X-Rite & Flint Group Announce Global Partnership

ROGERS, MN | Flint Group reports that its Paper & Board business has entered into a new partnership with X-Rite, global supplier of color science and technology, to deliver a color solution that leverages the X-Rite eXact and NetProfiler to meet the color management needs of each stakeholder in the package print value and supply chain. VIVO Colour Solutions is said to be a dynamic color communication and service platform supported by Flint Group’s centralized color service provider, the Global Colour Centre (GCC). 

VIVO ColourCloud utilizes the eXact device to provide a central web-based self-service digital color repository, containing thousands of approved and tested colors. Reportedly, customers benefit from the ability to easily search and download CxF files, DigiSwatches, and ink recipes.

Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager for X-Rite, says, “This partnership will benefit Flint Group’s customer base of printers around the world. Utilizing X-Rite's NetProfiler software for verifying device performance, along with the award-winning eXact handheld spectrophotometer, will provide ultimate agreement of measured colors among Flint Group and their printing and converter clientele. When paired with VIVO Colour Solutions, this technology will provide the basis for converter confidence in their ink supply and a competitive advantage to deliver consistent color packaging.”

Stuart Duffy, Flint group director, Professional Services Paper & Board, says, “We are excited to have reached agreement on this unique partnership with X-Rite, the leader in color measurement equipment. Following rigorous beta testing at a number of corrugated sites, our initial expectations have been surpassed. The sites conducted hundreds of searches from VIVO ColourCloud with every download achieving 100% ‘Right First Time.’ This level of performance can only be delivered through a consistent and managed digital workflow along with the support of X-Rite’s eXact spectrophotometer. This results in an effective end-to-end color management process that fits the needs of prepress, printing, and packaging companies of all sizes while reducing variability and improving efficiencies. I have no doubt VIVO Colour Solutions, in combination with X-Rite equipment, can become an industry benchmark.”

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