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EskoArtwork Announces Distributor Relationship with Antalis Southern Africa

Leading Graphic Arts Supplier Operates in 54 Countries Serving More Than 230,000 Print and Business Customers Worldwide

(PresseBox) (Gent (Belgium), ) EskoArtwork (www.esko.com) today announced that it has entered into a distributorship relationship with Antalis Southern Africa to distribute a range of EskoArtwork products serving the flexo / packaging market, as well as the visual communication market. These include the complete flexo product line with CDI flexo platesetters, HD Flexo and Digital Flexo Suite, the complete Suite 12 packaging software editors and workflow solutions, and the digital finishing solutions.

"Our goal is to work with the number one suppliers in each of the domains we serve," said Keith Solomon, Director of Graphics for Antalis Southern Africa. "EskoArtwork is obviously a leader in the packaging and flexo solutions arenas, and their products fit nicely with other products in our portfolio."

Antalis Southern Africa has 468 employees in South Africa and eight regional offices in South Africa and Botswana, including a service and technical support department with more than 30 staff. The company also distributes EFI VUTEk superwide format printers and rigid substrates, making the Kongsberg line of digital cutters an ideal fit. In addition. Antalis has a long-standing partnership with DuPont of more than 70 years, important to this arrangement since DuPont is a key EskoArtwork partner in its flexo business.

"We are pleased to have entered into this important relationship," said Armand Gougay, Vice President EMEA, of EskoArtwork. "Southern Africa is really the business and economic hub for the continent, and the partnership with Antalis Southern Africa will be a huge benefit to both of us over the long term. There is tremendous potential in the Southern African market, where both packaging and wide format printing are booming, growing faster than almost anywhere else in the world. Antalis further completes the resellernetwork we have in the region with GTS."

In addition to EFI and DuPont, Antalis also represents a number of other leading suppliers to the graphic arts market.

"One thing we definitely share with EskoArtwork is a passion for service," added Solomon. "Our very strong service and support group prides itself in providing optimal customer service. Working with a high quality, customer-oriented company like EskoArtwork makes it even easier for us to meet our customer service objectives."

Antalis Southern Africa will have EskoArtwork products available to customers beginning in the 4th quarter of 2011. For more information about Antalis Southern Africa, visit www.Antalis.co.za.

Esko Germany

EskoArtwork is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Its products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business.

Portfolio

EskoArtwork is the worldwide market leader with software for artwork creation, pre-production, automation, quality assurance and collaboration targeted at brand owners, retailers, designers and packaging manufacturers.

The CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers, Kongsberg short-run converting and signage finishing systems complete the portfolio for the packaging, label, signage and display industries.

The company provides a range of workflow, automation and quality assurance solutions for the commercial printing and publishing market. For graphic designers and print production professionals there's also the Enfocus suite of PDF tools.

Facts & numbers

EskoArtwork employs around 1050 people worldwide. Its global sales and support organization covers Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific and is completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 45 countries.

EskoArtwork is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India. The consolidated full year financials ended for 2010 with revenue of EUR 184.1 million.