While pricing pressures continue, manufacturers look for ways to differentiate their products.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor09.09.05
As was the case with most raw materials suppliers to the ink industry, vehicle and varnish manufacturers found 2002 to be similar to 2001.
Vendors found that the slowdown in the economy translated into further price constraints. Meanwhile, the costs of the basic ingredients for varnishes are going up, which is putting suppliers in a bind. For varnish manufacturers, the key is to develop technologies that are unique and provide advantages to ink manufacturers.
The Role Vehicles Play
Vehicles and varnishes play an essential role in the characteristics of a printing ink, so much so that they are referred to as the “backbone” of an ink and have a wide variety of roles to perform.
“Basically, the role vehicle plays is to get the pigment onto the substrate to the customer’s satisfaction,” said Andy Grabacki, vice president of sales at General Press Colors, Ltd. “It seems simple, but in reality it becomes quite complicated. It must first be able to be
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