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X-Rite - 3/12/2014

X-Rite Becomes Exclusive Distributor of ColorCert

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, the ColorCert® 2.0: 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 2.0: 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.

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