Ciba Specialty Chemicals has acquired a majority share in the company MetalFX, creator of a print concept that allows thousands of metallic effects to be produced accurately in one run on a five-color press. The company produces metallic shade reference books and special kits to help designers incorporate metallic shades in their designs, and also promotes new effects that enable brand owners to differentiate their products. Launched four years ago, the MetalFX concept is used by companies worldwide and has won a number of international awards. Andrew Ainge, managing director of MetalFX, will continue to head the company, which will be further developed and expanded.

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