X-Rite Incorporated and its subsidiary Pantone LLC have announced that Finnish company Pyroll Packages is the first flexographic printer worldwide to achieve PANTONE Certified Printer status. The initial certification audit was conducted at the company’s location at Joensuu, one of ten locations across the country. Pyroll plans to continue this programme in 2018. The certification was carried out by X-Rite Solutions Architect Mark Gundlach and International Technical Support and Application Expert Maxim Siniak together with Certified Pantone Partner and packaging repro house Flexolahti Oy and X-Rite dealer KTA Oy.
The Pantone Certified Printer Programme reviews and analyses every aspect of a printer’s colour operations – from preflight, to file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and to process control in the pressroom. Pyroll’s certification confirms the company’s ability to consistently achieve the most stringent customer colour requirements, efficiently and cost effectively. Pantone Certified Printer Programme requires annual recertification to ensure continued performance at peak levels.
‘Our goal was to establish a more stringent colour management programme, expanding beyond visual evaluation to using instruments and digital standards,’ said Mikael Svennas, Pyroll Packages’ CEO. ‘The PANTONE Certified Printer process was very thorough, and we learned a great deal. In addition to the process improvements we will achieve as a result of the audit, we will also be able to leverage Pantone’s brand recognition, adding even more credibility to our market position.’
Flexolahti Oy, an active member of the Finnish Flexographic Association, has raised awareness in Finland about the value of X-Rite solutions as a solid foundation for colour management standardisation. ‘We’ve seen X-Rite and Pantone solutions become the de facto standard in Finland with great results,’ commented Kai Tornikoski, managing director. ‘We were pleased to work with X-Rite colour experts to help Pyroll achieve this prestigious status and to further elevate awareness of the importance of a formalised colour management programme. In an environment where supply chains are complex, deadlines are tight, and errors and rework are not acceptable, PANTONE Certified Printer status gives Pyroll’s customers peace of mind that their packages will be produced as expected, giving them faster time to market and improved shelf appeal.’