DuPont and Esko Celebrate 20 Years of Collaboration at drupa 2016

Advancing Flexography through Collaborative Innovation

WILMINGTON, Del., June 2, 2016 – DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) and Esko, formerly Baasel Scheel, are celebrating 20 years of collaboration at drupa 2016, where they will highlight their most recent innovations to advance flexography.

“Our own photopolymer innovations and the collaboration with Esko two decades ago enabled us to bring high-quality open systems to trade shops and printers that made distributed digital workflow ubiquitous in flexography,” said Andy Kannurpatti, global marketing manager, flexography, DuPont Advanced Printing. “At this year’s drupa, we are happy to showcase Esko’s newest UV LED exposure system, the Esko XPS Crystal 5080, an excellent step toward plateroom automation. Developed to work with any UV exposure unit, our Cyrel® EASY plates, when used with the Esko XPS Crystal device, will allow customers to reap the benefits of both technologies. These developments continue to reinforce our mutual focus on simplifying workflows for our customers while improving flexo print quality.”

Challenging designs with high solid ink density and distinctive highlights can be easily achieved in less time with new DuPont™ Cyrel® EASY flexographic plates

“Esko and DuPont have a long history of working together on technological advancements and commercial collaborations,” said Thomas Klein, vice president, hardware business, Esko. “Working with DuPont has enabled us to innovate our hardware and software along two strategic vectors: improving flexo print quality and simplifying the flexo platemaking process through integration and automation. Our newest UV LED XPS Crystal Technology works well with Cyrel® EASY plates. Combining XPS Crystal exposure with our well-proven Full HD/Pixel+ Microcell technology, customers can take advantage of the latest in imaging, UV exposure and plate technology.”

Developed specifically for the flexible packaging/tag and label markets, Cyrel® EASY plates are based on a new polymer technology that produces higher ink transfer, color saturation and resolution.  With built-in flat top dot plates, they help simplify the prepress process, improving productivity and consistency.  Significantly higher solid-ink density has been demonstrated in customer testing, without compromising on highlights.  The plates are available globally for FAST/thermal and solvent processing and in engineered and smooth surfaces.  Additional Cyrel® EASY flexographic printing products are currently in development for the corrugated, beverage and folding carton markets. At drupa, DuPont Advanced Printing also is featuring the Cyrel® FAST 2000TD, the next-generation thermal processing technology.

During drupa 2016, the Esko XPS Crystal 5080 standalone exposure device that performs UV LED main and back exposure in one process step and in parallel with the imaging process on the CDI is on display at the DuPont stand. The Esko XPS Crystal 5080 and the Esko CDI Crystal 5080 XPS combined imaging and exposure device will be commercially available at drupa. The 4835 and 4260 sizes of the CDI and XPS Crystal technology will be commercially available from Q4 2016 onward. The Esko XPS Crystal 5080 also will be available as a companion product to the currently installed CDI base.

DuPont Advanced Printing brings together leading technologies and products for the printing and package printing industries.  DuPont Cyrel® is one of the world’s leading flexographic plate-making systems in digital and conventional formats, including the new Cyrel® EASY photopolymer plates and Cyrel® FAST plates and processing equipment.  DuPont Izon® provides anti-counterfeit solutions and document security systems to corporate and government entities.  DuPont Artistri® offers high quality inks for consumer, commercial, office inkjet and textile printing applications.  For more information, visit http://cyrel.com/na; http://authentication.dupont.com; http://artistri.dupont.com.

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 http://www.dupont.com.

About Esko (www.Esko.com)

Esko is a global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging, labels, sign and display industries. Esko products and services help customers manage, create and produce better labels, packaging, signs and displays.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family.

Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Its direct sales and service organization covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas and the Asia Pacific, Japan and China regions and is complemented by a network of distribution partners in more than 50 countries. Esko is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India. Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com).

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