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

    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…

  • Rising Raw Material Costs Require Price Increases

    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…

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

    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…

  • EuPIA Offers Opportunities For the European Ink Industry

    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…

  • Availability Becomes a Major Issue for Raw Materials

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor November 2, 2009
    || 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 October 30, 2009
    || 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 October 30, 2009
    || 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 October 30, 2009
    || 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 October 29, 2009
    || 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…

  • A Time for the Ink Industry to Showcase Its Capabilities

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 29, 2009
    || For any manufacturing industry, trade shows are an opportunity for companies to showcase to products and services to its customers. The printing ink industry is no exception, as trade shows are a way to meet with end-users as well as to network with…

  • While Pigment Pricing Remains Critical, Quality, Consistency are Essential

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 29, 2009
    || The pigment industry has faced a great many challenges in recent years, in particular because of worldwide overcapacity and the influx of offshore products. This has led to decreases in prices for many products, and in some cases, dramatic reductions…

  • Some Signs Lead to Cautious Optimism as 2004 Begins

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 28, 2009
    || For the past few years, there has been little reason to cheer the results for the printing ink industry. As has been the case with the ink industry’s customers and its suppliers, the last few years have been economically difficult for most comp…

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit, Unique Technologies Drive New Companies

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 28, 2009
    || Ever since January 1997, when Ink World published the U.S. Ink Directory, the first and only such listing of U.S. ink manufacturers, we have always kept a close ear to the industry. Since then, we have annually updated our directory, keeping our read…

  • A Look Back at 2003, with Hopes for a Better 2004

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 16, 2009
    || As we head toward the last days of 2003 and look forward to 2004, it’s only natural to review what has occurred during the past year. Unfortunately for the ink industry, 2003 was, for the most part, all too reminiscent of the last few years. A…

  • Innovations Continue to Drive Growth in the Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 16, 2009
    || It is a basic truth in the business world that innovative products can make or a break a company, and that a business that rests on its laurels for too long becomes stagnant and is usually surpassed by hungrier competitors. A quick look at the chang…

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