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printech, January, 2001
RE: ink cost


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From:Jeff Adrian (jeffadrian@johnroberts.com)
Date:19 Jan 01 08:08:49 -0600


Sherry: You are correct in recognizing that ink prices are going to be dependent upon a variety of factors including quantity, grade, particular supplier,etc. Having said that, one number you might use as a starting point would be in the neighborhood of $3.90 per pound (sheet-fed black ink). Cost savings for recycling inks might include the value of the recycled ink compared with virgin ink, whether the ink recycling program segregates inks to be recycled by their color, the avoidance of contamination (junk in the collection containers), the potential of eliminated traditional costs of disposal (fuel blending), etc. On the other hand, a fair question would be whether the performance of the recycled ink would match that of virgin ink, and that very much will depend on the capabilities and quality controls of the vendor doing the recycling. Yet another alternative may be recycling the ink to a less critical usage (if matching quality to virgin ink is an issue for a particular printer).



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