Sean MIlmo, European Editor05.01.13
It is a difficult time for many manufacturers and distributors of pigments to printing ink producers in Europe, not only because of poor demand due to an economic slowdown in the region but also increasing regulatory pressures.
At the same time, ink producers want higher and more consistent standards in pigments because they themselves are having to meet tougher requirements from their customers for improved quality controls.
Some pigment suppliers in Europe – ost of them based in China and India or with production capacity in the two countries – are now facing the dilemma of whether to adapt to harsher trading and regulatory conditions in Europe or to pull out of the market altogether.
As a result, there is likely to be restructuring and more consolidation within the European printing inks pigments sector – mainly in its commodity section.
The difficulties among suppliers were evident at the recent European Coatings Show (ECS) at Nuremberg, Germany, a
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