The drupa 2016 Committee has added seven global players from the international manufacturing sector: Effective immediately, Baumann Maschinenbau, bielomatik, Electronics for Imaging/EFI, Hewlett Packard International, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, manroland web systems and technotrans have a seat on the drupa panel.

“With this decision we’re taking into account current developments in the printing and media industry – above all the following aspects: the growing significance of digital printing with the resulting demands on post-press operations, continually increasing automation across all process stages and the mega trends value-added printing and packaging. I’m delighted that we were able to secure the involvement of these global players in the drupa Committee,” stated Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “We are pleased with the strong commitment of industry representatives on the drupa Committee. The involvement of these manufacturers underscores drupa’s central role in the sector worldwide. The variety of technologies proves that drupa is the world’s leading trade fair for printing and media technology”, added Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the Printing and Paper Technology Association within the German Engineering Federation’s (VDMA).

The 26-member Committee – together with Messe Düsseldorf, who has organized drupa since 1951 – makes key policy decisions about the print media trade fair, including, for example, the recent decision to shorten the length of the trade fair to eleven days while maintaining the Olympic four-year cycle. It is comprised of representatives from the exhibiting industry and represents drupa’s entire technology spectrum – from pre-media and printing to post-press processing, packaging production and paper processing as well as the paper and printing ink industry. The user side is also represented on the Committee by a diverse range of media service providers. Also represented are the five most important German industry associations:

Printing and Paper Technology Association (Fachverband Druck- und Papiertechnik) within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Frankfurt

German Printing and Media Industries Federation (Bundesverband Druck und Medien e.V), Berlin

Paper-Processing Trade Associations (Wirtschaftsverbände Papierverarbeitung), Darmstadt

German Pulp and Paper Association (Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V.), Bonn

German Printing Ink Industry Association (Verband der deutschen Lack- und Druckfarbenindustrie e.V.), Frankfurt

The drupa 2016 steering Committee consists of the President, Dipl.-Ing. Claus Bolza-Schünemann (CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG) and the Vice-President and Chairman of the Admissions Committee, Dr. Jürgen Vutz (CEO of Windmöller & Hölscher KG). Second Vice-President is Rolf Schwarz, President of the German Printing and Media Industries Federation.

The drupa 2016 Committee at a glance:

Baumann Maschinenbau Solms
Volkmar Assmann, Managing Partner

bielomatik Leuze
Dirk Vößing, Managing Director

Blase Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Thomas Struckmeier, Managing Partner

bvdm – German Printing and Media Industries Federation
Dr. Paul Deimel, Managing Director

Druckzentrum KölnWest GmbH
Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing. Wolfgang Brügelmann, Managing Partner

Electronics for Imaging/EFI
Frank Tückmantel, Vice President Corporate Marketing

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Marcel Kiessling, Member of the Management Board

Hewlett Packard International
Francois Martin, Worldwide Marketing Manager

Jänecke + Schneemann Druckfarben GmbH
Friedhelm Jänecke, Member of Management

Koenig & Bauer AG
Dipl.-Ing. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and drupa President

Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
Dipl.-Ing. Kai Büntemeyer, Managing Partner

Leonhard Kurz Stiftung Fürth
Walter Kurz, Chairman of the Executive Board

manroland web systems
Eckhard Hörner-Maraß, Managing Director

Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik
Dr. Markus Rall, Managing Director

Rheinische-Bergische Druckerei GmbH
Matthias Tietz, CEO

Süddeutscher Zeitungsdienst Druckerei und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH;
Bernhard Theiss, Managing Partner

Sun Chemical AG
Robert F. Fitzka, Group Managing Director

technotrans Sassenberg
Dr. Christof Soest, Member of the Executive Board

Druck- und Verlagshaus Thiele & Schwarz GmbH
Rolf Schwarz, Managing Director and drupa Vice-President

UPM Sales GmbH
Ulrich Neumann, Sales Director

VdL – Verband der deutschen Lack- und Druckfarbenindustrie e.V.;
Dr. Martin Kanert, Managing Director

VDP – Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken
Klaus Windhagen, Director General

VDMA – Fachverband Druck- und Papiertechnik
Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director

Windmöller & Hölscher KG
Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO and drupa Vice-President

WPV – Wirtschaftsverbände Papierverarbeitung
Thomas Pfeiffer, Managing Director

J.F. Ziegler KG Druckerei und Verlag
Dr. Wolfgang Pütz, Managing Partner