• 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…

  • Raw Materials, Environmental Mandates and China

    November 15, 2013
    In our September/October issue, Ink World features our annual Buyers’ Guide. The Buyers’ Guide is the ink industry’s most comprehensive listing of raw materials, equipment and services, and offers key data and contact infor…

  • Packaging, Inkjet Ink Markets Continue To Show Growth

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor May 1, 2013
    There has been some good news for the ink industry during the past year. Many ink manufacturers have reported that their sales improved, although margins remain tight. For the most part, raw material cost and supply have stabilized, albeit at a highe…

  • Opportunities Exist For Entrepreneurs

    David Savastano, Editor March 3, 2013
    The printing ink industry has been under tremendous pressure in recent years. The reasons are well known: raw materials, the global economic downturn and changes in the printing industry have impacted the ink industry. The North American Top 20…

  • Ink Industry Remains Consistent During Times of Change

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor January 22, 2013
    Every January, Ink World publishes our annual U.S. Ink Directory, a comprehensive listing of more than 200 U.S. ink manufacturers, their major products and key contacts. It provides the industry with a look at how companies are faring, and also wheth…

  • Looking Back on 2012, Looking Ahead to 2013

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor November 19, 2012
    Looking Back on 2012¦Looking Ahead to 2013

  • Ink Manufacturers Report Some Good News on Raw Material Prices, Availability

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor September 26, 2012
    Every September, Ink World publishes our annual Buyers’ Guide, the printing ink industry’s most comprehensive listing of raw materials, equipment and services, as well as important data and contact information for suppliers, distributors…

  • The Ink Industry and drupa 2012

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor August 6, 2012
    Every four years, the printing industry converges on Messe Dusseldorf in Dusseldorf, Germany, for drupa. The two-week show, which covers 19 halls, showcases the latest innovations for the printing industry, including inks, presses and so much more. W…

  • Mixed Signals from the Printing Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor May 31, 2012
    It is hard to say exactly how the overall printing ink industry is faring right now. Quite a few ink manufacturers and key suppliers say that business is improving, particularly on the packaging and digital segments, but numbers from the National Ass…

  • Pigment Manufacturers are Looking Forward To 2012

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor March 14, 2012
    The entire printing ink supply chain has had its share of challenges in recent years, and the pigment industry is no exception. Raw material costs have increased dramatically, and some major ingredients have been scarce. Pigment makers resorted to pr…

  • M&A Activity and The Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor January 25, 2012
    These are challenging times for the printing ink industry, and the printing industry in general. As a result, one might expect a surge in M&A activity throughout the supply chain. The printing industry has seen its share of mergers and acquisitio…

  • For Ink Manufacturers, 2011 was a Better Year, but What Comes Next?

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor November 11, 2011
    As 2011 comes to an end, many ink manufacturers are probably breathing a sigh of relief, as sales were on the upswing in some key markets such as packaging, energy-curing and inkjet inks. Still, publication and commercial inks continue to suffer decl…

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