• Raw Material Market Continues To Face Critical Challenges

    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…

  • The Importance of Quality In Today's Business World

    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…

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

    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…

  • Where Does the Economy Go from Here?

    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…

  • Times of Change in the Ink Industry

    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…

  • Making a Profit While Differentiating Your Products

    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…

  • Pigment Industry's Challenges Mirror Its Ink Customers

    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…

  • Economic Signs Point to More Challenges Before Growth

    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…

  • Entrepreneurial Drive Will Ultimately Lead to Success

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 7, 2009
    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…

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

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 7, 2009
    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…

  • NPIRI Continues to Provide More Value to Members

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 7, 2009
    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…

  • Expanding the Borders of Our World

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 6, 2009
    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…

  • Horrors of September 11 Will Not Deter Civilized People

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 5, 2009
    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…

  • No Price Relief in Sight For Raw Material Costs

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 2, 2009
    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…

  • Preparing for OSHA

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor October 2, 2009
    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…

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