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Esko showcases totally integrated packaging pre-production at Ipex 2006

Monday, February 13, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Gent (Belgium), February 9, 2006 – Esko-Graphics, the market leader in packaging pre-production solutions and world leader in digital imaging of flexo plates, will showcase at Ipex how it translates its vision for a total integrated packaging pre-production workflow into its range of product solutions. Esko turns the entire packaging supply chain - from brand owner to retailer – into a straightforward collaborative process, boosting consistent quality while reducing time to market and costs. The solutions demonstrated at Ipex all contribute to this vision. Armand Gougay, Vice President Emeala, Esko, comments: "At Ipex we demonstrate our innovating market approach with industry leading solutions. Esko continues to expand its vision from pre-production to a total process view, integrating and linking packaging workflow systems upstream and downstream, from design to finishing and beyond. The world’s’ leading brand owners, tradeshops, printers and packaging converters today confirm this strategy and already successfully implement Esko technology into their global operations." On its booth in Hall 9, Esko will launch all-new Scope 3 workflow software and demonstrate for the first time it’s recently announced Kongsberg XE10 samplemaking table. Esko will also participate to the “Packaging Integration Centre” – part of the PrintCity areas in Hall 1 - presenting a totally integrated folding carton production line-up, covering pre-production, printing, diecutting, enhancing, folding and gluing and linked together by JDF. On the HP booth in hall 4, Esko’s color management and workflow software will drive an HP Indigo digital label press adding quality, consistency and productivity for 6- and 7-ink printing setups. Also at the HP stand will be digital finishing for signmaking with the Kongsberg i-XE10 table. Products highlighted at Ipex The newest version of Esko’s innovative Scope workflow rolls out this spring under the name ”Scope 3”. The most prominent features include an even closer interaction between CAD and graphic aspects, and the systematic adoption of PDF as the native file format throughout the entire Esko workflow. Scope 3 also brings improved web collaboration facilities and new on-line review and approval capabilities. New tools for easy installation and on-line monitoring facilitate customer support and guarantee a stable working environment for the thousands of Esko software operators. Ipex will be the first public appearance for the newest and smallest member of the Kongsberg CAM table line. The XE10 table is a robust, small-format dieless cutting table ideally suited for samplemaking of folding carton boxes and for sign, display, decal and other specialty print applications. Also on display will be the Kongsberg i-XL 44 large format cutting, creasing and milling table. The i-XL 44 table handles a maximum material size of 2280 x 3420 and comes with the powerful MultiCUT toolhead. Its tooling options include a high-power precision router expanding the range of materials with even more rigid substrates. Esko's line of Cyrel Digital Imagers (CDI) represents the world’s leading solutions for digital imaging of flexo plates. During Ipex, Esko will be demonstrating the recently introduced CDI 2120, a small footprint, entry-level CDI suitable for digital high-quality flexo plates for tags and labels, and the CDI 4835, designed for middle-format highest quality flexo applications, including the flexible packaging and folding carton printing markets.




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