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NAPIM issues ink supply cost update

May 16, 2011 12:00 AM


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The National Assn. of Printing Ink Manufacturers Inc. (NAPIM) has issued an update on the availability of critical raw materials used in the inks that printers’ purchase in all of the major printing processes – lithographic, gravure, flexographic and inkjet. (See http://americanprinter.com/paper-ink/news/raw-material-shortages-0203.)

Napim reports: “Availability, driven by capacity and demand from competing regions and industries, continues to be the dominant factor on how much product any one manufacturer can obtain and at what cost. Some of the key raw materials causing price increases include: rosin, acrylic acid, carbon black, titanium dioxide, nitrocellulose, crude oil and natural gas, vegetable oils, and colored organic pigments.” NAPIM details these materials’ costs at www.napim.org.

The association reports, “Ink manufacturers continue to expect feedstock inflation, tight markets and shortages.  The outlook remains difficult with shortages on a number of key raw materials and ongoing inflationary pressure.  As noted above, ink manufacturers will likely see increases with issues related to nitrocellulose, titanium dioxide, and additives, as well as persistence of the issues in rosin resin and some pigments.  Oil prices are expected to remain high in 2011 and subjected to high volatility with petrochemicals and oil derivatives following.”