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GMG partners with Roland DG for high-quality mockup production and proofing applications in the packaging sector

(PresseBox) (Tuebingen/Hamamatsu-shi, ) GMG, the world's leading color management solutions provider, and Roland DG, a leading worldwide provider of large format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for professional large format graphics, are excited to announce their global partnership, enabling special high quality packaging applications such as the production of coloraccurate mockups on original substrates as well as proofing applications.

The strategic partnership comprises the development of a printer driver by GMG for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer, which is supported by the GMG ColorProof proofing solution. GMG ColorProof and GMG FlexoProof/DotProof will be available shortly for the Roland VersaUV LEC-330 printer for high quality contone and halftone proofing applications. The GMG printer driver brings perfect color accuracy and repeatability on a wide range of substrates to the packaging market. Therefore, GMG customers can easily integrate the LEC-330 in their existing proofing workflows with GMG ColorProof. In the same way, Roland customers can maximize the performance of their large format printer.

The combination of the comprehensive capabilities of the LEC-330 with GMG's award winning proofing technology and high level of automation provides an unrivalled platform to produce costeffective packaging proofing at a finishedproduct standard.

GMG ColorServer, the color management solution for color conversions, and SmartProfiler for the creation of color profiles as well as large format printer calibrations, are available for all Roland large format printers. This common solution allows users to achieve highest color accuracy, repeatability and color consistency for packaging mockups on original substrates. It is possible to print spot varnish, white ink, cut, crease and more on the actual output stock.

Tigerprint, the Hallmark UK subsidiary which produces greetings cards products exclusively for Marks & Spencer, produces color accurate prototypes on its LEC-330 using GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler before they are printed in its Far East facilities. GMG set up profiles in advance in SmartProfiler for all the different substrates that Tigerprint uses, such as coated and uncoated stock. These profiles give the highest possible color accuracy and guaranteed repeatability. "This gives us the confidence that everything will match," says Senior Artwork Manager Chris Broadbent. "It is even feasible to produce the finished product on the LEC-330 and we are considering using it for short runs of 5-10 copies. Its ability to print on to the correct stock and on to die cut material makes this perfectly possible."

Stéphane Romano is Project Manager Packaging at Packpool, an agency for packaging design and printing with locations in Germany and Switzerland. He says: "For Packpool as a supplier of the packaging industry it is more and more crucial to provide customers with highquality color accurate mockups or prototypes of the future product. The new Roland LEC-330 printing system and GMG ColorServer/SmartProfiler color management software enable us to very quickly help our customers see highest quality results before they start their marketing meeting, TVspot or attend an exhibition. It doesn't matter which material we use for a mockup - be it foil, aluminium or paper - the profiling and calibration technology of GMG makes it extremely easy."

The solution will be demonstrated at Ipex 2010 on both the GMG stand (Hall 9-E322) and the Roland stand (Hall 12-C140). The software solution will be available through the usual selected GMG and selected Roland channels worldwide.

"We are very pleased to work with Roland in this venture," says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "The partnership is a natural fit and the benefit to the packaging sector in particular is enormous. GMG's proofing products are second to none and their use with a highend printer such as the Versa-UV LEC-330 is a winning combination."

Takafumi Shigenoya, Executive Officer, Product Marketing Department at Roland DG says: "The combination of the GMGColorServer/Smart Profiler with our VersaUV machines gives our existing users and new clients full access to the UV printers/cutters' unique capabilities and helps integrate them in their own packaging or labeling workflow."

About Roland DG Corporation:

Roland DG Corporation is a leading worldwide manufacturer of inkjet devices, milling and engraving machines, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, a jewelry wax model maker and photo impact printers. In addition, the company markets software and other components that provide professionals with complete solutions. Roland DG's "Digital Value Engineering" (DVE) employs the latest digital technology to improve the company's business workflow processes. Integral to DVE, Roland DG has replaced its conventional production lines with a digitallycontrolled system entitled Digital Yatai. Roland's Digital Yatai production technology features guided onscreen instructions and other automated systems that enable individuals to produce Roland inkjet printers and other products in an unassisted manner while preventing human errors. Roland DG is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2000 certified. The company strives to preserve environmental protection while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Roland DG Corporation (TSE symbol 6789) - First Section, Tokyo Stock Exchange

For more information see www.rolanddg.com

About GMG GmbH & Co. KG

The software company founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, near Stuttgart, Germany, has a worldwide distribution network with local presence in France, Spain, Benelux, Nordic, the UK, Asia and the Americas. GMG has specialized in highend color management for the entire graphic arts industry. Today, more than 10,000 systems have been sold across the industry spectrum from ad agencies, prepress houses and offset printers to newspapers, flexo converters and international gravure printing plants. In fact, the GMG ColorProof system has become the defacto standard of Europe's extensive gravure printing industry.

About the GMG family of products: About the GMG family of products: GMG ColorProof, a color management software system, provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing engines to produce digital contract color proofs, precisely matched to the printing press. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. Specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry is GMG FlexoProof, which supports specific flexo file formats and includes a complete Pantone® spot color library, along with other functions. GMG ColorServer is a tool for automatic color conversions - CMYKto-CMYK, RGBto-CMYK and RGBto-RGB - for more efficient workflows. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG ProofControl is the ideal solution for instant, coloraccurate verification of proofs. GMG PrintControl is one single software for standardizing the press from start to finish. GMG RapidCheck is a verification tool to control the printing process at a click of the mouse. GMG Media is a range of proofingspecific papers and films for the most popular inkjet printers. They are manufactured to high tolerances for color critical applications, available in a range of sizes.

© 2010 GMG GmbH & Co. KG. The GMG product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or service marks of GMG GmbH & Co. KG and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Other company, brand, product and service names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Data is subject to change without notice.

For more information see www.gmgcolor.com

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