Alwan Color Expertise, Ugra and KEE Consultants

One-stop destination about ISO 12647 standards, tools and services 

Düsseldorf (Germany), May 29, 2008 – At drupa 2008 Alwan Color Expertise will partner with Ugra, the respected research and certification organization for the Graphic Arts Industry, to provide drupa visitors with information and demonstrations of the latest ISO 12467 Standardization and Certification tools and methods.
KEE Consultants, the international network of experts offering on-line and on-site consultancy, training and services exclusively related to ISO 12647 standards implementation and certification, will also participate in this collaboration. The three industry standards’ advocates will offer a one-stop information center featuring their complementary products and services at Alwan's stand 7.0C in Hall 7. 

Ugra control strips and software tools allow users to control the quality of all their devices, from monitor display to press. Ugra’s PSO/ISO 12647 certification is a comprehensive certification method for the graphic industry. It combines ISO 9000, ISO 12647 and related standards in a refined and efficient format to ensure that a certified company is able to provide its clients with high quality prints that correspond to international standards for every job.

Alwan CMYK Optimizer is a PDF color pre-flight and standardization technology that is recommended by Ugra for file standardization. Each one of the four full-featured software solutions within the Alwan CMYK Optimizer product family delivers specialized capabilities that enable all partners along the production line, from design to print, to guarantee the color accuracy, predictability and reproducibility of their work, while ensuring optimum production further down the line.

KEE Consultants is an international network of consultants accredited by Ugra to deliver ISO 12647 Standardization Services in Europe and on an exclusive basis in France and in the UK. KEE Consultants offer end-users, corporations and OEMs a wide range of on-line and on-site services including training, seminars, audits, preparation for certification, methodology and technical services related to color and color reproduction.

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Alwan Donates Advanced Color Management Software and Training to RIT School of Print Media

Lyon, France & Rochester NY, April 17, 2008  -- Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in color management and standardization software, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are pleased to announce that Alwan has donated a suite of its advanced color management software solutions to benefit students at RIT’s School of Print Media (SPM).

The software suite, including Alwan CMYK Optimizer, Alwan LinkProfiler and Alwan  ColorPursuit, has been installed in RIT’s SPM Color Management System Lab. Alwan software are used by pre-media and prepress companies to produce color accurate printable files, and allows printers to control and improve the printability of the files and achieve optimum ink savings without sacrificing print quality.

“Alwan Color Expertise is world-renowned for its advanced color management and standardization software.  In addition to helping the print and publishing industry to streamline and improve color quality, the company is also dedicated to educating the market on the importance of color management and how to implement the newest methodologies and technologies.  We are thankful to have the support of cutting edge companies such as Alwan,” says Professor Robert Chung, Gravure Research Professor, RIT School of Print Media.

Elie Khoury, president and founder of Alwan, says, “RIT is one of the world’s most respected institutions for color management and print education.  We are honored to be able to support RIT and our future print professionals.”

In addition to the donation, Khoury recently presented a lecture, hosted by Professor Chung at RIT, in the Advanced Color Management class. His topic was ICC color management trends and the use of Alwan software to standardize color data for high-volume standardized printing.

Khoury also spoke on “Technology Standards, Color Management, and Their Impact in the Gravure Printing Industry” at RIT Gravure Day, held March 25, 2008.

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Alwan Color Expertise Signs Distribution Agreement with Quentin Spol.s.r.o for Czech Market

Lyon, April 7th, 2008 - Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in standardization and color management software, announces it has signed a distribution agreement with  Quentin Spol s.r.o. Under the terms of the agreement, effective as of April 1st, 2008,  Quentin s.r.o. extends the Alwan network of professional color consultants for selling and servicing the Alwan Product range in the Czech Republic. 

 

Mark Coufal, Sales Director at Quentin s.r.o : “It appeared to us that Alwan is a very innovating company with great technology and is a leader in color management and standardization. A thorough assessment of the firm’s offer convinced Quentin s.r.o. to market  Alwan’s product portfolio with its unique Dynamic Device Links technology . It is  a unique solution for printers who seek simpler, yet high-quality color management and also want to implement the standardized process such as the ISO 12647 standard. We are glad to have this product line in our portfolio now.”

 

Elie Khoury, president of Alwan Color Expertise, is happy to welcome Quentin s.r.o. as an Alwan partner. He says, “Quentin s.r.o.’s partnership with Alwan is perfect. The firm has  an excellent team of specialists in house who know  their printers’needs! Moreover, Quentin s.r.o. boasts the same values as Alwan: irreproachable quality, service and dedication, commitment to client satisfaction, innovative technology . I trust Alwan and Quentin s.r.o. will enjoy a successful long-term partnership.

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Alwan Color Expertise Signs Distribution Agreement with MDP for Iberian Market

Lyon, April 7th, 2008 - Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in standardization and color management software, announces it has signed a distribution agreement with MDP (Mag-D-Print).  Under the terms of the agreement, effective as of April 1st, 2008, MDP extends the Alwan network of professional color consultants for selling and servicing the Alwan Product range in Spain and Portugal.

 

Jordi Grau, Executive Director at MDP: “Clearly, Alwan is a very innovating company with great technology and is a leader in the color management and standardization area. We’ve done an in-depth examination, and as a result MDP is convinced that Alwan’s product portfolio with its unique Dynamic Device Links technology will be a great solution for so many printers that need simpler, yet high-quality color management and want to implement a more standardized process like the ISO 12647 standard. We are happy to add this product line to our portfolio.”

 

Elie Khoury, president of Alwan Color Expertise, is extremely pleased to welcome MDP as an Alwan partner. He says, “MDP is a perfect partner for Alwan as they have an excellent team of specialists in house that know  their printers needs! MDP’s foundations are; quality, service, technology, transparency and commitment. These foundations are also the same foundations Alwan is build on and therefore I strongly believe in a successful long-term partnership with MDP 

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Alwan CMYK Optimizer ensures winning results (for Mondadori Printing

Extraordinary color and quality for famous Pirelli Calendar Book 

Brussels, March 19th, 2008 - Alwan’s world leading CMYK Optimizer software proved to be the essential technology to ensure exceptional print quality for the renowned Pirelli Calendar book at Mondadori Printing in Italy. Mondadori depended on CMYK Optimizer to handle the color management on a 639-page compilation of the annual Pirelli Calendars published from 1964 until 2007. The high-end publication was printed in offset with a very high print run and contained both color and black-and-white images.

With four production sites in Northern Italy, Mondadori Printing is one of the largest graphic companies in Europe. It offers printing services to Mondadori publishers as well as to a large number of other Italian and international customers. With a workforce of over 1,500 employees, the company can print using offset, web offset, gravure and flexography. The production from the offset division ranges from books to covers for catalogues and magazines that are produced using gravure or web offset. 

Mondadori's color management requirements reflect a common trend in today's dynamically evolving industry.  The graphic production flow has recently experienced a real revolution in terms of its technology and methodology. Operators must handle files coming from every corner of the world. However when it comes to color management, the ability to intercept errors as well as potential problems from incoming files is totally ineffective. One frequently occurring problem is preserving the purity of the Black channel, when performing a colorimetric conversion using two ICC profiles. Alwan provides an effective solution to this problem with its award winning CMYK Optimizer software, which is based on the Dynamic DeviceLink profile technology. CMYK Optimizer effectively resolves this kind of problem by focusing on the digital profile at the initial phase of plate creation. 

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