12th August 2014 - GMG GmbH, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, is celebrating 30 years shaping the color management landscape – three decades “converting, standardizing, reproducing, maximizing, controlling, sharing and evolving color,” in the words of co-owner Robert Weihing.
It was in 1984 that Robert and brother Joerg (now fellow co-owners) joined the business founded by their father Ewald Weihing, initially to supply sign-cutting plotters. In 1989 the company expanded into inkjet, buying one of the first then-revolutionary IRIS 3047 A0-format inkjet printers, and in this purchase lay the seeds of the color management business.
“Our father had the foresight to see the potential impact of the IRIS on the signmaking industry,” recalls Robert. “Signmaking was very labour- and materials-intensive, because you needed a separate foil for each layer, but the IRIS could print a sign in a single pass. One day, however, we printed an image from a slide and noticed that many of the browns printed as green. That was when we realized we had to learn about color management!” Four years later, the company’s first product, GMG ColorProof, a proofing and color management solution for the packaging sector, found a ready market for its automation of consistent color reproduction, especially of spot colors.
ColorProof went on to become an industry classic and, like other GMG solutions such as ColorServer and SmartProfiler, can rightly claim to have redefined the possibilities and extended the boundaries of color in the graphic arts. Today the company offers a suite of 15 world-class color management products, including a number of award-winners, and has over 11,000 solutions installed worldwide in a wide range of customers and for a wide variety of applications, from advertising agencies and prepress houses to offset, flexo, gravure, digital and wide-format printers.
Robert and Joerg Weihing are especially proud of GMG’s record of continuing to keep pace with (and often anticipate) changing trends in graphic arts and develop successful solutions for customers. Says Robert: “When we started, proofing was a kind of proprietary world ruled over by the likes of Cromalin and Matchprint. The IRIS began to change that. Since 2000 we’ve seen the transition from expensive, slow continuous-inkjet hardware to fast, much cheaper drop-on-demand technologies.
“As our customers’ needs have developed, so we have expanded our portfolio to serve the different requirements for color-managed results in different sectors. Today, our portfolio targets creative designers or photographers, through agencies and prepress houses, to printers using traditional presses or digital output devices. We are now looking forward to another 30 years developing color management solutions to help these customers achieve profitable, efficient production throughout the value chain, from concept to creation.”
About GMG: GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software solutions, founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With 30 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with colour. GMG's goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the colour management workflow in order to achieve consistent colours on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 11,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including advertising agencies, prepress houses, offset, flexo, packaging, digital, and large-format printers as well as international gravure printers. GMG is represented by branches and authorized dealers the world over.
About the GMG solutions: Based on the 4-D colour-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract colour proofs precisely matched to the printing process. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. GMG FlexoProof is specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, simulating any kind of substrate structures and spot colours in the halftone proof. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital colour proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for colour critical applications. www.proofr.com is an internet platform enabling online proofing services in GMG quality through a worldwide network of remote proofing locations. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic colour conversions for all printing processes – CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colours, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the colour management solutions GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer into current workflow systems. GMG PrintControl is an easy-to-use solution for standardizing printing presses and effective process control in the pressroom. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. United in this one application, the GMG ProductionSuite offers the entire range of functions required today in a modern wide-format production environment: efficient job preparation, data preflight, colour management, identical repetition, lower cost through reduced ink consumption, etc.