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By Andreas Weber | Geman version below


It could actually be assumed that #drupa2020 will not take place. Now it’s a fact!

What does that mean?

This week there was increased exhibitor advertising for drupa 2020. Tenor: Come to us at our stand XX in hall YY. – Is that a message that draws? And you can just switch that to: Oops, don’t come in 2020, but come in 2021!

As annoying as it is to put all the effort, time and money (large exhibitors are planning their drupa presence up to two years in advance!), We have to ask ourselves all the more:

Is it enough to simply transfer the concept for 2020 to 2021? — HARDLY LIKELY!

See the corona virus crisis as an opportunity

Catharsis comes after the crisis. We should use this unwanted ‘more time’ to pause and think. And radically question everything we do and whether it makes sense.

First of all, from my point of view it is important to determine and communicate:

What can we do to ensure that the print industry does not suffer any further damage or that we are all better off?

And: What do we actually want? What can we offer? What benefits can others acquire?

Everyone is talking about digital transformation. And prepare to learn, more or less voluntarily, how to get involved. But what effects does transformation have? What new marketing and communication measures are needed?

When things change abruptly, we tend to find an alternative. Hoping it could succeed. But that seems wrong to me. It is not about alternatives, caused by postponements.

MY POV: It’s about the whole. It’s about the existence of an industry. If you take the drupa organizers seriously, it is clear: Without drupa, no business. Now we don’t have a drupa in 2020. And maybe not in 2021 if the economic and negative effects are too serious.

So let’s talk together and think aloud.
I’m very happy and ready to do it!


Keine #drupa2020! Kein Geschäft? — Zeit für ein radikales Umdenken!

Dass die drupa 2020 nicht stattfinden wird, war eigentlich zu vermuten. Jetzt ist es Fakt!

Was bedeutet das?

Diese Woche war vermehrt Ausstellerwerbung für die drupa 2020 zu sehen. Tenor: Kommen Sie zu uns af unseren Stand XX in Halle YY. — Ist das eine Botschaft, die zieht? Und kann man das jetzt einfach umswitchen in: Hoppla, kommt nicht 2020, sondern kommt 2021!

So ärgerlich es ist, all den Aufwand, die Zeit und das Geld (große Aussteller planen ihren drupa-Auftritt bis zu zwei Jahre im Voraus!) In den Sand zu setzen, umso mehr müssen wir uns fragen:

Reicht es denn, einfach das Konzept für 2020 auf 2021 zu übertragen? — WOHL KAUM!

Die Coronavirus-Krise als Chance begreifen

Nach der Krise kommt die Katharsis. Wir sollten dieses ungewollte ‚Mehr an Zeit‘ zum Innehalten und Denken nutzen. Und radikal alles in Frage stellen, was wir tun und ob es sinnhaltig ist.

Zunächst ist es aus meiner Sicht wichtig zu bestimmen und zu kommunizieren:

Was können wir beitragen, damit der Print-Branche kein weiterer Schaden entsteht bzw. damit es uns allen besser geht?

Und: Was wollen wir eigentlich? Was können wir bieten? Welchen Nutzen können andere erwerben?

Alle reden doch von digitaler Transformation. Und schicken sich an, mehr oder weniger freiwillig, zu lernen, wie man sich darauf einlässt. Doch welche Auswirkungen hat Transformation? Welche neuen Marketing- und Kommunikation-Maßnahmen braucht es?

Wenn Dinge sich abrupt ändern, neigen wir dazu, eine Alternative zu finden. In der Hoffnung, es könnte Erfolg bringen. Doch das scheint mir falsch. Es geht nicht um Alternativen, herovrgerufen durch Terminverschiebungen und ähnliches. Es geht ums Ganze!

Nimmt man die drupa-Veranstalter ernst, so ist klar: Ohne drupa, kein Geschäft. Nun haben wir keine drupa im Jahr 2020. Und vielleicht auch nicht in 2021, wenn die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen und Negativeffekt zu gravierend sind.

Lasst uns also gemeinsam reden und laut Nachdenken.
Ich bin gerne dazu bereit!



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Thoughts by Andreas Weber


#drupa2020 ante portas: Is it enough to focus on the future, inevitably through a lot of promises or even speculation?

The fact is: tomorrow is determined by yesterday. But what about today?

Most struggle with the present, the here and now. — An essential aspect for me. And the explanation why we have to experience the greatest reluctance to invest ever in the #print industry.

#Rethink #StrategiesforToday #ThinkPaper #Confidence



#drupa2020 ante portas: Reicht es, die Zukunft in den Fokus zu stellen, zwangsläufig durch viele Versprechen oder gar Spekulationen?

Fakt ist: Das Morgen wird durch das Gestern bestimmt. Doch was ist mit dem Heute?

Die meisten hadern mit der Gegenwart, dem Hier und Jetzt. — Für mich ein wesentlicher Aspekt. Und die Erklärung, warum wir in der #Print-Branche die wohl größte Investitionszurückhaltung aller Zeiten verzeichnen müssen.

#Umdenken #StrategienFürsHeute #ThinkPaper #Zuversicht





By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Note / supplement

The first publication of this article in September 2019 produced a worldwide response. Mostly my assessment was shared. Above all, it was discussed how and if technology fairs can serve to strengthen or even improve the situation of printing companies and to develop future potential. The result: Yes, this succeeds if the focus is not only on exhibitor needs, but places the interests and the situation of the visitors in the center.

The situation in the print market is characterized above all by technology and innovative capability. And here’s my latest analysis revealing something amazing (see: # drupa2020 ante portas: The Renewal of Print). No wonder, then, when you have to be concerned because appearance and reality drift apart.

Incidentally, one critic commented that drupa should not be talked down otherwise it would be a pity for the print industry as a whole. Well, am I doing that? To identify problems/challenges and express concerns is not bad, but important to get better and better. Isn’t it?



It will be my 11th drupa since 1977, which I will visit in June 2020. First as a ‘normal’ trade visitor, then in the record number of visitors in 1990 as an exhibitor, later as a journalist and in recent years as an analyst and blogger. — Clearly, things are changing. While machines and devices used to be the focus of attention, today solutions, concepts, perspectives and application options are the key.


The rush of manufacturers as exhibitors is unbroken. Trade fair director Sabine Geldermann proudly speaks of a sold-out #drupa2020, including the new exhibition hall 1. In 1951, drupa started its successful run when the former Heidelberg boss Dr. Sternberg had rented the whole hall 1.

However, the development in the number of visitors fills me with great concern.

Of course, the advancing automation and the path towards Industry 4.0 bring about rationalization effects that enable personnel savings.

But: For a long time, it has not been possible to inspire new target groups for the drupa to a significant extent — people who have to deal with modern marketing and communication topics on a broad front. They should focus on print, but do it less and less. Why is that? What’s wrong with communication?


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Source: Wikipedia (german edition)


Honestly, as long as I can witness it, it has never been so calm in the run up to a drupa. This can not only be attributed to the organizers and partners. The trade press, formerly a guarantor of success, is only a shadow of itself (apart from a few exceptions!), hardly find enough readers and supporters anymore. Outstanding events, such as the Print & Digital Convention initiated by the German association f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktioner e.V., have developed well. But in May 2019 with 1,200 visitors are lean compared to the simultaneous digital events such as OMR in Hamburg with over 50,000 visitors or the re:publica convention in Berlin with 20,000 visitors.

Why is the industry not acting broadly, concertedly and publicly for its concerns and, above all, its right to exist? And takes a clear position on what and how things have changed in the digital age.

There is still some time left. But something must happen very quickly. Otherwise it means (again): “Operation succeeded, patient dead.” And to find an inglorious end like the CeBIT, that is the drupa and the print industry not to be desired.


As far as I can, I like to help and offer a number of opportunities to get involved. So the expert network #Think!Paper, supported by Mondi, GT Trendhouse 42 and Jubels; or even with the new blog “HotspotSubscription”, which has occupied as a theme “Renewal of Print”, and thus from the stand for high attention, especially outside the industry. The Digital Printing Forum, founded by myself and partners, is still active as an industry initiative and has over 1,200 group members via XING. Last but not least: my blog as a compendium for communication with print has found over 120,000 readers from almost 160 countries in the world since #drupa2012.

There are many possibilities. You just have to grab it. In that sense, I am still optimistic.

And what about you? Share your thoughts and let’s start a good conversation.



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