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Ball Packaging Europe and EskoArtwork Help Pepsi Score World Cup Success

(PresseBox) (Gent (Belgium), ) Ball Packaging Europe's adoption of EskoArtwork technology has helped Pepsi Cola achieve its highest ever share of cola sales during the World Cup period*. As part of a Pepsi Cola promotional campaign, Ball Packaging Europe printed pin-sharp images of some of the world's best footballers - including Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba - on Pepsi cans using EskoArtwork's flexo technology.

Ultra-fine detail helps bring campaign to life

The hi-res optics on the CDI Spark Computer to Plate device enables images to be applied directly to flexible letterpress printing plates, and brings out the finest image detail in pin-sharp resolution.

The eye-catching Pepsi cans held up to close scrutiny according to Gary Brown, Manager Graphics UK for Ball Packaging Europe. He explains: "The differentiation we achieved on the flesh tones and the fine text detail for the nutritional information was very impressive."

For Brown, the striking results were particularly satisfying as they were created using the letterpress process at full production speed: "Producing work of this caliber requires input from all areas of the business. However, the result was worth the effort: "It means we can offer our customers exceptional quality and at the same time a competitive value-added solution to the market."

Innovative printing ensures campaign's success

The results speak for themselves - the campaign attracted more than 1.4m consumer entries, and Pepsi achieved its highest ever share of cola sales during the World Cup period.*

Jon Ellis, Britvic UK Activity Marketing Manager, Sponsorship & Equity comments: "Key to the success of a promotion like this is being able to produce a stand-out design that engages consumers and ensures Pepsi's brand identity remains clearly visible. High-quality, sharply defined print is an essential element in that process. We have been working with EskoArtwork and Ball Packaging Europe to make the most of the innovative solutions available and maximise our product design potential."

Brown is delighted with the success of the campaign, and believes EskoArtwork solutions will continue playing a key role in helping Ball Packaging Europe meet future demand for high-end, short-run work: "The hi-res CDI from EskoArtwork let us offer brand owners premium print that stands out on the shelf and grabs consumers' attention. EskoArtwork technology enhances promotional campaigns by delivering incredibly sharp graphics that support a brand's image and ensure product differentiation."

*Source; Nielsen Total Cola Volume % Share (WE 26.06.10)

About EskoArtwork

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

EskoArtwork is the worldwide market leader with pre-production and collaboration software for packaging buyers, designers and 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 also provides a range of workflow solutions for the commercial printing and publishing market, as well as the Enfocus suite of PDF tools for graphic designers and print production professionals.

EskoArtwork employs around 950 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 40 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 2009 with revenue of EUR 145 million and an EBITDA of EUR 23 million.

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