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2015 Global Sales: US $2.4 billion/€2.2 billion.
Major Products: A wide range of inks, coatings, blankets, pressroom chemistry, printing plates and pre-press and digital equipment, consumables and more. Expertise in solvent-based, water-based, oil-based, energy curable and toner-based technologies for various applications, including offset lithography, flexography, gravure, rotary screen, rotary offset, digital and letterpress. Products are designed to support nearly all print segments in the print media and packaging sectors. Also manufactures dry, flushed and press cake pigments, chips and resins for ink and other applications, aqueous dispersions, hyperdispersants and additives for the colorant market. With the acquisition of Xeikon, Flint Group shows its commitment to expanding digital platforms. Flint Group Digital Solutions offers a unique mix of equipment, consumable and services.
Key Personnel: Pierre-Marie De Leener, chairman; Antoine Fady, CEO; Steve Dryden, CFO; William B. Miller, president Print Media/Pigment, Chips & Resins; Doug Aldred, president Packaging and Narrow Web; Jan Paul Van Der Velde, SVP, procurement, sustainability, regulatory and IT; Russell Taylor, SVP, global human resources, communications and sustainability; Aryan Moelker, president Flexographic Products; Wim Maes, president Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions; Adhemur Pilar, president Flint Group Latin America; Gene Yang, president Asia Pacific. Jeremy Berenzweig, general counsel and SVP – legal.
Number of Employees: Approximately 7,900 worldwide.
Comments: Flint Group has had a transformative year in 2015 and 2016, adding new technologies (digital inks), strengthening growth markets (packaging) through new products and acquisitions, and adding to its leadership position in core businesses (web heatset, sheetfed news inks).
In particular, Flint Group made two sizable acquisitions, acquiring Xeikon, a leading digital press and toner manufacturer, in November 2015, and American Inks & Coatings, a packaging ink specialist, in May 2016.
The addition of Xeikon marked the reemergence of Flint Group in the digital printing field. A specialist in digital label, folding carton, commercial and document printing, Xeikon is now the core part of Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions, Flint Group’s new digital division.
“This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity for Flint Group, propelling the organization further into the digital solutions market,” said Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group.
Flint Group also made a strong move in the North American packaging ink market with the acquisition of American Inks and Coatings (AIC), Pine Bluff, AR, as part of its long-range strategy to grow in key packaging segments around the world.
AIC was the eighth-largest North American ink manufacturer in Ink World’s Top 20 with $130 million in sales in 2015. AIC’s major markets include water- and solvent-based inks and coatings for flexible packaging, folding carton, multi-wall bags, gift wrap and corrugated printing.
“The investment in AIC leaves Flint Group very well positioned to support the dynamic growth witnessed in the global packaging market and aligns us even closer to customers situated in the important North American packaging and converting market,” Fady said.
In the web offset segment, Flint Group acquired Siegwerk Druckfarben’s web ink business.
“This investment confirms our long term commitment to customers in these key market segments and re-enforces our unique offering to the market of inks, pressroom chemicals and transfer media products,” said Fady.
In July 2016, Flint Group announced the acquisition of Druckfarben Limited, a UK-based supplier of sheetfed inks, varnishes, coatings, blankets and pressroom consumables with a sizable position in the UK and Ireland.
Outside of acquisitions, Flint Group enjoyed growth in a number of important markets, with Packaging & Narrow Web leading the way.
“Packaging & Narrow Web delivered growth in North America in 2016 across all packaging business segments,” said Doug Aldred, president Packaging and Narrow Web. “We are bullish about our possibilities in 2016 and beyond. The cooperation between our Packaging & Narrow Web Division and our colleagues in Flint Group Flexographic Products and Flint Group Digital Solutions will enable us to develop an even stronger value proposition including inks, plates, and digital solutions.”
Meanwhile, the publication and commercial printing segments continue to decline.
“Industry experts once expected the news industry decline to soften substantially, but in fact, it continues to face steep declines,” Bill Miller, president Print Media for Flint Group, said. “Flint Group certainly felt the effects of that in 2015. While the retail, magazine, catalog and book sectors also continued to struggle, they remained vital in 2015. Flint Group’s Print Media business continued to invest in inks, blankets and pressroom chemistry for the news and publication sectors, and will continue to do so.”
Flint Group was active at drupa 2016, with booths centered on conventional, digital and flexo plates. On the conventional ink side, Flint Group launched more than 10 new sheetfed inks, fount solutions and blankets, including K+E Novavit F1000 WIN BIO and K+E Novaboard C1090 RACE BIO bio process ink series; XCURA Max, XCURA King, XCURA Sens and XCURA Plas LED inks; and UltraCURA Sens and UltraCURA Sens PlasUV curable inks for food packaging.
For packaging, Flint Group launched Flexocure ANCORA 50, a low migration UV flexo ink for food labels and flexible packaging; PremoCup water-based flexo inks for paper cups; Hydrokett ZEN, a water-based narrow web flexo ink for paper and film; and OmniLam F (for flexo) and OmniLam G (for gravure) non-nitrocellulose-based lamination inks.