Transfer of portfolios relating to Heatset and Newsink product lines

Flint Group to acquire Siegwerk’s web offset business

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Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group

Flint Group, a global solutions provider to the packaging and print media industries has issued a binding offer to Siegwerk to acquire their web offset business. This offer includes the transfer of all technical expertise and product portfolios relating to Siegwerk’s Heatset and Newsink product lines. “We are very excited by this transaction,” says Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group. “This investment confirms our long-term commitment to customers in these key market segments and reinforces our unique offering to the market of inks, pressroom chemicals and transfer media products. This commitment guarantees a long-term supply position for our Heatset and News Ink customers and further enhances our focus on the Print Media and Packaging markets across the world.” Siegwerk’s decision to sell its web offset business is in line with its strategy to focus on its core business in packaging printing, which is growing globally, and to further build its market leadership in inks and coatings for labels and flexible packaging where the company sees significant potential

“To ensure the lasting success of our company, we need to clearly devote our resources to serving the markets of tomorrow. We will do so by focussing on our core packaging printing business,” says Siegwerk’s CEO Herbert Forker. “It is here where we see significant growth opportunities particularly within the strongly accelerating Asian markets.”

All 76 permanent employees in Siegwerk’s web offset business will be offered a transfer into other areas within their Siegburg site with Flint Group intending to employ a core team from Siegwerk’s web offset business after the sale. The Siegwerk publication gravure business, which manufactures printing inks for high-end magazines, catalogs and commercials, will be continued. Its long-standing expertise and high market share of around 45% in Europe give Siegwerk a strong market position in this area. Siegwerk will work closely with Flint Group to ensure that any handover of business is completed without disruption and that the same products and services for the customers of both companies are maintained throughout.

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The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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