Sources for Gloss and Appearance Instruments


Here are several suppliers of gloss and appearance instruments. Search the internet for more:

BYK Gardner/Altana

Columbia, MD 21046 USA



BYK Gardner has ASTM D523-conforming 20, 60, 85 degree gloss meters, non-metal and metal, as well as 45 degree (ceramics) and TAPPI 20 (coated paper) and 75 degree (matte paper) units. BYK Gardner also has a complete range of appearance instruments such as DOI – Distinctness of Reflected Image and haze meters for reflection and transmission.

TQC Thermimport Quality Control

Capelle aan den Ijssel, Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 - 7900 100\

Manufacturer in the Netherlands of a variety of test meters including light boxes, gloss meters and other appearance meters.


Rhopoint Instruments

Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Rhopoint, a UK supplier, sells specular gloss meters under the Novo Gloss label, as well as gloss instruments for curved surfaces, DOI, reflected haze and brightness meters. 

Horiba Instruments USA

Irvine California 92614 USA

Horiba is Japanese supplier of process monitoring equipment who also make several low cost gloss meters and checkers using NIR LED light sources.


US/Canada Distributor for both Rhopoint and Horiba Gloss Meters:

Imbotec Group

Lewiston, NY USA



US Distributor for Rhopoint Gloss Meters:

Paul N. Gardner Company

Pompano Beach, FL USA

The Paul N. Gardner Company is a distributor for testing and related equipment for the paint, printing ink and associated industries. They also distribute both Rhopoint and their own line of gloss and surface appearance meters.


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