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FLEXO Magazine : April 2012
drupa Timeline 60 Years of the Fair IndustrY Indicators 1949—November meeting of representatives from paper converting and printing machine industry leads to concept of drupa. Planning for first exhibi- tion begins. It is to take place in Düsseldorf as a capital goods fair under the name International Printing and Paper Trade Fair. 1951—Doors of the International Trade Fair for Printing and Paper open for the first time. Fair at- tracts 527 exhibitors. It runs 16 days, May 26-June 10. Visitors number 300,000 . Exhibition halls are located at Fischerstrasse and Ehrenhof. 1954—Second exhibition staged. 1958—drupa trade fair convenes for a third time. 1962—drupa number 4. 1967—Five times is a charm and drupa once again serves as print’s worldwide drawing card. 36 FLEXO april 2012 www.flexography.org