DuPont Packaging Graphics Completes Successful drupa 2008 Event
Contact: Jean Pierre Richard
Du Pont de Nemours (Deutschland) GmbH
DuPont Marketing & Communications
DuPont Packaging Graphics completed a very successful drupa event, outpacing sales projections and building momentum for 2008 and beyond. The DuPont stand in hall 8B offered joint demonstrations with EskoArtwork, and welcomed visitors, students and business experts who traveled to Düsseldorf to gather information on industry innovations and new developments.
“Visitors’ attention and their willingness to invest exceeded our expectations,” said Pier Luigi Sassanelli, marketing manager, DuPont Packaging Graphics EMEA. “We collected many orders and an extremely high number of promising leads. Drupa 2008 hosted packaging experts and global decision makers from all continents, reconfirming the show’s global significance.”
DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST technology was a key area of interest at the DuPont booth, thanks to the many regular demonstrations conducted by DuPont technical staff. DuPont exceeded its sales goals for Cyrel® FAST, supporting the system’s place as a leading technology for flexographic platemaking for packaging printing.
In addition to officially presenting the first reviews of two in-depth Life Cycle Assessment studies, DuPont exhibited a broad range of digital technologies for flexographic printing in a broad range of applications ranging from labels, flexible packaging, and corrugated to non-packaging applications like tissues and other continuous printing applications.
The two DuPont studies indicated that Flexography and thermal plate processing offer substantial environmental footprint advantages compared to alternative technologies and according to Mr. Sassanelli, drupa 2008 was also “an extraordinary opportunity for DuPont to demonstrate their vision for a more sustainable future in package printing.”
One study compared the environmental footprint of flexographic printing to gravure printing, while the other compared the environmental footprint of thermal platemaking to solvent platemaking for flexography The Live Cycle Assessment* study results provide data regarding the consumption of non-renewable energy and the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG’s), two key measures in assessing the environmental impact of a product or process. The findings of the study comparing flexo and gravure printing indicate that use of the flexo process alone results in significant reductions in both non-renewable energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 50 percent when converting flexible packaging plastic films. In simple terms, for every 1 million square meters of printed plastic substrate switched from gravure to flexo, the resulting savings in non-renewable energy would be equivalent to approximately 95.000 litres of gasoline and savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to removing approximately 100 automobiles from the road for one year.
The second study considered plate imaging only. The findings of the study comparing thermal platemaking to solvent platemaking for flexo indicate that thermal platemaking results in a reduction in non-renewable energy of approximately 60 percent and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 51 percent. Or, for every 10,000 square meters of flexo plates processed, the resulting non-renewable energy savings would be equivalent to approximately 33.000 litres of gasoline and the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to removing approximately 35 automobiles from the road for one year.
Automated Multipurpose digital Workflow
Drupa 2008 was also the ideal stage for the official launch, done in conjunction by DuPont and EskoArtwork, of the new the Automated Multipurpose Flexo workflow: a Cyrel® Digital Imager (CDI) Spark 4260 Auto linked to the Cyrel® FAST TD 4260 by a bridge. The automated flexo workflow turns into a plate-making factory with a significant increase in productivity for flexible packaging trade shops as well as high volume converters. The new system reduces plate processing time to less than an hour, cutting platemaking time by up to 75% when compared to the time required by most of the conventional solvent-based systems.
DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST round
Everyone expects to see innovation and the signs of future standards at drupa. It was therefore the best place to present the latest results of extensive investments in research and development capitalizing on the benefits of both DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST and Cyrel® round technology: the groundbreaking DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST round system. An easy-to-use equipment and print form combination that eliminates solvents, Cyrel® FAST round delivers a continuous flexo form for high-quality precision printing and offers rapid turnaround times for improved productivity. The system includes the Cyrel® FAST round thermal processor, the Cyrel® Digital Imager (CDI) Advance Cantilever from EskoArtwork, and a new family of next-generation Cyrel® FAST sleeves. Suitable for use with alcohol-based, water-based and UV flexographic ink systems, the sleeves are designed to provide silky-smooth texture and superior image reproduction. The demonstration system generated continuous interest on the booth during drupa 2008, resulting in a number of signed orders and letters of intent.
Flexo Digital Workflows for Corrugated industry
DuPont Packaging Graphics introduced two new digital “in position” offerings designed to enable and accelerate the ongoing transition to a fully digital workflow and computer to plate (CTP) systems in the corrugated industry. DuPont, working closely with EskoArtwork, created several new digital Cyrel® plates that more fully utilize the enhanced hardware and software tools from EskoArtwork. The result is an integrated workflow system that offers enhanced print quality and production efficiencies compared to analog and liquid platemaking and mounting. Both digital “in-position” workflows eliminate the use of film, offering a productive, cost effective method of producing consistent, high-quality flexographic printing plates. The two complementary “in-position” workflows have been designated as “cut & peel” or “slugs in-position”.
Always committed to flexo packaging printing success, DuPont is also supporting schools and universities around the world: an essential element to effective development of the packaging industry.
Thirty-three institutions from around the world showcased their capabilities at the DuPont booth and provided detailed explanation of their courses to the Drupa visitors. DuPont is contributing significant financial and equipment resources to schools, colleges and universities providing flexo education in many regions of the world. In addition, many DuPont specialists, experts in their fields, provide lecture material and devote their time to tutor and mentor students at the educational institutions.
DuPont also was leading Flexo4All at drupa, a strategic marketing effort aimed at encouraging networking within the flexo industry to create active cooperation and to promote the use of flexography. .Nineteen leading flexographic printing suppliers (Bobst; Comexi; Degraf; DuPont Packaging Graphics, Authentications and Tyvek® Graphics; Eckart; EskoArtwork; Fischer & Krecke; Gallus; GIDUE; SunChemical/Hartmann Druckfarben; Lohmann Tapes; Omet; Praxair Surface Technologies; Rotatek; Siegwerk; Soma; Tesa; Uteco Converting; Windmoeller & Hoelscher-Germany), participated in the Flexo4All at drupa effort.
* Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool used to evaluate the environmental footprint of a product or process; an LCA examines materials, energy consumption and key environmental releases. The DuPont Packaging Graphics LCAs were conducted in accordance with ISO 14040 and 14044 guidelines and Peer Reviewed by a panel of five independent experts coordinated by Five Winds International, a global consultancy recognized for its expertise in sustainable development..
DuPont (http://www.dupont.com) is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.
About Packaging Graphics
DuPont Packaging Graphics (http://www.packaging-graphics.dupont.com) is a leading supplier of Cyrel® flexographic printing plates to the packaging industry in analog and digital formats, and currently offers a most widely known dry flexo platemaking system for use in an all-digital workflow, Cyrel® FAST.
DuPont Packaging Graphics operates R& D and manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Customer Technology Centers are located in Europe, Asia, North and South America to provide excellent technical support to the Packaging Graphics industry with DuPont™ Cyrel® solutions.
For additional information on DuPont and DuPont Packaging Graphics products and services, please call +49 (0)610218 4400, email Jean-Pierre.Richard@dupont.com or visit the web sites at http://www.cyrel.com