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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor January 21, 2011
    || 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…

  • Ink Manufacturers Enjoyed A Better Year in 2010

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor November 15, 2010
    || Ink Manufacturers Enjoyed A Better Year in 2010

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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor September 20, 2010
    || 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…

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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor July 19, 2010
    || 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,…

  • More Signs of Improvement for the Ink Industry, Suppliers

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor May 12, 2010
    || 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…

  • Pigment Manufacturers See Some Improvement in the Marketplace

    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…

  • Some Signs of Improvement For the Printing Ink Industry

    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…

  • Printed Electronics Offers Tremendous Opportunities for Ink Manufacturers

    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…

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

    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…

  • Remembering H. Howard Flint II

    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…

  • Rising Costs Continue to Squeeze Ink Manufacturers and Suppliers

    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…

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

    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…

  • Changing Times for the Printing Ink Industry

    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…

  • Continuing Signs of Growth For the Printing Ink Industry

    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…

  • Fundamental Changes in the Printing Ink Industry

    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…

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