Global Flexographic Printing Inks Market: Snapshot

The global flexographic printing inks market has gained substantial momentum over the last few years, thanks to the phenomenal growth of the packaging industry. With the rising demand for packaged food and beverages, the need for labeling has increased and, consequentially, has fueled the uptake of flexographic printing inks in the food and beverages sectors. Apart from this, the healthcare sector is also registering a strong demand for flexible packaging, which, resultantly, is adding to the growth of the market for flexographic printing inks across the world.

The market, although, looks flourishing at present but it may face severe challenge from the increasing concerns over the harmful effect of printing inks on the environment. Various components of printing inks, such as inorganic solvents and toxic metals (cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury) affect the environment adversely. In 2016, the market was worth US$6.56 bn. Rising at a CAGR of 5.80% between 2017 and 2025, it is likely to rise to US$10.91 bn by the end of 2025.

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Packaging Segment to Continue Reporting High Demand for Flexographic Printing Inks

Primarily, flexographic printing inks is used in packaging and publication. Among the two, the packaging segment has been reporting a higher demand for flexographic printing inks. Researchers project the scenario to remain almost same over the next few years on the grounds of the increasing preference for packaged and labeled goods among customers.

Other applications, including publication, are likely to witness a slow-paced growth in the years to come due to the substantial growth in digitalization and high level of proliferation of e-books and e-commerce trade. Corrugated containers, tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and metal cans are the key packaging materials, which require flexible printing inks.

Asia Pacific to Retain Lead in Global Flexographic Printing Inks Market

The worldwide market for flexographic printing inks has a strong presence across Asia pacific, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Latin America, and Europe. With a share of more than 37%, Asia Pacific has led the global market in 2016. Analysts expect this regional market to continue on top over the forthcoming years, thanks to its burgeoning consumer goods and the packaged food and beverages markets.

The increasing investments in the packaging industry, especially in China, India, and the ASEAN nations, are also projected to boost the market for flexographic printing inks in Asia Pacific over the next few years. In the near future, a number of established international players are likely to enter into strategic alliances with local participants in this region to consolidate their market share, which will also have a lasting impact on the growth of the Asia Pacific market for flexographic printing inks.

Among others, the Latin America market for flexographic printing inks is anticipated to be driven by the increasing expenditure on advertisements, outdoor advertising, personalization, and the rise in the packaging industry. The growing usage of packaging for food and beverages and personal care products is anticipated to propel the markets in North America and Europe.

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG, T&K Toka Co., Ltd., Altana AG, Huber Group, INX International Ink Co., Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co. Ltd., Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KgaA, Wikoff Color Corp., Flint Group, and Sun Chemical Corp. are the key vendors of flexographic printing inks across the world.

Global Flexographic Printing Inks Market: Overview

The report estimates and forecasts the flexographic printing inks market on the global, regional, and country levels. The study provides forecast between 2017 and 2025 based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) with 2016 as the base year. The report comprises an exhaustive value chain analysis for each of the product segments. It provides a comprehensive view of the market. The study includes drivers and restraints for the flexographic printing inks market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period.

The study also provides key market indicators affecting the growth of the market. The report analyzes opportunities in the flexographic printing inks market on the global and regional level. Furthermore, the report analyzes substitutes of flexographic printing inks. It also provides the global average price trend analysis.

The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to determine the degree of competition in the flexographic printing inks market. The report comprises a qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein product, application and countries have been analyzed based on attractiveness for each region. Growth rate, market size, raw material availability, profit margin, impact strength, technology, competition, and other factors (such as environmental and legal) have been evaluated in order to derive the general attractiveness of the market.

Global Flexographic Printing Inks Market: Segmentation

The study provides a comprehensive view of the flexographic printing inks market by dividing it into product type, application and geography. In terms of product type, the flexographic printing inks market is segmented into water-based, solvent-based and UV-cured. In terms of application, the flexographic printing inks market has been segmented into packaging, and others. The packaging segment has been further bifurcated into corrugated containers, tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and others. Application segments have been analyzed based on historic, present, and future trends, and the market has been estimated in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) between 2017 and 2025.

Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for flexographic printing inks in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). Additionally, the report comprises country-level analysis in terms of volume and revenue for product and application segments. Key countries such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., Spain, Italy, Japan, India, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Brazil have been included in the study. Market segmentation includes demand for individual product type and application in all the regions and countries.

Global Flexographic Printing Inks Market: Competitive Outlook

The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Flint Group, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, Huber Group, Sun Chemical Corporation, Wikoff Color Corporation, Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG., INX International Ink Co., Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd., ALTANA AG, and T&K TOKA CO., LTD.  Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, number of employees, brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments, acquisitions, and financial overview (wherever applicable).

In-depth interviews and discussions with wide range of key opinion leaders and industry participants were conducted to compile this research report. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents were reviewed for competitive analysis and market understanding. This helped in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Primary research further helped in developing the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding. Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to company websites, financial reports, annual reports, investor presentations, broker reports, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, national government documents, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report.

The global flexographic printing inks market has been divided into the following segments:

By Product

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

By Application

  • Packaging
    • Flexible packaging
    • Corrugated containers
    • Folding cartons
    • Tags and labels
    • Others (including metal cans, etc.)
  • Others (including printing of newspapers, etc.)

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)