Drupa director Sabine Geldermann has outlined some of the initial measures being introduced to allow trade fairs to operate during the time of coronavirus, and has also responded to the news that Xerox and Bobst would no longer be exhibiting at Drupa 2021.

It’s confirmed that the two manufacturers, both long-standing sizeable exhibitors, would not be at next April’s show. In response to the news, Geldermann said: “We are sorry that our long-standing partners Bobst and Xerox have decided not to participate in Drupa 2021.

“This is of course an individual decision, which we take note of. Thanks to the high level of participation at Drupa by strong, innovation-driven companies, we are still able to offer a wide range of products across all categories in our halls despite the cancellations and set important impulses,” she stated.

Trade fairs in Germany are planning to re-start this autumn, with the first date in the Messe Dusseldorf calendar currently a show that will open in the first week of September.

Regarding the revised operating conditions, which are still in the process of being formulated, Geldermann said that new stand operating guidelines would involve people interacting at a distance of at least 1.5m.

She said: “Already for the trade fairs to be held in autumn this year, a sustainable health and safety concept is currently being developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economics of the state government, which will make it possible to hold trade fairs under the current framework conditions and standards.”

Geldermann reiterated that the “already existing high safety and hygiene standards” at the expo centre are being “continuously adapted to the latest findings and put into practice”.