It is a nervous time for ink producers and distributors in Europe due to the impact of the policies of China's government on the production of organic pigments and raw materials.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor06.04.08
It is a nervous time for ink producers and distributors in Europe due to the impact of the policies
of China’s government on the production of organic pigments and their raw materials in the country. The European ink sector is experiencing for the first time the dangers of over-dependence on a single source of supplies for most of its classical organic pigments.
Since the middle of last year, the Chinese government has been taking a number of long-term and short-term decisions to consolidate production of pigment raw materials in the country, while tightening up environmental regulations to reduce water and air pollution. In addition, it abolished an exemption of sales tax (VAT) on exports of pigments and other products.
As a result, there have been unprecedented scarcities of key intermediates, particularly for azo reds and yellows and naphthol reds.
Large pigment makers and their ink producing customers began to anticipate likely shortages of raw materia
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