Major suppliers of waxes and additives reported challenges ahead for pricing and availability of key raw materials.
David Savastano, Editor05.11.18
From waxes and surfactants and dispersants to rheology modifiers, dispersants and many others, additives play a major role in ink formulations. Depending on the type of additive, the finished ink will have a wide range of properties.
It is also a sizable market: In its third Global Coating & Ink Additives study, released last year, Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney estimated the global consumption of the five leading additives (dispersants, rheology modifiers, foam control, slip/rub and wetting agents) in coatings and inks at $5 billion in annual sales, with coatings taking 92% of additive volume and ink the remainder.
Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney reported that rheology modifiers are the leading additive type with 38% of the volume and 36% of the dollar value, followed by dispersants at 20% of volume and 18% of sales. Foam control additives were third with 17% of the volume and value; slip/rub materials are 12% of the volume and 15% of sales; and wetting agents are 12% of the
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