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Flint Group Offers Antimicrobial Coatings


With the ever increasing focus on preventing infections from harmful bacteria, Flint Group is developing an active antimicrobial coating suitable for application on most substrates and via all major printing methods.
Proven in hospital real-time studies and supported by full independent laboratory data, the Biomaster technology works via release of silver ions on demand, which in turn safely inhibit bacteria growth.

Flint Group North America Packaging, Narrow Web Announce Price Increase
Over the past six months, the cost of key raw materials for inks has risen dramatically, in some cases by more than 30%. The demand imbalance on the global raw material and chemical feed stock markets has caused a significant de-stocking of most raw material supply chains.
“Flint Group is conscious that its customers continue to face a difficult business environment, and many materials together with energy and transportation continue to rise,” Michael Impastato, vice president strategic marketing Flint Group Packaging & Narrow Web, explained. “However, Flint Group is not exempt from this global situation, and although our technical team is constantly searching for ways to mitigate these effects, we are incurring tremendous cost increases despite our ongoing cost containment programs. The cost increases have now proven too large, and the need to pass on these higher costs to our customers is necessary.”
Flint Group announced the following average price increase effective August 1, 2010:
• Solvent inks and coatings - 4%
• Water inks and coatings - 8%
• UV inks - 8%
• UV Coatings - 11%