The energy curable and digital markets are two of the highest-performing segments for ink manufacturers. The combination of UV and inkjet is obviously a potent one, as can be seen in the continued growth in the marketplace.
The growth of digital technologies has been driven by a number of different factors, most notably the advantages of utilizing variable data and the ability to create limited runs at an economical rate. Digital technologies are continuing to make inroads in markets as diverse as billboards, point-of-purchase signage, labels and packaging, to name but a few.
The advantages of UV inkjet are numerous. UV allows printers to run at faster speeds due to its instantaneous drying and because of its ability to adhere to surfaces as varied as glass, plywood and acrylics as well as paper and plastics, offers tremendous flexibility. UV also provides excellent lightfastness, which is critical for outdoor signage such as billboards, as well as excellent durability and chemical resistance, a key for packaging.
UV inkjet inks also has the advantage of being a “greener” chemistry, as it is considered to be more environmentally friendly than solvent-based inks, and while UV inkjet’s growth is more attributed to its advantageous properties, being “greener” is also a plus.
Knowing this, it is no surprise that inkjet ink manufacturers are predicting that UV inkjet will ultimately become the leading technology, surpassing solvent-based inkjet. In The UV Inkjet Market, beginning on page 15, leading UV inkjet ink manufacturers discuss the promising opportunities for UV inkjet.
Ink World’s Editorial Advisory Board is a very important part of our magazine, as I frequently seek the advice and wisdom of our board, the members of which have a tremendous array of experience and knowledge.
With this issue, I have the pleasure of welcoming Steve Simpson, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Superior Printing Ink, to Ink World’s Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Simpson, who has been with Superior Printing Ink since 2000, has been in the ink industry for 28 years. In addition to his leadership at Superior Printing Ink, Mr. Simpson is a member of the board of directors for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM). I welcome Mr. Simpson to our board, and I look forward to the insights he can offer our readers during these times of change in the ink industry.