Tilia Labs has appointed two new executives to help support its global growth and expansion plans. George Folickman and Tyler Thompson have joined the Ottawa-based company as director of sales and solutions director respectively, with both men having special responsibility for North America.

The appointments will help meet rising demand for Tilia’s AI driven planning and imposition solutions across the entire printing and packaging industry, including labels, cartons, flexible packaging, corrugated, commercial print, signs and wide-format.

With a track record in supplying solutions for packaging printers and converters, Mr Folickman was most recently director of business development, digital finishing for Esko.

‘I’ve watched Tilia Labs with great interest for some time,’ Mr Folickman said. ‘And I have been blown away with their use of artificial intelligence combined with the open-API approach to planning and imposition – certainly, nothing can touch the speed of the Phoenix Imposition AI engine. The new levels of integration and flexibility, and the intelligent ganging and estimation made me really excited. After working in the digital finishing space, I know the industry is facing several challenges with digital manufacturing and converting shorter runs. I’m convinced that Tilia AI technology has the power to tackle many of these challenges head-on.’

Mr Thompson meanwhile, holds a M.Sc. degree in Information and Communication Technology and has both taught and studied at Clemson University where he earned his B.Sc. degree in Printing and Packaging. He is also joining from Esko, where he spent seven years in applications, engineering and sales management roles.

‘What I found most compelling about Tilia Labs was its ability to completely disrupt the market by pioneering best-in-class, AI-driven software that has become mission-critical for its customers,’ Mr Thompson explained. ‘The Imposition AI engine’s plasticity and speed make Tilia Labs the undisputed leader in bringing AI technology to the printing and packaging industry.’

‘North America continues to be a high growth market for Tilia Labs, so hiring key talent is essential to meeting our ambitious growth targets,’ added CEO Sagen de Jonge. ‘Tyler and George understand global sales, go-to-market strategies, and customer satisfaction profoundly, and they have a proven track record of driving efficiencies for customers through innovative technology.’