Ten-year Forecast for Disruptive Inks and Pigments


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 07 Aug 2008
Product format: Market Report
Number of pages: 96
  • Despite a decline of traditional print in some markets, new developments in conductive and smart inks and pigments has opened up some cutting-edge markets to the sector including printed LEDs/OLEDs, solar cells and printed electronics
  • How these disruptive technologies affect the industry could be key to your company's future, so having the right information to enable you to channel your resources to the right areas, could give you that vital competitive advantage.


Smithers Apex's new market report Ten-Year Forecast for Disruptive Technologies in Inks and Pigments gives you the information you need to understand this marketplace and the direction it is taking. Find out about the latest predicted developments over the next 10 years. You'll get:

A full range of disruptive technologies, narrowed down to the top 25 and ranked by probability of success and impact on the ink and pigment industry, grouped into the following seven categories:

  • Pigment and dye technologies
  • Ink additives
  • Polymers and vehicles
  • Inks
  • End-use technologies
  • Electronic technologies
  • New processes and manufacturing technologies


Ten-Year Forecast for Disruptive Technologies in Inks and Pigments is based on extensive primary research, combined with exhaustive secondary investigation. A significant element of the research involved interviews and consultation with industry experts. This research was supplemented by in-depth analysis of trade statistics and literature.


  • An in-depth breakdown of the top 25 disruptive technologies shaping the future of the inks and pigments industry
  • Detailed analysis of the shape of the industry with forecasts to 2018
  • Coverage of the latest technologies and applications, such as e-ink, e-paper, nanotechnology and printed electronics, and the opportunities they offer


  • Get to grips with the 25 most significant disruptive technologies and what they mean for your business
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the future of the inks and pigments industry so you can plan your business strategy with confidence
  • Get the latest industry figures and analysis not available anywhere else


  • Coatings, paints, pigments and inks producers
  • Specialty chemicals companies
  • End-users of inks and pigments
  • Commercial print houses
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Analysts and consultants


  • One hard copy of report couriered to you (see order form for postagecosts) on publication date
  • CD-Rom with searchable PDF
  • Global intranet licence allowing everyone in your organisation electronic access to the study

Table of Contents

Executive summary


  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Definitions
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Publishing trends
  • Web2Print
  • Pigments in publishing
    • Pigment yellow 12
    • Pigment red 57
    • Pigment blue 15
    • Black pigments
    • Toners
  • Packaging trends
  • Paper board
  • Shrink-sleeves

Disruptive technologies in the ink and pigment industry

  • Ranking of disruptive technologies by probability of success and impact

Disruptive technologies in pigments/dyes

  • Nanopigments for inks

Disruptive technologies in polymers and vehicles

  • Green polymers and resins for inks
  • Conductive polymers

New processes and manufacturing technologies

  • Nanotechnology
  • Use of DPN technology in fabrication

Disruptive technologies in inks

  • Inks/toners for digital publication printing
  • Digital inks for four-colour home office printing
  • UV curable inkjet inks
  • Packaging inkjet inks
  • Flexible packaging inks
  • Security printing inks
  • Smart inks for biosensors
  • Biodegradable inks
  • Edible inks and coatings
  • E-ink

Products/end-use disruptive technologies

  • Printed electronics
  • E-paper
  • Printed displays: LED, OLED
  • Printed batteries
  • Solar cells
  • Smart materials

Disruptive electronic technologies

  • Electronic storage
  • Electronic periodicals and monographs
  • E-commerce
  • Just-in-time publication/packaging printing
  • Storage and archival methods

Disruptive technologies suggested by survey participants (not included in original list

  • Minimal packaging
  • Reusable and refillable packaging
  • Memjet/edgeline

Tables and figures

  • Most important 25 disruptive technologies
  • Examples of disruptive technologies
  • Demand of beverage containers in US, 2002-12 (billion units)
  • Disruptive technologies in ink and pigment
  • industry
  • Nanopigments for inks
  • Nanoparticle grinding, particle size and product application
  • Green polymers for inks
  • Conductive polymers
  • Nanotechnology
  • Inks/toners for digital publication printing
  • Digital inks for four-colour home office printing
  • UV curable inkjet inks
  • Packaging inkjet inks
  • Global UV inkjet print markets distribution
  • Flexible packaging inks
  • Security printing inks
  • Smart inks for biosensors
  • Edible inks and coatings
  • Chemistry of edible inks and coatings
  • E-ink
  • Summary of printed electronics
  • E-paper
  • Summary of LED and OLED technology
  • Summary of printed batteries
  • Summary of solar cells
  • Smart materials disruptive technology
  • Electronic storage disruptive technology
  • Total digital data information estimate based on 2003 data
  • Electronic periodicals and monographs: disruptive technology
  • Summary of e-commerce: disruptive technology
  • Just-in-time publication/packaging printing: disruptive technology
  • Summary of storage and archival methods
  • Esterification of L-lactic acid to poly-L-lactic acid, and glycolic acid to polyglycolic acid
  • Chemical structure of PEDOT:PSS and
  • PANI (Emeraldine base)
  • Pigment yellow 12
  • Red PR 48:1
  • Phthalo blue pigment PR 15
  • Schematic structure of carbon black pigment
  • Market share of print processes in packaging worldwide
  • Market share of print processes in flexible packaging worldwide, 2006
  • Global pigment production
  • Global production of coloured pigments
  • US packaging market, 2006
  • Plastic Logic e-paper