Printing Inks Market - Germany Is Still the Leading Exporter of Printing Ink in the World, with $1.4B in 2014

Paints and Varnishes July 08, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

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Despite a slight dip in exports, Germany continued its dominance on the printing inks market. In 2014, Germany exported 287 thousand tonnes of printing ink totaling 1,371 million USD, 2% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner was France, where it supplied 8.9% of its total printing ink exports, accounting for 20.5% of total French imports.

Overall, the global printing ink trade reached 6,691 million USD, fluctuating with a CAGR of 2% from 2007 to 2014. In physical terms, it showed mixed dynamics, falling from 1,062 thousand tonnes in 2007 to 902 thousand tonnes in 2014.

In 2014, France (8.8%), Germany (7.6%), the U.S. (5.6%), the UK (5.5%) and the Netherlands (5.3%) were the leading destinations of printing ink imports, together making up 32.9% of global imports. The share of France increased (+2 percentage points), while the share of the UK illustrated negative dynamics (-2 percentage points).

Germany, the U.S. and the Netherlands were the main global suppliers of printing ink in 2014, with a combined share of 44.4% of global exports. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Singapore (+10.6% per year) and the Netherlands (+10.0% per year). With this, the Netherlands nearly doubled its position in the global export structure, from 6% in 2007 to 11% in 2014.

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