EskoArtwork sets up a Software Development Center in the Suzhou Industrial Park

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EskoArtwork has signed an agreement with the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) to set up a Software Development Center in the SIP. The official signing of the agreement was well attended by a large number of EskoArtwork’s Chinese customers during the User Club Day at the Belgian Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

"China is an economic powerhouse that emerged from the worldwide financial crisis almost unscathed. It is no longer just a "factory of the world" but evolved to a large, rapidly growing and attractive local market. This represents a great opportunity for EskoArtwork and its customers," says Carsten Knudsen, EskoArtwork’s President & CEO. "To do business in China, it’s important to deliver products that meet the needs of the local market. The Development Center’s first focus will be to develop software that helps Chinese customers improve efficiency and quality, which will lead to improved satisfaction among their customers."

Carsten continues: "Since many years, EskoArtwork holds a strong position in China in the higher end of the market, which produces goods primarily for export. The Software Development Center will develop software targeted at China’s broad but quickly developing market of converters and tradeshops, which look to greatly improve their production capabilities to serve the local market."

"EskoArtwork chose the Suzhou Industrial Park because it offers a great pool of software talent, a well-structured and professional approach, a sound environment for the protection of IP and a set of excellent incentives," says Jean-Pierre De Moor, Vice President Asia Pacific & Japan. "Furthermore, Suzhou is close to our Greater China Headquarters in Shanghai."

"SIP is pleased to welcome EskoArtwork to the Park. We are always excited when world-class companies and market leaders in their field invest in the Park," concludes Mrs. Sun Yanyan, Vice Chairman of SIP. "It is a testimony of the excellent facilities and incentives offered by the Park."

In a further move to strengthen its position in the Chinese market, EskoArtwork will set up an assembly and manufacturing plant in China for its flagship CDI digital imager for flexo and letterpress plates. The company believes that the flexo and letterpress markets will grow significantly in the next five years, especially when the extensive local tradeshops and converter market switches to digital plates.