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Much like the printing industry it serves, the ink industry is constantly evolving. Not too long ago, publication, commercial and newspaper printing were the major part of the ink industry’s business, with heatset, sheetfed and coldset news offset inks the predominant technologies.
Times have changed. The publication, commercial and newspaper markets have suffered due to changes in how consumers get their news and how they shop. Publication ink manufacturers have been impacted as well.
Packaging inks, on the other hand, have done well. Flexible packaging is commonplace on supermarket shelves, and ink manufacturers are able to differentiate their products. This does not mean that the packaging ink market is easy, as the increased regulatory scrutiny demands that ink suppliers keep up with brand owners’ mandates. Still, packaging is a growth segment.
The digital ink market is the strongest. It seems strange to think back
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