David Savastano, Ink World Editor01.03.08
In many ways, the sheetfed ink market serves as a microcosm of the state of the ink industry today. In North America alone, the sheetfed ink market is estimated to be $750 million, split between commercial and packaging printing. As is the case with printing in general, the packaging sheetfed side appears to have more growth, and UV technologies are enjoying solid gains.
Much as is the case with other printing technologies, the sheetfed market has been impacted by consolidation among printers, higher raw material costs and the continued emergence of digital technologies. Consolidation and digital printing have cut sharply into the number of smaller printing businesses, and many printers have chosen to offer both conventional and digital printing. Higher raw material costs have led to printing ink price increases being issued, although the tight market for printers is making these increases harder to implement. Transportation costs are also dramatically rising, which
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