Solvent-based inks remain the mainstay, but water-based and energy-curable inks are gaining ground.
Flexible packaging is one of the fastest growth areas for packaging. In the US alone, the Flexible Packaging Association reports that sales were $31.1 billion in 2014, or 19% of the total packaging market in the US. With shrink sleeve, retort packaging, pouches and more on the upswing, ink manufacturers are very optimistic about the market.
One of the key aspects is the type of technology used. Solvent-based inks remain the most common, but energy curing and water-based inks have their uses.
“There are good arguments for solvent-based inks and some of those might reflect in their latest success,” hubergroup’s Heiner Klokkers noted. “We can also observe trends that indicate favorable results for all the other ink systems. Small series products or personalized packaging may not be the strength of a classic solvent-based ink system, for instance. Comparing the sold ink volume may not be the only angle we should take into consideration. Radiation c
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