Possibility that BASF, Clariant may leave the field opens the door for consolidation as well as more niche players.
Sean Milmo, European Editor05.20.19
The European pigments sector is facing a radical restructuring as a result of two major European players – BASF and Clariant – deciding to pull out of the sector, opening the way to greater consolidation in the global pigments market, including the part embracing printing inks.
However, this additional concentration is likely to be mainly confined to the high volume producers and distributors of pigments. It will be offset by continued increases in numbers of specialty pigment producers serving mostly niche markets or sectors.
This stronger shift into specialties is also being combined with more customization of pigments, for example, in their size, shaping and surface treatment. With this customization there is also a bigger need for services and technical backup.
Most of the companies active in these niche segments are European SMEs focusing on specific technologies and who are relative newcomers to the market.
They could provide a foundation for the
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