David Savastano, Editor03.15.19
As has become abundantly clear in recent years, raw materials have become a major challenge throughout the supply chain. As I noted in my editorial for the North American Top 20 Report, ink industry leaders are closely watching the cost and availability of key ingredients for their inks.
Leading ink companies pointed to the availability of pigments as one of the areas of particular concern. Increasing pressure on meeting environmental standards in China – the Blue Sky initiative – is leading to plant shutdowns, and in some cases, the closing of industrial parks.
Pigment and dye manufacturers also have concerns, and in “Pigment Manufacturers Face Numerous Challenges in 2019,” I spoke with pigment and dye industry executives who talked about their own concerns.
Not surprisingly, raw materials are right there at the top of the list. Key pigments, such as Pigment Yellow 74, are among the pigments that are of concern, with feedstocks and intermediates of par
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