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X-Rite and Pantone Demonstrate Color Innovation at Surfex and PLAST


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 18, 2018X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, will showcase their latest color management innovations at two leading European conferences - Surfex 2018 and PLAST 2018. At these events, designers, masterbatchers, compounders, coatings companies and manufacturers can see the newest solutions to specify, communicate, formulate and control color quality across the entire manufacturing workflow to help speed production and reduce waste.

NEW PantoneLIVE™ Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile: X-Rite and Pantone have expanded their cloud-based digital standard ecosystem, PantoneLIVE, to meet the needs of the plastics, coatings and textile industries. The new PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile offering provides the official spectral color data from the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for plastics and coatings. Using PantoneLIVE helps bridge the gap in digital color communication between brands/designers and their print, packaging or product manufacturing supply chains.

NEW Ci7500 Benchtop Spectrophotometer: This new reflectance-only sphere benchtop spectrophotometer addresses the needs of lab and QC professionals who primarily work with opaque materials. The Ci7500 features SPIN/SPEX measurement to accurately determine gloss levels and is UV calibrated for advanced optical brighteners. This new instrument brings the level of reliability, traceability and accuracy that customers expect in a more affordable model.

MetaVue VS3200: The first non-contact imaging spectrophotometer that brings versatility and accuracy to the color measurement of wet and dry paints, liquids, powders, gels and plastic samples for improved color formulation and quality control. MetaVue VS3200 is ideal for color formulation, production color checks and quality control operations.

MA-T Family of Multi-Angle Imaging Spectrophotometers: The industry’s first instruments to combine color imaging and multi-angle spectral measurement to quantify color, sparkle and coarseness. The MA-T family allows manufacturers to more precisely define and control effect finishes in order to achieve a new level of consistency and harmony across adjacent parts.

“We are excited to be demonstrating the PantoneLIVE ecosystem at these leading European events,” said Richard Roth, Vice President Product Management, X-Rite. “The PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile license gives production suppliers instant access to the official Pantone spectral color values. PantoneLIVE works with X-Rite’s color management tools, allowing suppliers to easily integrate precise spectral values into their digital workflows and begin production faster and with more confidence. This saves valuable time in the manufacturing process that otherwise would be consumed waiting for physical samples to arrive.”

Visit X-Rite at stand #113 at Surfex 2018, May 22 – 23 in Coventry, England.
Visit X-Rite at stand #B151 at PLAST 2018, May 29 – June 1 in Milano, Italy.

For more information about end-to-end color management solutions from X-Rite and Pantone, visit  

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

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 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 and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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©2018 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. PANTONE®, PantoneLIVE and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Pantone is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. Licensed under Sun Chemical Corporation. Sun Chemical’s patented technology enables the communication of a consistent, digital description of the desired appearance of a product. – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,034,960; 7,202,976; 7,268,918; 7,417,764; 7,738,149 and their foreign equivalents. © Pantone LLC, 2018. All rights reserved

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