For the most part, raw material costs seem to have stabilized, and vehicle and varnish manufacturers are optimistic about the coming year.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor08.06.12
Vehicles and varnishes play a major role in the formulation of printing inks. Ink vehicles provide needed chemical and physical properties for the ink, while varnishes offer key performance characteristics and help provide consistency for the finished inks. Much like its ink industry customers, vehicle and varnish manufacturers face numerous challenges.
B. David Aynessazian, vice president sales and marketing for Kustom Group, said that while raw materials have stabilized somewhat, some U.S. ink manufacturers have started to import inks, which impacts vehicle makers.
“It seems that just when we have seen some stability in the prices and availability of raw materials in our market, a new hardship has befallen the vehicle and varnish industry,” Mr. Aynessazian said. “2011 marked the beginning of the move of many ink companies to supply their U.S. needs from inks produced outside of North America. This trend has only accelerated in 2012 with many ink companies fo
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