Printing Inks Sourcing and Procurement Market Intelligence Report

This printing inks sourcing and procurement report highlights the supply chain management objectives, helps conducting a spend analysis of the major category enablers. It also provides critical supplier selection insights to help procure category products that are in high demand such as digital printing inks.

  • Published: Oct 2018
  • Pages: 105
  • SKU: IRCMSTR15024
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Key Findings

Technological advancements and consumer preferences will account for the sustainable growth of the printing inks market in the coming years. However, the growth rate tends to fluctuate in different geographies. This printing inks sourcing and procurement report illustrates the growth of the printing inks across different regions while highlighting the factors that are contributing or deterring the growth of the market. While the high demand for solvent-based digital printing inks and UV curable inks are propelling the markets growth, increasing stringent regulations pertaining to packaging and labeling will inhibit the sales of printing inks.

Insights Delivered

This printing inks sourcing and procurement report offers a collection of exclusive information gathered by the procurement experts who have worked closely with different stakeholders in the printing inks market. It has highlighted the key supply chain management objectives and identify actual growth opportunities and key cost drivers that are influencing the printing ink cost. Such real-time information will help both the buyers and the suppliers to devise an optimal procurement strategy with minimum risk involved.

Key insights offered in this printing inks sourcing and procurement report will help the buyers:

  • Understand the spend potential within the printing inks market
  • Compare pricing models
  • Understand the supply chain margins
  • Analyze the global and regional spend opportunity

Analyze the global category spend for printing inks

The attributes associated with various printing inks types affect its saleability in different regions. Therefore, attaining complete knowledge on the growth potential is crucial before making any investment decisions in the printing inks market. This printing inks sourcing and procurement report, which is a part of our chemicals category suggests higher spend opportunities for the lithographic ink as it is being widely utilized in the packing industry for the printing of trays, POP floor displays, graphics on packages, and in-store standees.

Additional insights offered in this procurement report include:

  • Global spend on printing inks for the period of 2017-2022
  • Risk management strategies
  • Regional and global spend segmentation
  • Buyer and the supplier ecosystem

Optimize category spend for printing inks

Analysis of the printing inks market states that the prices of a majority of the raw materials are dependent on the highly volatile crude oil price. Therefore, it is essential for the buyers to engage with suppliers who implement hedging techniques to minimize the impact of fluctuations in raw material prices.

This printing inks sourcing and procurement report also offers a coverage of:

  • Strategic sustainability practices
  • Supplier and the buyer KPIs
  • Major category enablers

Assess regional spend dynamics

In APAC, the labeling and packaging industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of nearly 8%, owing to the high demand for printing inks. According to our report, the high demand for pressure-sensitive and in-molding labels will favor the growth of the labeling market in this region. However, the recent decline in the demand for printing inks from the newspaper segment will pose a potential challenge for companies in this market. Our report states that the market in Europe and North America are already exhibiting sluggish growth due to this recent dip in demand.

This report also offers a comprehensive analysis of the spend across regions such as:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • MEA
  • APAC


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Analyze the printing inks supply landscape

Engaging with multiple suppliers to fulfill the requirement for printing inks is a serious hassle and increases the category management complexities. Hence, prior to engaging with a supplier, the buyer must evaluate the formers geographic reach in terms of distribution channels. This eliminates the need for multiple supplier engagements, which reduces management complexities as well as the associated expenditure. This procurement report also identifies the major costs incurred by the suppliers and offers a coverage of:

  • Suppliers positioning strategy
  • Supplier evaluation criteria
  • Supplier ecosystem outlook

Build effective category management strategies for the printing inks market

The printing inks industry is experiencing innovative attempts to extract raw materials from bio-based sources such as vegetables and plants to create energy efficient printing inks. Hence, to keep on par with such developments, the category managers must opt for suppliers who are employing such bio-based raw materials to offer environment-friendly printing inks. This will help them in achieving their sustainability goals.

Key insights offered in this printing inks sourcing and procurement report will help the buyers identify:

  • Global and regional category risks
  • Category growth drivers
  • Supplier selection criteria

Identify appropriate procurement models

This report offers a comprehensive overview of the common procurement models and helps business leaders benchmark the performance of their procurement models against those of their competitors. According to this report, most buyers are shifting from a decentralized procurement model to a center-led model, as it provides high transparency and helps reduce costs. Following such a model would help improve the quality of printing inks procured across different operational units.

Additional information includes an analysis of procurement models such as:

  • Centralized​
  • Center-led
  • Decentralized
  • Coordinated

An analysis of the top suppliers of various printing inks types such as the digital printing inks and the best negotiation levers is offered in this procurement report on printing inks.

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PART 01: Executive Summary

PART 02: Market Insights

  • Global category spend
  • Category spend growth
  • Spend segmentation by region
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional influence on global spend
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers

PART 03: Category Pricing Insights

  • Pricing outlook
  • Supplier cost structure
  • Outlook for input costs
  • Total cost of ownership analysis
  • Overview of pricing models
  • Comparison of pricing models
  • Supply chain margins
  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Volume drivers impacting pricing

PART 04: Cost-Saving Opportunities

  • Supplier-side levers
  • Buyer-side levers
  • Quantifying cost-saving opportunities
  • Quantifying cost savings by negotiation strategies

PART 05: Best Practices

  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence best practices
  • Procurement best practices
  • Sustainability practices

PART 06: Category Ecosystem

  • Market favorability index for suppliers
  • Competitiveness index for suppliers
  • Buyer power
  • Supplier power
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Buyer ecosystem
  • Supplier ecosystem

PART 07: Category Management Strategy

  • Category management objectives
  • Supplier and buyer KPIs
  • Outsourcing category management activities
  • Risk management

PART 08: Category Management Enablers

  • Procurement organization
  • Category enablers

PART 09: Suppliers Selection

  • RFx essentials
  • Supplier selection criteria
  • Service level agreement
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics

PART 10: Suppliers Under Coverage

  • Overview
  • Supplier positioning
  • Profile: DIC
  • Profile: SAKATA
  • Profile: Flint Group
  • Profile: T&K Toka
  • Profile: FUJIFILM

PART 11: US Market Insights

  • Category spend in the US
  • Price outlook
  • Supplier cost structure in the US
  • Margins of suppliers in the US
  • Category cost drivers
  • Category volume drivers
  • Overview of best practices in the US
  • Procurement best practices in the US
  • US supply market overview
  • Supplier positioning for the US
  • Regional category risks

PART 12: Category Definition

  • Category hierarchy
  • Category scope
  • Category map

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations
  • Key Notes
  • Global category spend (2017-2022)
  • Category spend growth (2017-2022)
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Comparison of category maturity across regions
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers (2017-2022)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Input cost dynamics
  • Total cost of ownership model
  • Benefit comparison of pricing models
  • Pricing models – comparison matrix
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Supply-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Demand-side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunity matrix
  • Negotiation grid
  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management metrics
  • Strategic sourcing and category management metrics
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Sustainability practices: Impact on the category
  • Sustainability best practices
  • Market environment score
  • Market competitiveness score
  • Buyer power score
  • Supplier power score
  • Ease of market entry score
  • Ease of substitution score
  • Buyer ecosystem: Outlook
  • Supplier ecosystem: Outlook
  • Ecosystem disruption threats
  • Key category management objectives
  • Supplier KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Buyer KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Category management enablers
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category enablers: Procurement model
  • Category enablers: Technology
  • RFx questions
  • Phase I RFI considerations
  • SLA terms
  • Supplier performance benchmarking criteria
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • DIC – Key information dashboard
  • SAKATA – Key information dashboard
  • Flint – Key information dashboard
  • TOKYO PRINTING INK – Key information dashboard
  • T&K Toka – Key information dashboard
  • FUJIFILM – Key information dashboard
  • US category spend (2017-2022)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Strategic sourcing and category management
  • Technology-facilitated procurement
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category definition
  • Category nuances
  • Importance of category relative to other categories

Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings


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