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Colbert Packaging Achieves G7 Master Qualification

LAKE FOREST, IL | Colbert Packaging Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid setup boxes, and paperboard specialty products, reports it has achieved the level of G7 Master in its manufacturing plants. G7 is an international standard for calibrating printing presses and proofing systems to a common visual neutral grayscale appearance. The G7 Master Qualification, which was awarded by Idealliance, signifies that Colbert Packaging possesses the knowledge and skills required to meet the G7 methodology in a graphic communications production environment.

“This certification speaks to our commitment to protecting the integrity of our customers’ brands, and we’re pleased to have achieved it in our facilities,” says Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “With G7 in effect in our facilities, we know that the branded packaging we produce for our customers will match any branded materials produced by their other G7-qualified suppliers.”

A comprehensive set of established best practices and specifications, G7 uses gray balance as the driving force for achieving a close visual match from proof to press as well as a similar printed appearance regardless of the technologies, presses and substrates used in production. Customers of G7 Master Printers are said to benefit from the most modern technology, techniques, and process controls available today.

Bill Snyder, VP of operations for Colbert Packaging, says, “We print on a new Heidelberg offset press, a CPS flexographic press, and various Mitsubishi, Mark Andy, and Manroland presses. We use different types of paperboard, including SBS and recycled, as well as conventional, ultraviolet, and soy-based inks, to produce custom folding cartons, rigid setup boxes, formed paper trays, labels, inserts and more. G7 helps us achieve consistent color quality across these many variables.”

Company says it also helps its customers protect brand integrity through the use of security inks, UV coatings, and other features that can be incorporated into various packaging solutions.

Idealliance is a global community of more than 1,600 brand owners, agencies, publishers, pre-media, and print service providers, and their material suppliers and technology partners. The organization works with its community members to identify best practices for efficient end-to-end digital media workflows—from content creation through delivery.

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