Higher raw material costs are driving up ink prices.
David Savastano, Editor02.01.18
After a relatively stable period for key raw material ingredients, the past year or so has seen rising prices and pressure on availability on materials. This, in turn, has led major ink manufacturers to announce their own price increases.
In the past three months, Sun Chemical, Flint Group, Siegwerk and ACTEGA have announced significant price increases for inks. In addition, BASF and Sun Chemical have announced higher prices on pigments, and BASF has raised prices on UV resins.
On the ink side, the industry has seen the following increases:
• Sun Chemical cited higher carbon black, oil, and pigment costs as it announced price increases on offset inks, coatings and consumables beginning Feb. 15, 2018 across North America.
• Sun Chemical increased flexible packaging products pricing by high single digits, driven by higher raw material costs. The company pointed to production and environmental restrictions on key materials, par
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