Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor05.13.11
Although the flexo ink market has shown improvement over this past year, it has still yet to reach pre-recession levels. Flexo ink manufacturers Ink World spoke with expressed cautious optimism that this trend will continue in 2011.
“The North American flexo market did ‘OK’ in 2010,” said Mike Impastato, vice president strategic marketing, Packaging and Narrow Web, Flint Group. “It was a much improved year over 2009, but did not reach its pre-recession levels. This is mostly due to the ramping up that was seen as the economy began to pick up through out the year. The third quarter was better than Q1 or Q3. Of course flexo is fortunate in that a good bit of flexo volume is food related which tends to soften the cycles we see in the economy. In addition, flexo's short run capability was very supportive in the recovery. With the indecision about building inventory we saw in the early stages of the recovery, most print buyers wanted to hold those early pu
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