Esko has bought Blue Software, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in order to extend its packaging workflow offering.
Udo Panenka, President of Esko, says that this acquisition is to improve Esko’s position as a tech innovator in the packaging industry, noting: “Our software and hardware solutions digitize, automate and connect the packaging development and production workflow, from virtualized 3D design concepts all the way to printed, finished packs, in-store displays and e-commerce imagery and content. We strive to improve the overall efficiency of this critical business process for brand owners and the packaging value chain players.”
Esko is itself owned by the Danaher Corporation as part of its Environmental and Applied solutions division. So this acquisition also means that Blue will become part of the Danaher Product Identification platform of companies, which also includes Pantone, MediaBeacon, X-Rite, AVT, Videojet, FOBA, Linx and Laetus and which together deal with the consumer packaging market.