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FLEXO Magazine : June 2013
Industry Indicators Eskoworld Shatters Attendance Records Phoenix, AZ — Records were shattered as 600 attendees—including 450 users—turned out for Eskoworld 2013, May 19-21. Mark Quinlan, president Americas, prognosticated that, ”Trendlines point to hitting 1,000 attendees in four years. “ The three day event offered nearly 100 sessions—70 educational sessions, 20 in Spanish, seven customer presentations, and two partner panels. Some 90 Esko repre- sentatives were on hand to offer instruction and encouragement in a no-pressure, non-sales setting. Carsten Knudsen, CEO told delegates, “Brand owners are passionate about pack- aging. That’s why we’re here. HD Flexo is becoming an industry standard. With 2,350 CDIs installed—500 HD—and 250 certified users, we’re making consistent quality pos- sible across sites and from job-to-job. Esko customers produce packaging for nine of 10 brands, according to Knudsen. “In- novation defines our future. We spend 8 percent of revenue on research and development. “ T he company is focusing on helping its customers “Digitize, end-to-end,” Knudsen said. The strategy is to make the production process smoother and faster. “Full HD Flexo is a game changer.” Discussing market dynamics, Esko’s CEO explained, “In- tegrated solutions drive profitability in the package printing supply chain. Revenues increased 8 percent in 2012 with 1,101 new customers.” Rattling off current demands and challenges, he listed, “Faster, better, cheaper, greener, in- creasing price pressure and regulatory compliance, mass customization and of course, globalization/consolidation.” Helping to address those demands is management software, workflow automation, digital frontend systems, and online collaboration—cloud-based enterprise configurations designed to ensure print quality improvements and accu- rate brand color reproduction. Eskoworld delegates were exposed to current offerings, from Suite 12 to Full HD Flexo. Bernard Zwaenepoel, senior vice presi- dent, software business, noted that, “The packaging supply chain today finds 70 per- cent of customers in the digital flexo product ecosystem, which celebrates continuing innovation.” He further observed, “Color is of epic importance. Getting first time right color throughout the supply chain equals substantial savings. Expanded gamut ink sets improve speed by which it can be deployed.” Partner panels saw representatives from Enfocus, EFI, Augment, Chili Publish, HP, MacDermid Printing Solutions, Meta Communications, The Quick Brown Fox, Western Computer, Storaenzo, X-rite, Tesa Tape, DuPont Packaging Graphics, Cape Systems and Southern Lithoplate encour- age attendees to drive adoption of flexo through print quality and automation. Their collective message focused on ease and productivity, the move to become solutions architects and niches and necessities. The call to ac- tion: “Navigate. Collaborate, Integrate. ” All partner firms showcased solutions in The Partner Zone on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Esko team members and customers roasted Simon James, saluting the recent retiree, most noted for devel- oping ArtiosCAD, for his contribution to the packaging industry at EskoWorld 2013. Simon was given a standing ovation by hundreds of Esko users and representatives during the opening session. James held a variety of posi- tions with Esko, ranging from vice president/sales, Europe to president Esko North America and senior vice president/ global marketing. Eskoworld’s keynote address was delivered by Bill Capo- dagli, a noted author. It was entitled, “What Would Walt Do,” The presentation focused on applying Disney philoso- phies to any business situation, including packaging. Four major theories were discussed: Dream, Believe, Dare, Do! Capodagli suggested that, a shifting industry, managing complexities, change, turnover, wow factor and, customer loyalty, were driving today ’s climate. He advised, “Don’t live for today at the expense of tomorrow. Be persistent and consistent. Fulfill your customers’ dreams. ” Eskoworld 2014 will look to break this year’s attendance records. It is set for June 15-18 and will take place at The Swan Hotel, Disneyworld, Orlando, FL. Quinlan Knudsen Zwaenepoel 14 FLEXO June 2013 www.flexography.org pRESSIng ISSuES “The F&K 20SIX allows us to set-up jobs in a fraction of the time it used to take.” Rich Speeney Managing Director and co-owner of MRI Flexible Packaging See video here: www.bobst.com/f&k20six www.bobst.com F&K 20SIX CI flexo press INTELLIGENT DESIGN. INTELLIGENT ECONOMICS. The new benchmark for flexible packaging.