Brussels, 15 February 2021
Across our industry, a number of compounding issues are leading to significant pressure on printing ink manufacturers across Europe. The increased cost of pigment raw materials, tightening upstream petrochemical supply chains, cost increases for vegetable oil derivatives and dramatically increased freight costs – due to the reduced availability of containers – are highlights of a myriad of destabilising factors.
Brussels, 20 March 2020
Packaging Inks as part of the supply chain for food and pharmaceutical products are affected by the measures against COVID 19. The statement outlines the reasons and calls on policy makers to consider the vital role packaging inks play in the supply chain”.
EuPIA issues updated and simplified Suitability List of Photoinitiators and Photosynergists for Food Contact Materials
Brussels, 9 August 2019
EuPIA (the European Printing Ink Association) has updated its Suitability List of Photoinitiators and Photosynergists for Food Contact Materials which identifies the suitability of photoinitiators and photosynergists for use in printed food contact materials, such as coatings, inks and varnishes for the non-contact side of food packaging. The list acts as part of EuPIA’s industry product stewardship programme for brand owners and printers and provides a guideline of recommended raw materials that are deemed suitable for printing on sensitive product packaging, including food-safe products.
Brussels, 4 May 2018
As has been the case during the past few years, the consistent supply of raw materials remains a concern for ink manufacturers. The latest issue relates to a potential shortage of photoinitiators.
News has emerged that the Huntsman Corporation’s titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Pori, Finland suffered a fire on 30th January 2017, stopping production at the site until repairs can be completed.
Brussels, 8 November 2016
EuPIA is announcing the availability of its new Good Manufacturing Practice Version 4.0 to further assist in controlling food safety hazards. This latest edition of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) has been fully updated and expanded to cover the manufacture of all varnishes and coatings as well as inks designed to be printed on to Food Contact Materials (FCM), including all non-food contact and food contact surfaces of packaging and containers.
Brussels, 16 October 2012
Printing ink manufacturers in Europe are still dealing with difficulties caused by high raw material prices. Costs of chemical supplies needed for the production of printing inks are at an all-time high.
Cost situation for printing inks in and from Europe: Raw material costs increase despite low oil prices!
Brussels, 16 March 2015
Crucial raw materials for printing inks have become more expensive for European based ink manufacturers due to currency exchange effects.