Ink industry executives are watching a range of ingredients, including Pigment Yellow 74 and photoinitiators.
David Savastano, Editor09.17.19
The raw material market continues to bring new obstacles for the ink industry. After 2017’s titanium dioxide troubles and 2018’s photoinitiator shortages, 2019 brought new concerns, many of which were centered around the tighter regulatory environment in China.
The tragic explosion at the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, a pesticide plant in China, on March 21, 2019, was a huge reminder of what needs to be changed. The blast left more than 78 people dead and understandably resulted in the entire industrial park being shut down. That included numerous plants that supply the ink industry with pigments and photoinitiators.
China has also been active in closing down industries it deems as heavily polluting. This, too, has been impacting the supply of key ingredients to the ink industry.
As a result of the stricter restrictions, ink companies have had to scramble to source certain materials. As supply becomes tighter, demand rises and prices increase.
Adding to that, the
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