Ink formulators are facing pressure to develop UV inks that have low photoinitiator content without weakening performance.
Sean Milmo, European Editor07.28.19
The European print curing market is expanding considerably at the moment, with new technologies opening up opportunities for broader use of UV systems.
However, the fast growth is posing challenges for ink formulators, mainly because of the complexities of innovative technologies, particularly in UV LED, which is the main driver behind the rapidly increasing size of the UV curing sector.
In addition to the difficulties of producing inks which match new curing systems, ink makers are also having to deal with shortages of raw materials.
This is especially the case with photoinitiators and their intermediates, whose supplies in Europe are vulnerable to the disruptions in the Chinese chemicals sector because of plant accidents and stricter enforcement of health, safety and environmental rules by Chinese authorities.
European regulators, led by the Helsinki-based European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) responsible for administering the European Union’s chemicals legislation
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