The owners of Messe Düsseldorf can boast a real ground breaking initiative for the print industry.

The company has begun laying the foundations and buildings for some massive investments at the home of drupa. This will see a new exhibition hall completed for €140m ($219m), as part of a wider €636m ($994m) investment.

Werner Dornscheidt, president and chief executive at Messe Düsseldorf, says, “With the start of construction we have taken an important step towards the complete modernisation and renovation of our premises at our home base; and we continue adapting the exhibition centre to our customers’ demands and requirements thereby increasing our service even further. As always this is done without any subsidies.

By mid 2019, the company plans to have built a new multi-functional hall with conference facilities and a fully glazed new entrance south complete with a translucent, LED-lit canopy roof and adjacent underground parking. The new building will include an oversized canopy roof sitting 20 metres above ground measuring 7,800sqm.

It says that, from the new south entrance, visitors can enter the new Hall 1 right away. Boasting a length of 158 metres, a width of 77 metres and more than 12,000sqm of space without supports, its layout roughly corresponds to that of Halls 8a and 8b, offering a total of 558 square metres, more space than both of the original Halls 1 and 2.

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