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BST International, X-Rite Announce Strategic Partnership

BIEIEFELD, Germany--BST International GmbH, leading manufacturer of quality assurance systems for the web processing industry and X-Rite, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies are jointly developing a true real-time in-line spectral color measurement system. Word indicates that, the cooperation of the two global players will yield value creation beyond the current offering. For the first time, both in-line spectral measurement system and stationary hand-helds will deliver comparable results. This will set a new industrial standard for color quality control and workflow simplification, as the system provides an answer to the ever-growing need to provide both reliable in-line and off-line data on specified colors over the entire print production run.

The partners have assembled a world class team of engineers from both companies to solve a tough challenge: develop a fully automated and real-time accurate spectral in-line system that can deliver the precision and exact results required in the flexo, gravure and narrow web market.

“Ensuring color control is the decisive key issue for the flexo, gravure and narrow web printing industry community,” says Percy Dengler, BST International’s managing director. “We at BST International are thrilled to be working with X-Rite to bring a jointly devised concept to X-Rite’s industry-leading color measurement technology.” Michael Wiebe, chief technology officer, adds, “Combined with our extensive experience in web quality assuring technology this will result in a system creating a new era in press color control in this field.”

“We are very excited to partner with BST and through the association of our know how, IP and talents, to build a solution that sets new milestones in color driven value creation in flexo and gravure workflows.” comments Dr. Francis Lamy, X-Rite’s CTO. “Through our partnership with BST International, we are expanding and leveraging our reach and leading position in in-line color control technology into the flexo, gravure and narrow web printing market....Through these types of systems, associated to the PANTONE standards, and all the tools that XRITE develops around the PANTONE standard to increase its relevance and ease of use in specifications and design application, we believe this will facilitate and enable value creation for brand owners and all actors in this ecosystem at large”