David Savastano, Editor03.09.18
For the ink industry, the past 12 months have been filled with mixed signals. On the one hand, the economy is growing, which is good for consumers. That translates into more goods sold, which is good news for printers and their ink suppliers.
However, raw material costs are on the upswing, as environmental concerns and supply issues converge, putting the squeeze on ink manufacturers even during a time of growth. This is one of the key messages that can be found in our annual North American Top 20 Report.
Not surprisingly, this is not just a trend in North America, as Sean Milmo, our European editor, noted in his annual review of the ink industry in Europe, starting on page 18. Prices of pigment and their intermediates, solvents, feedstocks and more are on the upswing. In particular, in associate editor Anthony Locicero’s report on the pigment industry, which begins on page 55, executives talk about the environmental and cost pressures they are facing.
However, there are
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