David Savastano, Editor09.26.16
In recent years, the raw material market has been extremely challenging for ink manufacturers and their purchasing executives, who found themselves dealing with dramatic shifts in pricing and availability. When the ingredient market did begin to show some stability, fluctuating currency rates became the next challenge.
For the past year, most key ink ingredients have been relatively stable and available, which is good news for ink companies. However, there are always areas of concern ahead. Jan Paul van der Velde, SVP procurement, IT and regulatory at Flint Group, noted that in general, markets have balanced out but are showing some signs of tightening, mostly upstream.
“We are experiencing ongoing challenges in volatile markets due to the global unrest, including security concerns, global trade deals, presidential elections, Brexit, etc.,” van der Velde added.
Jeffrey Shaw, chief supply chain, quality, and business improvement officer, Sun Chemical, reported that
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