Esko swallows up AVT

Esko, which is owned by Danaher, has integrated AVT, which was acquired by Danaher in 2017, into its business, hardly a surprise since the two companies have been moving closer together in recent years.

Mattias Byström, President of Danaher’s Packaging & Color Businesses

It’s a logical step since Danaher picked up AVT, which mostly produces print inspection and quality control systems, in order to help digitize packaging production. Mattias Byström, president of Danaher’s Packaging & Color Businesses, which includes Pantone, Esko & X-Rite, expanded his role to include oversight of AVT in August 2019. He explained: “We are on a mission to build trust in packaging for the long term. This means we are focused on continuously improving the specification, measurement and communication between parties across the global packaging value chain. By removing the organizational barriers between AVT and Esko, we are expediting this vision.”

The aim of this integration is for customers to communicate and measure print quality and colour, from end to end on a global basis. Roy Porat, president of AVT, added: “Above all, this integration will absolutely deliver simplicity. It will be easier for printers to measure print quality and colour, easier for operators to hit quality and colour targets, easier for teams to track and share quality and colour data, and easier for business leaders to buy and implement these solutions. Bringing our combined strengths together to deliver a complete solution is an exciting opportunity for our customers and our business.”

AVT has previously developed Autoset to link its inspection systems to Esko’s Automation Engine, which allows customers with  Automation Engine to setup AVT inspection systems on conventional and digital presses, as well as on rewinders in an automated way. 

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