Flint Group Packaging
Global price increase announced

05.03.2021 Flint Group Packaging (Luxembourg) announces the intention to increase the prices of its ink and coating products, effective 1 April 2021.

Flint Group will increase the prices of its ink and coating products in April.
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Flint Group will increase the prices of its ink and coating products in April.

The company is facing an extraordinarily turbulent set of supply chain conditions, exacerbated by the global pandemic. Costs are increasing and supply is tightening across almost all procurement categories: multiple petrochemical derivatives – such as resins & solvents; pigments, and freight, are three of the most volatile areas.

Severe supply chain conditions

Doug Aldred, president of Flint Group Packaging Inks, notes: “The unusual set of supply chain conditions currently witnessed are some of the most severe I have seen. Our business is facing substantial cost and availability headwinds, across multiple raw material categories. Resins, solvents and pigments (including Titanium Dioxide), are particularly problematic.”

Flint Group Packaging continues to collaborate with all its global supply chain partners, in order to mitigate as many negative effects as possible. However, recent upstream force majeure announcements and the acute global freight imbalance is impeding some corrective actions.

Cost peaks in resins, additives and pigments

“Regrettably, despite our tenacious efforts to offset cost and risk for our valued customers, the pronounced and prolonged pressure – experienced in some categories since mid-2020 – has forced us to act. Some raw materials, such as UV resins, additives and pigments, are reaching cost peaks not witnessed in the last ten years or more,” said Emmanuel Bareaud, president of Flint Group Narrow Web.

The business continues to invest in its assets, capabilities and operating procedures to negate the adverse supply chain circumstances, wherever feasible. Nonetheless, it has become clear that these activities alone will not suffice; the company will seek to recover costs via a combination of extensive productivity optimisations, price increases and temporary surcharges.