Canadian Packaging

Esko to acquire CAPE Systems

CAPE PACK palletization team and software products will be integrated into Esko’s organization.

September 16, 2013  By Andrew Joseph

The Esko Group says it will purchase CAPE Systems, a provider of software solutions for packaging design, pallet load optimization and supply chain profitability.

CAPE is active worldwide through a network of resellers, and is headquartered in Allen, Texas with offices in London, U.K. Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and professional publishing industries

“Esko is continually evolving from a prepress solution provider to an end-to-end supplier in the packaging world. It is our strategy to improve and drive profitability, utilization and fail safe solutions for our customers all the way from design to the point of sale,” explains Esko president and chief executive officer Carsten Knudsen. “CAPE has already made inroads in the brand owner and retailer packaging space. Adding their palletization tools to our portfolio supports our strategic goals.

“With CAPE, Esko receives the world’s leading and best-in-class toolkit. We´re determined to leverage the synergies this brings to our existing products and services—especially the sustainability benefits that integrating CAPE’s technology into Esko solutions should provide our customers.”


CAPE and Esko share many common customers across both the packaging manufacturing and brand owner markets.

As well, there are close links between ArtiosCAD, Esko’s leading structural package design software worldwide (see image above), and CAPE PACK, which uses ArtiosCAD data for calculation and simulations within the software. Additionally, CAPE reports can already be managed within Esko’s WebCenter online packaging management platform.

CAPE’s products and staff will be integrated into Esko’s portfolio and organization.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close late September of 2013.

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