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Flint Ink: strength in packaging

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UNLIKE some other ink companies operating in the region, Flint Ink has full manufacturing capabilities, strong technical support, and product development laboratories in both Australia and New Zealand.

Combined with fluid access to technology and resources on a global basis, Flint Ink has emerged as the foremost packaging ink company in Australasia.

While already a major force in these markets, Flint Ink has continued to strengthen its position through key strategic moves.

Effective January 1 of this year, Flint Ink reorganised in a move away from geographic segmentation by appointing Angelo Spano as General Manager of Packaging, Australasia.

In overseeing operations in both Australia and New Zealand, Spano brings a focus to ensuring consistent products on both sides of the Tasman and in increasing customer access to Flint Ink’s technical team.

In a separate initiative, Damian Johnson, President of Flint Ink India Pacific, was recently appointed as Vice President of Global Packaging for Flint Ink.

In this role, Johnson leads efforts to understand and anticipate global trends and customer needs in packaging.

Founded in 1920, Flint Ink is the largest privately-owned printing ink manufacturer in the world.

The company offers a comprehensive range of flexographic, sheetfed, web offset, gravure, UV/EB-curable, and digital and specialty printing materials and equipment. Flint Ink operates nearly 100 facilities worldwide, employs approximately 4,400 people, and has sales of nearly USD$1.5 billion.

Johnson’s ability to tap into these global resources in response to the needs of Australasian packaging printers has resulted in the local introduction of two packaging ink product lines, Astrathane MF and ArrowStar, benefiting packaging printers of all sizes.

Astrathane MF is a multifunctional flexographic and gravure ink that achieves strong bonds when laminated.

Developed in Europe, this nitrocellulose-based ink system increases print efficiency and reduces costs by enabling flexible packaging converters and printers to rely on a single ink for a variety of applications.

The system has high colour strength, is suitable for lamination, surface, and coldseal printing on a broad range of substrates.

ArrowStar Sheetfed Inks is a complete line of world-class performance sheetfed inks for virtually every sheetfed application. ArrowStar products are the result of a best-in-class product development initiative.

The ArrowStar product line offers exceptional, robust performance combined with demonstrated consistency on a diverse range of substrates and presses. ArrowStar products are fast setting and feature wide print operating windows.

Continued efforts such as these are sure to keep Flint Ink at the forefront of packaging technology and ensure value is delivered to their customers.

With full manufacturing capabilities, strong technical support, and product development laboratories in both Australia and New Zealand, Flint Ink is Australasia’s premier manufacturer and supplier of printing inks and technical service to the packaging industry.

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