About NCS Edition TwoNCS Edition 2 was issued in 1995 as the colour standard for the future, meeting increasing environmental needs. An additional 200 new pale colours were added in 2004 in response to global demand.
The Natural Colour System was the first colour notation system in Europe to produce colour cards free from cadmium and lead and with the highest quality in colour and gloss uniformity.
In NCS Edition 2, 261 new colours were added in 1995, 46 colours were withdrawn and about 1000 NCS Edition 1 colours changed slightly for reasons of pigment and accuracy. Approximately 400 Edition 1 NCS colours were given new notations. For example 0010-Y10R became S 0510-Y10R.
- More colours included.
- Environmentally harmful pigments excluded.
- Higher accuracy.
- Three quality levels for different requirements.
- S prefix to denote standard colour sample.
Download PDF showing all the NCS Ed 1 colours and their NCS Ed 2 equivalents.
After a few years use of the term 'NCS Edition Two' was thought to be confusing, so we refer to the current edition of 1,950 colours as NCS Original. All the colours have an S prefix: S for standardized colour.
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