“Drupa participants appraised print market and bought new technologies”
26 May 2012 16:07
Vice president of the union of print industry exporters said that the Iranian participants at Drupa 2012 took part in the event to purchase new technologies and appraise the print market.
IBNA: Babak Abedini complained about the tough regulations imposed on the visas for Iranian participants at Drupa 2012 and said that only 8 out of 40 registered participants managed to visit the fair from Iran.
He went on to say that officials of the union had decided to dispatch an exploratory group to the fair to learn about the latest technological developments in the fair which was canceled due to the visa restrictions by the German government.
He asserted that some of the registered members of the group resigned because of high costs of the trip.
“Taking part in such international arenas bolsters industrial interactions,” he added. “Everyone involved in any industry should take part in its relevant showcases. Although a small number of Iranians took part in Drupa 2012, interaction of information about the event will be in order here.”
Manager of Safa Print House went on to say that he intended to engage in commercial and trade negotiations, gain information about the latest technologies in print houses and identify and talk with European print house owners for cooperation with the union.
As he said, PIRA is the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains which signs in members in different fields including packaging. “We want to establish links with the association to enjoy the services it provides for its members,” he said. As an example it runs numerous webinars in which participants can take part from around the globe and can take part in online courses and conferences. However, its costs are high and differ from service to service.
Moreover, the state-of-the-art developments in food industry packaging, paper, print and illustration, photography, additives and other useful information are presented to the members at PIRA.
As he said, negotiations have been done for membership in the union in PIRA and the sessions should be held with members of the union for more details about the membership in the association.
Abedini attributed the low number of Iranian visitors from Drupa 2012 to unfavorable economic conditions, lack of investment and the reluctance to offer new technologies by exhibitors at Drupa compared to I-PACS held 2 years ago.
Two Iranian exhibitors took park at Drupa. Besides, some Iranian companies represented big companies at the fair.
Drupa is the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world, held every four years at Messe Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The word Drupa is a portmanteau of the German words druck and papier; print and paper respectively.
Smithers Pira was originally established in 1930 as PIRA, the initials standing for Printing Industry Research Association. The aim of the organisation was to be "a technical research bureau for the pooling of technical information and to conduct scientific investigation of technical problems" for the printing industry.