Flint Group aims to develop products that can perform with lower demand for oven-assisted drying, responding to high energy costs, uncertainty over fuel availability; development also aims to help reduce cost, CO2 emissions associated with printing

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April 26, 2022 (press release) –

In these times of unprecedented energy costs it has become clear that the heatset printing sector is now under severe cost pressures from many different areas. The product development team at Flint Group’s Commercial Publication Web Division (CPW) have been assessing how we can develop our products to perform with a lower demand for oven assisted drying.

The availability of natural gas as a resource for drying is being questioned at this time both from an environmental position and with question marks over current and future availability and costs. In order to ensure that the heatset process can continue we have initiated a review of our product range to provide solutions that are both cost effective and practical should the need arise to reduce or eliminate drying from the process.

Our development whilst in early stages and yet to be fully proven will also serve to reduce the total cost of print. The Lo Energy series also helps to reduce the CO2 emissions of the heatset printing process making it a secure option for the future of print.

Following several tests across our customer base we are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to expand the development of this product.

The Prem Eco 7000 Lo Energy Series of inks targets publications produced on improved newsprint and has shown significant reductions in drier utilisation up to 100% dependent on coverage.

This ink series is now available for testing and full supply. Please get in touch with your local commercial or technical manager should you wish to test this ink and take immediate action to reduce your energy costs.

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