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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 »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 9, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 9, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 9, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 9, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 8, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 8, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 7, 2009
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 7, 2009
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…  Read More »