Sharing Vision, Knowledge and Expertise at the Flexo Innovation Day

The who-is-who of the European flexo industry gathered at Esko’s customer center in Belgium to debate market trends, share flexo vision and expertise, and to see the latest technology in action. A wonderful yet casual deep dive in state-of the art flexo platemaking.

Ghent (Belgium), April 7, 2017 – Esko ( shared its flexo technological know-how and market insights driven by trends such as shorter print runs, design versioning and shorter time to market last month during a well-attended and informative Flexo Innovation Day. It also presented its broad portfolio of workflow automation and platemaking solutions.

Esko continues to pioneer and lead the flexo platemaking industry with solutions to automate the process and to improve flexo print quality.

Esko welcomed more than 80 industry executives from leading European trade shops and converter operations to its customer center in Ghent to experience the latest innovations the company has brought to market. Visitors took part in learning and discovering through demonstrations and interactive sessions conducted by Esko’s leadership team, product and application experts.

At the Flexo Innovation Day, industry professionals were able to experience first-hand how the latest generation in technology can transform the platemaking production process. They saw in action how the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS integrates and automates plate imaging, main and back exposure, and how the XPS 5080 UV LED exposure device adds increased consistency to the established Esko quality standard. Its intuitive touchscreen interface makes operation easy and increases plate room production efficiency.

Attendees were also able to observe the complete integration of flexo platemaking with workflow software with the new Automation Engine Device Manager. Full control over the flexo platemaking process is moved further upstream into prepress for increased efficiencies. They inspected beautiful print samples produced with the new screening and platemaking technology that takes digital flexo to the next quality level.

Udo Panenka, Esko president, comments, “It was great to welcome leading experts from all over Europe to our headquarters and share our vision for the flexo industry, and show how our innovations simplify the flexo platemaking process. In today’s production environment with continuously decreasing average print run lengths, it is essential to make the platemaking process as efficient as possible. The industry is always looking for ways to produce plates faster, more accurately, and more effectively with even higher quality. At Esko, we work hard to keep the innovation coming and bring products to market that exactly fulfill those demands.”

Visitors were very enthusiastic about the event. They could connect with industry peers, interact with leading technologies and discover the latest innovations and trends. Gyula Marlok, Managing Director at Schawk!, says, “We are planning to invest in the next three years. This event is very important to us to discover what is state-of-the-art.”

Panenka concludes, “The time is right to rethink flexo platemaking, with greater integration of process steps, more automation, and improved quality, consistency and ease of use. We need to bring our customers the benefits of more efficiently manage the digital flexo platemaking workflow. The full range of digital flexo innovations that Esko has recently launched is now commercially available. Industry feedback has been phenomenal, and we are seeing great interest from customers, trade press and partners from all over the globe.”

To get a glimpse of the Esko Innovation Day, please visit Esko’s Youtube channel:

About Esko (

Packaging Simplified. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family.

Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium), its sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all over the globe.

Esko is a Danaher company (

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