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The current situation and future trend of the new consumables industry of silk screen printing ink

silk screen printing has long been labeled as highly polluting by people. The reason is not only the unique supplies of silk screen printing such as washing water and photosensitizers, but also the pollution caused by silk screen printing ink accounts for a large proportion. With the development of society, people pay more attention to environmental protection, and the scientific concept of development of energy conservation and emission reduction is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people

in 2007, the Chinese government issued a number of policies aimed at strengthening environmental protection, which had a great impact on ink production enterprises. First, the tax rebates for pigments, pigment intermediates and other key raw materials have been greatly reduced. Second, China closed a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises with serious pollution in 2007, in which raw material production enterprises accounted for a large proportion

nowadays, pollution-free green inks in the silk printing industry are popular. For example, the proportion of UV inks we are familiar with is increasing year by year and is becoming the mainstream product in the market

on the other hand, it is the influence of supply and demand. Most ink manufacturers more or less choose to import raw materials from China. If the jaw line is blocked, this series of measures have caused changes in the supply and demand relationship of ink raw materials, resulting in a tight short-term supply and rising ink prices, which has also brought a severe test to ink manufacturing enterprises

another important point is that with the soaring price of petroleum products, the ink manufacturing cost naturally rises with the rising oil price, which also has a certain impact on the ink production cost

countermeasures for ink manufacturing enterprises to face cost pressure

Flint Group said not long ago: in the past few weeks, they have received many notices about the price rise of raw materials, with a specific increase of 5% to 30%, and this is mainly caused by China's environmental protection policies. Sun Chemical also pointed out that with the Chinese government's severe crackdown on manufacturers with serious environmental pollution in recent years, many manufacturers of pigment intermediates, especially those of carbamide and naphthol, have been greatly affected

therefore, ink manufacturers must raise the price of products to transfer part of the cost to downstream customers. In 2007, ink manufacturers, including Flint Group and Sun Chemical, went through three stages and six rounds of trial production from two operating areas. Due to the huge pressure of the continuous rise in raw material costs, they had to choose to implement a comprehensive price increase for their products

in addition, some ink manufacturers have also begun to look for new pigment substitutes to offset the increasing production costs. However, it is not easy to find such substitutes. Now a very few UV inks use raw materials from renewable resources. Adding a small amount of renewable raw materials will not affect the performance of UV curing ink. At least so far, manufacturers have not found ideal substitutes. The main reason is that in addition to technology, the cost problem is the most difficult to solve. Therefore, the rise in ink prices is an inevitable trend for a long time to come

current market situation of UV silk screen printing inks

the United States is one of the first countries to use UV ink for silk printing. The share of screen printing UV ink in the U.S. market accounts for% of the total sales of screen printing ink. The average annual growth rate of silk screen UV ink has reached about 4%. On the contrary, Europe has also started to use silk screen UV ink for a long time, but the penetration rate is not as high as that of the United States. At present, in Europe, percent of printing plants are using UV inks

in Asia, solvent based inks are more popular with manufacturers, with a frequency of more than 60%. The main reason is that most printing enterprises in Asia pursue low costs and labor, and do not pay enough attention to environmental protection. Therefore, UV ink has not reached the utilization rate of developed countries in Europe and the United States so far

above, we can see that UV ink has incomparable advantages over traditional ink in all aspects. Since the silk screen UV ink was developed in the 1970s, it has had a far-reaching impact on the printing industry, making earth shaking changes in the entire printing industry. Especially now that the society widely calls for environmental protection and sustainable development, UV ink will occupy more market share in China's screen printing ink market

future trend: UV screen printing ink has good prospects

according to the statistics of the National Association of printing ink manufacturers (NAPIM), the average profit margin of ink manufacturing enterprises in 2006 was only 1.9%, so the industry needs to strengthen the control of supply chain and cost through various ways. The rapid rise in the price of ink raw materials caused by product shortages has forced many ink suppliers to give up the production of traditional ink and turn their attention to other profitable markets. For example, UV screen printing ink has developed rapidly in recent years, which seems to have become the main stream of ink development

uv ink is an ink composed of oligomers, monomers, pigments, photoinitiators and various additives. Most UV inks currently used are based on the radiation free curing of acrylate prepolymers

nowadays, UV silk ink can be used to produce all kinds of printing materials, such as posters, containers, CDs, metals, body and hull advertisements, and various industrial products. According to the different requirements of various markets for outdoor durability, chemical resistance, cold/heat resistance, water resistance and flexibility of images, major ink manufacturers have designed and produced various types of UV inks

most ink manufacturers today agree that UV ink has stronger advantages than traditional data ink in terms of environmental protection, health and safety than traditional solvent elasticity, stiffness and other indicators:

1, it does not contain heavy metals, VOC emissions and harmful solvent volatilization are low

2, there is no need to use too much irritant detergent in the process of printing and cloth cleaning/recycling, which greatly reduces the use of irritant detergent in the process of printing and plate cleaning and recycling

3, the curing efficiency of ink is higher than that of general ink. Compared with the thermal dryer used in solvent based and water-based inks, UV dryer consumes much less energy, and avoids the use of NVP or v- which urges us and the company to correct and adjust in all aspects, and constantly improve ourselves, pyrol and other additives that are easy to cause pollution

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