Increased raw material costs and supply issues are leading to serious concerns over pricing.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.24.05
For wax, solvent and additive manufacturers, 2004 will be remembered for the first signs of growth in the ink industry.
However, as was the case for virtually every key raw material supplier, 2004 will also be less fondly remembered for the large increases in raw material prices.
With uncertainty over future pricing looming, wax, solvent and additive manufacturers are doing their best to get ready for 2005 and beyond.
2004 and the Future
In general, 2004 was a fairly successful year for suppliers.
“2004 has been an overall success,” said Michael Kucharski, marketing manager of graphics for Surface Specialties UCB. “We have seen organic growth for the first time in two years. Our sales to the graphics market are up 5 percent for both UV and waterborne customers, and next year, we expect to see a continued growth in the graphics market of 1 to 3 percent. We anticipate any slowdown will be because we’re coming off an election year, along with the continu
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