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Shortage of raw materials the main task of European ink manufacturers in the future is to develop new inks

European ink manufacturers have always hoped that the raw material crisis that has plagued their businesses for more than two years without the willingness to reduce prices can be alleviated in the near future, but it is regrettable that since 2008, the problem of wide-ranging price increases and raw material shortages has not been solved, and is likely to intensify. Industry insiders generally believe that the cost pressure borne by ink manufacturers will continue for at least a few years. Tonymys, chairman of the British paint alliance, said: the difficulties we are facing now are similar to those a year ago. Our members hope that the chemical industry can give them enough support to promote the promulgation of the rare metals regulation as soon as possible and help them get out of the shadow of the economic recession as soon as possible. However, the shortage of raw materials and difficulties in procurement seem to be difficult to be improved in a short time

rising costs have led to frequent ink price increases

under the background that the European printing [encyclopedia Weibo] industry has not fully recovered from the economic crisis, but also faces severe challenges from the Internet, the survival pressure of ink manufacturers has suddenly increased. In order to alleviate the pressure, some ink manufacturers in Europe, such as flint group, sunchem and sunvico, can only choose to raise the price of their products. In early 2011, Flint Group announced that it would increase the sales price of packaging ink in Europe by an average of 8%, and the rise and fall of some products even reached 30%

the head of a European raw material supplier said that the surge in raw material costs did bring difficulties to ink manufacturers. Although ink manufacturers have encountered similar problems before, it is not as difficult to solve them as it is now. At present, the profits of the ink manufacturing industry are meager, and the overall situation of the printing market is also relatively depressed

in addition, the attraction of the ink manufacturing industry to raw material suppliers is also decreasing. In the past, they were able to obtain concessions by virtue of large-scale procurement, but now their advantages have been overwhelmed by other industries. The industries competing for raw materials with ink manufacturing mainly include coating and adhesive manufacturing, as well as tire manufacturing, construction and oil exploration

the price of basic chemical products rose sharply

the rise in ink costs in Europe was mainly caused by the rise in the price of basic chemical products, which in turn was determined by the price of crude oil. In the first half of 2011, some petrochemical enterprises have raised the price of their products by about 20%

in the first quarter of 2011, the price of benzene and propylene in Europe soared to about five times that of two years ago, the price of toluene was nearly three times higher than before, and the price of some basic chemical products even reached a level equivalent to that of Asia. Although there have been some signs of price reduction in basic chemical products recently, it is still operating at a high level

the high price of basic chemical products has impacted China's pigment manufacturing industry, which in turn has affected the price of its products sold to Europe. In addition, the price of resin is also rising. As the main raw material for the production of acrylic resin, the price of acrylic acid has increased by more than 33% since 2010

in addition to chemical raw materials, natural raw materials for the production of resins and additives have also become more expensive: the price of soybean oil in Europe has more than doubled in the past two years; The price of rosin reached a record high in the first two quarters of 2011. The price of rosin in China doubled in six months on many platforms, such as industrial layout, talent system, financial services, various laboratories, R & D innovation, warehousing, logistics and transportation, industrial chain extension and replenishment, investment attraction, testing and inspection. Although they have fallen by about 40% since the spring of 2011, they are still twice as high as at the beginning of 2009

at present, no one knows whether the price of rosin will decline or continue to increase. Because its price increased too fast at the beginning of the year, the market demand has declined. High oil and phenolic resin rosin also increased in price. Flint believes that the overall price of rosin has increased by 400% in the past year and a half

ink manufacturers look for alternative products

due to the shortage of some chemical raw materials, many ink manufacturers began to look for alternative products to ensure the long-term stability of raw material supply

some ink manufacturers in Europe who have signed long-term (usually one-year) supply contracts with chemical plants have also encountered problems, and the validity of their purchase contracts has been shortened from one year to several months

it is understood that the closure of some factories in the economic crisis is the main reason for the raw material crisis. The shortage of some commonly used chemical raw materials at least must be stopped in order to eliminate these wear marks. Fine grinding will continue until 2012. Although some enterprises have announced to increase production capacity, it will take at least two to three years to fully alleviate the shortage of raw materials in Europe

Flint Group pointed out in the latest survey report "prospects for European ink raw materials" that the assumption that the cost of raw materials will peak from the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2011 and will gradually fall back is wrong. In fact, the rise of raw material costs in the second and third quarters of 2011 is still very serious. Although its growth rate may slow down, it will still show an upward trend in the next 18 months

for some replaceable raw materials, ink manufacturers should consider not only cost factors, but also safety when choosing; For some irreplaceable materials, people will feel more or less helpless. Take titanium dioxide as an example, its price in Europe has increased by nearly 40%, and will continue to rise

a feasible solution is to mix titanium dioxide with calcium carbonate or use additives to reduce the amount of titanium dioxide in ink and improve the dispersion of pigments without affecting the quality

as an important titanium dioxide supplier in the European market, DuPont recently announced that it would set up a new titanium dioxide plant in Mexico. AkzoNobel, the largest paint manufacturer in Europe, also said that it would ensure the supply of titanium dioxide and alleviate its own price pressure by cooperating with Chinese enterprises

in the next few years, the main task of European ink manufacturers is to develop new inks to cope with the shortage of key raw materials and the rise in costs

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