US colour software company X-Rite have announced their intention to join forces with colour specialists GretagMacbeth. ‘Combining X-Rite and GretagMacbeth’s complementary strengths will enable us to unite the best-of-the-best in terms of innovation, products and talent’, said Michael Ferrara, ceo X-Rite. ‘Our pooled investment in research and development will accelerate our technological innovation, further enhancing capability and flexibility in products and services.’

In the short-term, the two companies will continue to operate as separate companies and each company will maintain their respective products and services. Following the completion of the deal, expected in late Spring 2006, X-Rite will bring together the best and brightest technologists and marketers from each company to focus on technologies, legacy systems and convergence issus. ‘You can expected us to provide a competitive migration path to the exciting new offerings that will results from the combined organisation’, added Ferrara.