Although it is only a small part of the ink industry, manufacturers of screen inks have seen demand rise, especially for UV screen inks.
Jenn Hess, Ink World Associate Editor09.02.05
Although it is considered a niche market in terms of size and demand as compared to other types of inks, screen inks have many different uses. From automobile instrument panels and labels on packages to personalized t-shirts and compact discs, screen inks are popping up all over the place.
According to the Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA), the U.S. screen printing industry is valued at $60 billion, with more than 30,000 screen printers in operation throughout the country. Described as a very diverse industry, screen ink manufacturers have seen screen inks become more technologically advanced and inks for many different substrates be developed.
“Back in time, screen printing was really an advanced form of art, and was considered more of a type of arts and crafts,” said Harold Johnston, vice president of sales, Nazdar, Shawnee, KS. “It then evolved to the point of automation and photomechanics. We have in-line
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