Despite the challenges of the sluggish economy and rising raw material costs, the flexo ink market fared well in 2005.
Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor03.14.06
Overall, the flexo market has fared relatively well this past year. While the flexible packaging segment has exhibited the most growth, paperboard has contributed some incremental growth as well.
“The flexo market has been less affected than other markets by the general slowness of the economy over the last several years,” said Mike Impastato, vice president, market development, North American packaging division, Flint Group. “It has held up well with good strength in flexible packaging, and somewhat less strength in paper and board applications.”
“The flexo market held its own in 2005,” said Jim Freid, product manager, fluid inks and coatings at Wikoff Color. “It was an area where we saw good sales growth and developed additional opportunities that we expect to benefit from in 2006.”
“The flexo market, which includes packaging, labels and a small amount of commercial newspaper printing, grew slightly in 2005. The stronges
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