BELGIUM – Esko, a global developer of integrated hardware and software products for the print, packaging, and label industries, has acquired Canada-based A.I. software company Tilia Labs.

The acquisition will help both firms to collaborate to create the next generation of integrated solutions for packaging, label, and wide format markets.

The software portfolio of Esko is complemented by the spectrum of sophisticated algorithms from Tilia Labs for sheet layout, estimate, and planning.

With the acquisition, both firms will collaborate to create the next generation of integrated solutions.

Danaher Product Identification Vice President and Group Executive Mattias Byström said: “Converters are coming under increasing pressure to deliver more volume with shorter print runs to bring versatility to the market, while the adoption of digital printing continues to grow.

“This acquisition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing integrated software and hardware solutions that accelerate the go-to-market process for consumer-packaged goods.”

According to Mattias, Esko can provide superior service to its customers in the packaging, label, and wide format markets because of the integrated solutions contained inside its software platform.

Tilia Labs CEO and co-founder Sagen de Jonge said: “We have long shared a common goal with Esko of empowering businesses to improve ways of working, eradicate waste and optimize operational processes to meet the challenges they face today and tomorrow.

“We are therefore thrilled that our technology for sheet and roll optimization, automation, planning, and estimation has been identified as a perfect fit with the market-leading Esko suite of solutions.”

The deal comes barely a month after Esko successfully achieved certification of the international standard on information security management, ISO 27001, following a perfect 100% assessment of its security policies and procedures.

The accreditation, which applies to all the company’s cloud operations and services, IT infrastructure, Human Resources, physical security and legal – recognizes that Esko is fully compliant with the stringent security requirements of the International Organization for Standardization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ISO 27001 security standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an information security management system within the context of an organization.

It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of an organization.

As part of the accreditation, Joël Depernet, Chief Technology Officer at Esko, said the team had to ensure each security document, policy and procedure met the international standards of compliance.

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