Digital inks are used to print digital-based images directly into a variety of media. Additionally, the inks enable on-demand printing having short and quick turnaround time thereby resulting in lower costs.
According to the study, the global digital inks market was worth $1,147.4 million in 2016 and it is likely to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period. Growth in the packaging industry and rising demand for UV-cured inks are driving the global digital inks market.
The market is further expected to gain revenue due to the emerging trend for digitalization of books. Robust growth in the packaging industry is expected to play a crucial role in the digital inks market.
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As per the findings of research, the electrography inks held larger share than inkjet inks in the global digital inks market in 2016, however, inkjets inks market is expected to grow at the faster CAGR during the forecast period. The higher growth of inkjet inks is attributed to the several advantages of inkjet printing such as no faster printing, high resolution and low cost.
Different commercial printings require high throughput printing with high resolution in different size of pages. Digital inks address this demand, thus making commercial printing its largest application.
Packaging is another key application area of digital inks. Among different packaging applications, labels contributed the largest revenue to the global digital inks market for packaging in 2016.
The segment is expected to remain the largest application in the global digital inks market for packaging. The growing demand from emerging economies and wider applications of labels across various industries are the major factor leading to the high demand for digital inks for labels.
Geographically, North America has been the largest market for digital inks during 2013 – 2016 and it will also remain the largest market during the forecast period. The North American market is driven by growing electronic media market and increasing demand from office and commercial printing industry.
The market for eco-friendly digital inks in North America is expected to increase during the forecast period. The market for eco-friendly digital inks in the region has benefited from the stringent regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the use of inks, which contain high quantities of volatile organic compound (VOC).
The digital inks market in Asia-Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period, due to the significant growth of the commercial and office printing industries in India, China and other emerging economies in Asia-Pacific.
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UV-cured inks offer fast curing speed, high print quality and durability. These inks having flexible ink films contain minimum VOC levels and have more resistance to scratches and wear and tear.
These inks can be used in any kind of surface or absorbent thereby, offering brand owners a wide range of inflexible and flexible print substrates. Due to these factors, UV-cured inks are being widely adopted across the globe in applications such as food and pharmaceutical packaging, printing and publication industry.
Additionally, these types of digital inks offer energy efficiency, low heat generation, long service life and zero ozone generation, which is expected to further propel the growth of UV-cured inks.
The digital inks market has witnessed number of acquisitions as key strategy for growth and expansion recently. In December 2016, Flint Group confirmed the acquisition of Xeikon, a digital solutions provider to the packaging and commercial printing markets.
The Group has purchased XBC B.V., a company that holds more than 95% of the shares in Xeikon N.V. The newly created division will be called as Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions.
Similarly, in October 2016, Sun Chemical Corporation and DIC Corporation jointly acquired Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of conductive inks, pastes and powders for the printed electronic market. With the acquisition of Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd., Sun Chemical Corporation is focusing on strengthening its global reach in the printed electronics market.
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