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Flint Group North America Raises Prices on Spot Color Inks, Varnishes and Pressroom Chemistry for the Print Media Market


Major drivers are raw material supply and demand imbalance, rising oil costs

Flint Group North America has announced an 8% price increase on spot color inks and overprint varnishes used in sheetfed and heatset applications. In addition, they announced price increases of US/CAD$0.75 - $1.25 on press washes used in sheeted and offset web applications. The increases take effect April 1, 2012, subject to existing contracts.

“The global raw material market continues to suffer from an imbalance in supply and demand,” explained Doug Labertew, vice president, sheetfed. “This is continuing to drive up costs of key raw materials and oils used to manufacture and deliver inks and pressroom chemicals.”

In 2011, raw material costs were greater than their peak in 2008. This upward trend has continued in
2012, with crude’s rising and volatile cost a key factor.

“The cumulative effect of all this cost pressure,” noted Michael Kellen, business director, pressroom chemicals, “has had a tremendous impact. In addition to the increases on the feedstocks used to make pressroom consumables, the pressure is adversely affecting costs on product containers, utilities and freight.”