DuPont marks the 40th anniversary of DuPont Cyrel flexographic printing systems this year by commemorating its past, celebrating its present and looking ahead to a future of continued innovation. Forty years later, DuPont has played a leading role in shaping the industry, consistently advancing flexography through its Cyrel® systems and working to provide printers with the best balance of quality, productivity and sustainability to help them succeed.
- DuPont invented the first elastomeric photopolymer printing plates along with the first solvent workflow equipment in 1974 and by the 1980’s began developing automated inline platemaking and processing systems, recognizing the advantages of pairing plate and equipment to improve quality and productivity.
- Light finishing replaced chemical finishing and DuPont commercialized the first safer alternative plate processing solvents in 1990, which enhanced the sustainability of flexographic printing.
- DuPont introduced the DuPont Cyrel digital imager, the first digital Cyrel plate, and a fully digital prepress workflow at Drupa in 1995. This enabled the industry to move away from film based prepress workflows and implement a distributed digital workflow, using laser ablatable masks to achieve computer-to-plate output that allows design and production files to be easily shared by brand owners, tradeshops, and printers prior to printing.
- The beginning of the next century marked another wave of growth, as DuPont Cyrel Fast, the first thermal plate system, was unveiled in 2000, and 11 more new products were rolled out at Drupa in 2012. The latest innovation from DuPont was the 2013 commercialization of the Cyrel DFP and DSP performance plates, specifically designed to provide outstanding tonal range and the highest possible solid ink density from an existing standard digital workflow.
- Operating in 6 continents and 100 countries, DuPont continues to innovate and expand the Cyrel product line.
“Our goal is to help our Cyrel customers achieve graphics and colors consumers can’t resist. We look forward to the promise the next 40 years holds,” says Chrosniak.
DuPont will mark the 40th anniversary of Cyrel with a year-long global celebration highlighting historical milestones, as well as past, present and future leaders in innovation with Cyrel flexographic printing systems.