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DuPont Reaches Milestones in Digital Color Technology

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

WILMINGTON, Del., July 26 -- DuPont has reached significant milestones with the sale of the company's 500th Cyrel FAST system and launches of the Cromaprint wide format digital printing system and DuPont Artistri 3320 grand format textile printing system. Cyrel(R) FAST is one of the fastest growing technologies for advanced packaging graphics, with installations in 40 countries on six continents. DuPont's printing system businesses are growing at double-digit rates annually, targeting multi-billion-dollar industries that include textiles, graphic arts, signage and consumer packaging. Based on DuPont proprietary technology, DuPont can now deliver superior color digitally in a variety of formats and sizes. DuPont developed the Cyrel(R) FAST, Cromaprint(TM) and DuPont(TM) Artistri(TM) printing systems for customers who require faster, more reliable printing with consistent quality and superior color on a broad variety of substrates, from paper, film and vinyl to all types of fabrics. All three provide or enable on-demand printing and complete system solutions - from color management to digital workflow to the finished product. "DuPont has been a leader in color science since we developed color pigments for the automotive industry almost a century ago," said Barry M. Granger, vice president and general manager, DuPont Imaging Technologies. "Now, with our digital inks and expanded portfolio of digital printing systems, we can offer our customers color any way they want it, when they want it, so they can better service their customers' needs." They are environmentally smart technologies, with no processing solvents to handle, store or recycle. In addition, they use significantly less water, ink and energy, versus conventional printing systems. For instance, DuPont collects developer rolls used in Cyrel(R) FAST printing to eliminate waste disposal, and then recycles them to generate steam energy. Cromaprint(TM) systems also offer substantial reduction of waste materials that are usually used in screen-printing processes, and Artistri(TM) systems use on-demand technology and DuPont aqueous inks. The latest Cyrel(R) FAST system, Cyrel(R) FAST TD4260, was introduced last year to meet the needs of consumer package goods companies for consistent, high-quality color images on their packaging. The speed of Cyrel(R) FAST allows companies to better promote their brands with superior quality colors in less time, making it the ideal just-in-time system for applications that demand a fast turnaround. In April, DuPont commercialized its Cromaprint(TM) 22UV fully integrated digital printing system. The total package is specifically designed to meet the high volume and high-speed production needs for digital printing onto the widest variety of rigid and flexible surfaces. The Cromaprint(TM) 22UV system offers flexibility to print onto substrates such as PVC, foam boards, acrylics, corrugated, glass, styrene, aluminum, wood, and, within two minutes, switch over to print onto flexible media such as DuPont(TM) Tyvek(R), vinyl, and polyester film such as DuPont Teijin Melinex(R). DuPont recently launched its grand format DuPont(TM) Artistri(TM) 3320 digital textile printing system, which offers 3.3 meter wide roll-to-roll printing and access to new applications for digital printing on textiles. It is the latest in a product line to meet on-demand digital textile printing needs. DuPont(TM) Artistri(TM) digital printing systems consist of three main components: digital textile printers, brilliant textile inks and innovative color and control management software. Customers use the systems for applications such as interior textiles, window coverings, bedding, upholstery, flags and banners, trade show displays, point-of-sale displays, apparel, silk accessories and swimwear, among many other applications.




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