Rolfes partners with NCS

NCS Colour Centre launched its popular NCS Colourpin II in January 2017. Together with the NCS Colourpin app, this next generation device

Rolfes partners with NCS

Rolfes has entered into an exclusive partnership with NCS on multiple levels into something professionals, DIY’ers and contractors can really get excited about.

transforms the creative chaos associated with defining and exploring colour into an organised and simplified process. Pocket-sized and wireless, Colourpin II enables users to collect and identify colour while on the go, and makes it possible to capture colour from various items such as furniture, flooring, wall coverings, home decor and more.

The standard range consists of 1 950 uniquely-defined colours, however, through this partnership with Rolfes Pigments the Colourpin palette nearly triples to include an additional 3 985 off-standard colours. The extended palette is delivered exclusively through the company, and is available only through approved stockists. According to Rolfes pigments commercial director Ahmed Gani, this translates into near perfect colour measurement accuracy when using the Rolfes pigments range.

Draw inspiration from the world around you

“The Colourpin system is changing the way people find and collect colour inspiration. You can easily collect colour from surfaces, textiles, and anything else that might inspire you, and have it instantly readable on your phone. With the added database, our users will find so many more colour matching endless surfaces like powder coating and plastics – whatever they can think of,” says Lisa Taylor from NCS.

It’s also designed to support social sharing and collaboration. “Users can scan colour, find products that match, compare colour and create their own palettes to share via email or social media networks. It’s becoming a convenient and fun way to gather input from friends, family, colleagues, or customers,” says Taylor.

“One of the things that really attracted us specifically to the NCS system is that it helps communicate colour in a way that everyone understands,” says Gani. Each colour has a unique NCS notation to describe how the colour relates to the four basic colours, yellow, red, blue, and green, as well as to black and white – in blackness, whiteness and chromaticness.

The NCS code describes the percentage of the colour that consists of these different parts. “This makes it possible to describe the colour of all surface materials and ensure that the colour turns out exactly as you want it to,” explains Gani.

For every colour pinned, colour information is provided in the form of the closest NCS notation, translated into CMYK, RGB, L*a*b* and lightness values. “Traditionally a device with this kind of functionality and accuracy would be very expensive and would be out of reach for many small enterprises,” explains Gani.

“The Colour Pin II retails at around R 1900* for the device, and the app is downloaded free onto a smartphone. This means that even micro enterprises now have access to this technology and can use it as a value aid for their business, which we’re really excited about, adds Gani.

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*Recommended retail price. Price dependent upon exchange rate fluctuations


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