Printing ink producers face continued severe supply chain problems

Brussels, 12 December 2021

Printing ink producers expect supply chain strains to continue into 2022. Even as some of these constraints ease and the recovery moves forward, there remains global uncertainty regarding a resurgence of the coronavirus, erratic consumer purchasing behaviors, and potential trade barriers.

Printing ink producers under intense pressure due to multiple cost drivers

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.

EuPIA Statement regarding the Coronavirus

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.

Potential short supply of photoinitiators used in printing inks

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.

Fire hits Huntsman Corporation’s titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Pori, Finland

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.

EuPIA announces availability of updated Good Manufacturing Practice

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

No Easing Expected at the Price Front

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.