Bringing together two leaders certainly creates Europe's largest digital pre-press supplier with market leadership in a number of graphic arts and packaging business areas. Combined turnover tops EUR250.

Head office will be in Gent, Belgium. Hardware and software product development will be in Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Czechoslovakia and the USA. All manufacturing will take place in Europe.

BPE will start operating as a new company immediately and will have fully consolidated its operations under its new name by January 2002.

William Schulin-Zeuthen, currently president and CEO of Purop-Eskofot, will become CEO of BPE.