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Flint Group Pigments Significantly Expands Reach of Colorants and Additives to Asia/Pacific Customers

Published on 2006-11-02. Author : SpecialChem

Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA -- Flint Group Pigments, a global manufacturer of colorants and other products, has signed an agreement with Connell Bros. Company, Ltd. for distribution of its colorants and additives in the Asia/Pacific region. The partnership significantly increases Flint Group Pigments' reach in that region and offers an entirely new line of high quality products for Connell to provide its customers.

Asia/Pacific colorant consumers now have access to Flint Group Pigments' trusted portfolio of dry and flushed pigment, aqueous dispersions and additives. These products serve many highly specialized markets, including printing inks, coatings, plastics, latex, paper, textiles, rubber and fertilizer.

"Connell Bros. was the obvious distribution choice for us in Asia/Pacific," says Craig Foster, president of Flint Group Pigments. "Their regional experience, market knowledge and well-developed infrastructure are unparalleled. Just as important, the high caliber of local sales and service personnel ensures that our customers will receive the same level of convenient, personalized care in Asia/Pacific as elsewhere in the world."

"Flint Group Pigments is a great fit for Connell Bros.," notes Ted Eliot, president of Connell Bros. Company. "While we've provided raw materials to the Asia/Pacific market for some time now, Flint Group Pigments' colorants are an entirely new product category we can offer."

Mr. Eliot continues: "Because we know and trust Flint Group Pigments' quality and consistency, we are eager to represent them in the market."

Connell Bros., a specialty chemical distributor in Asia and a division of the Wilbur-Ellis Company of San Francisco, will distribute Flint Group Pigments' products throughout Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Flint Group Pigments

Flint Group Pigments, a global business unit of Flint Group, offers dry and flushed pigments, dispersions, varnishes, and additives for printing inks, coatings, plastics, latex, paper, textiles, rubber, fertilizer and other highly specialized industries. The company was formed by joining BASF's process pigments business - based in Europe, with manufacturing in Shanghai - with CDR Pigments & Dispersions - based in the USA. The union of BASF and CDR occurred when their parent companies, XSYS Print Solutions and Flint Ink, respectively, united to form Flint Group in late 2005. Flint Group Pigments' global and Americas headquarters are located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA. Additional regional headquarters are located in Stuttgart, Germany and Shanghai, China. Sales representation spans the globe.

Flint Group

Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing, converting, and colorants industries. Flint Group companies develop, produce and market a wide range of conventional and UV printing inks on a global basis, with regional operations that provide local service throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and India/Pacific. Other companies in the group include Flint Group Printing Plates, specializing in photopolymer printing plates, and XSYS Print Solutions, specializing in narrow web inks. Jetrion LLC provides digital inks, equipment and integration services to the industrial printing market. Flint Group Pigments produces a range of pigment products and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group operates more than 140 facilities worldwide, and employs nearly 7,000 people. Revenues in 2005 were $US 2.7 billion (Euro 2.23 billion), positioning the company as the number one or number two supplier in every major region it serves.

Connell Bros.

Connell Bros. Company, Ltd., a division of the $1.6 billion Wilbur-Ellis Company, is one of the largest international marketers and distributors of specialty industrial chemicals, food ingredients and minerals in the Pacific Rim, with over a century of experience. Connell Bros. maintains offices throughout Asia and provides a wide range of services to both suppliers and customers, such as: supply chain management; expert, industry-focused technical sales force; marketing support, including market research, product positioning, pricing, and development and refinement of marketing and distribution strategies; and assistance to Asia and other regions in promoting a broad variety of products and raw materials to U.S. markets. Connell Bros. is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA.

Source: Flint Group

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