As the doors open for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) annual National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) Technical Conference, it is clear that the printing ink industry is in the midst of change.
Compared to a decade ago, these changes become quite clear. Offset inks, such as heatset, publication gravure, news and sheetfed inks, have decreased in volume as publication and commercial printing have declined. Meanwhile, packaging inks – flexo, gravure and sheetfed inks for folding carton –have grown in the past decade. The continued emergence of digital technologies and new opportunities such as conductive inks have changed the ink industry.
So, too, has the environment that ink manufacturers work in evolved. The regulatory environment has changed dramatically, as Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws become more complex, the European Union implements its REACH laws
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