Esko acquires Blue Software

Esko, a global provider of software and hardware for packaging design, collaboration, automation, workflow and production, has announced its acquisition of Blue Software, a label and artwork management software company based in Chicago, Illinois, from Diversis Capital and Schawk Digital Solutions. “This acquisition 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,” said Esko.

Udo Panenka.
Udo Panenka.

“We’re relentlessly seeking to reduce time-to-market, costs and quality risks 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. “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 packaging value chain players. With this acquisition, we enhance Esko’s position as a tech innovator in the packaging industry,” Panenka added. 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, said the companies. “Leveraging the talent and technology in both organizations will enable 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.”

Ali Moosani.
Ali Moosani.

“In today’s compliance-constrained and ecommerce-driven environment where consumers ceaselessly look for something new, packaging artwork and labeling continues to be a bottleneck in the new product development and commercialization process,” said Ali Moosani, President of Blue. “Blue helps users collaborate faster and more accurately so they can launch new products more frequently at lower cost. Blue and Esko coming together is truly a transformational moment for the packaging industry.” As part of Esko, Blue joins the Danaher Product Identification platform of companies, 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 in their efforts to simplify packaging operations so they can launch more products faster.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.