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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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 16, 2009
Since the end of 2000, most printing ink manufacturers have found very little to cheer about from their business. During the past three years, the slumping economy has taken its toll in the U.S., and ink companies have felt the effects of the printin…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 16, 2009
Each September, Ink World publishes its annual Buyers’ Guide, a comprehensive listing of suppliers of everything important to the manufacture of printing ink, from key raw materials spanning from adhesion promoters to zinc oxide, and equipment…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 15, 2009
Time and again, we hear about the importance of providing value to the marketplace. Certainly, as consumers we all are looking for the best value, whether it is in a car, a restaurant, a place to live or virtually any other choice. Defining “v…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 15, 2009
There are many changes occurring in the ink industry. In particular, there have been tremendous gains made in the field of digital printing during recent years. Ink jet printing has had a major impact well beyond what was initially predicted by many…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 15, 2009
For years, printing ink companies have complained that printers are increasingly looking at ink as a commodity, rather than considering the value that ink brings to the printing process. Unfortunately, it is not much of a secret that in the rush to…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 14, 2009
Last month, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) held its annual convention in Naples, FL. During the convention, the State of the Industry report was presented, and while much of the information was anticipated, there wer…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 14, 2009
In this year’s U.S. Top 20 Report, one theme frequently discussed by industry executives was how difficult it is to determine what lies ahead in 2003. The first quarter of 2003 is over, but the outlook remains cloudy. Some companies reported ri…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 14, 2009
During the past few years, the printing ink industry has been struggling, caught between the slumping economy and increasing prices for raw materials. In addition, the unstable world political situation is also causing tremendous uncertainty. Perhap…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 14, 2009
Even in these challenging times, the growth of flexography remains a positive trend. Anyone who walks into a grocery store will see numerous examples of flexographic packaging, ranging from labels, shrink sleeves and folding cartons tothe flexible pa…  Read More »