David Savastano, Editor03.15.19
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In speaking with ink industry executives for the 2019 North American Top 20 Report, there are a number of themes that are common among companies. Packaging remains a good market, digital technology is making further gains at the expense of conventional printing, and publication and commercial printing continue to decline. None of this is new to the ink industry, and industry leaders are well versed in ways to position their companies accordingly.
The volatile raw material situation is also not new to the ink industry. Supply of key ingredients is uncertain for a variety of reasons, most likely regulatory issues. As a result, costs for these materials are climbing. When these ingredients aren’t available, ink formulators are working to find suitable alternatives that can meet the guidelines of their customers.
Unlike printing trends, though, it is harder to prepare for raw material disruptions. When TPO and TPO-L photoinitiato
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