14909 North Beck Road
Plymouth, MI 48170-7194
Phone: (734) 781-4600
Sales: 2016 revenues of Flint Group were €2.3 billion ($2.5 billion); North American Ink Sales: $1.35 billion (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: A wide range of inks, coatings, blankets, pressroom chemistry, printing plates, consumables and more. Expertise in solvent-based, water-based, oil-based and energy curable 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; pressroom chemicals; printing blankets; and flexographic plates, sleeves and printing equipment. 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, Flint Group/Flint Group Packaging business; Steve Dryden, CFO Flint Group/CEO Commercial, Publication & Sheetfed Inks; Aryan Moelker, president Image Transfer Solutions; Adhemur Pilar, president Flint Group Latin America; Benoit Chatelard, president Digital Solutions; Doug Aldred, president Packaging Inks; Guillaume Clement, president Narrow Web; William (Bill) B. Miller, COO Commercial, Publication & Sheetfed Inks; Jeremy Berenzweig, general counsel and SVP – Legal; Russell Taylor, SVP, Global Human Resources, HSE, Communications and Sustainability.
Number of Employees: Approximately 7,900 worldwide.
Comments: Flint Group had an excellent year, with sales increasing to $2.5 billion, up from $2.4 billion in 2016. In particular, the company did well in packaging, energy curing and the digital printing market.
On the packaging and energy curable ink side, Flint Group Narrow Web received a 2017 FTA Technical Innovation Award for EkoCure ANCORA, its UV LED low migration ink.
“We believe that low migration ink combined with UV LED flexographic printing technology is a revolution for the flexible food packaging industry,” said Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director, Flint Group Narrow Web.
On the sheetfed side, Flint Group launched a series of new low migration UV inks, including UltraCURA Sens, UltraCURA Sens Plas and UltraCURA Sens Bases, as well as XCURA EVO, a new UV LED process ink.
Flint Group Digital Solutions was particularly active, as Xeikon launched its new Panther series of UV inkjet label presses, adding to its line of Cheetah toner presses. The Panther PX3000 and PX2000 presses use PantherCure UV inks, which the company notes use a combination of LED and mercury UV lights for curing.
“This rapid product development underscores our commitment to offering a broad portfolio of complementary solutions, for both our Cheetah Series of dry toner and Panther Series of UV inkjet digital label presses,” said Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s VP global marketing.
In the label and narrow web space, Xeikon entered into an exclusive partnership for EFI Jetrion. Xeikon will service and supply Jetrion’s customers.
“Xeikon is the perfect partner to market, service and support the EFI Jetrion product line as both companies share a common goal of delivering exceptional value, unparalleled service, consistent quality and continuous innovation – values we are committed to secure in the future for all Jetrion customers worldwide,” noted Benoit Chatelard, president and CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group.
Higher raw material costs and supply concerns are impacting the ink industry. This has led ink manufactures to raise prices, and Flint Group was no exception. Flint Group increased its packaging inks at the end of 2017, and its CPS (Commercial, Publication & Sheetfed Inks) division followed in early 2018.
“Despite our tenacious efforts to mitigate these dynamics by deploying significant capital to efficiency projects, cost pressure has been utterly relentless,” said Doug Aldred, president Packaging Inks for Flint Group. “The situation now necessitates that we pass some increases through the supply chain.”
“Combined, these factors have affected material availability and cost. This has adversely impacted the cost of manufacturing most of our key product lines to a degree that we can no longer absorb,” added Bill Miller, COO of Flint Group CPS Inks.