The packaging ink market is constantly evolving and growing more sophisticated, and ink makers must work ever more closely with their customers.
Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor09.09.05
The packaging ink industry has remained relatively stable over the past year, despite the economic downturn, and estimates for growth for the upcoming year remain moderate. The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) State of the Industry report in 2002 showed a decline of 3.4 percent in sales and 2.6 percent in volume for packaging inks in 2001, and the numbers for the first half of 2002 aren’t much better. Still, packaging remains less volatile than other segments.
“Packaging is probably the most important part in point of purchasing consumer items,” said Harvey Brice, president of Superior Printing Ink. “While volume and sales numbers, compiled by NAPIM, indicate that ink usage has been reduced, I think the packaging area and UV curable inks are holding up fairly well.”
“Within the North American market we will see segments of the packaging market t
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