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DuPont's (DD) Advanced Printing Unveils New Artistri Inks

DuPont DD said that its Advanced Printing business is launching new and improved DuPont Artistri inks that will provide brighter colors, shorter production cycles and higher production throughput for direct-to-garment (DTG) and roll-to-roll (RTR) printing. The new inks will be showcased at the forthcoming drupa 2016 trade fair, to be held from May 31 to Jun 10 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Artistri inks, which are considered best-in-class, offer brighter colors and faster printing capability, thus providing a competitive advantage to DuPont’s customers. Improved Artistri Brite DGT inks are specifically designed for DTG decorators and fulfillment houses who wish to switch to digital printing, and want a faster, more reliable process that provides high quality and repeatability.

Improved RTR Artistri Pigment inks provide brighter colors apart from delivering higher production throughput. Artistri Pigment inks are designed to work in printers with medium and low-viscosity piezo-electric printheads, and are specially developed for RTR digital printing on cotton or cotton-rich blends.

Other technologies that will be showcased at the fair include DuPont Cyrel FAST 2000 TD system, which provides excellent quality and productivity in a mid-size 42”x 60” format. The DuPont Cyrel EASY flexographic printing plate technology will also be displayed. DuPont Cyrel is one of the world’s leading flexographic plate-making systems in digital and traditional formats. The company will further showcase the DuPont Tyvek packaging technology and DuPont Izon anti-counterfeit technology.

Shares of the company fell 0.8% to close at $63.99 on May 18.

DuPont saw higher profits in first-quarter 2016, helped by its cost management actions. Adjusted earnings for the quarter topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues declined year over year due to unfavorable currency impact, but beat expectations. The company raised its earnings guidance for 2016.

While DuPont is still faced with a number of challenges, it is well placed to gain from new product launches and productivity actions. Moreover, it remains committed to maximize shareholder value.

DuPont currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Other well-ranked companies in the chemicals industry include Innophos Holdings Inc IPHS, Innospec Inc. IOSP and Asahi Kasei Corp. AHKSY, all sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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