"When our industry meets again in Düsseldorf in 2024, almost a decade without drupa will be behind us. The pace of innovation has continued to increase during this time. Digitally networked process chains and automation ensure the highest quality and are enablers of the efficiency, speed and flexibility with which modern printers hold their own in the market. Rapidly advancing digitalisation is also proving to be the key to sustainable production - be it in the efficient use of energy and resources or in the transformation towards a circular economy. This awakening is now tangible in print and packaging. In cross-sectoral collaborations, the industry is placing its process and material worlds on a completely new, ecologically and economically sustainable basis. Mechanical engineering provides the solutions. drupa 2024 will present a great variety of innovative approaches that point far into the future of our industry. The comprehensive, often disruptive transformation processes in industry and society demand the utmost vigilance from decision-makers so that decisive technology trends do not pass them by. For eleven days, drupa offers an opportunity to update. After almost a decade, it's high time for that!"
Dr. Markus Heering
CEO VDMA Fachverband Druck- und Papiertechnik