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History of the ink manufacturing industry

Inks were already being used for hand-drawn calligraphy by both Chinese and Egyptian civilizations as far back as BC 2500

As noted elsewhere in this series, the label industry utilizes the full range of print systems in both rotary and sheet-fed form. So, it traces its history back to the early evolution of each print process from early experiments to industrial-scale manufacturing.

Further, the continued use of letterpress, gravure, offset, flexography, screen and now digital printing in various branches and geographies of the global label industry means we can trace the roots of today’s suppliers of label inks back to the 16th century roots of the printing industry.