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Wilmington, Del., January 24, 2014

DuPont Packaging Graphics and Mark Andy to Drive Tag and Label Segment Growth

Mark Andy to Focus on Optimizing Press and Plate Solutions to Further Advance Flexo

Contact: Deborah Ferrante
302-999-4350
deborah.a.ferrante@dupont.com 

In a continuing effort to advance flexographic technology and accelerate the conversion of offset-to-flexo in the Tag & Label segment, DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Andy Print Products (Mark Andy) as a distributor of DuPont Cyrel® flexographic systems for the U.S. Tag & Label segment.

“We believe the best way to continue to grow the Tag and Label segment is to bring the power of industry innovators together,” said Wendy Andrushko, North American director of sales, DuPont Packaging Graphics.  “Working with Mark Andy and Pitman an Agfa Company offers DuPont a unique path to help develop technologies that will advance flexo printing. Pitman has been an outstanding distributor for DuPont for over 30 years and will continue to be the primary channel for Cyrel® into the Tag & Label segment.  Our collaboration with Mark Andy will combine their industry leading press technology with our advanced plate technology and allow us to optimize the performance of the plate on press.”  

“Our agreement with DuPont will permit us to utilize a ‘system approach’ to co-develop a solution that will increase quality and productivity of output from a traditional flexographic printing process,” stated Kevin Wilken, chief executive officer, Mark Andy, Inc.  “By fine tuning the performance of DuPont plates with Mark Andy presses, we will give our customers a competitive advantage that helps them to grow their business and increase their profitability.”

“As the leading flexographic plate supplier in the Tag and Label segment and long-time DuPont distributor, we are looking forward to continued growth in this critically important segment,” said Peter Wilkens, president, Pitman, an Agfa Company.  “Agfa has been a leader in the printing industry for many years, and we know that when technology leaders collaborate, our customers benefit.”

Mark Andy, Inc. is the world's number one manufacturer of narrow and mid-web printing and finishing equipment. The company has a rich history of delivering solutions to increase productivity and profitability for label and packaging markets, supplying leading global brands including Mark Andy printing presses and Rotoflex finishing solutions, as well as a complete line of Mark Andy Print Products consumables and press room supplies. All products are supported by the largest customer support team in the industry, dedicated to supporting converters throughout the lifecycle of their equipment and offering a variety of services including spare parts, technical service, retrofits and rebuilds, PM programs, and superior training through Mark Andy University. Mark Andy Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, with sales and distribution offices worldwide.  Please visit: www.markandy.com www.rotoflex.com

Pitman, an Agfa Graphics company, collaborates with world-class manufacturers to provide a diverse offering of the most advanced solutions for the prepress, pressroom, wide format, newspaper, packaging and commercial printing industries.  Pitman reinforces its customer-focused approach by providing the market with an unmatched distribution network, expert specialists and unparalleled service excellence.  Together, Agfa Graphics and Pitman deliver integrated and complete solutions tailored to the ever-changing needs of the graphic communications industry, enabling businesses to produce powerful messages and be more profitable.  Please visit: www.pitman.com

DuPont Packaging Graphics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of flexographic plate-making systems in digital and conventional formats, including the DuPont Cyrel® brand of photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, Cyrel® round sleeves, mounting and finishing products.  For more information about DuPont Packaging Graphics, please visit http://cyrel.com/na.

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.