Energy curing technologies continue to enjoy growth, particularly on the packaging side, and ink manufacturers are developing new technologies to meet the needs of their customers.
David Savastano, Ink World Editor11.16.12
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The market for energy curable technologies continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments for printers and ink manufacturers alike. As a result of the advantages in terms of performance as well as environmental benefits, ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing has made gains at a time when other printing technologies have stagnated or declined.
Ink manufacturers noted that for the most part, they saw growth in energy curing products.
Anthony Renzi, director, product management of liquid inks, North American inks, Sun Chemical, said that Sun Chemical saw some slight growth in the UV/EB market in 2012 compared to 2011, particularly on the packaging side.
“UV inks for commercial sheetfed was up marginally, with most growth coming from the packaging market, especially UV flexo, narrow web, tag and label and folding carton,” Mr. Renzi added.
Tom Hammer, product manager, pa
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