Costs of key solvents are leading to higher prices for solvent-based packaging inks.
David Savastano, Editor04.02.20
As the world battles COVID-19, people are trying to find ways to make up for shortages in key items. Hand sanitizers are very difficult, if not virtually impossible, to find on shelves. This has led many people – my wife included – to make their own batches of hand sanitizers. There are formulations online.
However, getting the materials for this has also proven to be difficult. In the case of hand sanitizers, isopropyl alcohol is essential, and it is hard to get. As an example, Polymeric Group is making hand sanitizers on some of its ink manufacturing equipment, and it too is running into challenges in getting the necessary ingredients. Here is a graphic from SPG Global:
Source: SPG Globall
Turns out that the packaging ink industry is having a difficult time as well. This is particularly problematic as packaging inks are becoming more important, as people are staying home and buying the groceries they need to make meals. In the last 10 days, the following
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