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New European packaging inks portfolio

The “Best of 4” Champion Products Portfolio will be launched and introduced across the wider European, Middle East and African packaging ink market during November 2007.

The history of Flint Group may be traced to four major roots: Flint Ink, ANI, BASF Printing Systems and Gebr. Schmidt which were all well known manufacturers of high quality packaging inks. Following the merger of these companies in 2005 Flint Group was formed. The merger was completed by an intense restructuring and integration process which today marks Flint Group’s Packaging Inks Division as a trusted and reliable partner with leading technological and manufacturing expertise in products for the packaging and converting print industry.


 
Flint Group initiated a European project to identify the “Best of 4” solutions for all standard application areas bringing the best formulations to all customers. A further challenge was to develop a single informative ink naming concept. The project has now been completed and resulted in a new European Standard Portfolio of solvent based inks for packaging applications. The new solvent based ink product systems offer maximum technological flexibility for every application and demand. The product package includes European standard ink series as well as ranges of individually formulated and designed speciality inks. The solvent based standard product range includes six main technology types:

PluriRange is a range of nitrocellulose based ink systems for high quality gravure printing. The inks are designed for surface print and lamination o­n various substrates providing optimum performance levels.

FlexiRange is a range of nitrocellulose based ink systems for high quality flexographic printing. The inks are designed for surface print and lamination o­n several substrates providing optimum performance levels.
 
MultiRange is the range of PVB based ink systems formulated for both gravure and flexographic printing. The series includes inks for surface printing but is especially designed for highest quality lamination o­n several substrates where exceptional performance is demanded.
 
ElioRange is a range of PVC resin based ink systems for high quality gravure printing. The inks are designed for special surface print applications and for lamination with superior performance levels.
 
ProRange is a range of CAP based ink systems for gravure and flexographic printing, including several ink series for surface print and lamination o­n various substrates and performance levels and specialities.

Sentry®Range is a worldwide brand of products including inks, whites, lacquers and primers, especially designed for the tobacco packaging industry. Sentry® cover a wide range of resin types, and selected products are suitable for either solvent or water based flexographic and gravure applications.

Products of each range are available as modern building block technology base systems and spot colours. The series are optimised for every application and can be formulated to fulfil technical and product resistance demands.
 
The “Best of 4” Champion Products Portfolio will be launched and introduced across the wider European, Middle East and African packaging ink market during November 2007.
 
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing, converting, graphic arts and colour consuming industries with five specialised business units: Flint Group’s ink companies develop and market a wide range of conventional and UV printing inks o­n a global basis, with regional operations providing local service throughout the world. Flint Group Printing Plates specialises in photopolymer printing plates, washout solvents and platemaking equipment. XSYS Print Solutions is dedicated to the narrow web ink market, including labels, product decoration and package printing. Flint Group Pigments produces a range of pigment products and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. Day International develops and distributes offset printing blankets and sleeves, pressroom chemicals, flexographic sleeve systems and diecutting supplies. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group operates more than 170 facilities worldwide and employs some 8300 people. Revenues ifor 2007 are estimated to be ¤ 2.55 billion ($US 3.5 billion), positioning the company as the number o­ne or number two supplier in every major region it serves.