Cooperation on R & D expected to boost prepress tools.


Artwork Systems Group plans to integrate its Enfocus Software subsidiary even further within the group. The respective R & D departments will work together on future prepress workflow developments in the same building at Artwork's headquarters in Ghent, Belgium, from around the end of 2005. California based Enfocus will retain its status as an independent business unit within Artwork Systems, but the parent will absorb administrative services including human resources, IT and finance.

As a result of the integration, David van Driessche, current CEO of Enfocus Software, has decided to step down. Patrick Van Dam becomes executive VP worldwide sales and marketing and will head the Enfocus business unit. He will report to Chairman Guido Van der Schueren.

Since acquiring Enfocus in 2000, Artwork Systems has worked to exploit the technical capabilities of Enfocus Certified PDF (portable document format) technology in its product line. Certified PDF offers an internet facility for designers and printers to exchange and work with the same specified PDF files to guide the entire creation and preflight processes. A grouping and...

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