Editorial


  • Signs of Optimism Amid Concerns for 2003

    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…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • NPIRI Technical Conference Continues its Growth

    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…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • Raw Material Market Continues To Face Critical Challenges

    As 2002 heads into the final quarter, it is clear that the year has not brought the hoped-for gains that were anticipated after the recession in 2001. Rather, as the country grew wary after a number of major corporations collapsed amid what can be be…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • The Importance of Quality In Today's Business World

    There are numerous factors that are involved when a potential customer decides from whom they will purchase goods or services. A decision may be price driven, or a product may be so unique that there is only a single source for it. In almost all cas…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • Ink Jet Provides Strong Area of Growth for the Ink Industry

    For many years, ink jet has been looked at longingly by printing ink manufacturers, who saw it as the wave of the future and also an opportunity to improve profitability. However, the vast majority of the ink jet ink business is tied up in the SOHO m…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • Where Does the Economy Go from Here?

    2001 was a tough year for the economy in general, and the printing ink industry in particular. With the exception of a few companies that have successfully navigated through the difficult financial straits or have developed unique products that serve…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.09.09

  • Times of Change in the Ink Industry

    As we near the halfway point of 2002, the ink industry has been fairly flat. However, there have been some bright spots in the mainstream printing processes, particularly flexo and UV/EB, and it appears the economy may be changing slightly for the be…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.08.09

  • Making a Profit While Differentiating Your Products

    The issue of providing value-added services for customers offers a paradox for the printing ink industry. These services, which generally fall under the heading of value-added services, typically include anything from offering systems for vendor mana…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.08.09

  • Pigment Industry's Challenges Mirror Its Ink Customers

    An industry that had disappointing results in 2001 finds itself facing ever-tougher competition from overseas suppliers and is also having a difficult time getting desperately needed price increases. As a result, pressure is building on crucial areas…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.07.09

  • Economic Signs Point to More Challenges Before Growth

    When the economic recovery will begin is the critical question that remains in the forefront as we continue into 2002. For ink manufacturers, an economic rebound is the key to growth in the printing industry. The signals right now are mixed, which i…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.07.09

  • Entrepreneurial Drive Will Ultimately Lead to Success

    As we begin 2002, we all hope for a year that is far, far better in practically all respects than 2001, a year that will be most remembered for the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11 and a year-long recession. 2001 was also a difficult time…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.07.09

  • A Look Back on 2001, and Hope for a Much Better 2002

    When we reflect on 2001, it is hard to come up with any particularly positive note. We’ve witnessed a savage series of terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11 that killed nearly 4,000 people. There has been a year-long economic slump in the U…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.07.09

  • NPIRI Continues to Provide More Value to Members

    Heading into the 45th Annual National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference, it would have been understandable if National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) officials were nervous about attendance…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.07.09

  • Expanding the Borders of Our World

    Every year, it becomes ever more apparent that we are living in a world that is rapidly changing. The tragic events of Sept. 11 have made it that much more obvious that the world we live in is increasingly global in its outlook. Countries do not exis…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.06.09

  • Horrors of September 11 Will Not Deter Civilized People

    Since the morning of Tuesday, September 11, images of the unspeakable tragedy that has engulfed the U.S. have been forever carved into our memories. We have watched in horror as hijacked airplanes full of innocent people have been used as weapons of…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.05.09

  • No Price Relief in Sight For Raw Material Costs

    The year 2001 has been a difficult one for the U.S. economy, and the printing ink industry is no exception. The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ quarterly sales reports confirm that, showing sales of ink down an estimated 4.2…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.02.09

  • Preparing for OSHA

    One of the nightmares that any company can face is a visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When OSHA makes a call, an unprepared company may find itself facing, at the very least, fines and potentially more visits. Wha…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.02.09

  • Opportunities in a Digital World

    It takes a lot for a company to succeed. Being in the right place at the right time, and having the foresight to envision future trends, are essential elements.Such is definitely the case with the ink jet ink market. Ink jet printers in homes and sma…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.02.09

  • Watching the Industry Change During the Past 12 Years

    Watching the Industry Change During the Past 12 Years
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 09.09.09

  • New Applications Drive Growth In the Inkjet Ink Market

    As is readily apparent in reading this issue’s cover story, the Top International Ink Companies, the past year has been challenging, to say the least. In the report, which begins on page 16, ink industry executives note that raw material price…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 07.21.09