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X-Rite to Preview New Color Formulation Software at European Coatings Show

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X-Rite will demonstrate a range of color management solutions to help specify, communicate, formulate and control color quality across the entire paint and coatings workflow to help speed production and reduce waste.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 5, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, announces it will preview a new release of its Color iMatch formulation software at the European Coatings Show, March 19-21 in Nuremburg, Germany. The new Color iMatch release will feature a next-generation formulation engine that helps accelerate color development through better matches and fewer corrections. In Hall 5, Stand 5-448, attendees can see a full range of color management for the paint and coatings industry and the latest in color matching technology for retail paint. In addition, X-Rite will present a session on color and appearance control for effect finishes commonly used in automotive, plastics, coatings. 


“The demand for complex and visually appealing paint and coatings continues to grow,” said Matthew Adby, Retail & Automotive Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Manufacturers and suppliers need solutions that account for both color and appearance characteristics while streamlining the formulation process. In the X-Rite booth, we will be demonstrating how imaging-enhanced color technology helps specify, communicate, formulate and control color quality across the entire manufacturing workflow to help speed production, improve efficiency and reduce waste.”


Color management solutions on display for coatings companies and manufacturers include:


Color iMatch Preview:This new release of X-Rite’s Color iMatch formulation software will feature a next generation match engine delivering better matches with fewer corrections; a new Search and Correct algorithm that more accurately identifies candidate formulas containing the most likely colorant combinations; workflow accelerating features such as colorant optimization and performance indicators; gamut mapping; integrated formulation rules; and more.


MetaVue VS3200: For use in the lab and quality control, MetaVue VS3200 is a non-contact imaging spectrophotometer ideal for measuring difficult samples such as small and non-planar items as well as liquids, pastes, powders and gels without contaminating the instrument. The instrument’s unmatched versatility and accuracy helps speed up color formulation, production color checks and quality control operations. 


Ci7500 Benchtop Spectrophotometer: This reflectance sphere benchtop spectrophotometer delivers true process control for perfect color fidelity. This instrument brings the level of reliability, traceability and accuracy that customers expect in a more affordable model.


MA-T Family of Multi-Angle Imaging Spectrophotometers: The MA-T family of instruments combines color imaging and multi-angle spectral measurement to quantify color, sparkle and coarseness. This allows manufacturers and coating suppliers to more precisely define and control effect finishes in order to achieve a new level of consistency and harmony across adjacent parts.


PantoneLIVE™ Production – Plastic, Coatings and TextileA cloud-based digital standard ecosystem, PantoneLIVE provides plastics, coatings and textile industries with the official spectral color data from the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for plastics and coatings. With full integration into Color iQC and Color iMatch, PantoneLIVE helps bridge the gap in digital color communication between brands/designers and their manufacturing supply chains.


In addition, X-Rite will demonstrate advanced color matching technology that helps retail paint counters reduce costs by producing the perfect paint match the first time. These include:


MetaVue: For retail and point of sale (POS) color matching, this non-contact imaging spectrophotometer delivers superior measurement performance across the broadest array of samples. MetaVue's multicolor extraction and smart spot technology is proven to increase customer satisfaction by producing better color matches on difficult-to-measure samples like carpet, textiles, and patterned swatches.


ColorDesigner PLUSColor matching software designed to help expedite and refine the paint selection process, eliminating wasted effort and needless formulation errors. ColorDesigner PLUS has the ability to connect to a wide variety of paint dispenser systems for fast and accurate delivery of paint color formulations.


X-Rite Color and Appearance Session Details:


Title:Complete Appearance Control for Effect Paint Systems from Design to Application

Speaker:Matthew Adby, Retail & Automotive Product Portfolio Manager

Date and Time: Monday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Istanbul Room


For more information about X-Rite’s solutions for paint and coatings, 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 and specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, for a cohesive brand approach regardless of material, media or print technology. For more information, please visit


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 LinkedInTwitter, 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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