David Savastano, Editor09.01.14
For ink manufacturers, raw materials costs and supply are at the top of the list when it comes to concerns. Simply put, when ingredients cost more, ink companies have to either look for ways to take more costs out of the system or raise their own prices to their customers, neither of which have proven to be easy. Otherwise, margins suffer.
Volatile shifts in pricing are particularly painful for ink suppliers, as it is difficult for companies to adjust to these changes. In speaking with purchasing executives for my article, “The 2014 Raw Material Report,” which starts on page 16, “stability” is frequently used to describe pricing for most raw materials. Now, prices are a lot higher than they used to be, but ink industry leaders are happy just to be able to have a consistent price basis to use.
Having said that, no one is certain whether this stability will last, as geopolitics and the global economy will have a say in pricing and availability. There are als
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