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Sun Chemical Warns of Potential Shortages of Photoinitiators Used in Energy Curable Inks

Environmental regulations in Europe are partly to blame for the hiccup, the company says.

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Printing ink giant Sun Chemical of Parsippany, New Jersey, has issued a statement warning of potential shortages of photoinitiators used in energy curable inks, including the UV-curable inks used in wide-format print settings. That could mean that some of the company’s customers that receive energy curable inks may experience product delays in the future.

“Governmental initiatives and regulations geared toward environmental protection have led to many suppliers of photoinitiators to either cease or reduce production for limited periods of time,” reads the statement issued by Sun Chemical. “Additionally, the declaration of a force majeure (unforeseeable circumstances) at a variety of manufacturing plants has led to unplanned maintenance and production outages.”

The company says it is working to ensure the continued supply of photoinitiators by qualifying new grades and developing new sources, and it encourages any of its customers with questions to contact their sales rep.

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the digital content editor for RV PRO magazine. He was the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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