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

    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…

  • The Increasing Importance of Partnerships in Business

    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…

  • Upcoming Shows Offer Numerous Opportunities to Showcase Abilities

    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…

  • China, Environmental and Currency
    Issues Impact the Pigment Market

    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…

  • UV Inkjet Provides Ink Companies
    With Best of Both Worlds

    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…

  • Sheetfed Ink Manufacturers Remain Optimistic About the Future

    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…

  • The Printing Ink Industry Rebounds Slightly in 2007

    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…

  • Energy-Curable Inks and Coatings Continue to Enjoy Growth

    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…

  • Customer Consolidation and the Printing Ink Industry

    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…

  • Elimination of VAT Refunds Signals Higher Prices

    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…

  • Opportunities for Ink Manufacturers and Suppliers

    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…

  • Areas of Growth for the Ink Industry

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor July 11, 2007
    The ink industry has had its share of challenges in recent years. Raw material pricing has been a source of much concern, and competition remains fierce in many of the key business segments. However, it is important to remember that the printing ink…

  • Ink Companies, Suppliers Provide Tremendous Value

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor June 6, 2007
    There has been much focus on raw material costs, extremely competitive pricing and uncomfortably narrow margins  in the ink and allied industries in recent years. These concerns are understandable.     However, it should also be r…

  • U.S. Ink Industry Shows Slight Improvement in 2006

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor May 7, 2007
    Last year, the 2005 State of the Industry Report from the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM)  clearly showed the dire economic straits the U.S. ink industry finds itself. With earnings before interest and depreciation (EB…

  • Keeping Up-to-Date with Environmental Concerns

    David Savastano, Ink World Editor April 4, 2007
    Every so often, it seems, new terminologies rise rapidly to the forefront of our consciousness. These terms start out as common-sense ideas, and as more people adapt these terms, they quickly become a cottage industry.      I ment…

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