Editorial


  • 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

  • Security Ink Market Offers Opportunities for Ink Companies

    The past decade has been one of upheaval and uncertainty. Political instability and terrorism has changed the way we look at the world, while economic recession has definitely impacted the world’s finances. One result of this instability is th…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 05.28.09

  • NAPIM's State of the Industry Report Shows Ink Industry's Challenges

    NAPIM’s State of the Industry Report Shows Ink Industry’s Challenges The past few years have been difficult for the printing ink industry. Skyrocketing raw material prices, created primarily by higher crude oil costs and a changing pi…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 05.07.09

  • Flexo, Sheetfed Ink Markets Face Serious Challenges in 2009

    Sheetfed offset and flexo are two of the largest segments in theprinting ink industry, combining for more than an estimated $1.6 billion in sales in North America alone. It comes as little surprise, then, that they have been adversely affected by the…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 03.31.09

  • Pigment and Additive Manufacturers Face Similar Concerns in 2009

    As we continue into 2009, the economic news remains sluggish at best for most business sectors, and the printing ink industry is no exception. With printing levels declining in the past year, ink manufacturers have been impacted as well. Naturally,…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 03.11.09

  • Printed Electronics Offers Tremendous Opportunities for Ink Manufacturers

    The global economic recession is taking a major toll on virtually all industries, and printing ink is no exception. The past year has been a difficult one, and 2009 does not appear to be getting off to a good start. There are not a whole lot of grow…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 02.02.09

  • As 2008 Winds Down, Printing Ink Manufacturers Prepare for the Future

    As 2008 comes to a close, it generally seems to be the time to reflect on what has occurred during the past 12 months, and consider what might happen in the coming year. However, it is honestly difficult to say with any certainty what will come next…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.25.08

  • Energy-Curable Markets Offer Opportunities for Growth

    In my journeys at drupa 2008 in May, a few new technologies caught my eye. In particular, I was intrigued by the potential for LED-curable inks. There hadn’t been a lot of announcements on LED curing prior to drupa, but quite a few companies sh…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.05.08

  • As Energy Costs Soar, the Solar Energy Market Offers Opportunities

    The printing ink industry continues to feel the effects of higher raw material and energy costs. Even the news that crude oil prices came down in the past month provided very little benefit, as the ink industry and its suppliers find themselves with…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.02.08

  • With an Eye Toward the Future, Companies Prepare for REACH

    Every September, Ink World is pleased to publish its Annual Buyers’ Guide, the industry’s most comprehensive listing of products and services available to the ink and allied industries. In addition to the Buyers’ Guide in the follow…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 09.02.08

  • After Active drupa,Ink Industry Finds Itself Coping with Higher Prices

    Typically, the summer months are quiet for the ink industry, as people take some time off for vacation. However, the past few months have been anything but restful: drupa is now in the books, while increasing pressure from price increases throughout…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 08.06.08

  • The Importance of Responding To Accelerating Price Pressures

    In June, I had the opportunity to attend drupa 2008, which I will cover in detail in the upcoming August issue. There were many new products to see throughout the printing chain, including among printing ink manufacturers.     However,…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 07.01.08

  • NAPIM's State of the Industry Report Shows Challenges Ink Industry Faces

    In recent years, the printing ink industry has faced numerous challenges that have impacted the bottom line. Some of these issues, notably the skyrocketing costs of crude oil and raw materials as well as other operational costs, can not be helped. Th…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 06.04.08

  • The Increasing Importance of Partnerships in Business

    For a variety of reasons, partnering with customers has become ever more important in business. As a result of economic pressures, some companies have cut back on their research capabilities, which means that resources are scarcer. Also, there is a c…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 05.08.08

  • Upcoming Shows Offer Numerous Opportunities to Showcase Abilities

    The past few years have been extremely challenging for the ink industry, its customers and suppliers, as higher raw material prices, increased competition, new technologies and consolidation throughout the supply chain have changed the landscape of b…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 04.04.08

  • China, Environmental and Currency
    Issues Impact the Pigment Market

    In recent years, the dramatic increase in the price of crude oil  and its derivatives has severely impacted the ink industry and its suppliers. However, the relative stability of prices for pigments, typically the most expensive ingredient in in…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 03.10.08

  • UV Inkjet Provides Ink Companies
    With Best of Both Worlds

    The energy curable and digital markets are two of the highest-performing segments for ink manufacturers. The combination of UV and inkjet is obviously a potent one, as can be seen in the continued growth in the marketplace.     The gro…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 02.01.08

  • Sheetfed Ink Manufacturers Remain Optimistic About the Future

    In many ways, the sheetfed ink market serves as a microcosm of the state of the ink industry today. In North America alone, the sheetfed ink market is estimated to be $750 million, split between commercial and packaging printing. As is the case with…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 01.03.08

  • The Printing Ink Industry Rebounds Slightly in 2007

    For the most part, the past few years have been financially grim for the printing ink industry, as increasingly high raw material, operational and transportation costs have taken their toll on margins. According to the U.S.-based National Association…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 11.27.07

  • Energy-Curable Inks and Coatings Continue to Enjoy Growth

    One of the brightest areas for printing ink manufacturers in recent years has been the continued blossoming of the UV and EB marketplace. As new applications for energy-curable printing continue to develop, driven by the advantages of UV and EB…
    David Savastano, Ink World Editor 10.31.07