Publication ink manufacturers are trying to balance higher costs with the need for new products as they try to help their customers meet the demands of the changing marketplace.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor10.02.08
The publication market continues to face more than its share of challenges, from declining page counts
to higher costs, all of which is impacting ink manufacturers.
“Domestic publication ink market/volume has seen a decrease in ’08 due to reduced page counts at the printers,” said Kevin McNally, national account manager for INX International Ink Co. “Globally, the Asia markets continue to see growth as these countries are still experiencing economic growth, however still not as strong as previous year.”
“The past year has proved to be most challenging for the publication heatset printing and ink market,” said Greg Lawson, vice president, sales for Sun Chemical. “The soft demand for publication print and escalating raw material costs have been the primary concerns in the industry. Heatset ink raw material costs have risen in excess of 20 percent.”
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