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Flint Group to raise ink, chemistry prices

Jan 18, 2011 12:00 AM


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Flint Group North America announces price increases on certain printing inks and pressroom chemistry sold in the United States and Canada. This is in addition to the news ink price increase implemented January 1st and previously announced increases for blankets and sleeves.

Prices will increase on inks, overprint varnishes and pressroom chemistry as follows, effective February 1, 2011, and subject to existing contracts.

Liquid Packaging & Narrow Web Inks: All Whites up to 10%, depending on technology; Solvent Colors up to 8%. Specific increases for these products as well as nitrocellulose-based clears, other solvent-based clear formulations and all violet colors will be communicated individually to customers depending on formula makeup and technology.

Print Media Inks: Sheetfed Conventional 8%; Heatset Process 10%; Heatset Blends, Metallics, Fluorescents and OPVs 12%; Directory 9%; Publication Gravure 9%.

Print Media Chemicals: Spray Powders 8 – 15%; Press Washes  8 – 12%; Web Conditioners 6 – 10%; Fountain Solutions 5 – 8%; Aerosols 8 – 15%.

Diane Parisi, vice president, supply chain, Flint Group, explains, “We’re facing challenges on a multitude of fronts: Capacity constraints, government policies around the world, environmental concerns, decreased production of feedstocks, and more.” Michael Impastato, vice president, strategic marketing, adds, “Within the last few months alone, nitrocellulose, titanium dioxide and violet pigment have experienced double digit cost increases.”