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Welcome party for Aussies & Kiwis at drupa

Tuesday, 03 April 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

Aussie and Kiwis attending drupa 2012 are being invited to a special trans-Tasman welcome reception on 4 May. The Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia (GAMAA) in conjunction with Printing Industries Association of Australia and PrintNZ is sponsoring the reception.
Karen Goldsmith, executive director for GAMAA, said the trans-Tasman welcome reception would be a great opportunity for printers and suppliers from Australia and New Zealand to catch-up at the beginning of the two-week exhibition.

“drupa, because of its huge size, can prove to be a difficult exhibition for friends and colleagues to co-ordinate, so we have deliberately scheduled this invitation-only event at the start of the exhibition period.

“GAMAA is very happy to be able to provide this opportunity for the Australian and New Zealand contingents to meet at a combined cocktail party and we hope it provides a great introduction and networking opportunity to the world’s largest printing exhibition,” she said.

According to Bill Healey, CEO of Printing Industries, a significant number of delegates would be attending drupa for the first time. “I am also a first-timer, so like many others will be looking for advice from the more experienced drupa attendees on how best to navigate this colossal show. The trans-Tasman reception will be the ideal place to start from.

“While admission is free thanks to GAMAA’s support, attendees must register beforehand. Printing Industries is handling registrations and both Australian and New Zealand delegates can register by e-mailing with their contact details,” he said.

The party will be held on 4 May at the Mercure Hotel Dusseldorf Hafen – the main hotel being used by Australian delegates who are part of the Printing Industries tour.

Some accommodation options are still available in Düsseldorf and details are available from drupa tour travel agents Marty or Sonia on (02) 9388 0666 or toll free 1800 634 714 or email to

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