Welcome to the SDC

The SDC is the world’s leading independent, educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour worldwide. Our mission is to communicate the science of colour in a changing world. SDC is a professional, chartered society. Becoming a member gives access to SDC’s Professional Coloration Qualifications including the elite Chartered Colourist status. We have an international network of regions and activities.

Material World

SDC Material World

Material World is essential for everyone involved in the UK textile industry.
Latest SDC News

SDC and CDIA sign Colour Index collaboration agreement

1SDC and the China Dyestuff Industry Association (CDIA) today (16th April 2014) signed an historic collaboration agreement on the future development of Colour Index (www.colour-index.com).  Colour Index is the world’s most authoritative method of dye and pigment classification and its ongoing development ensures it remains a vital resource for users and manufacturers. The agreement was […]

Latest Events

Fabric strength testing by American and European test methods

Lahore, Nishat Chunian's Dyeing and Printing Division, Pakistan


Colour Fastness to Light – Testing and improving

Lahore, Nishat Chunian Dyeing and Printing Division, Pakistan

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Day of Celebration 2014

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD

Latest Publications

Coloration Technology Virtual Issue

Promoting Understanding and Creativity in the Science and Technology of Coloured Materials Editor-in-Chief ANDREW TOWNS The worlds leading peer-reviewed journal dealing with the application of colour, and the only journal that covers all aspects of coloration technology (including: Chemistry, Physics,Technology, Engineering and Management). Coloration Technology promotes innovation and fundamental understanding in the science and technology […]

Special Edition – Coloration Technology

Now online! Coloration Technology’s first ever Special Issue: Quality of Light Sources Guest Editor: Professor Ronnier Luo, University of Leeds Looking at a range of illumination technologies, this new Special Issue reviews methods for quantifying the quality of light sources, assessment of industrial colour control and visual performance, and the importance of lighting retail spaces […]

Instrumental Match Prediction

Instrumental Match Prediction

Merchant Adventurers' Hall To celebrate 50 years of digital colour match prediction the original article on Instrumental Match Prediction IMP from ICI is reproduced by permission from Dystar and from the collection of Dr R Hirschler. Read Now
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