Dyes are becoming more expensive!

September 2014. BASF, a major dyestuff manufacturing company, recently announced that it “has increased its prices for many pigments and dyes by up to 15% worldwide. The products affected are predominantly azo pigments … phthalocyanines and dyes. The company said price increases were necessary due to significantly higher raw materials costs and the rising cost of environmental regulation, health and safety, and maintainance.” See http://www.basf.com/group/pressrelease/P-14-316 or International Dyer magazine (ISSN 0020658X), 2014 Issue 7, for details and comment.