MPS, Esko and CERM connect their solutions and demonstrate the production workflow of the future at a successful ‘Labels Connected’ event

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During the first edition of ‘Labels Connected’, held on February 28 at the MPS headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, 60 invitees learned more about the benefits of systems connectivity in the label industry and how to implement this in their business.

The event, organized by MPS, Esko and CERM and supporting partners AVT and Domino, attracted over 60 professionals from the European label industry. This was much more than anticipated, said Fredric Vanvinckenroye, Field Marketing Manager EMEA at Esko: “The event revealed that truly understanding connectivity and embracing a new mindset is clearly a need in the industry. MPS and its partners are leading the way in innovation - together addressing label printing requirements and challenges with connectivity integration.”

1 Labels Connected Presentations

Labels Connected presentations

Labels Connected started with the partners presenting a framework of drivers behind the need to connect people, processes and systems, as well as reviewing trends and innovations in the label industry. Peter Overbeek, CEO of the Dutch printing company Eshuis concluded the plenary session with a compelling story sharing Eshuis’ experiences with the implementation of connectivity to the printshop.

The program continued with three interactive workshops during which the attendees could witness live demonstrations of system and workflow connectivity:

-       Integrating MIS systems and automating prepress
-       Digital, hybrid combination printing
-       Extended colour gamut printing with in-line inspection

2 Labels Connected – Workshop ‘Integrating MIS Systems And Automating Prepress’

Labels Connected workshop 'Integrating MIS systems and automating prepress

Geert Van Damme, Managing Director of CERM: “We live in a world that is evolving permanently, which means we all have to keep on learning permanently. The differentiator between competitors when it comes to applying connectivity in a label business, will be the ability to adapt to change.”

The presentations and workshops were well-received by the international guests, of which over 60% were printing companies.

During the workshops, there was enough time for one-on-one discussions with the organizing suppliers.

Because of the success of this first edition of Labels Connected, the organizing partners decided to host a second edition mid 2019. The date, location and program will follow.

Bert van den Brink, MPS co-founder: “We believe that connectivity is the way to go in the label industry. It takes some steps to fully automate and connect your entire printing process. Start with small steps, but start now!”


About Esko

Esko, a Danaher company, is a global provider of integrated software and hardware solutions that digitize, automate and connect the go-to-market process of consumer goods.  Esko connects people, processes and tools to meet the needs of global brands and the people who trust them. 

Esko customers bring consumer products to life with accuracy, efficiency and speed. Packaging for 9 out of 10 major brands is produced by Esko customers today.

Headquartered in Gent, Belgium, Esko employs 1800 people worldwide with a unique focus on the packaging sector.

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For more information on Esko and its activities, please contact PHD Marketing Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 1977 708 643 or Email:

About CERM

Cerm offers a modular, process-efficient Business Automation Solution (MIS/MES) designed to meet the specific needs of narrow web printers around the world. Cerm is partnering with industry leaders to form a complete end-to-end business solution for its customers. Headquartered in Belgium, Cerm has an installed base in EMEA, Asia, Australia and North America.

About MPS

At MPS we design and build printing presses for the label and flexible packaging industry.

During the design of the machine we ask ourselves: What does it take for printing presses to really deliver in quality and productivity? It’s the people behind the controls. That is why MPS puts the operator first.

MPS. Operator Focused, Results Driven.