Monday, 30 July 2018

Printing Inks for High-speed and High-Quality Printing

Printing inks can be utilized in many applications including commercial printing and publication, packaging and labels, corrugated cardboards, and others. Resins such as modified rosin, acrylic, polyurethane, and modified cellulose are used as raw materials in the manufacturing of these inks. The composition of the resins plays a crucial role for the quality of ink produced.

High-quality Printing Solutions

Popular manufacturing processes include lithography/offset, rotogravure, flexography, and digital solutions. Rapidly expanding packaging industry has increased the demand for flexographic, rotogravure, and digital solutions. The lithography process segment accounted for the largest market share, approximately 28%, in the past. It provides greater image quality for smooth and practical surfaces at comparatively low budget. Gravure, also called rotogravure is primarily a high-speed and high-quality printing technique often used for high-volume printing of packaging, gift wraps, greeting cards, printing magazines, advertising pieces, and wallpapers.

Digital and electrostatic printing is an emerging trend in current scenario. Digital process is the fastest-growing segment. It is very different from traditional printing methods and highly preferred due to its cost effectiveness. Industries such as ceramic, textile, and 3D printing are driving the demand for this segment. RUCO Druckfarben recently presented LED screen printing inks, 937LED and 955LED-LM. These inks can be utilized for decorating ceramics, glass, and metals to provide water and chemical resistance.

Market Overview

According to Grand View Research, Inc., the worldwide printing inks market is expected to reach USD 25.83 billion by 2025. Factors such as technological advancements, product innovations, and development of food-safe products are expected to fuel the market growth. Increasing demand for eco-friendly and superior-quality packaging solutions can also propel the product demand during the forecast period (2018 to 2025).

Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in 2016 due to growth in applications including packaging, textile, and ceramic printing applications. Some of the leading companies operating in the market are Flint Group; Sakata Inx Corporation; DIC Corporation; Sun Chemicals; and Wikoff Color Corporation.

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