Raw material costs, price pressures and printer consolidation have constrained growth rates, but the offset market continues to make gains while keeping a wary eye on the coming year
Tom Williams, Ink World Associate Editor09.06.05
For offset lithography, which accounts for greater than 80 percent of commercial and publication printing ink sales, 2000 was a mixed bag. While both litho sheetfed and litho heatset posted gains, rising raw material costs, price pressures and printer consolidation constrained growth rates, making ink companies and their customers turn a cautious eye towards the coming year. One major development of the last year in the offset market was undoubtedly the raising of prices by both Flint Ink and Sun Chemical Corporation. According to the companies, after years of coming up with ways to avoid passing price increases along to customers, in 2000, this option was no longer viable.
“Sun Chemical has worked hard to introduce advanced formulating methods, new manufacturing techniques and more cost-effective administrative processes to better serve printers and protect them from ongoing cost increases,” said Michael Murphy, senior vice president and general manager of Sun Chem
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