Supplying custom colorants to the packaging, consumer, automotive markets

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The demand for masterbatch, an essential material for adding color and function to plastics found in packaging, containers and automotive interiors and    exteriors, has been on the rise in keeping with Mexico’s growing manufacturing sector. The Toyo Ink Group considers Guadalajara the ideal location from which it can meet the growing demand for masterbatch in the surrounding areas and throughout the Bajio region.
 
“This expansion demonstrates our commitment to the region and the plastic colorants sector,” stated John Easley, the president of Toyo Ink Mexico and former production manager of LioChem’s plastic colorants division. “Backed by a global supply chain and support network, and our unique technological know-how, the new plant will give us the additional capacity and capability to service and supply our customers throughout the Americas with greater speed and flexibility.”
 
Once completed, the plant located in the state of Jalisco, will be Toyo Ink Group’s second plastic colorant manufacturing base in North America – thirteenth overall spanning 11 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia, including Japan and India. The new plant will house state-of-the-art processing lines, a color matching and applications development center, warehouse and administrative offices. The plant will manufacture the LioplaxTM series of high-performance plastic colorants for blow, extrusion and high-speed injection moulding applications.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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