The flexographic printing market continues to dominate the packaging industry (I)
for printers, although it is another challenging year, the flexographic printing market continues to dominate the packaging industry, while penetrating into new markets. Many ink companies reported moderate growth in flexo printing in 2003
Chris parrilli, vice president of North American ink Department of Sun Chemical Company, said, "most of the recent growth of flexographic printing comes from the packaging market, and flexographic printing has become the main printing process for a variety of packaging. Packaging increased slightly in 2003, and we believe that the application of flexographic printing is also increasing, because processors are optimistic that the latest technological development of flexographic printing can not only reduce costs, but also improve printing quality."Jim Freid, the ink and paint product manager of Wikoff color company, said, "the shrinkage experienced by the end of 2001 and the first half of 2002 seems to have left us. At present, about 80% of our customers have increased in their respective printing sales. As long as they can withstand the economic downturn after 9.11, the sales growth in 2003 will exceed the level before 9.11."
Mike impastato, vice president of North American packaging at flint ink, said: "In the past few years, the economic contraction has affected the entire ink market, and the flexographic printing market has not been spared. But on the whole, flexographic printing is more prepared to deal with the inevitable consequences of the sluggish and unstable market. In the past few years, we have seen that flexographic printing is very economical for short-term printing. Fast switching and easy revision make flexographic printing an ideal process for packers to change patterns to help packaging attract consumers."
color processing company (C gave us a detailed introduction of several universal experimental machines CI he had previously used) estimated that the business sales of packaging ink decreased by 5% to 10%, but CCI's sales increased by about 7% in 2003. Brent Davis, vice president of Deco Chem company, said, "sales were flat in most of the year, but year-end sales increased."
according to Mike impastato, packaging continues to be the main market for flexographic printing growth. Mike added: "flexographic printing has become the mainstream printing process of packaging, so the percentage growth seems not high, but in terms of total volume, packaging represents the largest growth point of flexographic printing."Chris parrilli said, "the use of flexo printing should continue to grow, especially flexible packaging and labels. Flexible packaging parts such as long necked bottles and self-supporting bags should also continue to grow."
in the field of packaging, CCI expects growth in several aspects, especially composite inks, special inks, wide range processes and energy curing products
Kent Shah, vice president of CCI technology, said, "in 2004, the composite ink market remained optimistic due to the continuous conversion of hard containers to flexible packaging and the application of long necked bottles. In line with the growth trend, CCI noticed that customers are increasingly demanding on the brightness, versatility and specifications of products. CCI was recently acquired by Siegwerk, making the main enterprise that simultaneously implements the market founder more adaptable to the above changes than ever."
interesting special applications include anti-counterfeiting, metallization, RFID (radio frequency identification code) and other ink technologies that promote the attractiveness of shelves, such as fluorescence, night flash and pearlescent
according to Kent Shah, several customers of CCI have invested in milky white tone, hexadecimal chroma or other wide field printing methods
ink manufacturers are optimistic about more business growth
Niklas Olsson, global brand manager of AkzoNobel ink's narrow range business department, said, "we hope that all markets and regions will improve in 2004, which will help all industries, including customers, because we are worried that the continuous downward trend may cause problems for many companies."
uv flexo printing gains growth
many ink companies reflect that UV flexo printing continues to gain market growth. According to AkzoNobel ink company, UV flexo printing is the fastest-growing printing technology
rick clendenning, President and CEO of INX international ink company, believes that uv/eb flexographic ink is on the rise. What tests can he do with his hydraulic universal testing machine? "Technological progress has helped these products gain market recognition," he said
chris parrilli said, "some application areas of UV flexo printing are growing at a higher rate than the overall packaging market. The narrow label market is a major example, with an estimated annual increase of 4%. In addition, Sun Chemical expects the UV flexo printing ink with improved liquidity and enhanced characteristics to continue to grow."Chris parrilli pointed out that many printers are also paying attention to the ink, varnish and adhesive of electron beam curing (EB), especially because the cost and particles of EB products have decreased significantly in recent years. The newly launched wetflex process of Sun Chemical Company makes it possible that wet overprint ink printing does not need to use drying between color groups, which will promote the application of EB products
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