Overall, 2006 was a relatively stable year, with few mergers and acquisitions. For the most part, printing ink manufacturers reported small gains, and focused their attention on growing geographic regions, such as Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Latin America, and technologies such as UV/EB and inkjet.
These expanding opportunities are also driving growth for key raw materials. High-performance pigments (HPP) are a prime example. Because of the improved characteristics of HPPs – high lightfastness and weatherfastness, chemical and heat resistance, to name a few of HPPs’ advantages – these pigments are gaining market share in key areas such as inkjet and security printing. For more information on this growth market, please see Associate Editor Kerry Pianoforte’s article on high-performance pigments, which begins on page 21.
On a different note, Ink World takes pride in having an outstanding group of ink industry leaders serving on our Editorial Advisory Board. These leaders provide me with advice and counsel, and their assistance and wisdom is greatly appreciated.
This month, I am delighted to welcome Brad Schrader, chief marketing officer for Sun Chemical Corporation, to our Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Schrader brings a wide range of experiences to our board; prior to joining Sun Chemical in 2003 as vice president, strategy and business development, Mr. Schrader was a consultant with BCG, and held progressively more senior roles in sales, marketing, engineering and purchasing with Corning and TRW. He served with AlliedSignal as general manager, new ventures and as general manager, optical devices, before becoming president eCommerce of US Office Products, Inc., and president of Easy Link Services Corporation. He holds an engineering degree from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. I welcome Mr. Schrader to our board, and I look forward to the insights he can offer.