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David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 2, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
September 2, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
August 6, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
July 1, 2008
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,…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
June 4, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
May 8, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
April 4, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
March 10, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
February 1, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
January 3, 2008
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
November 27, 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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 31, 2007
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…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
October 10, 2007
We all know well the impact of consolidation on the ink industry. In 2005, a major wave of merger and acquisition activity among ink manufacturers significantly changed the landscape of the industry, creating a few larger multinational companies. &nb…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
September 11, 2007
For the past several years, the printing ink industry and its suppliers have been battling higher raw material prices, largely brought on by the increased cost of crude oil. The resulting higher prices of feedstocks has led to numerous price increase…  Read More »
David Savastano, Ink World Editor
August 7, 2007
This month, Ink World is pleased to bring to our readers our annual Top International Ink Companies, our comprehensive look at the leading ink manufacturers worldwide, which begins on page 24. Overall, 2006 was a relatively stable year, with few mer…  Read More »