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Shanghai, China, 20 October 2008

DuPont Packaging Graphics Adds New High Durometer Plate to its DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST Digital Plate Portfolio

New Plate for Thermal Platemaking System Offers Fine Highlights, Dazzling Color


Contact: Vijay Ramachandran

DuPont Packaging Graphics has announced the addition of DuPont™ Cyrel® DFQ, a new high durometer digital plate, to its DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST thermal platemaking system portfolio.

“Brand owners know that packaging is a key to a product’s shelf appeal.  Cyrel® DFQ provides package printing that features brilliant colors and sharp details that can help to grab the consumer’s attention,” said Vijay Ramachandran – Asia Pacific marketing manager, DuPont Packaging Graphics.  “We’re excited about adding another high-quality, durable plate to the Cyrel® FAST line -- our thermal processing technology that allows customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.”

The new plate is designed to meet growing industry demand for higher durometer flexographic plates that provide high-quality printing across a broad range of packaging segments. Field tests confirm that Cyrel® DFQ provides fine highlights, sharp detail, low dot gain and dazzling color saturation.  In addition, DFQ was developed to perform with a wide array of substrates and inks, and has been shown to be a rugged plate that provides consistent, predictable and repeatable plate performance results.

DuPont™ Cyre® FAST uses thermal technology to totally eliminate the solvent washout and drying steps.  In addition, plates are press ready in less than an hour, increasing plateroom productivity and making just-in-time platemaking possible.

These production efficiencies result in rapid access platemaking while also contributing to the reduced environmental footprint of thermal platemaking compared to solvent platemaking, according to the findings of a recently released Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).  The 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.

The results 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 (~100,000 square feet) of flexo plates processed, the resulting non-renewable energy savings would be equivalent to approximately 8,800 gallons of gasoline and the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to removing approximately 16 typical U.S. passenger cars from the road for one year.1   

For more information on Cyrel® FAST Cyrel® DFQ and to get a copy of the full LCA report, Life Cycle Assessment:  Flexographic and Rotogravure Printing Comparison & Flexographic Plate Imaging Technologies, visit our website at

DuPont Packaging Graphics is the world’s leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats, including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing products.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services 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 and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.


Note 1:  Based on conservative estimates modeled on a typical U.S. passenger car.