Flint Group’s new Kryoset ink series enables production of heatset quality products within the conventional heatset process without the need for the drying process. “We have been developing this product for some time initially directed towards the retail market as a response to the desire to reduce the carbon footprint within the heatset print process to sustainably support their valued customer base,” said Tony Lord President of Flint Group Commercial Publication Web and Flint Offset Packaging Solutions Divisions. “However, with the devastating impact of global gas pricing which shows no sign of abating, we accelerated the development program and are now able to provide Kryoset. Production results have confirmed on various popular substrates that Kryoset is able to provide high quality print with significantly reduced or a totally eliminated drying process – thereby significantly enhancing print economics during this volatile inflationary period. The key to this development is the relationship between the ink, fount and substrate, but recognizing the prevailing shortages with paper supply to the industry, we have consciously developed Kryoset with a wide utilization bandwidth to ensure optimal performance with those substrates that are commercially available today. Demand for these products is expected to be strong, and initially we will be developing with our existing loyal customers prior to introduction to the broader market,” he added.
Lord also announced the company’s intention to introduce a monthly surcharge for those products supplied into the global web-offset print markets. “We recognize the primary responsibility to our partners is to maintain supply of high quality consumables which are fundamental to the printing process. In common with many industries we are experiencing previously unforeseen cost inflation and scarcity of raw materials. If we are to maintain supply, we have no choice other than to pass on these additional costs to our customers. No one can predict with any reasonable accuracy what the future holds for all of our input costs from raw materials, energy, freight and labour costs. We therefore believe the fairest and most equitable way to manage this challenging environment is to provide total transparency of movements in raw material, energy, freight and labour costs by providing to customers an independently validated surcharge mechanism to confirm such cost movements (both up and down) which will then be reflected within our surcharge. We are currently in individual discussions with our customers regarding implementation across all of our markets.”