In recent years, the raw material market has been extremely challenging for ink manufacturers and their purchasing executives, who found themselves dealing with dramatic shifts in pricing and availability. When the ingredient market did begin to show…
While pricing of key ingredients remains a concern, availability is becoming a serious issue for the ink industry, as the supply of key raw materials such as acrylic acid is not keeping up with demand.
As the price of oil derivatives and other key raw materials continues to increase and availability of some products remain a concern, ink manufacturers anticipate further challenges in the coming year.
While the raw material market is showing some signs of beginning to correct itself as some price increases have been announced, the question of whether the ink industry can support such increases remains uncertain.