• 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…

  • Ink Manufacturers Continue to Face Economic Pressures

    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…

  • Ink Companies, Suppliers Work Together to Meet Challenges

    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…

  • The Importance of Providing Value to Your Customers

    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…

  • Times of Change Offer New Opportunities For All

    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…

  • The Difference Between the Price and Value of Printing Ink

    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…

  • The State of the U.S. Printing Ink Industry

    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…

  • Facing the Unknown

    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…

  • Pigment Manufacturers Face Continued Uncertainty

    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…

  • Innovation Continues to Drive Growth in Flexo Industry

    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…

  • Ink Manufacturers Search For Continuous Improvement

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 14, 2009
    We all have heard and read a great deal of information about the importance of becoming more efficient and more consistent in industry. Process systems such as Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management (TQM) and a variety of others have…

  • Learning About the Industry From Our U.S. Ink Directory

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 14, 2009
    In January 1997, Ink World published the first U.S. Ink Directory, the first and only such listing of U.S. ink manufacturers. Since then, we have annually updated our directory, keeping our readers up-to-date with the changes that are occurring withi…

  • China, Packaging and Conductive Ink Markets Offer Opportunities

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 13, 2009
    The global recession took its toll on virtually every printing and ink market, regardless of the type of printing or geographic region. However, the impact differed by market and region. In terms of geography, there was no region where the printing…

  • Signs of Optimism Amid Concerns for 2003

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 9, 2009
    2002 has been another challenging year for the printing ink industry. Overall, dollar and volume sales are down from even 2001’s low levels. Meanwhile, raw material prices are climbing in some areas, particularly naphthalene, which presents mor…

  • NPIRI Technical Conference Continues its Growth

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 9, 2009
    During the past few years, there has been a major emphasis by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) to improve the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference. The reasons for all the…

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