SPRINGFIELD, MA—From May 12-16, 2012, 28 Principal members of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) attended Drupa 2012—the world’s largest print show—in Düsseldorf, Germany. The group toured the vast convention floor together, visited 22 Associate member companies at their booths, attended member-sponsored social events in the evenings, and enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of Düsseldorf.
The event was designed with both the novice attendee and the veteran Drupa-goer in mind. Held in enormous buildings the size of 17 McCormick Places, Drupa can be intimidating for those interested in attending the world’s largest print show. So PPC organized this trip in order for members to have a more comfortable experience with familiar faces.
“Our goal was to create an atmosphere where our members could connect with each other and see first hand the latest technological advancements,” said Ben Markens, PPC president. “There was a tremendous amount of learning, camaraderie, and even some new partnerships that took hold, so the trip was a great success.”
PPC president Ben Markens and recent Robert T. Gair Award winner and retired president and owner of Dixie Printing and Packaging A. Newth Morris III helped guide the group through the maze of convention halls.
“In the past I’d visited Drupa with only a few associates, so I found traveling in a larger group a huge plus,” Newth Morris remarked. “PPC staff did an efficient job of arranging VIP visits to key Associate member booths, which provided all of us with a truly valuable experience.”