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David Savastano, Ink World Editor
May 12, 2010
In the last issue of Ink World, Iā€ˆnoted 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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
March 24, 2010
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
January 13, 2010
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 15, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 9, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
December 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
November 11, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
November 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
November 2, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
November 2, 2009
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…  Read More »