Printing tech trade fair drupa will be shortened from eleven to nine days and will be held from April 20–28, 2021, organizers Messe Dusseldorf announced.

The move comes as a number of vendors announced they are pulling out of the event, held at fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Among those that have canceled their participation at the event are Heidelberg, Manroland Sheetfed, Komori, Xerox and Bobst. Koenig & Bauer says it will attend the event.

“We continue to see drupa, the world's leading trade fair, as an important building block in the graphic arts industry and we see it as our responsibility to support this industry," says Claus Bolza-Schunemann, Koenig & Bauer CEO and drupa president.

The trade fair’s practices are continuously updated to conform to the latest coronavirus regulations and official requirements, says Messe Dusseldorf. “The character of drupa in 2021, due to the pandemic and hygiene regulations, will certainly be different from what we are used to, but it will continue to make a very important contribution to the economic recovery,” says drupa Director Sabine Geldermann.