The increased interest in the environmental and performance benefits of UV and EB is helping to drive growth during the economic downturn.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor03.31.09
While the UV/EB industry has felt the effect of the global economic downturn, UV and EB raw material suppliers report that overall growth remains on track as radiation curing continues to gain adoption in numerous segments, driven by environmental and performance benefits.
“The radiation curing industry, like any other manufacturing-related industry, has seen a downturn in sales volume in the past six months,” said James Goodrich, UV/EB technology manager for Sartomer. “That being said, there are certain segments of the radiation curing market that are holding up reasonably well, considering the circumstances. New applications and the continued switch to radiation curing from other technologies will fuel growth of the industry beyond 2009.”
Jo Grosemans, global marketing manager, Radcure, for Cytec Industries, said that in general, 2008 was a challenging year because of unprecedented raw material fluctuations.
“Cost has bec
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