A brief analysis of the printing ink market in the

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A brief analysis of the printing ink market in Asian countries (I)

sustained economic growth and the improvement of living standards have driven the printing demand in the Asia Pacific region. After an economic twists and turns, the Asia Pacific region began to show signs of recovery, but the rising raw material prices greatly reduced the profit margin

Hisato Tanemura, Asia Pacific Marketing Director of DIC, said, "the industry has recovered from the market twists and turns caused by the Iraq war and SARS in 2003. The overall situation in 2004 was good, but after midsummer, the profits of the industry were affected by the soaring solvent prices, and the source of which was of course the rise in oil prices. With the rise in raw material prices, the appreciation of the euro and the yen also impacted the industry." However, the growth of the ink industry in this region has been good in the past year

Henry Leong, President of flint Asia, pointed out: "on the whole, except India, the printing industry in Asia increased by 5%-6% in 2004, mainly in China and Vietnam."

Toshiyuki Sawada, general manager of international operations of Sakata INX, said, "the growth of the ink industry in 2004 seems to have exceeded the growth rate of GDP."

coumara radja, general manager of micro inks international business and corporate media, said, "because India and China are the same major countries, the growth situation of the printing industry is better than that of Europe and the Americas. The significant growth of GDP in India and China has created conditions for the growth of the printing and printing ink industry, which has almost reached 7% to 9% in these two countries."

Radja believes that India and China have experienced the largest growth. He said, "in fact, China's GDP grew by 9.25% in the first quarter of this year, and the skinning process we use on the substrate is becoming more and more complex. The sustained growth rate of more than 7% of GDP has also attracted the attention of the world."

tanemura said, "India's economy grew by about 6% in 2004, but its printing ink industry reached double-digit growth, with packaging and newspaper printing growing the most."

in addition to China and India, other countries also experienced strong growth, but Tanemura stressed that China and India had the largest growth, followed by Thailand and Vietnam

Leong said, "Vietnam's GDP grew by about 10% last year, and foreign investment increased a lot. These factors have promoted the rapid development of Vietnam's printing industry."

when it comes to growth, the Japanese market is mixed. Tanemura said, "with the recovery of Japan's economy, the rotary offset printing market in 2004, mainly newspapers and bulk printing, gained less. 4. The amount of oil return valve opened increased. The sheet fed paper market continued to shrink by 2%-3% in 2004, and the liquid ink market improved relatively."

sawada said, "in Japan, commercial printing has the best performance, while metal decorative printing has declined on the contrary, while gravure printing and flexographic packaging have increased. The decrease in metal decorative printing is due to the gradual replacement of beverage cans by PET bottle gravure printing."

Radja said that the Australian economy has generally performed well in the past year. Radja said: "The printing industry has been very stable in 2004, but compared with the trend of the past few years, we have noticed that many printing activities have shifted to more economical overseas markets, such as Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, which has an impact on medium-sized printing plants. We have also seen mergers and acquisitions and integration among enterprises. As a result, large printing plants gain market share by purchasing small printing plants, thereby consolidating their position. Medium-sized printing plants are always in Under the dual pressure of the strength of large factories and the low cost of small factories. "

tanemura said, "last year, due to the appreciation of the Australian dollar, the industry lost some overseas orders, which caused the printing industry to stagnate in 2004. The sheet fed market suffered the most, and the demand fell by more than 5%

Radja pointed out that due to fierce competition, ink suppliers are under great pressure, especially on sheet fed ink. Radja said: "The sheet fed printing market is monopolized by DIC, Toyo, sikebai and several other ink manufacturers with a certain market share, such as host Hai n-polylactic acid. The popularity of products has been increased from 60 degrees to 120 degrees. Mann Steinberg printing ink company, Sakata ink, Japan t k Toka, India micro ink, inctec and flint. Sikebai has transferred its rotation business to flint, which provides the latter with easy access to a few transactions originally belonging to sikebai Big business provides a good opportunity. Rotary heat curing inks are basically controlled by Toyo inks. Flint is engaged in thermosetting and cold setting inks, while Goldberg specializes in cold setting inks. The monopoly of the ink business makes it difficult for those enterprises trying to enter this industry. Although there are many opportunities in the sheet fed and rotary markets, ink suppliers need to meet stringent quality requirements and ensure a considerable market share in order to maintain their business. "

radja said: "Last year, we also saw changes in the sales channel. Hostmann Steinberg moved from CPI to ferag. Ferag invested heavily in building a basic network to support the ink business, including hiring a large number of employees transferred from Toyo. CPI finally found a replacement for hostmann Steinberg. Although CPI has been cooperating with Hartmann and other Japanese products, it has not been very successful. Most sheet fed inks are imported directly by dealers or ink companies."

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