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.