• A Sense of Stability In Raw Materials

    A Sense of Stability In Raw Materials

    David Savastano, Editor September 23, 2016
    Stability is a wonderful word for ink industry purchasing executives, and one they haven’t had the opportunity to use very often for nearly a decade. During this period, the prices of key ink ingredients have dramatically shot up, while availab…

  • drupa 2016 Shows the Way Forward for Printing, Ink Industries

    David Savastano, Editor July 29, 2016
    The printing industry is changing rapidly, and digital printing is on the rise, and the attendees at drupa 2016 saw this evolution at every turn. The growth of packaging and energy curing continues to drive expansion in printing. Printing is chang…

  • Good News in Packaging, Inkjet Ink Markets

    David Savastano, Editor May 13, 2016
    In recent years, printing ink manufacturers have enjoyed their best results in two markets: packaging and inkjet. The packaging ink market continues to expand, with new technologies such as flexible packaging driving growth. Meanwhile, digital printi…

  • Adapting to Changes In the Global Printing Industry

    David Savastano, Editor March 29, 2016
    Industries evolve as the years go by, and the printing and ink industries are no exception. As the digital printing and packaging markets grow, leading ink companies are looking for more ways to support their customers. In The North American Top 2…

  • Finding New Opportunities In the Ink and Printing Industries

    David Savastano, Editor January 25, 2016
    The U.S. Ink Directory is one of the annual highlights for Ink World. Aside from presenting a comprehensive listing of more than 190 U.S. ink manufacturers, the U.S. Ink Directory provides a look at how the industry itself is faring, as new companies…

  • Consolidation Among Ink Companies, Printers Is Key Trend in 2015

    Dave Savastano, Editor November 30, 2015
    The end of the year is a good time to look back on the past 12 months and see what has changed and what remained the same. For the ink industry, these changes may provide a clear glimpse into the future. As I note in “The 2015 Year in Review…

  • Keeping Up with Changes In the Raw Material Market

    David Savastano, Editor October 1, 2015
    For purchasing executives, stability is a longed-for goal, and volatility is a bad word. Ink industry leaders have had their share of volatility in recent years. With crude oil prices falling, ink companies are catching their breath, but not all is a…

  • Asia-Pacific, Latin America Present Opportunities For the Ink Industry

    Dave Savastano, Editor July 31, 2015
    The ink industry is evolving. Many of the changes are due to the way people get their information (the growth of the Internet vs. decline of newspapers) and new technologies that can create more personalized content (gains in inkjet). This is nothing…

  • Crude Oil Costs and The Ink Industry

    Dave Savastano, Editor May 20, 2015
    The issue of crude oil prices came up a lot during the recent National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) Annual Convention. Ink industry executives are finding themselves explaining to their printing customers that the drop in the cos…

  • Ink Manufacturers Look To Adapt To Changes in The Printing Industry

    Dave Savastano, Editor March 23, 2015
    Like any industry, the printing industry is facing growing pains as technologies change. Today, inkjet, UV and packaging are expanding. A decade or two ago, offset printing for publication and commercial projects held the largest share of the printin…

  • Ink Companies Must Change Along With Their Printing Customers

    Dave Savastano, Editor January 26, 2015
    Every January, Ink World publishes our annual U.S. Ink Directory, a comprehensive listing of more than 190 U.S. ink manufacturers, their major products and key contacts. Our U.S. Ink Directory, which begins on page 18, also offers a look at how the i…

  • A Time of Change And Expansion for The Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Editor November 1, 2014
    In recent years, the ink industry has seen a great deal of merger and acquisition activity on both sides of its supply chain. However, ink manufacturers were generally less likely to consolidate. That changed in 2014, as I note in my article, &ldquo…

  • A Time of Stability in The Raw Materials Market

    David Savastano, Editor September 1, 2014
    For ink manufacturers, raw materials costs and supply are at the top of the list when it comes to concerns. Simply put, when ingredients cost more, ink companies have to either look for ways to take more costs out of the system or raise their own pri…

  • Ink Industry in Asia-Pacific, Latin America Expands

    August 1, 2014
    During the past decade, there has been a shift in terms of growth in the printing and ink industries. In particular, economic and population growth is occurring in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions, which is leading to more need for printing…

  • Digital Printing Technologies Start to Emerge in Packaging

    David Savastano, Editor May 1, 2014
    The emergence of inkjet printing is a major success story for the printing and ink industries. We have seen the major printing shows move away from the conventional offset exhibits to digital press displays – drupa has become increasingly orien…

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