Flint Group Opens New Facility in Istanbul for its Packaging Division
Flint Group continues its leadership position in the Packaging Inks segment with the opening of its new facility in the Kirac, in Istanbul, Turkey. This new 3800 square meter manufacturing and distribution facility is conveniently located only 13 kilometers from the main container terminal on the European side of Turkey and is well positioned for exports to surrounding markets in the Middle East.
Kim Melander, VP Sales EMEA & Global Strategy Paper & Board, says this, “Flint Group’s Paper & Board business has been a local supplier in Turkey and the neighbouring regions since 2008 and our team has been satisfying customers’ requirements with state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and expert local service for nearly 10 years. This additional investment not only solidifies Flint Group’s dedication to the Turkish market, but also confirms our promise to grow together with its customers in this key emerging market.”
Mr. Melander continues, “Flint Group’s aim is, of course, to provide the best and most streamlined service and support to all customers. Many of our key customers purchase products from more than one of our segments. With this expansion in Istanbul, we now have the ability to satisfy the requirements of multiple aspects of our customers’ businesses under one roof, providing a unique ability to focus on key markets, but also share our knowledge across the full range of the package printing business.”
Krzysztof Struszczak, Operations Director Packaging Inks Eastern Europe adds, “The acquisition of this new facility was initially, and strategically, planned for Flint Group’s water-based Paper & Board business segment. However, it soon became clear that we should combine with other key segments supplying all needs of the Packaging market from this one location. Today, Flint Group’s Narrow Web, Sheetfed, and Digital Solutions (Xeikon) businesses have joined Paper & Board in this single facility.”
Flint Group is committed to providing best in industry service to customers in this important region – with local support, the company is able to reduce lead times resulting in improved and fortified service. Furthermore, customers will enjoy customised products which are suitable for the warm Turkish and Middle Eastern climates.
The facility in Kirac is currently up and running – producing and shipping products to packaging printers in Turkey, and the Middle East.
Flint Group announced today the acquisition of Eston Chimica SRL located in Padova, Italy. This acquisition follows Flint Group’s strategy to grow not only organically, but also through tactical acquisition.
Eston Chimica manufactures and sells water-based inks for flexo and gravure applications to printers predominantly located in Italy and Southern Europe. The company supports key Paper & Board applications, such as corrugated, shopping bags, paper bags, and various other water-based print jobs. Eston Chimica is located in northern Italy, near Venice, and employs 32 people.
Kim Melander, Vice President & General Manager EMEA and Global Strategy, Paper & Board, says, “Flint Group is very happy to join together with Eston Chimica. We have found the ‘right’ partner; a company who, with the dedicated support of its employees, has been very successful in recent years outgrowing the market as compared to other suppliers.”
He continues, “Eston Chimica’s state of the art facility in Italy is fully automated providing Flint Group important geographic expansion plus full manufacturing capabilities in Southern Europe – an excellent complement to our established manufacturing facility in Europe.”
Nicola Mellon, CEO of Eston Chimica, states, “The team at Eston Chimica is the principal reason for our business success thus far and we are very excited by the prospect of growing our business as part of Flint Group. In combining our strengths, we are able to offer our customers cutting edge innovations in both inks and coatings and customer-focused support. The water-based packaging print sector is growing and changing; this partnership gives us the opportunity to stay one-step ahead and effectively plan for the future.”
Mr. Mellon continues, “Flint Group and Eston Chimica are dedicated to customer success and we are now presented with a great opportunity to provide our customers with new solutions through our support teams and extended product resources. Business will continue as usual for existing customers with significant benefits being rolled out over the coming months. We genuinely look forward to our future as part of the Flint Group team.”
Mr. Melander concludes, “With this partnership, Flint Group will substantially increase its volume output for Paper & Board enabling us to deliver additional products, solutions and expertise to our customers in Italy and Southern Europe – many of which are key international printers. We have the capacity, the expertise, and the ability to serve all major players in this important region.”