London, 23 May 2005 - Pantone, Inc., the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries for over 40 years, today announced that TSO (The Stationery Office) has achieved its Pantone Printer Accreditation. Based on measurable criteria for proofing and printing in a production environment, achieving accreditation demonstrates that TSO is committed to producing consistently accurate colour.
Taking six months from start to finish, the accreditation programme demands that companies show that they have the skills necessary to measure and control colour in the printing environment. TSO demonstrated all these attributes, and also had to show that it was capable of printing and proofing to International Standard ISO 12647-2.
On receiving the accreditation, Jeremy Hook, managing director of publishing services at TSO said: “Publishing for the U.K. government and parliament means that TSO is in a fiercely competitive market place where quality and service are key differentiators between suppliers. Being the first company to achieve Pantone Print Accreditation demonstrates TSO’s commitment to providing its clients with superior products and publishing services.”
“The Pantone Printer Accreditation Program was established to create an international standard for printers and to ensure quality across the industry,” said Helmut Eifert, vice president of Pantone Europe. “Having an organisation such as TSO strive to achieve this accreditation, and based on the work it does for the UK government, proves that colour standardisation is a key issue. I am delighted to see TSO secure this recognition and expect many other organisations to follow its example.”
The accreditation process
- Participants attend a two-day workshop where the highest standards in press and pre-press procedures are discussed. These procedures are based on Pantone’s colour production experience
- Accredited printers are required to have and understand how to use the tools necessary to control their print production from the time a digital file arrives to the final printed job
- Each participating company is given carefully prepared jobs for assessment. These test candidates’ skill and ability to match exacting colour standards for both process and spot colour printing. These jobs are proofed, printed and returned to Bodoni Systems where they are measured and assessed using objective criteria
- If the above jobs pass Pantone’s assessment, a Pantone Accredited Printer status is awarded
- Shortly after receiving the initial accreditation, the print site will be audited to confirm that all the procedures detailed in the manual are being thoroughly implemented
- About the Pantone Printer Accreditation Program (PPAP)
The Pantone Printer Accreditation Program (PPAP) sets an international standard for colour printing for offset lithographic printers. The scheme offers a model for outstanding quality in process and spot colour reproduction. Based on measurable criteria for proofing and printing in a production environment, achieving accreditation demonstrates to your customers and potential clients your ability to reproduce consistently accurate colour.
More information on the PPAP can be found on www.pantone.com and by contacting Bodoni Systems on +44 (0) 1895 825776 or Email.
About Pantone Inc.
Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Colour Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of colour. With over 40 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in colour communication and colour technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries. More information is available at www.pantone.com.
TSO (The Stationery Office) specialises in providing publishing services to the U.K. Government, Parliament and Assemblies and has more than 200 years’ experience in publishing and disseminating official and regulatory information. It is Britain’s largest publisher by output, issuing up to 15,000 publications, CD-ROMs and related products each year.
The company has clients in both the public and private sectors. These include the U.K. Parliaments and Assemblies, Her Majesty‘s Stationery Office (HMSO), the Office of Government Commerce, the Driving Standards Agency, the Home Office, the Financial Services Authority, Network Rail and the British Retail Consortium.
TSO has recently been awarded a BS 7799 PT 2 certificate for the scope of “The Central Provision of Corporate IT Systems and Services.”
TSO employs over 600 people at locations throughout the U.K. including London, Norwich, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham. Formerly part of HMSO and privatised in 1996, the company has revenues of over £80 million per annum.
For more information, visit www.tso.co.uk or contact Tina Yorke-Edgell, PR Manager, TSO Tel: 01603 694496 or Email.