David Savastano, Editor09.17.19
For the past few years, the ink industry has faced a volatile raw material market. Certain key ingredients are becoming scarcer, which is leading to lack of availability and higher prices. Two years ago, titanium dioxide was the main worry. Last year, photoinitiators were the major issue, as a key precursor was in very short supply. This year, pigments – particularly Pigment Yellow 74 – are a major topic.
As was the case in the last two years, when fires destroyed a key titanium dioxide plant and the precursor facility, respectively, a plant explosion triggered the Pigment Yellow 74 shortage. On March 19, 2019, a tragic explosion at the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical pesticide plant in China killed more than 78 people.
For the ink industry and its suppliers, the industrial park that housed the pesticide plant included two key suppliers of PNOA, an intermediate required for the manufacture of Pigment Yellow 74. They were immediately and permanently closed, and the cost of
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