X-Rite becomes exclusive distributor of ColorCert to enable brands to have consistent color from design to shelf

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PantoneLIVE and ColorCert create a real-time color reporting system for brand owners and their supply chains

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  March 12, 2014 -- X-Rite, Incorporated announces it is the exclusive distributor of ColorCert® software while simultaneously launching an X-Rite branded edition. Sold exclusively by X-Rite, Esko and authorized dealers, ColorCert®: X-Rite Edition delivers process control for monitoring and managing color across a large and diverse supply chain, greatly simplifying color communication all the way from the artwork phase of projects through separation, ink room and pressroom.

Working in collaboration with Nelissen Consulting of Germany to issue the ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition, the company is leveraging its expertise in color measurement and management to offer complete closed loop reporting solutions that cover every aspect of color definition and control in package production.

“The fact that X-Rite has chosen ColorCert as its main offering for statistical process control of packaging colors speaks for the quality of the solution” said Christian Nelissen, founder and owner of Nelissen Consulting.  “I’m convinced that by combining ColorCert with X-Rite’s industry-leading solutions and leveraging the X-Rite and Esko global network, we will create a new de-facto standard for the communication and control of color in the packaging industry.”

The ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition has particular appeal for both brand owners and their suppliers. ColorCert provides procurement and brand owners with a convenient dashboard, presenting supplier scorecards for monitoring the production process across the supply chain. Printers, prepress, premedia and ink manufacturers are now able to validate their own work in real time.

“With the continued consolidation and globalization of the packaging industry, it was critical for X-Rite to offer the right tools to enable consistent specification and communication of color with PantoneLIVE, while also complementing the offering with ColorCert to allow real-time monitoring and reporting,” said Sonia Megert, Vice President Pantone Digital Business Unit of X-Rite.  “ColorCert enhances the PantoneLIVE value proposition by adding statistical process control for monitoring a large and diverse supply chain. PantoneLIVE continues to be an open platform and we will continue to support our partners wishing to integrate with our products.”  

PantoneLIVE is a secure, centralized cloud ecosystem where brand owners, packaging designers and packaging converters can access data that precisely defines brand colors.  By incorporating ColorCert into the PantoneLIVE workflow, brand owners have a complete, end-to-end, closed-loop solution for enabling that color is right the first time, every time, regardless of producer, technology, substrate or geography.  ColorCert and PantoneLIVE will ideally complement the Esko Brand Owner offering. “We have incorporated critical capabilities in our Esko offerings so that our growing number of brand customers can transform and optimize their business operations,” said John Elworthy, Global Business Development, Brand Owner at Esko.

ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition is a comprehensive, scalable solution that has applications for large converters or those printers that want to drive consistency across various geographies. The package strengthens color communication within operations at a converter and provides real-time job sharing between all shareholders including premedia, prepress, ink manufacturers and brand owners. Converters can use ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition to consolidate color performance programs across locations and offer advanced reporting capabilities to brands.

The ColorCert: X-Rite Edition will be available directly through X-Rite, the company’s network of authorized dealers in the Americas and Europe, and Esko for all brand offerings. Current ColorCert customers will be managed through X-Rite.

For more information on ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition, please refer to the www.xrite.com/colorcert website. Information on PantoneLIVE can be found on Pantone at www.pantone.com/live and on Esko at www.esko.com.  

About X-Rite
Founded in 1958, X-Rite, Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology.  Including its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.  X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

 
About PantoneLIVE
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the universal PANTONE Color language to be accurately communicated across the entire packaging workflow – from design concept to retail store shelves. PantoneLIVE extends the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library, mapping critical color information to packaging-specific substrates. The PantoneLIVE ecosystem is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of a packaging supply chain to access the same PantoneLIVE Colors, in addition to brand specific palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, regardless of media or print technology, providing a cohesive brand approach.

While users of any manufacturer’s ink will be able to take advantage of PantoneLIVE, Sun Chemical is the preferred ink partner. Esko, a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing, is also a preferred partner supporting PantoneLIVE. Both companies worked closely with Pantone and X-Rite to develop PantoneLIVE. For more information, please see www.pantone.com/live

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on , and Pinterest.

About Esko
Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging and labels, sign and display, commercial printing and publishing industries. Esko products and services drive profitability in the packaging and printing supply chain by reducing time-to-market and raising productivity.

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