Editorial


  • Despite Raw Material Concerns, Pigment Companies are Optimistic

    There have been major changes occurring throughout the printing ink supply chain, and it should come as no surprise that the pigment industry has seen more than its share of these issues. In The Pigment Report, which begins on page 26, pigment indus…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 03.14.11

  • M&A Activity Continues to Rise Among Ink Manufacturers, Suppliers

    For ink manufacturers, the consolidation of the supply chain has been a serious concern, but there also has been activity during the past year on the ink side. The printingink industry again saw a major acquisition, as Siegwerk acquired Environmental…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 01.21.11

  • Ink Manufacturers Enjoyed A Better Year in 2010

    Ink Manufacturers Enjoyed A Better Year in 2010
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.15.10

  • Raw Material Supply, Cost Issues Are Major Concerns for Ink Companies

    Every September, Ink World publishes our annual Buyers’ Guide, which is also available online and updatedat our web site, www.inkworldmagazine.com, throughout the year. The Ink World Buyers’ Guide remains the industry’s most compreh…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 09.20.10

  • More Evidence of Improvement, But There are Warning Signs Ahead

    There appears to be more evidence of good news in terms of sales for the ink industry. As was the case in our recent North American Top 20 Report, the executives we interviewed for the Top International Ink Companies report, which begins on page 28,…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 07.19.10

  • More Signs of Improvement for the Ink Industry, Suppliers

    In the last issue of Ink World, I noted that in the North American Top 20 Report as well as The Pigment Report, the executives I spoke with felt the worst was behind them, and that there were some signs of improvement in both the economy in general…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 05.12.10

  • Pigment Manufacturers See Some Improvement in the Marketplace

    As is the case throughout the printing ink supply chain, the pigment industry has faced difficult challenges in recent years from both its customer and raw material bases. There has been reduced demand from ink companies as printers have suffered fr…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 03.24.10

  • Some Signs of Improvement For the Printing Ink Industry

    The past few years have been difficult ones for the ink industry, leading to companies cutting back on their expenditures. Capital expenditures for equipment is one area that typically suffers during a recession, and the past year and a half have fol…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 01.13.10

  • Printed Electronics Offers Tremendous Opportunities for Ink Manufacturers

    The global economic recession is taking a major toll on virtually all industries, and printing ink is no exception. The past year has been a difficult one, and 2009 does not appear to be getting off to a good start. There are not a whole lot of grow…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.15.09

  • Hopeful Signs of a Better Year for the Ink Industry in 2010

    The daunting challenges that the printing ink industry has faced in the past few years are well known to all of us. The slow decline in the publication printing industry has been ongoing for a while now. The sudden surge in crude oil prices that bega…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.09.09

  • Remembering H. Howard Flint II

    When people thought of the top leaders in the international printing ink industry, H. Howard Flint II’s name was very much at the top of the list. The news that Mr. Flint, 66, chairman and retired CEO of Flint Ink Corporation, passed away June…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • Rising Costs Continue to Squeeze Ink Manufacturers and Suppliers

    As anyone connected with the ink industry knows, the past 12 months will most likely be remembered for soaring raw material costs. This surge has led to price increases for key feedstocks and other essential ingredients ranging from acrylic acid and…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • NAPIM's Ink Survey Results Show Need for Higher Prices

    For the past few years, year-end results for printing ink manufacturers were, in a word, disappointing. Sales for most ink segments were down, and prices were off even more, a combination that deservedly causes concern. At its annual convention held…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • Changing Times for the Printing Ink Industry

    During the second half of 2004, two themes – one good and the other one troublesome – were consistently were heard from printing ink manufacturers. The good news was that sales were picking up for most ink manufacturers, which was the fir…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • Continuing Signs of Growth For the Printing Ink Industry

    As the ink industry closed the books on 2004, there were some signs that 2005 would be much different than the previous few years, beginning with the sense that sales rose at the end of 2004. There were also much-needed price increases implemented by…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • Fundamental Changes in the Printing Ink Industry

    The long decline in ink prices has taken a toll on ink manufacturers. As prices have declined, ink executives have struggled to find ways to become more efficient, but even with those measures, margins have suffered. During 2004, the law of supply a…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 12.02.09

  • Market for Energy Curable Inks Is a Bright Spot for Manufacturers

    There has not been a lot of good news for ink manufacturers in the past few years, as dramatically higher raw material prices, driven by skyrocketing crude oil prices, was quickly followed by a deep global recession that heavily impacted the printing…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.11.09

  • Rising Raw Material Costs Require Price Increases

    For countless years, people in the ink industry have longed for ink prices to rise. Instead, there has been a relentless downward spiral in the price of most inks, as many companies compete with an eye toward market share, and margins have suffered g…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.02.09

  • As Economy Begins to Improve, Acquisitions Return to the Forefront

    During the past few years, the economic slump that impacted a large segment of the global economy changed the way companies handled their business. In particular, businesses were forced to become more conservative, looking for ways to cut costs and g…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.02.09

  • EuPIA Offers Opportunities For the European Ink Industry

    The printing ink industry continues to evolve, and in these ever-changing times, there is a serious need for companies to work together to ensure that challenges are met. That is the primary purpose of trade associations. In the U.S., the National As…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.02.09