Dave Savastano, Editor07.30.15
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The changing nature of the printing industry remained the focus in 2014. Generally speaking, the packaging, inkjet and UV printing segments continue to grow globally, while publication and commercial printing markets are sluggish at best.
Global markets continue to shift, too. The Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Eastern European markets are expanding, while North America and Europe are more mature markets. In contrast, the raw material business, which has had significant supply and cost issues in recent years, remained stable for the most part, although at a higher level that ever before.
Major currency fluctuations were the largest change this year for ink manufacturers. Consider this: On Jan. 1, 2014, the euro was worth $1.38, and the yen was $0.00952; by Jan. 1, 2015, the euro had declined to $1.21 (it dropped further to $1.12 as of July 1, 2015, a 19% drop from the beginning of 2014). Meanwhile, the yen drop
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