The drupa in Düsseldorf is the world's leading trade show for the printing industry and the meeting place for the international print & packaging community. This is shown by the key figures of this year's virtual drupa 2021: 212 exhibitors from 35 countries, 125 live sessions, 45,000 visitors from 135 countries, 144 hours of streaming. In this community, digital textile printing is increasingly coming into focus. This is evidenced by market figures with impressive growth rates. The importance is reflected in many industrial applications of this cross-sectional technology in the automotive, home textiles, furniture and apparel sectors. This leads to the fact that drupa had planned a touchpoint textile in addition to the existing touchpoints for 2020, in close cooperation with the DITF. “The outstanding expertise, core competence and references of DITF and participating content partners (ESMA) are determining factors to realize this exciting project,” Sabine Geldermann, Project Director Print Technologies Messe Düsseldorf, praised the cooperation with DITF.
At touchpoint textile 2020, a microfactory with well-known companies and a focus on giveaways for the European Football Championship 2020 was planned. Due to Covid, these activities had to be cancelled. Nevertheless, the DITF continued to pursue the “touchpoint textile” strategy together with drupa and realized an independent program for the digital format. The contributions in which the DITF were directly involved are available for download on the DITF and drupa websites. The next touchpoint textile will be seen at drupa 2024 – hopefully then again live on site in the Düsseldorf exhibition halls and certainly with new ideas.