Chinese pigment producers, gains in pigment dispersants and REACH are among the key issues facing European pigment manufacturers.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor06.06.07
Chinese-sourced pigments made by Western and Chinese companies are continuing to have a
majorimpact on the European market for printing ink pigments.
There are signs that the flow of Chinese pigments into the European market is beginning to slow as production overcapacity in China starts to trigger consolidation. Nonetheless, the presence of Chinese pigments in the European printing sector is being strengthened by moves by Chinese companies to set up their own distribution channels in Europe.
Meanwhile, as prices for organic and effect pigments, including those for certain high performance pigments, are being weakened, production costs, particularly the expense of raw materials and energy, are rising, causing a tightening of margins.
In the longer term, the European Union’s new REACH legislation on the safety of chemicals, which is worrying pigment producers, could be a big cost burden.
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