DuPont Celebrates 40 Years of Cyrel Flexographic Printing Systems

DuPont Cyrel 40th Anniversary logoWILMINGTON, DE—DuPont marks the 40th anniversary of 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 continues working to provide printers with the best balance of quality, productivity and sustainability to help them succeed. Operating in 6 continents and 100 countries, DuPont continues to innovate and expand the Cyrel product line.

DuPont Cyrel flexographic systems have a 40-year history of quality, productivity and sustainability, and DuPont continues to innovate to benefit the flexographic printing industry today.

John Chrosniak, global business director, DuPont Packaging Graphics maintain,. “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.”


  • DuPont invented the first elastomeric photopolymer printing plates along with the first solvent workflow equipment in 1974 and by the 1980s 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 compute rto 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.

“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.

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