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Sales: 2016 revenues of Flint Group were €2.3 billion (US $2.4 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 printing 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, workflow, consumables 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; Benoit Chatelard, president Flint Group Digital 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: Following up on its major acquisitions in 2015 and 2016, where Flint Group acquired Xeikon, a leading digital press and toner manufacturer, and American Inks & Coatings, a leading US-based packaging ink specialist, Flint Group worked on integrating these acquisitions into its portfolio.
Doug Aldred, Flint Group’s president Packaging & Narrow Web, reported that 2016 was a strong year for Flint Group’s packaging ink business.
“With our recent acquisitions in North America, Flint Group is focusing on supporting customers with the very best products, services and staff of experts,” Aldred said. “We also have had exciting developments within our Flexible Packaging segment in North America, which is a key strategic growth area for Flint Group and our customers.”
On the publication and commercial side, Flint Group divested its European publication gravure ink business to Sun Chemical in September 2016, which allows Flint Group to focus on its core web offset markets. This move followed on Flint Group’s 2016 acquisition of Siegwerk Druckfarben’s web offset segment. While the news and heatset web industries have continued to decline in terms of volume, Flint Group worked to overcome these challenges.
“Flint Group certainly felt the effects as well, but we planned for this, stuck to our plans, and, as a result, performed well in 2016,” said Bill Miller, president Print Media and Pigments, Chips & Resins.
In terms of capital improvements, Flint Group was active throughout Europe, adding a new Global Innovation Center for Paper & Board Packaging Inks in Malmö, Sweden, which includes an eight-station SOMA printing press, in April 2017. This follows the June 2016 opening of Flint Group’s Global Colour Center for Packaging Inks in Lodz, Poland.
“The investment in our new state-of-the-art SOMA printing press is a significant milestone and a clear demonstration that we are fully committed to invest in our industry and support our customers’ growth through an innovative development workflow,” Kim Melander, VP sales EMEA and global strategy Paper & Board for Flint Group, said.
In April 2017, Flint Group completed its investment in its water-based coatings site in Willstaett, Germany, which increases capacity and allows Flint Group to add new products to its range of Novaset specialty coatings.
In personnel news, Benoit Chatelard was named president and CEO of Flint Group Digital Solutions in May. Chatelard was most recently VP, Production Printing Business Group for Ricoh Europe.