Canon and Ricoh cancel drupa 2021
Canon and Ricoh are the latest companies to announce their withdrawal from the 2021 edition of drupa.
Drupa 2021 is expected to happen on 20 to 28 April, just a little over 6 months away. Like other major exhibitors that have pulled out of the show, the Japanese companies cited the uncertainties revolving around the COVID-19 situation as the reason.
Canon and Ricoh join the growing list of exhibitors that have officially announced their non-participation including Kodak, Xerox, Heidelberg, Manroland, EFI, Komori and Screen.
RIcoh will be ramping up virtual communication channels, such as its Henkaku Live events.
In a press release, Eef De Ridder, vice president for Ricoh Europe, said: “During the pandemic, we have been building a successful virtual approach to engaging with new and existing clients. We are going to continue to grow this element of our interactivity in tandem with the more traditional ways of launching, promoting and demonstrating our continually expanding portfolio of solutions and services in commercial and industrial printing. Ricoh has always highly valued the opportunities that drupa has brought us over the years. However, we have taken this difficult decision to withdraw as the continued health, safety and wellbeing of our clients, partners and staff is our number one priority.”
Meanwhile, others have come out to reaffirm their commitment to the largest global print and packaging exhibition, such as Koenig & Bauer, Landa, Kurz and W&H.
There is yet to be a proven vaccine for the virus and Europe is currently experiencing another wave of infected cases. Border restrictions in most countries across the globe are still enforced.
As of now, drupa 2021 is still expected to go ahead as planned. drupa has also announced its online virtual show platform, ‘Drupa Preview’, which is slated to go live this month.