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X-Rite becomes exclusive distributor of ColorCert to enable brands to have consistent color from design to shelf

xrite logo 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, ColorCert®: 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 consolidating and wish to drive consistency across various geographies. The package strengthens color communication within operations at a converter, as well as 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: 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.

For more information on ColorCert 2.0: X-Rite Edition, please refer to the website. Information on PantoneLIVE can be found on Pantone at and on Esko at