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Pantone Expands ColorVANTAGE Support For Epson Printers

Inks now support EPSON 2200, 4000, 7600 and 9600 Ultrachrome printers (October 11, 2004)

Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries for over 40 years, today announced the availability of PANTONE ColorVANTAGE pigment-based inks for EPSON Ultrachome printers. Newly supported printers include the EPSON Stylus Pro line of wide-format professional printers including the 9600, 7600 and 4000 models as well as the EPSON Stylus Photo 2200 large-format photographic printer. PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks are already available for the EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 and 1280 and the EPSON Stylus Pro line including the 5000, 5500, 7000, 7500, 9000 and 9500.

PANTONE ColorVANTAGE is a family of premium pigmented inkjet inks and specially developed printer profiles to ensure optimal color performance. The inks are designed for applications that require the most accurate color reproduction and the widest possible range of color such as color photography, fine art reproduction and prepress proofing. A wide variety of profiles for fine art, proofing and photographic papers including Arches Infinity, Seiko Epson Corporation, Hawk Mountain Papers, Kodak, Mitsubishi, Moab Paper Company, Premier Art and Red River Paper are available free-of-charge for registered users at New media and profiles are added regularly.

"Pantone brings a long tradition of innovation to markets where color matters and a dedication to the development of products that offer superior performance. ColorVANTAGE inkjet inks have been specially formulated to provide high performance results on today's most popular wide-format inkjet printers," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone, Inc. "Now users of the newest generation of EPSON wide-format printers can take advantage of the premium quality of our inks."

"There are a growing number of innovative, professional digital printers who set their print-quality expectations beyond the status quo. I find that PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks give me the confidence to know that my fine art prints are among the best in the industry," said Christopher Scott, owner of Hampton Roads Giclée.

Three Shades of Black Improve Output for Glossy and Matte Papers
In addition to photo black ink, there are now ColorVANTAGE light black and matte black inks for the EPSON 2200, 4000, 7600 and 9600. The additional black inks provide rich blacks for both glossy and matte papers. In addition, the black inks are very neutral, which provides superior results for black and white photography.

The new formulation and composition of ColorVANTAGE inks are made to Pantone's exacting specifications to deliver superior imaging properties. The inks are engineered with an extremely small pigment particle size and compatibility with OEM inks ensuring that they do not clog print head nozzles.

"As employing the right ICC profiles for the media is so critical to success in fine art reproduction and photography, we applaud the efforts of Pantone to provide this added value to their new inks. As the manufacturer of the world's leading brand of fine art papers, it seemed only natural to collaborate with Pantone, the most respected name in color, to optimize the results of PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks on our papers," said Jeffrey Neumann, product manager, Arches, North America.

The PANTONE ColorVANTAGE ink formulations result in inks that have richer, deeper colors than other inks. PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks have been designed to produce a large gamut of colors that offer vibrant, true-to-life reproduction while eliminating color casts and improving color reproduction in the midtones and three-quarter tones. In addition to providing superior color quality, the inks dry quicker, have superior lightfastness and are less prone to color shifts over time than OEM wide-format printer inks.

ColorVANTAGE Availability
PANTONE ColorVANTAGE pigment-based inks are available as single cartridges and as Starter Kits, a complete set of inks required for a specific supported printer. The ColorVANTAGE products are available through office superstores including Staples online and mail order catalogs such as the ColorMall, Corporate Express, TigerDirect and PC and Mac Mall. ColorVANTAGE inks are also available in bulk ink bottles for use with continuous ink systems. For more information, visit

ColorVANTAGE inks are now available for the EPSON Stylus Photo 1270, 1280 and 2200 and the EPSON Stylus Pro wide-format color printer models 4000, 5000, 5500, 7000, 7500, 7600, 9000, 9500 and 9600.

About Pantone Inc.
Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Color Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of color. With over 40 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries.

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