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    Analysis of Chinas ink market price trend in the next few years

    Now ink manufacturers have signaled that due to the sharp rise in raw material costs, they will further increase production and processing costs. This is mainly due to the shortage of a series of chemical agents worldwide, which are the key raw materials in the production of inks. Until now, the rising prices of crude oil and petrochemical derivatives have been the main reason for the rise in ink prices. However, even if the price of oil drops, because the ink industry is hit by a shortage of chemical raw materials, especially raw materials such as nitrocellulose, acrylic acid, acetic acid and titanium dioxide, the price of ink will still only rise.


    All inks will be under pressure from high pigment prices caused by the price increase of petroleum derivatives. Thermoset inks, cold-set inks, and traditional sheetfed inks will be affected by the substantial price increases of mineral and vegetable oils. However, packaging inks such as solvent-based inks, water-based inks, UV curing inks, and varnishes may be subject to the pressure of rising raw material prices.


    With the implementation of the tobacco advertising ban, cigarette packs have become an important channel for cigarette manufacturers to communicate with smokers. Cigarette manufacturers are paying more and more attention to the design of cigarette packaging, the choice of health warning graphics, and the protection of intellectual property rights of cigarette brands. These factors have increased the demand for packaging inks. At the same time, the soaring prices of raw materials such as crude oil and natural gas and the shortage of certain key ingredients such as acrylic and pigments have also led to rising ink prices.


    特性 Ink market development characteristics in the next few years


    EB inks are favored by users for their advantages such as no volatile solvents, no VOCs, low health hazards to operators, low odor, no photoinitiator, direct online drying, and online operations. Compared with UV inks, EB inks do not require photoinitiators, have faster curing speed, more complete curing, and less odor, which further increases the development space of EB inks. The price reduction of supporting equipment and the further maturity of the design formula will become practical and economical inks that can be vigorously promoted. Now EB ink is showing a growing trend in flexible packaging printing. EB ink's superior performance and higher production efficiency provide it with a wider market. It is believed that the application range of EB ink will be further expanded and become an important variety in the new type of environmental protection ink in the future.


    In 2006, the global passive component market increased its growth rate to 18% as downstream demand increased. In 2007-09, due to the high base period, the growth rate will return to the previous level, but it will also remain above 10%. Benefiting from the steady growth of the passive component market, it is expected that the market demand for ink materials will also continue to increase.


    Judging from the current situation and development of China's ink application industry, publishing and commercial printing industry, packaging printing industry, circuit board manufacturing industry, offset printing inks still dominate. The market share is about 45%, and the overall demand for gravure ink market is trending In the stable, the letterpress printing ink market will decline significantly, but among them flexographic printing inks are on the rise, screen printing inks are rising steadily, digital printing, inkjet printing inks will develop rapidly. With the increase of global environmental awareness and demand diversification, products such as water-based inks, uV curable inks, and anti-counterfeiting inks will develop at an alarming rate.


    1. Offset printing ink


    Major companies such as Tianjin Toyo Hangzhou Hanghua, Taiyuan Gaoshi, Shanghai Peony, Shanghai DlC, Shanghai Silian, Shenzhen Shenri, etc. still have strong momentum. Foreign companies such as Sikeby, Flint, Bantian, Taniguchi, etc. The strong development of Suzhou Dadongyang, Guangdong Meining, Beijing Shida and other products will inevitably increase competition in the offset printing ink market. With regard to sheetfed offset printing inks, due to the influence of printing machinery and equipment, rosin resin-based bright and fast-drying inks still occupy a considerable amount. Environmentally-friendly offset printing inks represented by soybean oil-based modified grass seed oil-based Gradually, I Shida, the application of water-free offset printing inks is on the rise, the development of UV offset printing inks and hybrid inks is gradually gaining momentum. In terms of rotary ink, petroleum resins and their cold-set newspapers will gradually fade out of the market The rosin phenolic resin type inkjet will be extremely active, and the promotion of soybean oil-based inkjet printing will take time. Newspaper companies participating in news inks may create more situations. The use of thermoset rotary offset printing inks will increase with The development of education has risen steadily. In terms of iron printing inks, the development of Shunde Jinlong Ink seems to herald something. The further shrinking of the total demand for printing inks has become a foregone conclusion. But the products will not disappear.


    2. Flexographic printing ink


    With the strengthening of the concept of green packaging. Flexographic printing with water-based ink applications will definitely follow the development of developed countries, and rapidly grow domestic ink manufacturing enterprises in China that mainly produce water-based inks. Such as Zhaoqing Tianlong and Dongguan Ink, Zhongshan Yingjie, Foshan Dongfang, etc. have developed rapidly. Looking at the current market for flexographic printing inks, the low price of modified rosin resin-based aquatic inks for corrugated box printing has affected the profits of enterprises. Acrylic resin-based water-based inks are compared with others in terms of printing machinery and printing effects. It seems that there are no other advantages besides environmental protection. Although the development and promotion of UV flexographic printing inks are going on. The development of the country requires the support of relevant national laws and regulations and the promulgation of environmental protection requirements.


    3. Gravure ink


    Gravure inks are mainly solvent-based inks, and their production process is relatively simple compared to offset inks. In the past few years, due to the rapid growth of plastic packaging, gravure printing inks have also risen sharply. Tobacco packaging has further stimulated the gravure printing ink market. However, due to the large number of small and medium ink companies launched in the past two years, coupled with other types of ink manufacturers also participating in the solvent ink market, making this field very competitive. Although Shanghai DIC, Zhejiang New Oriental, Zhongshan Yeshi, Zhuhai Letong, Shunde Shengchang, etc. are still good, the price war of some products has become heated, and these large enterprises are overwhelmed. Due to the enactment of packaging laws, regulations and regulations that limit VOC emissions, traditional gravure inks containing harmful organic solvents such as toluene and methyl ethyl ketone will be gradually replaced by alcohol-based inks. However, the ink system based on the three major resin systems of polyamide, nitrocellulose and chlorinated polypropylene will not be easily changed, and the tobacco industry, which has an important position in the paper gravure printing industry, is not yet strong, and sexual laws and regulations have been issued. In order to achieve uV for inks, it will take time for water to be water-based. Therefore, in the short term, whether it is gravure printing on plastic packaging or gravure on paper, it is wise to use benzene-free polyurethane resin system inks and alcohol-soluble inks as transitions Initiatives.


    4. Screen printing ink


    Since the wide range of substrates used by screen printing is incomparable with other printing methods, the market for screen printing inks is also broad. Some successful screen printing ink manufacturers, represented by Wuxi Chunguang, Shenzhen Miramar, Zhongshan Zhongyi, etc. are actively looking for their own market space and division. The special effects of UV ink screen printing will inevitably occupy a place in packaging. The large-scale production of various optical discs has also greatly promoted the development of UV screen printing inks. European screen printing ink manufacturers have also increased their investment in UV screen printing inks in China. In terms of circuit board ink PCB. The joining of Taiwan-funded enterprises has greatly improved the pace of development of domestic printed circuit board technology. At present, the ink industry giant American Sun Ink has also established a factory in Suzhou I, and the era of PCB ink competition has begun. At the same time, flexible printed circuit screen printing ink is being concerned. In addition, China's printing inks are closing the technological gap with developed countries in the world.


    5. Inkjet and printing ink technology


    非 The non-contact printing method represented by inkjet and printing technology has achieved results in more and more application fields. The past inkjet printing industry is transforming from the past home and office inkjet printing to label and bar code production, CAD and large-format image printing, from the traditional solvent dye type to the water-based pigment type, 8-color inkjet Printing has been market-oriented, and digital proofing, mainly inkjet printing equipment, is close to offset printing quality and has become a key technology supporting CTP workflow. It will replace traditional offsetting proofing. Occupy the printing proofing market and meet the development trend of digital printing and network printing Printing will penetrate a wider market in the near future and inject new vitality into the modern printing industry. The superiority of uV inkjet ink lies in that it not only has the economical and technical advantages of traditional uV technology, but also has its outstanding advantages in use and operation. Some domestic traditional inkjet manufacturers. For example, Zhuhai Baojie and Shenzhen Boya are actively developing new UV inkjet technology and products. The digital inkjet printing technology of textiles has the advantages of high definition of printed patterns, small footprint, no sewage discharge, and the ability to achieve one-piece work. It is known as the key technology of the textile industry revolution in the 21st century. Digital inkjet printing nano pigments Ink has come out. Digital UV inkjet technology applied to circuit board printing is more conducive to solving the headache of environmental protection. This is not far away from us. While traditional ink varieties are developing vigorously, some special inks with small application fields and different anti-counterfeiting are used. Ink quietly rises, and the high-tech anti-counterfeiting ink represented by Peking University Deli is growing.


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