• Remembering H. Howard Flint II

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 12.02.09
    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 || 12.02.09
    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 || 12.02.09
    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 || 12.02.09
    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 || 12.02.09
    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 || 12.02.09
    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…

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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 11.11.09
    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…

  • Rising Raw Material Costs Require Price Increases

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 11.02.09
    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…

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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 11.02.09
    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…

  • EuPIA Offers Opportunities For the European Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 11.02.09
    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…

  • Availability Becomes a Major Issue for Raw Materials

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 11.02.09
    In recent years, the primary concern for purchasing executives at ink companies has centered around pricing. In order to keep some level of profitability during tight economic conditions, ink companies kept pressure on suppliers to keep prices as low…

  • Exploring the World of Color

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 10.30.09
    Anyone who walks through a supermarket or a bookstore’s magazine section knows that the world of packaging and publishing is a colorful one. The reason, of course, is that consumers notice color, and studies show that much of what is purchased…

  • Digital Technologies Offer Much Potential for Ink Manufacturers

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 10.30.09
    For anyone who remains uncertain about the possibilities of ink jet, a visit to Drupa 204 would have been the perfect cure. Digital technologies were on display throughout the 17 halls of Drupa, and it is amazing to see how far ink jet has come in ju…

  • Feeling the Pain from Rising Health Care Costs

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 10.30.09
    Employees and employers alike in every field are facing the impact of rising health care costs. With average increases for premiums in double-digits, employers are faced with the problem of having employees pick up more of the costs, thus making comp…

  • Asia-Pacific Offers Opportunities For Ink Manufacturers

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor || 10.29.09
    While there seems to be somewhat of a recovery underway in the U.S., there is no denying that the economic slump that has impacted most of the world in the past few years has strongly affected the U.S. printing ink industry. This was borne out in th…

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