Pigment producers are, with mixed results, pressing for higher prices in Europe in the wake of increases in their raw material costs.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor10.25.05
Pigment producers are, with mixed results, pressing for higher prices in Europe in the wake of increases in their raw material costs, most of which stem from the jump in crude oil prices and the Chinese economic boom.
Even some of the large pigment producers, particularly those making organic pigments, are complaining that they cannot gain the price increases they want and are having to tolerate slimmer margins.
In the longer term, however, the outlook for ink manufacturers is a steady upward trend in pigment prices as their producers continue to try to regain lost ground following the steep rise in their raw material costs. Also with some pigments, particularly the commodity ones, the supply/demand balance looks to be working in favor of the pigment producers, at least for the next few years.
The big hope for ink manufacturers is that competition from low-cost imports, especially from Asia, will make it less easy for European pigment suppliers to push for higher prices over a
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