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New Flint Group Plant in Guangzhou, China Serves Printers in the Region; Over 200 People Attend Opening Ceremony

Published on 2006-12-12. Author : SpecialChem

Flint Group, the world's largest privately-held printing ink manufacturer, recently celebrated the official opening of a new state-of-the-art ink manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China. The plant, in operation since May 2006, provides packaging and commercial printers with water- and solvent-based inks, UV inks, specialty inks and varnishes. The Guangzhou facility primarily serves China and Southeast Asian markets.

Local government officials and Flint Group executives led the October 23, 2006 event, attended by approximately 200 customers, suppliers, business partners and employees.

At the ceremony, Henry Leong, president of Flint Group Asia, underscored Flint Group's pledge to offer only top-quality environmentally-friendly products to the region, supported by "global technology and local service."

Mike Gannon, president and COO of Flint Group's ink business worldwide, highlighted Flint Group's dedication to the Asian market: "This new plant is an example of our commitment to the region, and Guangzhou is an excellent choice of location. The Guangdong Province is one of the major export regions of China and the packaging segment is growing at a very rapid rate."

Howard Poulson, non-executive chairman of Flint Group, expressed gratitude to local Chinese officials, promised environmental stewardship and proper employee welfare, and forecasted a prosperous future.

Sitting on 20,200 square meters of land located in the Guangzhou Economic & Technological Development District of Guangdong Province, this 4,800 square-meter facility is poised for future expansion as demand for these products grows.

This is Flint Group's second facility within three years of direct Chinese presence. The company opened a news and heatset ink manufacturing facility in Beijing in 2004.

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.

Source: Flint Group

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