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DuPont, Kolorfusion Team Up in Dye Sublimation Printing on Plastics

Published on 2004-10-06. Author : SpecialChem

WILMINGTON, Delaware -- DuPont Engineering Polymers and Kolorfusion International Inc. have formed a marketing alliance to support customers in gaining the benefits of dye sublimation printing on molded products and components.

Kolorfusion has developed patented technology for dye sublimation decoration of three-dimensional objects such as molded plastics parts. DuPont produces several kinds of engineering plastics resins suitable for the process, including Crastin® PBT and Rynite® PET thermoplastic polyesters, Delrin® acetal and Zytel® nylons.

"Here at DuPont we see excellent potential for dye sublimation-printing of engineering plastics parts for sporting goods, power tools, appliances, consumer electronics and other kinds of products where a permanent, wear-resistant multi-color image is desired," said Ella Rabil, senior marketing specialist for DuPont Engineering Polymers. "Because the technology causes dyes to penetrate the surface of the polymer, the imprinted images are highly resistant to wear. The dye sublimation technology will now give our customers a new way to differentiate themselves at the consumer level," she added.

Steve Nagel, president of Kolorfusion, said: "DuPont resources and expertise in helping its customers develop and manufacture new parts and products using engineering plastics can help fuel the growth of dye sublimation decorating. We're proud to join with DuPont in bringing the marketing and functional benefits of dye sublimation printing to more plastics end users and molders."

Kolorfusion reports that its technology is ultraviolet-resistant, cost-effective, and suitable for applying a full spectrum of colors, shades, and designs to a variety of surfaces inclding plastics, metals and glass.

Kolorfusion (OTC:BB-KOLR) is a technology development company for three-dimensional product decoration. Its patented decorating process transfers any design with any colors into a product's coating or directly into the plastic or aluminum part itself, independent of shape, according to Kolorfusion. The company licenses its technology to manufacturers and has manufacturing capability in its Denver, Col., and Shenzhen, China processing facilities.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source: DuPont Engineering Polymers

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