PantoneLIVE Adds Metal Deco Libraries for Beverage Cans

Using the Metal Deco color libraries in PantoneLIVE, beverage manufacturers can set achievable expectations for producing color on two-piece aluminum cans.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 23, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, Pantone LLC, and Sun Chemical announce two new Metal Deco dependent color libraries for PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem. Consisting of over 4,000 new color options, the Metal Deco libraries for opaque and transparent applications help beverage manufacturers and brands set achievable expectations for producing Pantone color standards on two-piece beverage cans.

Now available as part of the PantoneLIVE Production – Print and Packaging subscription, the Metal Deco libraries provide achievable and realistic targets that enable canmakers to address common challenges in the application of Pantone color directly onto reflective two-piece beverage cans. The libraries were developed by capturing the closest achievable match to the core Pantone Matching System colors that can be produced by applying Metal Deco ink onto aluminum with a gloss varnish finish, in both opaque and transparent applications.

“Providing Pantone approved colors on a beverage can is a true first for the industry,” said Inaki Llona, Global Champion Metal Deco inks, Sun Chemical. “The color approval process is now as simple as selecting the required Pantone color in PantoneLIVE. No more guesswork, delays with ink rollouts moving backwards or forwards and no more delays or disappointment during new design production runs. Customers have the peace of mind knowing that final product runs will match the Pantone standard.”

“We are seeing more localization and short runs in the beverage and craft beer markets,” said Adrián Fernández, VP/GM, Pantone. “The new Metal Deco libraries make it easier for brands, design agencies and canmakers to select Pantone color combinations and finalize graphics that can be accurately produced on two-piece cans. This helps speed up the entire packaging design process and get products to market faster.”

“Together with Sun Chemical, we are continuously updating the PantoneLIVE platform to support a wider range of packaging applications. The PantoneLIVE ecosystem now offers more than 70,000 color choices for the top packaging and printing applications helping designers, brand owners and suppliers digitally communicate and visualize on-screen how color palettes will appear in production,” continued Fernández.

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About PantoneLIVE

PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based solution that enables the PANTONE Color language to be communicated and targeted for accurate color production across the entire supply chain – from design concept to final color production. The PantoneLIVE family includes PantoneLIVE Design, PantoneLIVE Production – Print & Packaging and PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile. The different offerings are tailored to meet the specific needs of designers, color material suppliers and manufacturers working with paper, film, plastics, coatings and textiles. The PantoneLIVE family is supported by licensed hardware and software that enables each area of the packaging, plastic, coatings and textile supply chains to access spectral data for matching PANTONE® Colors and specific brand palettes. This results in consistent and repeatable color across product families, for a cohesive brand approach regardless of material, media or print technology. For more information, please visit

About X-Rite

Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit For the latest news, information, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


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