Ghent (Belgium), March 28, 2013 – Strong growth opportunities in South Asia, and in particular India, have prompted Esko (www.esko.com) to move to a new office in Bangalore, India. The new premise houses Esko's expanding Indian operation and has brand-new demo facilities. In presence of customers, Danaher representatives and members of the media, the new office was officially inaugurated on March 25th by Esko's CEO Carsten Knudsen and other Esko Senior Executives.
“South Asia, and in particular India, have become buoyant and robust markets with a strong drive for automation, standardization and quality assurance," comments Hoshi Deboo, Esko’s Vice President Asia-Pacific. "Our growth in this market has continued to such an extent that the timing to move to larger premises is perfect. It puts us in a strong position to ensure that our customers are fully supported to make the most of today´s opportunities.”
Active in India since 1996, Esko has formed successful and longstanding relationships with leading companies such as Universal Print Systems, Shilp Gravures, Numex, Veepee, Britannia, Pragati, Acuprint, ITC, Parksons, TCPL, Positive Packaging to name a few. The company spent the first years focusing on developing commercial opportunities.
As Mr. Ambar Patel, Managing Director of customer Shilp Gravures states, looking back at the long relation with Esko: “We are very pleased to be associated with Esko since 1996 being their first customer in India when it was called Barco Graphics. There had been lot of developments over the years in Esko’s application software and we being all the time with them are the beneficiaries of this development. It helped us to grow in better way than our peers by providing our industry enhanced quality of gravure cylinders thanks to processing of jobs through Esko’s software. There is no comparison to the contribution from Esko to Shilp and to the industry as well. They have left competition way behind.”
Go for Growth
In 2007 Esko opened of the Global Resources Centre (GRC), and again new premises in Bangalore in 2009. Accommodating a growing team of software developers and application engineers, Esko's new office facilities now will enable to expand product engineering and prototyping, Systems Integration capabilities and E-Support services to customers around the world. The new premises host a full-featured customer training center where visitors can explore and get trained on Esko´s solutions and applications for the packaging, and sign and display markets, including a full featured Kongsberg digital finishing system demo center.
As part of the company's investment in the region, Esko is also dedicated to recruiting local expertise and adding new talent to strengthen the teams.
“There is a palpable air of optimism in the Indian market as major brand owners localise their production to meet the growing local consumer demands," comments CEO Mr. Carsten Knudsen. "Through our broad array of technologies, Esko can help print and packaging operations to deliver cost-effective, consistent and high-quality solutions. Opening new premises underpins our commitment to supporting businesses in the region as well as to our important and growing teams of global software development and support. We are confident that our local organisation will continue to contribute to the growing success of Esko.”