Technology-led demand is boosted by continued expansion of inkjet and digitalized processes.
Sean Milmo, European Editor07.31.18
For many ink producers, not much has changed. There are continuing problems with shortages and rising prices, not only with bulk pigments like titanium dioxide (TiO2) and some organic pigments but also some specialty products.
The long supply lines between Europe and China, the main source of classic organic pigments for the region’s graphics market, are still undermining the availability of products. The stricter enforcement of China’s anti-pollution regulations is continuing to cause scarcities due to the closure of not only pigments producers but, more significantly, intermediates manufacturers.
For pigment producers, however, Europe is gradually becoming a region of opportunities, especially for high performance and effect pigments. There are segments of relatively strong and profitable growth in demand requiring, for example, the application of new particle and dispersion technologies. This technologically-led demand has been boosted by the continued expansion of
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