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X-Rite and Pantone Add New Flexo Color Libraries to PantoneLIVE with Sun Chemical
New PantoneLIVE libraries allow UV flexography printers and converters to accurately match achievable Pantone Colors in label and carton applications.
29 May 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 29, 2018 X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, today announced six new libraries for PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem. Developed with their PantoneLIVE Preferred Partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical, the six new dependent standard libraries are ideal for UV-cured flexography printers and converters allowing them to accurately match achievable Pantone Colors in label and carton applications. Consumer goods companies and designers can use the new libraries to better define, create, visualize and communicate color palettes for clear film packaging, aluminum labels and recycled cartons produced with UV-cured flexographic printing technology.

“In collaboration with Sun Chemical, we are continuously evolving the PantoneLIVE platform to support a wider range of packaging applications and help designers and suppliers easily visualize on-screen how color palettes will appear in production,” said Adrián Fernández, General Manager, Pantone. “The addition of the new libraries to PantoneLIVE makes UV flexo printing with Pantone colors on labels and cartons much easier by providing printers with the official Pantone spectral targets. Today, PantoneLIVE offers over 70,000 Pantone color choices for the top packaging and printing applications, helping to speed up the entire packaging design process and get products to market faster.”

PantoneLIVE is an end-to-end color communication ecosystem that bridges the gap in digital color communication between brands/designers and their print, packaging or manufacturing supply chains. Leveraging the cloud, PantoneLIVE ensures Pantone color consistency from design through final production by setting achievable expectations of the entire supply chain. The new PantoneLIVE libraries are available within both the PantoneLIVE Design and PantoneLIVE Production – Print and Packaging licenses. The new libraries include:

  • Metalized Paper Label with White Ink – UV Flexo
  • Clear Film with Varnish – UV Flexo
  • Clear Film with Base White Varnish – UV Flexo
  • Clear Film on Clear Plastic Bag – UV Flexo
  • Clear Film on White Base – UV Flexo
  • Recycled Carton Board with Varnish – UV Flexo

“Sun Chemical is excited to continue our partnership with X-Rite and Pantone and add these new color libraries to the PantoneLIVE UV flexo portfolio,” said Patrice Aurenty, Business Leader, Color Management, Sun Chemical. “These new color libraries are fully aligned with the standard Pantone language of color and bring color predictability, achievability and harmonization to the existing PantoneLIVE libraries. These enhancements contribute to the proven benefits of using a digital color communication workflow for every supplier in the graphic arts industry, from design to press. We look forward to the continuation of this exciting project in further market sectors.”

For more information on PantoneLIVE visit www.pantone.com/live.


About PantoneLIVE

PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the Pantone Color language to be communicated and targeted for accurate color production across the entire supply chain – from design concept to final color production. The PantoneLIVE family includes PantoneLIVE Design, PantoneLIVE Production - Print & Packaging and PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings, and Textile. The different offerings are tailored to meet the specific needs of designers, color material suppliers, and manufacturers working with paper, film, plastics, coatings and textiles. The PantoneLIVE family is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of the packaging, plastic, coatings, and textile supply chains to access spectral data for matching Pantone Colors, in addition to specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, regardless of material, media or print technology, providing a cohesive brand approach. For more information, please see www.pantone.com/live.


About X-Rite

Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With 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 offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


About Pantone

Pantone provides the universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers. More than 10 million designers and producers around the world rely on Pantone products and services to help define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – leveraging advanced X-Rite technology to achieve color consistency across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design. Pantone Standards feature digital and physical color specification and workflow tools. The Pantone Color Institute™ provides customized color standards, brand identity and product color consulting as well as trend forecasting inclusive of Pantone Color of the Year, Fashion Runway Color Trend Reports, color psychology and more. Pantone B2B Licensing incorporates the Pantone Color System into different products and services, enabling licensees to communicate and reproduce certified Pantone values and improve efficiencies for their users. Pantone Lifestyle brings color and design together across apparel, home, and accessories. Learn more at www.pantone.com and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.


About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.sunchemical.com.

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