Esko Acquires Blue Software

Esko has announced its acquisition of Blue Software, LLC, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, IL, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions.
This acquisition, says the company, joins two complementary teams to unlock product packaging development, management and execution efficiencies for brand owners in the consumer-packaged goods, life sciences and retail industries and for a variety of suppliers in the packaging value chain.

“We are relentlessly seeking to reduce time to market, cost and quality risk in the end-to-end packaging value chain. The acquisition of Blue enhances Esko’s unique set of tools to enable brand owners and their partners to improve all three,” said Udo Panenka, president of Esko.

Combining Blue’s label and artwork management software with the Esko Platform for brands deepens Esko’s investment in the industries where product packaging is critically important. Leveraging the talent and technology in both organizations enables Esko and Blue to deliver advanced functionality faster. With more local associates around the world, the combined team can deliver a higher level of service to regional and multinational customers.

As part of Esko, Blue joins the Danaher, which also includes Pantone, MediaBeacon, X-Rite, AVT, Videojet, FOBA, Linx and Laetus. Together, these companies support the consumer-packaged goods industry and their suppliers.