For more than two years, raw materials and energy cost volatility have significantly impacted the ink industry. Non-traditional factors that began earlier this year to impact the price of major feedstocks and raw materials continue, including supply base consolidation and capacity curtailment, significant decline in refinery margins, and rationalized operating rates to meet diminished demand. The combination of these factors has led to elevated fixed costs on raw material goods.
“Raw material suppliers continue to consolidate, leading to fewer industry supply options to choose from and significantly higher costs in manufacturing inks,” said Grant Shouldice, director, product management, energy curable, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “At Sun Chemical, we continue to work on controlling our own costs closely with our supply chain partners, to improve our internal operations and to develop new value oriented products that can help customers grow their business.”