Petrochemical-derived products such as carbon black, solvents, resins, mineral oils, and intermediates are used as key raw materials in the production of flexographic inks. Flexographic printing is an important printing process used in flexible package printing. Its popularity can be attributed to its high versatility in terms of printing on a wide range of substrates. Flexographic inks exhibit high adherence to the substrate surface and offer excellent printing quality, irrespective of the material of the substrate.

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Growth of Packaging Industry to Drive Flexographic Inks Market

Packaging is considered a highly important aspect of marketing, which influences the consumer’s purchasing decision. The packaging industry is a major consumer of printing inks. Growth of the food & beverages sector and increased demand for flexible packaging from the health care sector are expected to boost the demand for flexographic inks in the next few years.


The trend of e-commerce is growing at a significant rate across the globe. It is hampering the publication & commercial printing industry. Thus, a substantial decrease in paper-based communication is estimated to restrict the global flexographic inks market during the forecast period. The trend of e-commerce comprises e-books, event tickets, sporting goods, toys, and hotel and airline reservations. Especially, rising adoption of e-books is anticipated to hamper the global flexographic inks market during the forecast period.

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In terms of type, the flexographic inks market has been segmented into solvent-based inks, water-based inks, and UV-cured inks. In 2017, the water-based inks segment held the leading share of the global market. Water-based flexographic inks contain water as its major constituent along with glycol. These inks are more eco-friendly than solvent-based flexographic inks. Globally, the demand for water-based flexographic inks is rising due to stringent regulations related to the environment.

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On the other hand, UV-cured inks do not contain any volatile compounds and, therefore, they are used in various printing applications such as gravure, inkjet, and flexography printing. They offer several advantages over the conventional printing inks. Demand for VOC-free printing inks is gaining momentum, due to increased number of regulations imposed on the usage of inks emitting VOCs. Furthermore, strict monitoring of usage of toxic chemicals, which possess high vapor pressure at room temperature, and government investments in the renewable energy sector are anticipated to drive the demand for UV-cured flexographic inks in the next few years.

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