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Esko and AVT announce merger


June 4, 2020
By PrintAction Staff
Photo: Mattias Bystrom

Esko, a developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the print, packaging and label industries, and AVT Inspection Systems Inc. (AVT), a provider of print inspection, process control and quality assurance solutions, have announced their businesses have merged, effective immediately.

The merger was designed to provide simplicity and extended connectivity for customers of both firms by incorporating automated quality inspection into the connected packaging and labelling value chains. As they share many of the same global customers, the companies say that combined, they will “see expansion of its sales and technical service teams with enhanced local representation, ensuring customers and OEM partners receive the same level of customer service and technical excellence they have come to expect”.

The aim of the new organization is to allow customers to communicate and measure print quality and colour from end-to-end on a global basis, which helps improve customer satisfaction.

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“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,” added Roy Porat, president of AVT.

Esko and AVT have already released AutoSet, a digital link between Automation Engine, the Esko packaging prepress workflow server, and the AVT 100 per cent print inspection solutions. The link enables Automation Engine to set up AVT inspection systems on conventional and digital presses, as well as on rewinders.

AVT was acquired by Danaher, Esko’s parent company, in 2017, to help digitize the packaging value chain. Mattias Byström, president of Esko, expanded his role to include oversight of AVT in August 2019.