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UV ink will continue to grow in the next few years (3)

Waller believes that printing/curing on synthetic materials is a great potential for UV ink. "Printers are seeking more about how to highlight their own characteristics in the competition, such as the demand for more and high-quality surface finishes. At the same time, they are also seeking higher productivity and lower costs." Bean pointed out that printers using UV ink are looking for higher quality pressurization speed at the same or higher productivity level as traditional printing: high-pressure 170 ± 10ml/min printing. "In the past, the goal has always been to produce UV products with properties more similar to those of traditional inks and coatings. The improvement of preparation process and curing technology has greatly narrowed the above goals. The properties of the two are almost the same, and the printing effect of energy curing inks is more outstanding."

Duncan pointed out that rapid curing, high gloss, friction resistance and chemical resistance have always been the key properties of UV products, and UV inks have also helped to reduce inventory. "There is a phenomenon of low working inventory. Rapid curing enables printers to print, stack and transport quickly without considering the problem of ink drying. The 'off-line transport' performance of UV ink coatings means that there is no need to invest space and money in waiting for ink drying."

the future of UV ink

priesmeyer said, "the general trend in the past 15 years is the average annual growth of UV products of 10%. With the continuous progress of UV technology seen at the door of this plastic factory, the improvement of products and the introduction of new raw materials, combined with the reduced cost and productivity improvement of the printing industry, the market of UV curing ink and coating will undoubtedly maintain a stable growth in the next few years."

of course, ink manufacturers are also working hard to break down further growing barriers: whether it is the cost of ink and coating, or even the threat of new printing machines, or such as electron beam curing technology or inkjet technology

Priesmeyer said, "the cost of UV curing ink coating is still higher than that of other products. In addition, the performance of UV ink printing machine still lags behind that of oily system. We must continue to strive to improve the performance, cost and safety of printing machine, so as to maintain the growth rate of UV technology market similar to that in the past."

dedman said, "water-based flexographic inks perform well and their costs are low, and with the increasing use of digital printing in the traditional market, UV inks will have to continue to strive to outperform these products to maintain their own growth."

duncan said, "Today, when the economy has not completely improved, converting existing printing machines and purchasing new printing machines will still be the cost issues that printers should consider. As an industry, the printing industry has suffered a greater impact than many other industries in the past few years. In fact, printers have suffered a depression rather than just a recession. Unless this situation improves, the investment of funds will be slightly slower than in previous years to invest in Shehong County The lithium ion cathode material project has attracted much attention. "

Both Webster and bean believe that UV ink will face pressure in improving performance and productivity. Electron beam curing may also have an impact on UV curing. As the capital cost and range of the curing unit have decreased, electron beam curing is more attractive to printers who are using and considering using UV inks

"UV technology is a low VOC, environment-friendly technology that can produce super excellent printing products, which is close to the ideal situation of 'good effect/less investment'." Overall, the advantages of UV ink will drive the growth of this market in the next few years

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