DuPont Lightning plates win FTA Award 2022

DuPont is a Diamond sponsor of FTA Forum 2022

DuPont Cyrel Solutions received the 2022 FTA Technical Innovation Award for its Lightning plates technology
DuPont Cyrel Solutions received the 2022 FTA Technical Innovation Award for its Lightning plates technology

DuPont Cyrel Solutions is proud to announce that the Cyrel Lightning plates technology received the prestigious 2022 FTA Technical Innovation Award. The award ceremony took place on 13 March, during the FTA Forum. “We are deeply honored to receive this outstanding achievement, which highlights the power of our science to raise the bar on plate performance. The judging process was extremely competitive with various distinctive products being submitted for evaluation, and we’re grateful for this special recognition by our peers”, said Tucker Norton, global business leader at Cyrel Solutions.

The new Cyrel Lightning plate family is optimized for UV-LED exposure units to make full use of this system’s capabilities. The benefits of the plates include a further optimized match between access time and plate performance while not compromising the print quality. 

Previously, exposure settings on LED units often had to be adjusted for either higher quality or shorter access time. The Cyrel Lightning plates challenge this as they were formulated from the ground up with UV-LED exposure characteristics in mind. The Cyrel LSH represents the first photopolymer plate of the Lightning family. It is solvent processable and currently available in 045 and 067 gauges.

DuPont’s technical presentations during the ceremony

During the FTA Forum 2022, DuPont team members will also give four technical presentations –

  • ‘Optimizing ink laydown with flexographic plate technologies’ – Scott Rickard
  • ‘How do I fix it?’ – PJ Fronczkiewicz
  • ‘Plate life indicator project’ – PJ Fronczkiewicz
  • ‘Tips and tools for improved print performance’ – James Kulhanek

Additionally, Brad Gasque will be session chair at ‘Improving print quality through optimization’ during Forum and participate at Infoflex Innovation Central presenting ‘Lightning plates – the benefits seen in real applications’.

“We are proud that DuPont is again a Diamond sponsor of the FTA Forum. The forum and Infoflex provide a great opportunity to meet people, learn and share experiences, explore new technologies and find innovative solutions. DuPont has always valued the contribution of these events to the flexography industry, which is aligned to our commitment to developing innovative solutions for our customers to thrive”, added Tucker Norton.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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