Ink manufacturers are moving away from traditional organic pigments in favor of customized colorants.
Sean Milmo, European Editor05.13.16
The European market for printing ink pigments is becoming increasingly fragmented amid declining demand for traditional organic colorants. A lot of small, virtually niche segments have emerged with requirements for specialist, customized pigments, often based on new technologies.
One result of this trend has been that a rising share of printing ink pigments are being produced in Europe so that the region has become less reliant on Asian imports,.
A new dynamic among Europe’s pigment manufacturers has occurred at a time when China’s sector for the production of pigments and their intermediates is being restructured. China, followed by India, is by far the biggest of exporters of pigments into Europe, making it a dominant force in the region’s market for classical organic pigments.
The expansion of European manufacturing in some key pigments segments is being accelerated by the threat of price volatility and supply disruptions stemming from the changes in China
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