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Flint Group announced price increases on conventional and UV sheetfed inks and coatings in Europe. Price increases vary by technology, reaching double digits for products most affected by intense raw material challenges. “Raw material consolidation continues without pause,” said Tony Lord, VP/GM of Flint Group’s CPS Inks division. “China’s ‘Blue Skies’ initiative continues to force raw material companies to shut down – often permanently.” Photoinitiators are a striking example of how China’s program affects supply chain, as evidenced by EuPIA’s recent information note on raw materials for UV inks under its Exclusion Policy. Lord made it clear that Flint Group has secured the raw materials needed to meet customers’ sheetfed ink demands. “We will continue to work closely with suppliers and help our customers mitigate the effects of these raw material trends,” he said.