Scoop: launch of IML colour profiles at Colour Management Event

29 May 2017

Printed colours that do not completely match the colour proof issued by the design bureau. This is a common problem in the packaging industry – even for IML packaging. This is because certain CMYK colours and spot colours (such as PANTONE) cannot be reproduced with 100% accuracy in the IML process. But you don't want the printing result to be different. Therefore, as your IML expert, we searched for an appropriate solution.

New IML colour profiles
Verstraete IML is known for innovation: in products and processes. And our new range of IML colour profiles is a perfect example of this. Thanks to these colour profiles, a colour proof can be made as close to the final printing result as possible. That way you, as a customer, are assured in advance of the colour you will receive, allowing you to make adjustments if necessary. Could you use technical help or would you like some colour advice? Your IML expert will show you and your customer the way forward.

Artwork and reproduction agencies get the scoop

The new colour profiles were developed in collaboration with the German software company GMG Color. On April 27, we presented them together to 25 renowned European artwork and reproduction agencies. This Colour Management Event took place in our head office in Maldegem, Belgium. GMG hosted 2 workshops based on the challenges facing the existing standards for CMYK and spot colours. Pieter Timmerman, Colour Management Specialist at Verstraete IML, made the link to the IML practice and the new colour profiles in just as many workshops.
Pieter Timmerman: "Thanks to these new colour profiles, we have taken a step in the right direction. That's because at Verstraete IML we want to present the best possible colour proof to our customers. Good communication is also crucial to the success of each project."

Highlights of the Colour Management Event
 The role of FOGRA39 in a packaging workflow by Lorenzo George (GMG Color)
 Insights in Colour Management for IML by Pieter Timmerman (Verstraete IML)
 Accurate Colours in Print & Proof: OpenColor by Peter Schoeffler (GMG Color)
 IML Proof in real time by Pieter Timmerman (Verstraete IML)

IML colours in practice
Verstraete IML has distanced itself from the ISO standard and will, always in consultation with the customer, apply their own IML profiles. There are 9 profiles in total. Each profile is a combination of a specific type of polypropylene and an ink application. For example we have inks that can withstand sunlight, dishwashers and pasteurisation. No need to worry: as a customer, you still provide your artwork in the same way as you did before. But the new profiles allow us to deliver a better colour proof to you.

The advantages
These are the 3 advantages of our new IML colour profiles:

  1. A colour proof that represents the final printing result as closely as possible
  2. Less colour references for approval: one proof for CMYK and spot colours
  3. More transparency through clear communication about the possibilities of IML colour space

Do you have any questions or would you like to attend a workshop on these new IML colour profiles? Contact us here.

What did the attendees think?
"I would like to thank the Verstraete IML team for this interesting workshop. It was an educational day that provided deeper insight into the daily IML work. I am looking forward to part 2!"
Harald Tiefel – JT International

"I enjoyed this day very much. It was well organised and the content was very useful for our daily business. Nice people and good food. I am proud of our many years of cooperation. Don't forget to think of me when you are planning your next event. I'll be there."
Martinus Nelissen – Flexicon AG – Colour management & proofing specialist