Economic uncertainty, including Brexit, is leading to concerns in the printing and ink industries.
Sean Milmo, European Editor03.15.19
Europe’s printing sector and its inks and other suppliers entered 2018 amid a lot of optimism about future prospects as a result of economic growth in the region being at its highest level since the financial crisis of 10 years ago.
However, it has started 2019 full of uncertainties and anxieties after much of Europe suffered an economic downturn in the middle of last year undermining expectations of a revival in printing and ink markets.
Instead once again, in key parts of Europe, printing ink sales went down last year.
Europe’s export-orientated economies, particularly those in Western Europe, have been hit by the effects of diminishing growth in global trade, stemming primarily from trade disputes, decreasing growth in China and weakening manufacturing output worldwide.
Economic forecasters are predicting that the slowdown in Europe will continue well into 2019. The European Commission, the European Union’s Brussels-based executive, predicted in Februar
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