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Flexographic Inks: Technologies and Global Markets

Flexographic Inks: Technologies and Global Markets

  • September 2017
  • 122 pages
  • ID: 5136791
  • Format: PDF

Summary

Table of Contents

• The global market for the flexographic inks was valued at nearly $9.9 billion in 2016, which is expected to increase to $10.3 billion by 2017 and $13.1 billion by 2022, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0% for the forecast period of 2017-2022.
• The global market for the flexible packaging sector should reach $6.1 billion in 2017 and $8 billion by 2022, a CAGR of 5.5% for this forecast period.
• The global market for the tags and labels sector should reach $1.7 billion in 2017 and $2.2 billion by 2022, a CAGR of 5.1% for this forecast period.
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
This report is an impact analysis of the flexographic inks market. The information in this report includes factors currently driving and restraining the growth of the market, as well as factors affecting the future of the industry.

The goals and objectives of this report include the following:
• To define, identify and analyze major market segments and their respective structure in the overall flexographic inks market.
• To identify key market dynamics, trends, opportunities and factors influencing the global flexographic inks market and its subsegments.
• To forecast the size of the overall flexographic inks market and to analyze it based on resin type, technology, end use industry and region.
• To identify the major stakeholders and analyze the competitive landscape on the basis of recent developments.
• To determine the trends, gaps and opportunities in the overall market and each of its subsegments.
• To understand the effects of environmental concerns in this market.

Reasons for Doing the Study
Flexographic inks are inks transferred by the process of flexography, primarily used in the printing of packaging materials such as cardboard boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes, paper, plastic bags, flexible materials used for food packaging, catalogs and newspaper printing. The inks and the printing method are gaining in popularity due to low cost and environmentally friendly characteristics.

The most important aspect of the printing process is the application of ink. The color and the quality of the flexographic print is determined by the thickness of the wet-ink film applied to the substrate and the type and concentration of colorant used in the formulation. The thickness of the wet ink depends on the substrate material and the application, and is primarily determined by the ink-metering system.

Flexographic inks have gained momentum in the last few years and are now seen as one of the significant advances in the printing inks market, one with a noteworthy financial return. This is due to the advantages of flexographic printing, such as versitality, rapid production and lower costs.
This report forecast trends and sales through 2022. Essential elements of the flexographic inks market such as resin type, technology, end-use industry, region, major manufacturers and factors influencing demand are all analyzed.

Scope of Report
This report represents an in-depth analysis of the global flexographic ink market by resin type, technology, end-use industry and region, and discusses the distinction between the types flexographic inks in order to derive specific market estimates. The report compares conventional and emerging technologies and the importance of these technological advancements in the flexographic inks market.

The report also investigates strategies adopted by the major players in the global flexographic inks market. A patent analysis provides a snapshot of technological trends in the world market, chronologically as well as geographically, for the U.S., Europe and Japan. The global market is segmented based on resin type, technology and end-use application.
Estimated values used are based on manufacturers’ total revenues. Projected and forecasted revenue values are in constant U.S. dollars, unadjusted for inflation

Research Methodology
For the research segment, BCC Research have done a rigorous primary as well as secondary analysis in order to track the market accurately. Key data for estimating the market, such as top-down and bottom- up models, were developed to determine trends in volume as well as value, and estimates for the global flexographic inks market. Key players in this market have been identified through reviews of secondary sources such as industry White Papers, annual reports, published reports by credible agencies, financial reports and published interviews with key opinion leaders (KOLs) from leading companies.

Generally, KOLs include the CEOs and other corporate executives, general managers, sales directors, R&D directors, product managers, procurement managers, export managers and other applicable experts. During the research process, all major stakeholders across the value chain of flexographic inks were contacted for interviews.

In the first phase of the study, revenue and volume for the flexographic inks market were determined through reviewing annual sales reports, analyzing related industry reports, tracking global import and export trends, and monitoring financial parameters related to the market.

In the second phase of the study, we conducted primary interviews with KOLs regarding the leading players in the market to verify our initial estimations gathered through secondary sources. Based on initial interviews, some of the original findings were kept intact while findings were refined.

The final value and volume forecasts for the flexographic inks market were derived through a series of primary interviews with KOLs.

For some segments of the flexographic inks market, there were no secondary hard data available. In those cases, price trends, inflation rates, industrial production indices and purchasing managers’ indices (PMIs) were used to estimate data for these market segments. During primary research interviews, these estimates were verified by KOLs.

Intended Audience
The intended audience for this report includes, but is not limited to:
• Producers.
• Environment protection agencies.
• End users (industries including printing, packaging and labeling).
• Suppliers.
• Raw material providers.
• Investors (private equity, venture capital, other).

Information Sources
The various sources used to recognize and collect the information required for extensive commercial and technical study of the flexographic inks market include:
• Primary sources
o Selected experts from related industries.
o Preferred suppliers.
• Secondary sources
o E-zines.
o Directories.
o Research papers.
o White papers.
o Databases such as OneSource, Factiva, Bloomberg, SEC filings, Reuters.
o Stock exchanges such as TMX, NASDAQ, ASX and LSE.

Geographic Breakdown
In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include, and only include:

North America
• The United States.
• Mexico.
• Canada.

Europe
• The U.K.
• Germany.
• France.
• Russia.
• Rest of Europe.
 
Asia-Pacific
• China.
• Japan.
• India.
• Rest of Asia-Pacific.
 
Rest of World
• Latin America.
• Middle East.
• Africa.
 
Global Market for Flexographic Inks, By Resin Type
Nitrocellulose
Polyamide
Ployurethane
Acrylic
Other Resins
 
Global Market for Flexographic Inks, by Technology
Water-based
Solvent-based
UV-based

Global Market for Flexographic Inks, By End Use Industry
Flexible Packaging
Rigid Packaging
Tags and Labels
Paper Printing

Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights
Flexography is a relief printing technique that uses rubber or soft plastic plates and a simple, fast drying ink system. Flexographic printing can be used on porous or nonporous materials. The print image is transferred from the pre-inked soft plate to the printing surface. Packaging and label printing is mainly accomplished using the flexographic technique.

The flexible relief plate can be applied to almost any kind of substrate such as paper, plastics, metals, cellophane, newsprint, chip, liner board, coated boards, catalogs, shopping bags and many other materials.

The advantages of flexographic printing include:
• Versatility — Inks can be the conventional solvent-based printing inks, but the flexography process can also be use water-based, UV-curable, fluorescent and metallic inks.
• High-speed production — One of the important features in flexography printing is fast production. Because the printing process uses low viscosity, fast-drying inks, the cleanup processes are quicker.
• Lower costs — The high-volume and high-speed production in flexography printing make the process significantly cheaper than other printing processes. Parts and maintenance costs are also lower than with other printing systems.

Flexographic inks are the inks transferred by the process of flexography, primarily used in printing of packaging materials like cardboard boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes, paper, plastic bags, flexible materials used in food packaging, catalogs and newspaper printing. The inks and the printing method are gaining in popularity due to their versatility, high volume and speed of production, lower cost, and environmentally friendly characteristics. T

he most important part of the printing process is the application of ink. The color and the quality of flexographic print is determined by the thickness of the ink film applied to the substrate and the type and concentration of colorant used in the formulation.
The thickness of ink depends on the type of substrate and is mainly determined by the ink-metering system.

In the early stages of flexographic printing, an aniline dye ink was used. Due to its toxicity, the use of this ink in food packaging was banned. Further complications with this ink dye were due to frequent staining and bleeding. Over time, the flexographic ink was substituted with polyamide resins, which not only sped up the drying process but also the overall printing process itself. Soon after, solvent-based inks came on the market which were safe for food packaging, but harmful to the environment due to their high volatile organic compound (VOC) content.

As expected, a new ink composition which was good for both packaging the product and environment was sought after. As the solvent-based ink failed to be sustainable due to its effect on the environment, the leading manufacturing companies’ R&D departments developed an innovative water-based ink. Today all printers voluntarily adopt the water- based inks, which can be recycled for re-use.

There are basically three types of flexographic inks used today: 
• Solvent-based inks. 
• Water-based inks. 
• UV-curable inks. 
 
The traditional solvent-based inks were omitted from the market for environmental and human health purposes. Once the water-based inks and nonvolatile inks were invented, the market quickly started adopting them. 
 
The robust growth of the packaging industry is projected to be one of the major drivers for the flexographic inks market. 

Double-digit growth is expected in developing economies such as China, India, Thailand and Saudi Arabia, as increased economic growth drives the demand for more packaging materials which, in turn, increases the demand for flexographic inks. In 2016, the global market for the flexible packaging sector was valued at $5.8 billion, which is expected to increase to $8 billion by 2022, a  CAGR of 5.5% for this forecast period.

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