Ink manufacturers saw some improvement in the sheetfed market, as packaging in particular showed growth, but increasing costs are creating serious concerns.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.25.05
Among offset inks, the sheetfed ink market is unique, as it can be used for packaging and commercial applications. For sheetfed ink manufacturers, 2004 was a solid year, with sheetfed ink sales accounting for $650 million, according to Ink World estimates.
In particular, sheetfed packaging showed growth. According to the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), for the first nine months of 2004, commercial sheetfed ink volume rose 2 percent compared to the same period in 2003, while sales dropped 0.6 percent. On the packaging side, volume dropped 4 percent, while sales rose 4.5 percent.
For the most part, sheetfed ink manufacturers have seen some recovery in 2004, but there are major concerns ahead. Ink pricing has been competitive, and with raw material prices rising quickly, there is pressure for ink prices to increase. Smaller ink companies are successfully competing with the larger ink manufacture
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