John Hrdlick, Rick Westrom discuss present, future for raw materials in the coming months.
David Savastano, Editor11.29.18
Securing raw materials has been increasingly challenging for ink manufacturers. Some key materials, most notably photoinitiators and pigments, have become scarce due to more stringent environmental regulations, and when these ingredients are available, prices are rising.
As a result, ink companies are facing a difficult challenge. Due to regulatory concerns in areas such as food packaging, some inks cannot be reformulated. Acquiring the necessary materials is critical, but at what cost is just one of the many questions ink industry executives are facing.
Like its competitors, INX International Ink Co. is facing these concerns, and president and COO John Hrdlick and Rick Westrom, the company’s SVP strategic sourcing, recently discussed their concerns with Ink World.
“Obviously 2018 has been a very difficult year and we expect the issues related to raw materials to continue into 2019,” Hrdlick said. “Hopefully, the increased tariffs will be re
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