Focus on key market segments

Flint Group acquires ACS

Antoine Fady, CEO, Flint Group

Flint Group, as part of its strategy to grow in strategic market segments, has acquired Advanced Color Systems(ACS) located in Tualatin, Oregon, USA. ACS manufactures and distributes water-based inks in North America andalso exports to some countries outside of North America. With this acquisition,Flint Group strengthens its position and support to the paper and board markets in North America.

“Flint Group is very pleased with this new partnership and the opportunities it presents to expand in the North American paper and board packaging market,” said Antoine Fady, CEO, Flint Group. Tim Becker, president and owner of ACS comments, “The partnership with Flint Group will add a significant high value raw material stream for our customers in the long-term. Flint is truly customer focussed; solving immediate needs and concentrating on long-term customer cost and solution benefits. Flint’s new technologies are world-class; their inks and coatings products will be a great complement to ACS’ product range.”

Doug Aldred, president packaging and narrow web states, “This investment by Flint Group is a clear indication of its strategy to grow its business in key packaging segments, such as paper and board, and creates a business that is positioned for further growth. We are very pleased to welcome the ACS team to Flint Group – their dedication to all levels of the customer and their culture of responsiveness and integrity fit perfectly with our organization.”

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