technologies with growth potential and best practices covering a comprehensive range of topics. drupa, No. 1 for printing technologies, will take place from May 28 – June 7, 2024 at Düsseldorf, Germany.

Experts among the partners include DITF Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research), epda (European Brand and Packaging Design Association), ESMA (European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association), The Marketing Cloud UK as well as VDMA (German Engineering Association).

“In times of continuous change, disruptive processes and the resulting new business models, our Special Forums provide important guidance and are indispensable for the sector. Jointly with our partners we bank on impressive industry expertise and on the topics defining the future for our target groups,” says Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa, Print Technologies Messe Düsseldorf.

drupa cube
The drupa cube stands for Thought Leadership and will also serve as the central stage for pioneering content in 2024. Keynotes, expert panels and workshops ensure knowledge transfer and interaction. The conceptual and strategic partner is the British agency The Marketing Cloud, which was already responsible for implementing the program at the previous editions.

drupa dna
The Special Forum drupa dna will be the innovative technology driver for connecting industry newcomers, young talents, start-ups and well-established companies. dna will offer space for networking at eye level and give a preview of tomorrow’s technologies setting the pace for the industry.

touchpoint packaging
touchpoint packaging (tpp) will focus on visionary packaging solutions and introduce brand owners to designers, material suppliers, print service providers and converters. The involvement of students and young talents such as NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (New Academy of Fine Arts Milan) in partner projects with exhibitors promises to deliver smart packaging solutions for folding boxes, labels, flexible packaging and corrugated cardboard.

touchpoint textile
The textile industry offers cross-industry technologies for many sectors – touchpoint textile will bring these companies together providing a space for cross-sector cooperation, new projects as well as product and manufacturing ideas. In cooperation with industry partners, DITF (Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf), will set up a digital textile micro factory at drupa and, hence, a fully connected, integrated process chain ranging from the buyers’ requests and design to large-format digital textile prints. Many exciting projects such as the efficient, personalized production of sportswear and outerwear from sustainable materials in one consistent digital workflow or a creative competition for young and upcoming designers are on the agenda.

Another partner responsible for the lecture program at touchpoint textile is ESMA. Speakers from research, development and industry will address issues related to print and finishing technologies, workflows, market developments and sustainability. The focus will also be on trends and applications that are constantly opening up new potential through the interaction of digital printing and textile substrates.

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