As the economy improves, vehicle and varnish manufacturers are hopeful that the printing ink industry will see improvement. However, rising crude oil prices are a serious concern.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor09.12.05
In recent years, manufacturers of vehicles and varnishes have faced strong price pressures as their customers in the ink industry have struggled during the economic downturn.
While companies are somewhat optimistic that the U.S. economy has turned the corner, there are still major concerns about prices, particularly as energy costs remain high. For vehicle and varnish manufacturers, collaborating with their customers to develop new products remains the best way to move forward.
Role of Varnishes And Vehicles
The importance of vehicles and varnishes to ink formulating can not be overstated. “The vehicle is the major component of the ink and provides the performance needed for a particular substrate or finished result,” said Alex Williamson, Noveon’s business director. “It carries the pigment and other components to the substrate as well as providing the physical characteristics required (gloss, adhesion, print quality, etc.)
“Varnishes are overpri
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