The new pattern of the hottest ink industry

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The last few years of the 20th century are destined to leave some marks in the history of Chinese ink. In recent years, with the turbulence of the global ink industry, the domestic ink industry has also undergone profound changes. On the one hand, ink manufacturing enterprises with different systems have gradually formed: state-owned enterprises, joint ventures, wholly-owned enterprises, joint-stock enterprises and private enterprises. With their own advantages, they actively operate in a modern management mode, survive in the fierce market competition, and continue to grow; On the other hand, a few ink factories have been eliminated in the tide of competition due to various factors. The flow of technical personnel has also led to the development of a number of new ink factories. When this change gradually precipitates and the new industrial structure gradually stabilizes, what challenges will Chinese ink enterprises face? With the development of printing technology, what will happen to the product structure of ink? What is the next step for ink enterprises? Is it to adjust the strength and develop new products, or to rectify the marketing and develop the market? Therefore, following the "ink special issue" in September last year, which interviewed and reported that several domestic ink enterprises with different systems have taken different countermeasures to change the pattern of China's ink market in the face of market changes after China's accession to the WTO, we also interviewed Mr. yuyongyue, an engineer from the technology and Quality Department of Zhejiang New Oriental ink Group Co., Ltd., in view of several models of Chinese ink enterprises, Mr. Zhiqiang, general manager of AkzoNobel ink (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Mr. zhangyuecheng, general manager of Haiyan Huada ink Chemical Co., Ltd., and Dr. longmingjie, manager of the second scientific research department of Zhuhai Letong ink coating Co., Ltd., hope to explore the development path of ink colleagues through them

the product structure has been initially determined.

the current ink varieties mainly include offset printing ink, gravure printing ink, flexo printing ink and rich varieties. They are no longer simple special inks such as ordinary bottles, films and tires. After China's entry into the WTO and the turmoil in the ink market, ink manufacturers are working hard to adjust their ink varieties and product structure according to their core competitiveness, Focus on those ink varieties that have the concept of environmental protection and meet the new printing needs, and timely determine the short-term and long-term key products

flexo printing inks lock in environmental protection

flexo printing inks have become leading products in the packaging and printing market, especially in the packaging fields of food, medicine, fast food, cosmetics, etc. Domestically, water-based inks and UV curing inks for flexographic printing are becoming more and more popular, and ink products have expanded from paper inks to aluminized paper and film printing inks. Although UV ink has good fixation fastness and dryness, it is still mainly used in some small packaging and label fields due to the high cost

AkzoNobel, the 14th largest ink sales company in the world, is an ink company whose core competitive product is UV curing ink. It takes several months for the water-based ink spandex industry to be put into mass production. General manager Zhi Qiang introduced that the water-based ink is an environmentally friendly ink recognized worldwide as non-toxic, pollution-free and no residual odor, which can significantly reduce VOC emissions, effectively curb air pollution, and improve the overall environmental quality and printing environment; At the same time, it also reduces the fire hazards caused by static electricity and flammable solvents. It is the only non-toxic ink approved by the American food and drug association among all printing inks at present. Therefore, AkzoNobel's future product research and development will still focus on water-based ink and UV curing ink projects

as for how to stabilize the product structure and give consideration to the development of new products, AkzoNobel's development strategy makes the author refreshing. Although water-based ink and UV curing ink are AkzoNobel's main products in the world, the diversified development strategy of products has always been the guiding ideology of AkzoNobel's product development. According to Mr. Zhi, in the future, the research and development of water-based inks will focus on further improving the adaptability and stability of inks, making printing easier, and fundamentally overcoming the weaknesses of strong volatility of water-based inks, and easy change of ink viscosity, color strength, drying speed and point reducibility in the printing process. In terms of UV ink, AkzoNobel is making efforts in two aspects. One is to further improve the color intensity and stability of UV ink. The main purpose of improving the color intensity of the ink is to adapt to the increasing number of flexographic printing lines and improve the color reproduction ability. The other is to launch low odor or odorless UV ink, Break through the technical barrier that UV ink is affected by chemical components such as resin and photosensitizer

however, at present, some manufacturers and consumers are not very sensitive to odorous inks, the demand for low odor inks in the food and packaging fields is not very obvious, and the cost of low odor or tasteless UV inks is 10% ~ 15% higher than that of ordinary inks, so the market development of such inks will take some time

the ink products of Zhuhai Letong ink coating Co., Ltd. cover gravure printing, flexo printing, printing and spraying, and include many types of inks, among which the inks based on film and paper occupy the leading position, and hard plastics, optical discs and aluminum foil 1 Clear division of space: the experimental machine is usually divided into single space, double space, metal, special ink for glass and other household products. However, Zhuhai Letong has introduced water-based and UV inks according to market changes and achieved good sales performance. In order to expand the international market, the company has focused on environmental protection and high-tech ink technology development

Dr. longmingjie, manager of the second scientific research department of Letong company, explained the product R & D strategy of Letong company, "the adjustment of ink product structure comes from meeting the needs of the vigorous development of packaging market and international and domestic regional exchanges and cooperation." The author believes that this is also the basis for the survival and development of water-based ink and UV curing ink

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