Esko and Artwork Systems to Join Forces
ABN Amro and Monard D’Hulst acted as advisors to Esko, ING and Baker & McKenzie acted as advisors to Artwork Systems.
About Artwork Systems
Artwork Systems develops complete and integrated software solutions for the preparation of professional color printing or pre-press. Artwork Systems now has offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States with international support structures in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Hong Kong. Partner organizations in more than 40 countries are responsible for the additional worldwide distribution of the various products.
Esko is the leading global system integrator to the packaging pre-production industry. Esko solutions and services help customers to ensure quality and compliance and to reduce costs and time-to-market, and enable collaboration and business growth. Esko has its headquarters in Gent, Belgium and employs around 735 people worldwide. R&D and manufacturing facilities are located in Belgium, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Czech Republic. Esko has regional sales and support organizations in a number of countries throughout Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific region, including Japan and China. Its products are also distributed through a global network of resellers.
Axcel is the largest private equity fund of Denmark, which focuses on creating strong and valuable enterprises. Axcel was founded in 1994 and has a large number of Danish and international investors today. Since its establishment, Axcel has actively invested in Danish enterprises through three investment funds with a capital commitment totaling DKK 6.6 billion (EUR 890 million). With 29 investments Axcel is the fund which has made most investments in medium-sized Danish enterprises.