Coatings and adhesives from Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., that are marketed to North American narrow web label, tag and wrapper converters, will now also be available from Flint Group. Effective March 15, 2011, Ashland and Flint Group will begin a distribution and co-branding effort that calls for Flint Group to begin marketing Ashland products under a co-branded label that will carry the Flint Group trademark or trade name.
The long-term agreement enables Flint
to distribute Ashland’s full range of
radiation-cure, water-based and solventless laminating adhesives and coatings
in North America. Flint Group will also
acquire the management of some Ashland
customers and will provide them with dedicated sales, technical service and
customer service support. Ashland
will maintain its industry leadership position and continue its focus on
innovation and providing next generation technology and products to customers.
“Flint Group is a world-class organization that brings a
strong market presence to Ashland’s coatings and
adhesive products,” says Kelly Williams, market development manager for Ashland’s Laminating
Adhesives and Coatings. “Flint Group’s capabilities reach all of our key
markets, and they bring top-notch commercial and technical staff with
demonstrated abilities to grow business.”
Susan Kuchta, vice president of the North American Packaging and Narrow Web
business for Flint Group, is excited about the growth opportunity for both
companies. “We were chosen due to our strength and stature in the printing
industry. We are proud of our broad offering and excellent customer support. This
relationship adds other key products to our portfolio in order to better
support package and label printers,” says Kuchta.
“We see this move as a natural first step in a long-term strategic alliance
between two world-class companies,” says David Hatgas, global director,
Packaging and Converting, Ashland Performance Materials.
Ashland Inc. and Flint Group Enter Coatings and Adhesives Distribution Agreement
March 22, 2011