• 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…

  • As Technology Evolves, The Ink Industry Adapts

    David Savastano, Editor March 1, 2014
    || Over the years, the ink industry has constantly reinvented itself as the needs of their customers changed. The industry was dominated by letterpress ink in the first half of the 20th century; now letterpress printing is a rarity, replaced by offset p…

  • The Changing Nature Of Ink Manufacturing

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor January 23, 2014
    || The ink industry continues to change, as evidenced by the acquisition of Color Resolutions International (CRI) by American Inks and Coatings (AIC) at the end of December 2013. One area these changes are evident is our annual U.S. Ink Directory, Ink W…

  • For Ink Manufacturers, 2013 Continues Trends from 2012

    November 27, 2013
    || For the ink industry, 2013 bore many similarities to 2012. In some ways, that is good news; in others ways, there are causes for concern. The good news is that ink industry leaders are seeing growth in certain important markets, mo…

  • Opportunities for Printing Ink Manufacturers and Suppliers

    November 27, 2013
    || The conventional printing ink industry is going through changes. These changes are clear. The packaging market continues to grow worldwide, and inkjet is expanding into new areas. Meanwhile, the publication and commercial printing markets ha…

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