Although price increases continue to affect the metallic and special effect ink market, suppliers focus on innovation to drive growth.
Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor12.12.05
Over the past year there has been a tremendous amount of changes within the metallic ink industry. The major events include Altana Chemie’s acquisition of Eckart GmbH, Ciba Specialty Chemicals’ purchase of Wolstenholme’s Metasheen product line and the dissolving of MD-Both, the joint venture between Wolstenholme and Schlenk. These consolidations reflect trends in the ink market as the industry moves to become a more global market.
“The changes in our segment are a reflection of the trends in our customers’ industry–fewer, larger and financially stronger suppliers supporting a consolidating and increasingly global industry,” said Anthony Ameo, president of Eckart America. “Specific to Eckart, we had been a family-owned business for 127 years. Altana Chemie is the perfect company to take over this business and build on the outstanding success of the Eckart family.”
“I call it the ‘Wal-Mart’ effect:
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