Esko showcased its label design, prepress, workflow and printing solutions with a variety of partners who work with Esko to enhance their packaging and label solutions on stand 5B25 at Labelexpo Europe.

Carsten Knudsen, Esko CEO said, 'At Esko, we know what delivering ‘results that make you smile’ means. Its not just about providing the best tag and label solutions, but also develop long-term partnerships with other industry leaders to expand the benefits of those solutions. The results of these joint efforts can be seen at Labelexpo where Esko is present on the stands of dozens of partners. If it’s happening in the tag and label industry, Esko is a part of it.'

Esko's digital front-end (DFE) is the preferred solution to streamline the prepress and workflow process for greater efficiency. HP Indigo for example has a long time, successful strategic partnership with Esko. Designed exclusively for HP Indigo by Esko, the HP SmartStream Labels and Packaging Print Servers provide customers the necessary job management tools to automate and simplify workflow as well as colour controls that help deliver repeatable colour.

The compaany is also part of Labelexpo's Inkjet Trail which gives attendees the opportunity to compare six leading inkjet technologies with manufacturers producing the same label, on the same substrates. Origination, colour and die-cutter files for the different jobs are being prepared by Esko.

Nilpeter and Mark Andy showcased jobs imaged with Esko HD Flexo plates. with DuPont (11Q25), Wink (6G62), Nilpeter (7L60, 7L90).

Together with HP Indigo, Barco and Sharp Iris, Esko Studio Designer was featured in an immersive, highly detailed virtual 3D store on the HP Indigo stand. 3D glasses made the whole experience even more realistic. This virtual store demonstrated how 3D imaging helps packaging professionals see how their product will look like in a real store next to the competition, without creating physical mockups with HP Indigo (Patio) Colour.

Esko Colour Engine, the central colour database to manage colour and device profiles, is the enabling technology that supports PantoneLIVE™ colour management process across the prepress packaging workflow. Labelexpo visitors saw this combination of breakthrough colour workflow in the packaging supply chain at X-Rite. 

At Codimag, printers had the opportunity to verify the Aniflo predictability, stability and capacity to match a colour proof without adjustment – supported by Esko Equinox and WebCenter. At the HP Indigo stand, Esko gave presentations on the Magic of Colour, daily in the HP Indigo Theatre.

Esko design, prepress and workflow software can be integrated with many industry leading MIS / ERP solutions to improve productivity of the complete label production process. At the expo, Esko’s relationship with JDF automation expert CERM was seen on CERM’s stand.  Esko has integrated the online editing technology of CHILI Publish into its WebCenter platform, enabling users to open packaging designs in WebCenter to create, edit and modify packaging content with CERM (6F95) and CHILI Publish (Esko stand).

During the show Esko handed out samples of mineral water bottles, these have been created in cooperation with film supplier Klockner Pentaplast, Flint for plates and inks, Nilpeter for printing and Standford sleeve converting – Esko handled the design and HD Flexo plates.

'The tag and label industry is growing rapidly, and that growth is clearly on display at Labelexpo Europe. Esko keeps pace with that growth by complementing our solutions with the expertise of other best-in-class companies. The result of those partnerships are truly integrated solutions that enable label and tag producers to be successful in this rapidly changing marketplace,' said Knudsen.