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Ciba Specialty Chemicals acquires pioneer in 3-D color visualization to expand color services

Published on 2007-01-26. Author : SpecialChem

Ciba has acquired ColorViz SAS, a French start-up company with which it has cooperated since 2005. With know-how in CAD software development and material application, ColorViz has developed unique technology solutions for 3-D visualization of colors in substrates such as plastic and paint. Its software facilitates communication between industrial designers and specifiers and their material suppliers, making the product development process more efficient. The acquisition further differentiates Ciba's color management service offer and affords it access to a wider range of customers. Through Color Services, Ciba offers innovative solutions combining software systems and consulting to help customers enhance their productivity in communicating and producing colors.

Sonia Megert Marshall, Global Head of Color Services at Ciba, explains: "We confirmed the formidable potential of ColorViz's technology while acting as exclusive worldwide distributor for its software. That's when we also realized that the synergies between our color formulation technology and ColorViz's visualization technology could be fully exploited only in a closer collaboration. Now we can accelerate the development of highly innovative tools for color design and specification."

Christophe Dauga, Managing Director of ColorViz SAS, adds: "Ciba' and ColorViz's advanced technologies will be merged into one unique and strong offering. We will be expanding the possibilities to reproduce colors accurately and to the highest quality. Our aim is to take digital color communication way beyond its current boundaries."

Mr. Dauga will remain head of ColorViz while also taking a leading role in Ciba' Color Services organization. ColorViz will continue to be based in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Ciba (SWX: CIBN, NYSE: CSB) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers, offering them innovative products and one-stop expert service. We create effects that improve the quality of life - adding performance, protection, color and strength to plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products and much more. Ciba is active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2005, the Company's continued operations generated sales of CHF 6.1 billion and invested over CHF 270 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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