The global printing inks market crossed USD 5.10 billion in revenue in 2019 and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.4% from 2019 to 2025. The increased demand for packaging label sector along with increasing urbanization are few of the significant factors that will drive the global printing inks market in the forecasted period.
Traditional printing inks come in two main forms: liquid inks (which are soft and watery) and paste inks (which are sticky which tacky) which usually consist of three common categories of substances: a tank, a dye, and several various types of chemicals, such as dryers.
The ink carrier is the fluid component of the paint that, as its name suggests, brings the pigment to the substrate. The type of vehicle to be used with a given ink depends on the type of drying method used. Inks that dry by absorption require non-drying oil vehicles that do not dry by any methods until they can be absorbed into the surface. Inks that dry through oxidation and/or polymerization require drying oil vehicles and paper grades that do not allow the vehicle to drain until oxidation can take place. Inks that dry by evaporation use low-boiling-point solvent-resin vehicles. Dry precipitation inks require a water-soluble glycol vehicle in which water-insoluble resins are dissolved. Once the water is applied to the material, the glycol is removed, but the resin (containing the pigment) is not removed and precipitates out onto the surface of the paper.
Inks that use a combination of drying methods, such as quick-set inks, have a portion of the vehicle which is a solvent and is absorbed first into the paper and a resin-oil mixture left behind which is dried by oxidation and polymerization. Quick-set inks are used by a resin-oil engine. Inks called cold-set inks use a resin-wax device, which is solid at room temperature, which is melted by specially heated rollers on the press, applied to the paper, and then dried by turning back into a solid. Other less-used vehicles include water-soluble rubber vehicles, such as aquarium inks, and photo-reactive vehicles, which "set" after exposure to various types of radiation.
Printing ink additives include dryers that speed up the drying of inks; body agents that improve the viscosity of the ink; waxes such as microcrystalline, polyethylene, paraffin, beeswax, carnauba wax and ozokerite are used to avoid printing defects such as ink set-off and blockage and to improve the resistance of the ink. Other fabrics, such as Teflon, can also be used to help "shorten" the ink. Many compounds can be used to could the tack of the ink. Reducing oils and solvents, such as thinners, can be added to increase the setting capacity of the ink. Antioxidants and anti-skinning agents may be applied to prevent the ink from oxidizing and setting while it is still in the news. Corn starch is added to the body to reduce the ink setting, while surface-active agents are used to increase the dispersion of pigments in the vehicle.
Key Segments of the Global Printing Inks Market
Product Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion) (Kilo Tons)
- Lithographic &digital
Resin type Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion) (Kilo Tons)
- Modified resin
- Modified cellulose
- Acrylic & Polyurethane
Regional Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion) (Kilo Tons)
- North America
- United Kingdom
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
Reasons for the study
- Key factors affecting market dynamics
- Change in consumer preference for the convenience of food packaging & online retailing with extensive internet penetration and requirement of bio-degradable products.
- High consumption rate of printing inks in packaging labels sector
What does the report include?
- The study on the global printing inks market includes qualitative insights such as drivers, restraints, challenges and opportunities
- Additionally, the market has been evaluated using the Porter’s Five Forces analysis
- The study covers qualitative and quantitative analysis of the market segmented on the basis of product and resin type. Moreover, the study on printing inks market provides similar information for the key geographies.
- Actual market sizes and forecasts have been provided for all the above-mentioned segments
- The study includes the profiles of key players operating in the market with a significant global and/or regional presence
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The global printing inks market has been segmented based on the product, resin type, and region. Taking into consideration the segmentation analysis, based on product, the global printing inks market is categorized into gravure, flexographic, lithographic & digital. Flexography, rotogravure, and lithography/offset are the three most commonly used production methods, accounting for a large part of the industry. The lithography process retains a significant proportion of approximately 32.60% owing to its characteristic of superior image quality for smooth and functional surfaces at relatively low cost. Gravure is a high-cost and high-speed process and is commonly used as a reproduction of very fine data.
Digital and electrostatic printing (non-impact imaging processes) are new developments in ink products. The digital process is the fastest-growing printing ink product segment on the market. The competitive space of digital printing solutions differs appreciably from traditional processes and is cost-effective for shorter runs along with the added advantage of complying with the regulatory framework and advanced consumer preferences.
The global printing inks market has increased the demand for all the regions namely, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. However, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the printing inks market during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific was the leading global market and accounted for over USD 1.8 billion of the total revenue in 2018. The major contributors include China and Japan, which constitute numerous major industry players and a growing ink market. Technological printing ink advancements and growth of end-use applications in China also contribute to this trend. Packaging segment, ceramic, and textile printing are among the major growing applications in China. The growing packaging industry, including corrugated cartons & folding cartons, is another factor strongly attributed to the increased use of rotogravure, flexographic, and digital solutions. The use of flexographic toners for flexible packaging, digital solutions for textile and ceramic printing, conductive inks for printed electronics and UV curing inks for biodegradable alternatives are key product insights for this industry
India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia are the other emerging APAC nations to have witnessed thriving growth in the industry. North America is the second-largest regional market with the U.S. as the major contributor due to the flourishing packaging industry and easy resin availability.