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For North American ink manufacturers, 2016 was in many ways similar to 2015. There were growth markets – packaging, digital and UV, to name three – and segments that are on the decline – publication and commercial. These changes have been going on for the past five years, and likely will continue for the foreseeable future.
The effects of the evolution of printing are clearly seen in this year’s North American Top 20 Report. The ink industry executives we spoke with talked about the shifts in the printing business. Companies that focus their attention on packaging and on inkjet are thriving.
The three largest ink manufacturers in North America – Sun Chemical, Flint Group and INX International Ink Co. – now have significant positions in digital printing. Flint Group joined the inkjet market at the end of 2015 by acquiring Xeikon, a major producer of digital printing presses as well as toner. These
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