The global ink industry can perhaps be described as being the status quo during 2018. Sales of inks remained fairly steady.
David Savastano, Editor07.28.19
Like the previous few years, mergers within the ink industry were few and far between, while the printing industry saw its share of consolidation, including a huge move on her flexible packaging side with Amcor acquiring Bemis. In another billion-dollar move, an affiliate of private equity firm Platinum Equity acquired Multi-Color Corporation, a leading label converter.
For ink companies, packaging remains the strongest segment in terms of growth, while the publication and commercial side continued to see decreases in sales. UV and digital printing are also showing strong growth.
As in years past, raw materials also remained in the headlines. The supply of key materials such as photoinitiators and pigments from China has been interrupted for a variety of reasons, from environmental issues such as new regulations as well as industrial accidents. This, in turn, has led to higher costs and availability concerns.
Regulatory issues remain a challenge for ink suppliers, as brand own
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