October 23, 2014 3:57 PM ET


Company Overview of Esko-Graphics BVBA

Company Overview

Esko-Graphics BVBA supplies integrated solutions for packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing, and publishing industries. It offers ArtiosCAD, a structural design solution for packaging and displays; Studio, a graphical packaging design in 3D; ArtPro, a prepress editor for Mac; PackEdge, a prepress editor for PC; DeskPack, a prepress plugins for Adobe Illustrator; Automation Engine, a prepress workflow automation and integration solution; Plato, a sheet layout for packaging and labels; PantoneLIVE, a digital brand color in a cloud ecosystem; and color engine and imaging engine solutions. The company also provides Neo, a PDF native editor for Mac; Digital Flexo Suite, a sol...

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Key Executives for Esko-Graphics BVBA

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 53
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 45
President of Northern Asia Operations
President of America
Senior Vice President of Software Business
Age: 49
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Esko-Graphics BVBA Key Developments

Esko Announces Executive Changes

Esko announced two executive appointments. Udo Panenka is joining Esko as Senior Vice President Sales, and Jon Giardina is joining Esko as Vice President Americas. Both previously held executive roles at Danaher companies. Udo Panenka assumes worldwide sales, service and marketing responsibility. In his new role as Senior Vice President, Panenka has responsibility for the global Esko sales, service and marketing organization. He replaces Christian Korte, who is leaving Esko to pursue other career opportunities. Prior to joining Esko, Panenka was Vice President and General Manager for Kollmorgen’s Industrial Automation Business for Europe and India. Jon Giardina takes the lead for Esko Americas. As Vice President Americas, Giardina will lead the Esko organizations in North and Latin America. Most recently Giardina was Vice President & General Manager for Danaher’s Dynapar and West/PMA businesses. Giardina replaces Tony Wiley, who previously managed Esko’s business in the Americas.

EskoArtwork NV Releases Esko Suite 14

EskoArtwork NV announced the release of Esko Suite 14, a comprehensive collection of new and updated software designed to give brand owners, premedia houses, converters, sign and display producers and commercial printers the resources they need to manage complex preproduction environment. Efficiency, Productivity, Ease of Use: Suite 14 is a sweet deal for packaging preproduction. This connect software kit enables users to further remove manual activities from the packaging preproduction process, driving end to end automation. connect allows for easy integration with all wide ranging third-party solutions as MIS, shipping systems, popular web applications such as Google Maps, or other web portal or cloud-based solutions. In addition, a series of new color tasks are now integrated into the Automation Engine. This ensures consistent color through automated color management. Automation Engine now automatically converts brand colors to a fixed ink setting using Equinox profiles, reducing the need for spot colors and increasing press productivity and quality while reducing overall ink usage. ArtiosCAD: More creativity, less clicking with the updated ArtiosCAD editor, users have more time to be creative and will spend less time clicking buttons. Users can now create more accurate BOM’s in less time with the new BOM capability available directly from the ArtiosCAD browser. Other enhancements increase designer productivity when preparing designs for production and improve die-press efficiency as well. Suite 14 also gives ArtiosCAD users more realistic 3D visualization when folding corrugated and paper board, setting more realistic expectations for clients when presenting designs. This update of ArtiosCAD also features a number of improvements for die making manufacturers, resulting in higher precision and productivity. This includes single-click options for filling a line or path with nicks and configurable options for driving various output devices to reduce the time it takes to get a design into production. Enhancements to the die-board bolt hole mounting pattern tool allows users to select mounting holes more quickly and efficiently, optimizing die-press efficiency. 3D Visualization: 360 Degrees of Packaging. 3D tools are increasingly important in the packaging design and preproduction processes to ensure as early as possible in the process that the final product meets the needs of all stakeholders. Esko Suite 14 includes a number of enhancements to its 3D capabilities. Visualizer effects in Illustrator: Suite 14 lets users of Studio Designer go beyond the normal 3D view to add special effects and finishing details when creating packaging graphics in Illustrator. This streamlined solution brings enhanced speed and enables better creative decision making during the design and review process. Store Visualizer: Created in partnership with VTales Graphics, Esko Store Visualizer lets users place virtual objects in photographed scenes, enabling them to see their designs in an in-store setting to determine how they compare with competitive products. The integration of an innovative LOD (Level Of Detail) system gives users enhanced speed when rendering virtual store views, especially in environments with vast numbers of 3D models. Suite 14 ships with three pre-established hyper-realistic environments that help users quickly and easily see what their 3D products will look like in a store environment. Studio: Two new and one enhanced flexible bag types are available in Suite 14, including the popular quattro seal bag. In addition, the new version of Studio includes an Augmented Reality viewer for mobile devices which is perfect to share and view 3D packaging designs in context for quick comparisons and informed decision making. CHILI Publish Integration: Cloud based package editing. The company has partnered with CHILI Publish to bring to market the world’s first in-browser editor dedicated to packaging design. With this solution, the artwork creator can enable anyone in the supply chain, such as the brand manager of a global brand, to modify packaging content within established constraints. This gives brand owners control over their packaging content, avoiding mistakes and ultimately product recalls, and ensures that both the brand integrity and design intent are protected throughout the entire process. Visual Inspection Systems: Have to See It to Believe It. In Suite 14, this module provides digital communication of critical parameters for automatic setup of the visual inspection system, eliminating set-up time and saving 3-5 minutes per job. This is especially important in digital printing environments with shorter runs and a larger volume of jobs running through the shop. For these operations, time savings can quickly add up to two hours per day or more. In addition, this digital link to inspection systems is the only way to inspect variable data in the packaging production process. ArtPro+: Exceptional Quality Control. ArtPro+ in Suite 14 is a new application that gives users a tool for quality control of artwork and prepress files. ArtPro+ is a no-charge companion product to ArtPro 14 and PackEdge 14, running on both Mac and Windows. With its innovative interface and modern 64-bit architecture ArtPro+ is ready for the workflow of the future. Imaging Engine: APPE3 for CTP. Now built on Adobe’s PDF Print Engine (APPE3) platform, Esko’s Imaging Engine 14 brings users into the next generation of CTP production. Reduced need for operator intervention in the platemaking process, more consistency, fewer errors and elimination of duplicated data entry are just a few of the benefits of the updated Imaging Engine included in Esko Suite 14. FlexProof: The Proof Is in the Proof. A new, task-driven, wizard-style user interface makes it much simpler to fine-tune and optimize proofer device profiles for the high possible accuracy. FlexProof enables users to quickly meet color accuracy expectations while saving operator time. i-cut Layout+: Next-Generation Layout Editor. Suite 14 speeds up production with a next-generation layout editor. i-cut Layout+ is a simple, task-oriented user interface that makes the learning curve extremely short. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows for full flexibility. With a new flexible subscription model for i-cut Layout+, users can better manage software costs, reduce risk and achieve more flexibility in load balancing across regions and during peak periods. Using a “pay as go” SaaS model for software is becoming increasingly popular, both from a usability perspective and to transition software ownership from a capital investment to an operating expense. DeskPack and Preflight are also now available in a subscription-based SaaS model.

Esko-Graphics bvba Announces Executive Changes

Esko-Graphics bvba has appointed Tony Wiley as president of North America. In his new role, Tony will report directly to Christian Korte, Esko CCO. Wiley succeeds Mark Quinlan, who is leaving Esko to accept another opportunity. Quinlan and Wiley worked closely together to ensure a smooth transition of the leadership role, enabling Esko to continue the development of its business in North America. Wiley will direct a well-structured organization with direct sales operations overseeing Eastern, Central and Western regions in the US, as well as a group in Canada. Each regional team integrates account managers for packaging, wide format and commercial printing, supported by application specialists and sales support assistants. Wiley joined Esko in 1999, assuming roles of increasing responsibility over the past fifteen years. He successfully led the North American Customer Service organization for ten years and had been, most recently, vice president, US Central Region Sales, for the past five years.

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