In 2020, we will be hosting our next annual EskoWorld event, celebrating the bright future of packaging innovation, with chances to learn, network and develop a deeper shared understanding of the wider packaging industry.
Of course, to understand how important the institution of EskoWorld has become during its 28 years, it’s important to look back at this year’s event. During June we hosted EskoWorld 2019 – the definitive packaging event of the year. Over the course of three days, we welcomed brands and suppliers alike to Nashville, Tennessee to harmonize and collaborate, giving the entire packaging supply chain a glimpse into the future of the industry.
The foundation of the event is simple – to provide a platform for industry professionals to connect in a relaxed yet informative environment, while building general industry knowledge through hands-on sessions and partner showcases. We want to make sure the packaging industry remains at the forefront of change and growth. 2019’s event was specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of roles within the industry, including brand owners and packaging suppliers.
It was also a chance for our customers to get hands-on with the latest Esko developments, with attendees learning how they could gain new capabilities and use the very latest Esko tools to deliver error-free packaging for their customers, faster than ever before.
Numbers matter. Globally, over 500,000 operators rely on Esko products every day. 80% of all digital flexo plates produced today are manufactured using the Esko Crystal family of technologies. 25,000 designers and packaging professionals rely on ArtiosCAD structural packaging CAD software to bring designs to life for their customers. What’s more, when hosting an event to showcase these innovations and the future of the industry, figures are important.
While great innovations speak to both the head and the heart, it’s the numbers that truly demonstrate the scale of EskoWorld 2019.
We welcomed 550 packaging professionals through our doors. Visitors from around the world joined us for an opportunity to connect, learn and grow their business. EskoWorld is uniquely designed to benefit every delegate, from insight sessions with key speakers, to solution roadmap sessions to improve operational efficiency – even 1:1 sessions with Esko technicians.
At the 28th annual EskoWorld event, we pulled out all the stops to ensure it was the biggest and best so far. EskoWorld is a unique opportunity for our customers to explore the future of packaging production workflow, and we all know the industry doesn’t stay still for long. That’s why it’s important that every year, we bring more innovation and efficiency gains to our customers.
13 sponsors supported the event. As any packaging professional will attest, we work in an industry that excels in collaboration. We’d like to thank our Platinum Sponsor The Grey Elephant and our Gold Sponsor, Printing United. We’d also like to give our thanks to the other generous sponsors that helped us to once again host an engaging event for the packaging industry: AdvantzWare, Amtech, Asahi, AVT, Chili Publish, DuPont, Fujifilm, GlobalVision, KeyShot, MacDermid and X-Rite Pantone.
We delivered 156 individual sessions during the event. Year after year, EskoWorld truly has something for everyone within the packaging supply chain; from training and roadmap sessions for operator insight, to partner showcase presentations. We even hosted a team of Color Experts to demonstrate the ecosystem of Esko software solutions, discussing how to optimize color workflows through improved accuracy and speed-to-market, while reducing print-related costs!
A spectacular location. We secured 1,839 hotel nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center over the event duration. To fully capture the expansive array of Esko solutions across the print and pre-press environment, we knew we needed an equally large venue.
To truly understand the synergies at play with Esko software and hardware solutions, we invited delegates to get hands-on and see the difference for themselves in our four demonstration areas. Delegates could experience for themselves how our suite of products unlock heightened process efficiency throughout the packaging supply chain.
We partied with a 10 piece band in BB Kings. As an impressive networking opportunity, it’s important for our delegates to relax, unwind and get to know their industry peers. EskoWorld offers a platform for the entire value chain to interact and exchange ideas in an open and friendly atmosphere, ultimately learning about solutions for challenges they have in common. We were delighted to invite our delegates to the legendary BB Kings bar in the heart of Music City, to enjoy music from the 10 piece house band, where a great time was had by all.
All 138 of the Esko staff who attended the event were on hand for the duration of the event. The three key principles of the event were digitize, automate and connect. We were proud to ensure our experts were there to support our customers and partners showcasing how to implement these components into existing workflows for operational excellence. Our teams work directly with Esko customers to deliver an ecosystem of software and hardware technologies that truly automate and connect supply chains, supporting the dynamic omni-channel world in which brands now find themselves.
Over 100 years of innovation. At EskoWorld 2019, VP Sales North America, Chris Miller, gave an overview of the 100 years of innovation behind Esko. Since its inception, Esko has helped designers, premedia companies, tradeshops, printers and converters to manage, create and produce better packaging, signs and displays. Today, the range of Esko integrated software and hardware solutions are globally recognized to be the industry benchmark.
Missed out on EskoWorld this year? Be sure to join us for next year’s event! Find out more information about EskoWorld 2019 and the innovations on display on the Esko site and keep your eye out for exciting announcements about EskoWorld 2020!
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