In retrospect of the year 2016, one of the main events was our participation at Drupa 2016 in Dusseldorf Germany. During this show, attracting over 260.000 visitors from all over the world, we accomplished many of our predestined goals.

This is where you can read more about the Drupa 2016 numbers.

mekes_beursstand_drupaConventional versus digital printing

One trend was evident for all to see during this last show; a less dominant demand for conventional printing as opposed to digital printing. It was nip and tuck for visitors interested in sheetfed offset industry (54%) versus digital printing (52%). The market for analog versus digital is changing to a market where besides a big part for both types of printing, also hybrid forms are offered. This change in the market requires further knowledge of techniques and support from suppliers.

Economic motives are the primary drivers for the choice of digital printing or, for instance, offset printing. As there is still a large industry for packaging, sheetfed machinery will be in high demand for many years to come. Also, traditional presses offer new possibilities when adapted with digital applications, transforming them to future proof economic machinery.

Pre-owned graphic machinery appreciated

Another trend was the further integration of pre-owned graphic machinery during Drupa 2016. In Hall 13, a wide range of second-hand production equipment was displayed for sale. Besides the option to showcase, the Drupa website offered exhibitors the option to show their range on their personal profile. In this way, prospects were offered the chance to investigate machinery on display before the show and make an appointment with the dealer in particular. The fact that Mekes alone sold 16 machines says something about the opportunity to do business this way and appreciation for used machinery in general.

Learn more about how we can help you with pre-owned graphic equipment, whether you are interested in analog, digital or hybrid machinery or any alterations to your current machinery. Please contact us with your inquiries.