PriscoDigital Expands Its Digital Business in Canada

February 26, 2014

Continues its Offering of Esko Sign & Display Solutions to Commercial Printers

PriscoDigital provides the complete line of Esko workflow software tools in addition to Kongsberg tables, helping print providers finish digital jobs, from design to print to cut.

Newark, NJ, February 24th. 2014 - Concurrent with PriscoDigital’s national distribution agreement with HP Canada to market and sell the high volume product line of HP Scitex wide format and super-wide industrial inkjet printing systems, Esko continues to support their complete workflow program for digital printing.

Commercial printers in Canada continue to search for new opportunities to increase revenues and profitability. Many have chosen wide format as a viable alternative to evolve their print services. “Wide-format inkjet technologies are special because they enable commercial printers to capture new business from within their existing customers,” explains Steve Zunde, president of PriscoDigital. “Esko is valuable to this group of companies because they can easily invest in Esko’s hardware and software expertise to compete with a new class of work.”

PriscoDigital, the digital division of the Prisco Group of companies, has been successfully selling Esko’s Kongsberg finishing tables and software solutions to commercial printers in the U.S. and Canada. During this period, PriscoDigital and Esko have partnered to offer design-to-print-to-cut workflows to wide format sign & display print companies in Canada.

“Prisco has the largest field sales force calling on commercial printers in the U.S., as well as a very strong presence in Canada,” notes Bill Hartman, Esko Vice President Business Development, Digital Finishing. “Their new distribution agreement with HP is very impressive. We, at Esko, believe that our Kongsberg XN, XP and super-wide C-Series digital finishing tables complement these digital printing systems very well. And, our digital workflow systems have been used as digital front ends for many of these printers, coordinating print with finishing.”

“Our continuing relationship with Esko is extremely important to PriscoDigital. Our ability to provide complete workflow solutions that complement our HP Scitex wide format inkjet systems is critical to our customer’s successes. Many companies forget that printing is just one component of getting a job out the door. Finishing is required, too. Esko has both the finishing hardware and structural and graphic workflow software to cover all aspects of a job,” remarks Eric A. Gutwillig, VP of Marketing for PriscoDigital. “We continue to seek out and partner with companies that offer productive, leading-edge technologies that assist our customers to expand their businesses.”

About Prisco (www.prisco.com): Prisco is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of offset pressroom chemistry, coatings, adhesives, blankets, supply items and process control equipment. With Canadian headquarters in Newmarket, ON and a vast dealer network in Canada, Prisco provides quality products and superior support services to customers as it has for over a century. The PriscoDigital division focuses on providing complete turnkey wide format inkjet solutions based upon innovative HP Scitex Industrial Inkjet technologies and backed by the superior service, technical and customer support that Prisco has always been known for.
More information about PriscoDigital is available on www.prisco.com

About Esko (www.esko.com): Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. Esko products and services drive profitability in the packaging and printing supply chain by reducing time-to-market and raising productivity.

Portfolio: The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and 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 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 part of Esko.
Facts & numbers: Esko employs around 1300 people worldwide. Its direct sales and service organization covers Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Americas and the Asia Pacific, Japan and China regions and is complemented by a network of distribution partners in more than 50 countries.

Esko is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India. Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com).

For more information, visit www.esko.com

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