Flint Raises Prices on Photopolymer Plates


ARDEN, NC | Effective January 1, 2013, Flint Group Flexographic Products will raise prices for photopolymer printing plates by 3% to recover general cost increases. Energy costs have risen by more than 20% since 2007, the company reports. Additionally, major increases are expected due to the move to renewable energies. Transportation and logistic costs have constantly gone up during recent years, and future increases are already becoming evident.

Photopolymer printing plates are manufactured with several special raw materials, which are exclusively produced for these products, explains Dr. Thomas Zwez, VP of operations at Flint Group Flexographic Products. “We place high demands on quality and the specification of our raw materials. It is obvious that our suppliers will charge us for this service. Due to this special situation, we have to work constantly to secure our raw material base. This means significant additional efforts, which tie up considerable resources.” He says Flint Group will work continuously on improving internal processes and offering sustainable and innovative products to its customers.

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