David Savastano, Ink World Editor03.14.12
The entire printing ink supply chain has had its share of challenges in recent years, and the pigment industry is no exception. Raw material costs have increased dramatically, and some major ingredients have been scarce. Pigment makers resorted to price increases, although these do not come close to covering the higher costs they are facing.
Still, pigment industry leaders say that 2011 was an improvement. In The Pigment Report, the executives I spoke with said that they are optimistic that these sales gains will continue in 2012. They believe that the raw material situation has stabilized for the most part, and if the economy continues to show some growth, their business will gain as well.
These thoughts are common throughout the ink industry. In the North American Top 20 Report, leading printing ink executives note that while sales improved somewhat in 2011 and raw materials price increases slowed and became less volatile, margins still suffered.
As is the case in North Amer
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