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Inkjet Drupa 2012

(June 2012) posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012

For 14 days in May, Dusseldorf was the epicenter of the graphics world.

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By Gregory Sharpless

As always, the post-Drupa numbers are simply intimidating. The massive two-week exposition, which took place in May in Dusseldorf, Germany, boasted 19 separate halls and other buildings totaling 1.8 million square feet of space, drew in nearly 315,000 attendees from 130 countries, and featured more than 1800 exhibitors. Saying the show is like a small city unto itself is not much of an exaggeration.

It’s also no overstatement to say that inkjet once again was the technology of greatest interest, just as it was four years ago. Digital inkjet technologies were everywhere, including the attention-grabbing display put on by Landa Corporation (see below). About the only places failing to have inkjet technologies on display were the more than 50 restaurants on the Drupa grounds.

What follows, then, are thumbnail descriptions of various wide-format-related technologies that were introduced. Keep in mind that, in some respects, Drupa is like the big annual car shows in Detroit or Los Angeles – some of the models making their debut are months away from being commercially viable, while some might first be released overseas and then only gradually become available in the US. The next Drupa will be held June 2-15, 2016.

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