Sun Chemical, Flint Group and Siegwerk trade pieces in Europe, strengthening leadership in key markets.
David Savastano, Editor11.21.16
There has been a tremendous amount of consolidation in the publication printing market over the last 10 years. Companies like Quebecor World, Banta, Consolidated Graphics, Valassis and Vertis have been acquired. Today, RR Donnelley (sales of $11.6 billion) and Quad/Graphics (sales of $4.8 billion) are the dominant players in the field.
One might think that the ink industry would follow a similar trajectory as their customers, but that hasn’t been the case, at least until this year. For the most part, any ink acquisitions have been in the more profitable packaging and digital ink markets.
Of course, this may have been driven by the fact that three of the four main publication ink sectors - heatset, news and publication gravure - are already consolidated down to two or three companies. In North America and Europe, Flint Group and Sun Chemical are the largest heatset and news ink suppliers. In North America, Flint Group and CR/T (a division of Quad/Graphics) are the publicatio
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