The global recession and volatile prices for metals combined to make 2009 a challenging year for metallic ink and pigment suppliers.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor12.09.09
The metallic ink and pigment market faced many of the challenges that the ink industry and its suppliers battled in the last 18 months, including higher raw material costs and a significant drop in demand.
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Thierry Chevrier, head of the pigments business for BASF in North America, said that the metallic pigments market reflects the overall downturn in the U.S. market.
“Compared to the broader metallics market, 2009 was a down year for vacuum metalized pigments (VMP),” Mr. Thierry said. “The trend towards offshore printing as a cost saving measure resulted in a smaller market, and the economic conditions pushed prices down. We are optimistic that through the U.S. government’s stimulus plan and increased projects, we will see improvement in the market in 2010.”
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