The color management leaders, X-Rite and GretagMacbeth, are coming together to redefine the color industry.
On January 31, 2006, X-Rite and Amazys Holding AG, parent company of GretagMacbeth, announced they entered into a definitive agreement under which X-Rite will acquire Amazys Holding AG. The companies are joining forces to create a market leader and drive the expansion of the color industry, benefiting employees, customers and shareholders, alike.
So, after merging with Moncao, X-Rite is now merging with Gretag Macbeth as well. Gosh.
More details at the link above.
#1. "RE: X-Rite merging with GretagMacbeth" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 31-Jan-06 03:00 PM
Wow, this news must have ColorVision beading up sweat under their brow. I wonder what they mean by "drive the expansion of the color industry"? I hope they continue to push for more and more uniform standards; across computer platforms, manufacturers, mediums, etc. That would be a worthwhile effort.
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#2. "RE: X-Rite merging with GretagMacbeth" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 31-Jan-06 09:50 PM
Obviously they see this whole color management thing as a growth opportunity, and they want to control this space so they can increase their profits. I think as long as it is them against ColorVision, we as comsumers should benefit as well through competition, innovation and lower prices. The rapid centralization of this market space though is at least somewhat of a convern since too much centralization means they no longer need to compete, prices go up, and innovation ceases. They call that a monopoly. I don't think we'll end up there, and so long as we don't, all is well, but still worth keeping an eye on.
#3. "RE: X-Rite merging with GretagMacbeth" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 31-Jan-06 10:23 PM
I don't see this as a good thing. G/M and X-rite dominate the prepress/graphic arts color management market (considerably more upscale than the tools we discuss around here). ColorVision isn't even a player there. Monopoly effectively describes the effect of this merger on many market segments.
I don't consider ColorVision a real competitor and I can envision the market segment for photo color workflow going the way of the tablet industry. Wacom is the sole serious survivor there. Innovation has slowed and prices remain high.
#4. "RE: X-Rite merging with GretagMacbeth" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 31-Jan-06 11:03 PM
Colorvision has long been far better at marketting than at bringing good products to market. Still, they have a huge portion of the market.