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DuPont celebrates 40 years of innovation with Cyrel flexographic printing systems

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Anniversary marks past and present achievements, as DuPont sees promise for future.

WILMINGTON, Del.—DuPont marks the 40th anniversary of DuPont Cyrel flexographic printing systems this year by commemorating its past, celebrating its present and looking ahead to a future of continued innovation.

In 1974, DuPont introduced the first elastomeric photopolymer printing plates under the Cyrel brand to the printed packaging industry.

Forty years later, DuPont has played a leading role in shaping the industry, consistently advancing flexography through its Cyrel systems and working to provide printers with the best balance of quality, productivity and sustainability to help them succeed.

“Over the last 40 years, forward-thinking printing companies have used Cyrel systems because they represent the best balance of quality, productivity and sustainability,” said John Chrosniak, global business director, DuPont Packaging Graphics.


“The flexographic printing market adopted Cyrel as the industry standard and DuPont continues to deliver innovative new products such as Cyrel Performance Plates, and invest in continued R&D to meet the needs of this growing market. We are honored to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cyrel this year with our customers. Together we achieved this milestone through our shared commitment to advancing flexography.”

Key milestones:

  • DuPont invented the first elastomeric photopolymer printing plates along with the first solvent workflow equipment in 1974 and by the 1980’s began developing automated inline platemaking and processing systems, recognizing the advantages of pairing plate and equipment to improve quality and productivity.
  • Light finishing replaced chemical finishing and DuPont commercialized the first safer alternative plate processing solvents in 1990, which enhanced the sustainability of flexographic printing.
  • DuPont introduced the DuPont Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI), the first digital Cyrel plate, and a fully digital prepress workflow at DRUPA in 1995.  This enabled the industry to move away from film based prepress workflows and implement a distributed digital workflow, using laser ablatable masks (LAMs) to achieve computer-to-plate (CTP) output that allows design and production files to be easily shared by brand owners, tradeshops, and printers prior to printing.
  • The beginning of the next century marked another wave of growth, as DuPont Cyrel FAST, the first thermal plate system, was unveiled in 2000, and 11 more new products were rolled out at DRUPA in 2012.  The latest innovation from DuPont was the 2013 commercialization of the Cyrel® DFP and DSP Performance Plates, specifically designed to provide outstanding tonal range and the highest possible solid ink density from an existing standard digital workflow.

Operating in six continents and 100 countries, DuPont continues to innovate and expand the Cyrel product line.

“Our goal is to help our Cyrel customers achieve graphics and colors consumers can’t resist.  We look forward to the promise the next 40 years holds,” said Chrosniak.

DuPont will mark the 40th anniversary of Cyrel with a year-long global celebration highlighting historical milestones, as well as past, present and future leaders in innovation with Cyrel flexographic printing systems.

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

DuPont 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, visit


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