Flint Group’s Paper & Board business has entered into a partnership with colour science and technology specialist X-Rite for colour management solutions in the package print value and supply chain.

Called Vivo Colour Solutions, the new colour communication and service platform receives support from Flint Group’s centralised colour service provider, the Global Colour Centre (GCC). Vivo ColourCloud provides a central web-based self-service digital colour repository, containing thousands of approved and tested colours. Customers can 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. Utilising X-Rite’s NetProfiler software for verifying device performance, along with the award-winning eXact handheld spectrophotometer, will provide ultimate agreement of measured colours amongst 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 colour packaging.”

Stuart Duffy, Flint Group director for Professional Services in its Paper & Board division, says, “We are excited to have reached agreement on this unique partnership with X-Rite, the leader in colour 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 per cent right first time. This level of performance can only be delivered though a consistent and managed digital workflow along with the support of X-Rite’s eXact spectrophotometer. This results in an effective end-to-end colour 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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