Ingram Micro to Distribute PANTONE ColorVANTAGE Inks in United States; World's Largest Technology Distributor Expands Selection of PANTONE Products

Pantone, Inc., the leading provider of professional color standards for the graphic communications industry worldwide, today announced the PANTONE(R) ColorVANTAGE(TM) line of inkjet inks will be distributed in the United States by Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor. Designed for a wide range of customers -- from commercial printers to photographers and designers -- PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks are formulated to produce superior color output on inkjet printers at a lower price point than OEM inks. Ingram Micro also distributes PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM(R) Guides and chips books, as well as the ColorVision(R) Spyder2(TM) colorimeter from the PANTONE ColorVision product line.

"Ingram Micro aims to provide our resellers' customers with the choice to deliver solutions and support that best meet the needs of their clients," said Paul Bay, senior vice president, vendor management, Ingram Micro North America. "We have a long history of offering PANTONE Products to our customers, and we are excited to expand to include PANTONE ColorVANTAGE inks. The PANTONE ColorVANTAGE line lets us offer our customers a superior quality ink from a trusted brand."

PANTONE ColorVANTAGE is a comprehensive color reproduction system, including archival quality pigmented inkjet inks and specially developed printer profiles for a variety of media. ColorVANTAGE ink formulations produce output with richer, deeper colors than standard OEM inks, offering vibrant, true-to-life reproductions. In addition to providing superior color quality, the inks dry quicker, offer superior lightfastness and are less prone to color shifts over time than OEM inks. PANTONE ColorVANTAGE is designed for applications that require the most accurate color reproduction and the widest possible range of color, such as photography, fine art reproduction and prepress proofing.

"Ingram Micro's resellers are firmly rooted in the technology market, and their technical expertise is unparalleled," said Richard Herbert, president of Pantone, Inc. "By teaming with Ingram Micro, the ColorVANTAGE line will now be available to a broader audience, allowing people to achieve superior color results, thanks to ColorVANTAGE inks' larger color gamut."

ColorVANTAGE inks are available as single cartridges, starter kits and bulk ink for select wide format printers from EPSON(R), as well as EPSON-compatible printers by Roland, Mutoh and Mimaki. These printers typically use dye-based inks, which have inherent shortcomings in color stability. ColorVANTAGE pigmented inks offer better lightfastness and durability combined with a large color gamut, making them an ideal replacement for OEM inks.

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. More information is available at

About Ingram Micro Inc.

As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 100 countries and is the only global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit

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Posted: Tue - June 21, 2005 at 07:27 PM