David Savastano, Ink World Editor09.02.05
Ink manufacturers, resin suppliers work together to improve performance
Resins are a critical component of inks. When ink manufacturers seek to improve performance, they go to resin manufacturers to see what can be accomplished.
Whether it is higher resolubility, offering more barrier properties, improving adhesion or better resistance to heat, emphasizing environmental issues or handling faster press speeds, resin manufacturers are working together with their customers to develop new products.
According to many resin manufacturers, the need for better performance is overtaking the emphasis on price. These manufacturers note that a number of ink companies are willing to pay more to get better performance, which they say is a welcome trend.
A serious concern for ink manufacturers is the trio of major acquisitions in the resin industry that have occurred in the past six months.
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