As a result of their outstanding performance, high performance pigments are being used in many new applications, and remain a bright spot for pigment manufacturers.
Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor08.09.06
The high performance pigment (HPP) market once again remains one of the brighter spots for pigment manufacturers. The pigment manufacturers Ink World spoke with cited modest growth estimated to be in the 3 percent to 4 percent range.
Valued for their improved characteristics, HPP are used in areas where durability is important.
Photo courtesy of Clariant.
“Overall the 2005 HPP market performed quite well, better than the ink market as a whole,” said David Woolven, head, imaging and inks business line NAFTA, coating effects segment, Ciba Specialty Chemicals. “The market for this type of pigment grows steadily, as applications become more demanding in both performance and environmental impact, and users look for solutions, which have a wider area of application.”
Much as is the case in the overall pigment market, HPPs did face pricing pressure.
“The high per
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