Ink Additives Market, By Type (Defoamers, Dispersants, Wetting Agents, Rheology Modifiers, and Other

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The Ink Additives Market is witnessing high growth due to rising demand from flexible packaging in food & beverages in recent years. Increasing demand from applications includes packaging, publishing, and commercial printing is expected to drive the growth of the market.

Global ink additives are chemical substances used in small quantities in printing ink coatings. Printing ink coatings are formulated coatings made from water-borne or solvent-borne technologies. Additives improve the performance of inks and printing through its intended functions, such as wetting agents, defoamers, dispersants, driers, and others. In printing, these additives are sprinkled on paper forming tiny texts or images. Ink additives can be added at the time of formulation or at the press side. Defoamers are used at pigment milling, printing processes, and ink manufacturing, among others. Dispersants are used to improve color development, increase mill output, etc.

Segment Insights

The ink additives market has been segmented on the basis of type, printing process, printing ink, and application. On the basis of type, the market has been segmented into defoamers, dispersants, wetting agents, rheology modifiers, and others. Due to features such as stabilizing the suspension of pigments in varnish and dispersion of fine solid particles in the liquid phase, the demand for dispersing and wetting agents is expected to be higher than others.

On the basis of the printing process, the market has been classified into gravure, digital, lithography, flexography, and others. The increasing use of the flexographic process in various applications, such as publication, packaging, and commercial printing, has accelerated the demand for flexography in the printing process. However, strict regulatory standards by governments and consumer's preference for digital media can act as a restraint for the market.

On the basis of printing ink, the market has been divided into UV-cured, water-based, and solvent-based. Water-based and solvent-based are the two major technologies. The water-based technology is leading to the growth of the market due to regulations pertaining to VOC emissions, which has resulted in the growing use of water-based technology by manufacturers.

Expanding the application base, technological advancements, and increasing demand from the Asia Pacific, such as India, China, and Southeast Asian countries is expected to drive the market of global ink additives. Moreover, the rising e-commerce business is also expected to fuel the demand for corrugated boxes and boards, thereby driving the ink additives market.

Key Factors Impacting Market Growth:

  • Rising demand from flexible packaging in food & beverages
  • Development of multi-purpose additives
  • Growing demand for biodegradable and renewable products
  • Increasing demand for corrugated boxes, owing to rising e-commerce sales

Regional Analysis

On the basis of the region, the ink additives market has been segmented by North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, & Rest of the World. North America and Western Europe are some of the major markets that are also traditional suppliers of chemicals such as specialty chemicals, bulk chemicals, and so on. Major companies in this market are headquartered in North America and Western Europe.  This region has been witnessing a number of transitions in terms of productions of chemicals and respective applications by end-use industries. The preference towards bio-based feedstock has been instrumental in the development of the green alternatives in these regions. Moreover, regulatory authorities have imposed strict guidelines with regard to environmental concerns and potential health hazards due to exposures. This has been more instrumental in the Western Europe region competitively. Some of the major economies in these regions include the US, Germany, UK, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, and so on.

 The Asia Pacific and the Middle East are expected to register substantial growth in the ink additives market during the forecast period. This demand is with regard to the growth of major applications such as packaging, publishing, and commercial printing. Major countries in the Asia Pacific region include China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, and so on. Middle East includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and so on. Eastern Europe has been largely dominated by Russia and Turkey with operations of major chemical giants in the region.  Rest the World that includes South America and Africa has a strong potential for the ink additives market. There has been an increasing number of investments by global companies in these regions to strengthen their presence and tap the potential market. Major economies in these regions for the ink additives market include Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, and others.

Companies Covered: ALTANA AG, Harima Chemicals Group, BASF SE, Evonik Industries, Elementis PLC, Dow Corning, Shamrock Technologies, Munzing Chemie GmbH, Solvay S.A., and Lubrizol

Market Segmentation:

By Type:

  • Defoamers
  • Dispersants
  • Wetting Agents
  • Rheology Modifiers
  • Others

By Printing Process:

  • Gravure
  • Digital
  • Lithography
  • Flexography
  • Others

By Printing Ink:

  • UV-cured
  • Water-based
  • Solvent-based

By Application:

  • Packaging
  • Publishing
  • Commercial Printing 

By Region:

North America

  • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

Western Europe

  • By Country (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

Eastern Europe

  • By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

Asia Pacific

  • By Country (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

Middle East

  • By Country (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Rest of Middle East)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

Rest of the World

  • By Region (South America, Africa)
  • By Type
  • By Printing Process
  • By Printing Ink
  • By Application

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