Printing inks are liquids that contain pigments or dyes that are used to produce images, text, and designs. They are widely used in letterpress and lithographic printing. Printing inks consist of a pigment or pigments of the required color mixed with oil or varnish. For example, black ink made from carbon black is mixed with thick linseed oil or similar oil, often with rosin oil to which rosin varnish is added. Inkjet inks consist of a base carrier such as water, oil, or a solvent, and colorants such as dyes or pigments, along with small amounts of chemical additives to provide some unique characteristics.
The main types of printing inks are oil-based printing inks, solvent-based printing inks, and water-based printing inks. Water-based printing ink is ink made with water rather than plastic or PVC. The product types are offset printing inks, flexographic printing inks, rotogravure printing inks, and digital printing inks. The various end-use industries involved are packaging, print media, commercial printing, and other end-use industries.
The global printing inks market is segmented -
1) By Type: Oil-Based Printing Inks, Solvent-Based Printing Inks, Water-Based Printing Inks
2) By Product Type: Offset Printing Inks, Flexographic Printing Inks, Rotogravure Printing Inks, Digital Printing Inks
3) By End User Industries: Packaging, Print Media, Commercial Printing, Other End-Use Industries
The global printing inks market size will grow from $29.68 billion in 2022 to $30.38 billion in 2023 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4%. The Russia-Ukraine war disrupted the chances of global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the short term. The war between these two countries has led to economic sanctions on multiple countries, a surge in commodity prices, and supply chain disruptions, causing inflation across goods and services and affecting many markets across the globe. The market size of printing inks is expected to grow to $33.78 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 2.7%.
3D technology will be a driver of the printing ink market during the forecast period. With a rise in worldwide interest in 3D printing technology from consumers, researchers, and industrial production, there is expected to be a high demand for 3D printing inks. Unlike 2D inks, which are intended for the fabrication of planar surfaces, 3D inks are intended for the fabrication of volumetric constructs and devices. In November 2021, Cubic Ink® materials from ALTANA and DP Polar are revolutionizing industrial 3D inkjet printing. Multi-material capability for maximum productivity for a wide variety of printing materials is processed using the continuous Multi-material Jetting process.
Major companies in the printing inks market include DIC Corporation, Arkema SA, Sakata INX Corporation, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co, TOYO Ink Group, Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg.Co. Ltd., DuPont Inc., Agfa-Gevaert NV, T&K TOKA Corporation, and Ferro Corp.
A shortage of raw materials, resulting in their increasing market prices, is expected to negatively affect the printing ink market. Printing ink companies globally are suffering from a shortage of raw materials, including resins, monomers, photoinitiators, oligomers, and additives. This is mainly due to raw material plant closures in China, a major source of these raw materials, as the country has placed significant emphasis on improving its environment by cutting industrial pollution. China is dominant in printing inks raw materials supplies due to the presence of strong refinery capacity and an associated chemical manufacturing ecosystem; China is dominant in the supply of printing inks. Market players have already started facing challenges due to shortages of raw materials. For instance, in June 2021, manufacturers in Asia, like Toyota and Honda, faced supply chain challenges because of various materials shortages and COVID-19.
The printing ink market witnessed consolidation with a significant number of mergers and acquisitions. Top companies in the printing ink market are strategically acquiring and merging with start-ups and mid-sized companies to broaden their product and service range or to enter emerging regions. For instance, in December 2020, Arkema, a France-based specialty chemicals and advanced materials company, acquired Colorado Photopolymer Solution for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition will foster the development of an integrated offering of customized and formulated additive manufacturing solutions to accelerate the design of turnkey solutions for 3D printing. Colorado Photopolymer Solution is a US-based manufacturer of 3D printers.
Western Europe was the largest region in the printing inks market in 2022. Asia-Pacific was the second largest region in the printing inks market. The regions covered in the printing inks market report are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, and Africa.
The countries covered in the printing inks market report are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA, and Vietnam.
The printing inks market consists of the sales of liquid Ink, solid ink, toner, ribbon ink, UV ink, and 3D printing inks. Values in this market are ‘factory gate’ values, that is the value of goods sold by the manufacturers or creators of the goods, whether to other entities (including downstream manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers) or directly to end customers. The value of goods in this market includes related services sold by the creators of the goods.
The market value is defined as the revenues that enterprises gain from the sale of goods and/or services within the specified market and geography through sales, grants, or donations in terms of the currency (in USD, unless otherwise specified).
The revenues for a specified geography are consumption values that are revenues generated by organizations in the specified geography within the market, irrespective of where they are produced. It does not include revenues from resales along the supply chain, either further along the supply chain or as part of other products.
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