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Water-based Inks Dominate Flexographic Printing Inks Market owing to Eco-Friendly Properties

Flexographic Printing Inks Market (Water-based, Solvent-based and UV-cured) for Packaging and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020
Published 28 September 2015

While both digital and flexo printing technologies have undergone dramatic improvements over the past few years, flexographic printing is one of most widespread methods of conventional printing. Flexography, also commonly known as flexo, is a print technology that utilizes flexible relief plates and semi-liquid inks commonly obtained in the form of water-based, solvent-based, or UV-cured solutions. Flexographic printing inks are used in several printing applications to print images on products such as papers, folding cartons, metal cans, corrugated boxes and containers, labels, tags, plastic bags, flexible packaging, milk cartons, and others (including newspapers and magazines). 

An increase in demand for flexographic printing methods from all these applications is expected to be the key driving factor for the global flexographic printing inks market in the coming years. As per a market research report by Transparency Market Research, the market for flexographic printing inks is expected to grow at a positive but modest pace between 2014 and 2020. According to this report, the market is expected to rise from a net value of US$6.41 billion in 2013 to US$9.32 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.5% until 2020.

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Improved Flexographic Ink Materials and Advancements in Flexo Printers to Boost Market 

Thanks to the new advancements in anilox, ink, printing presses, and plate technology, flexographic printing processes have become one of the most important label printing methods in modern times. Improvements and advancements with respective to high print speeds, outstanding color quality, and the ability of presses to achieve the finest resolutions and good printing consistency are some of the main growth factors behind the rising demand for flexographic printing methods. 

A flexographic press is used to prepare the main relief image carrier for printing. These presses are simple to operate and can be easily adapted to the use of water-based inks. Use of water-based inks only leads to a large reduction in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. VOC contains a high number of carbon atoms and a high vapor pressure, and thus readily evaporates into the atmosphere, leading to smog. Printing inks and coatings that are used in the commercial graphic printing industry typically contain VOCs in varying amounts, depending on the type of ink and end-use requirements. Therefore, it is for this reason that government legislations to control VOC emissions have been implemented in the U.S., Europe, and several other developing countries.

The need to lower carbon emissions has resulted in several changes with respect to flexographic ink formations as well as printing technology. The use of water-based inks in the market has increased tremendously. This segment held almost 40% of the global market in 2013 due to the high demand from consumers for its use in large-scale applications. 

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New Advancements in Anilox Roller Technology 

Flexo printing depends on the controlled transfer of liquid ink, coating, or varnish, and anilox rolls are precisely designed to consistently supply a measurably uniform volume of printing ink onto the image carrier. Anilox rolls are considered to be the heart of flexographic presses and the demand for these devices has grown significantly in recent years due to their major contributions to the improvements in the flexographic printing inks industry in terms of quality and consistency. 

Cheshire Anilox Technology recently developed MaxFlo XT engraving rollers. MaxFlo XT engraving rollers are the best in the market for ink transfer and apt for high-quality print in flexible packaging applications. 


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