Leading press manufacturer Manroland Sheetfed (Offenbach, Germany) has announced that it’s pulling out of Drpua, the world’s largest printing industry tradeshow normally held every four years in Düsseldorf, Germany. The live Drupa event had already been postponed from June of 2020 to April of 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Exhibiting at Drupa, or any other trade fair for that matter, makes absolutely no sense during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Manroland Sheetfed’s Group Managing Director, Rafael Peñuela-Torres. “It’s regrettable, as we would have been exhibiting with live demonstrations of both our recently launched Roland 900 Evolution press, and the new Roland 700 Evolution Elite. But unfortunately, it’s just not practical in the current circumstances. Instead we’ll be holding a series of live webinars in the fall.” Manroland joins Heidelberg, Xerox and Bobst as major exhibitors who have already decided to withdraw from the event.
Every Manroland Sheetfed press is designed and built at the OEM’s production facility in in Offenbach, Germany. The world-class integrated manufacturing complex comprises the group’s global headquarters, production and assembly halls, state-of-the-art foundry, training, research and development facilities, and Print Technology Centre. The facility encompasses about 1.2 million square feet over more than 72 acres. Since it was founded, Manroland Sheetfed has focused on R&D as the key to creating its next generation of advanced printing technologies. Traditionally, Manroland has also clearly distinguished between its research activities and its development activities – with priorities always focused on highly innovative research.