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Flint Group
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 10, 2006
As the integration of the Flint Group proceeds, its leaders look at what has been accomplished and what the potential is for the company. Read More »
The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 10, 2006
Mergers and acquisitions and higher raw material costs were the major news in 2005, as ink manufacturers raised prices and worked to improve their margins. Read More »
Published March 15, 2006
Tego Coating & Ink Additives Introduces Tego Dispers 655 Tego Coating & Ink Additives has introduced Tego Dispers 655, a new solvent-free dispersing additive for waterborne, solventborne and radiation curing formulations. Tego Dispers 655 s… Read More »
Published March 14, 2006
Goldschmidt Chemical Company has appointed Deeks & Co. Inc. as its new distributor in the Southeast for its Tego Coating & Ink Additive subsidiary. Initially, Deeks will cover Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tenness… Read More »
Published March 14, 2006
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation for a consideration of CHF 332 million ($253 million), in cash and assumed debt. The divestment is expected to be concluded… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Pigment manufacturers are facing numerous challenges, including tighter margins, higher raw material and operating costs, overcapacity and offshore competition. How these challenges are met will determine which companies will ultimately succeed. Read More »
Published February 20, 2006
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation for a consideration of CHF 332 million ($253 million), in cash and assumed debt.  The divestment is expected… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Dan Kickel has been named vice president and general manager of PolyOne Corporation’s Polymer Coatings Systems business.       Mr. Kickel will lead the strategic development of the business along with overseeing the day-t… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Effective January 1, 2006, Sandospers WF pigment preparations from Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division are sold under the new brand name Flexonyl WF. The pigment preparations are particularly recommended for the production of water-bas… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
A.R. Monteith Corporation has partnered with Avery Dennison to offer customers the first guaranteed imaging solution on the HP 5000 - 5500 printer.      Avery Dennison Graphics Division North America and A.R. Monteith now offer a war… Read More »
Fujifilm
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published February 6, 2006
Fujifilm's takeover of Avecia's business in inkjet inks at the end of last year demonstrates how rapidly the structure of key parts of the digital printing sector is moving towards a vertically integrated structure. Read More »
Published January 25, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to purchase the global wax compounds business of Rohm and Haas Company. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Closing is subject to governmental approvals.   Under the a… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Ultra Additives, LLC appointed Terri Dober to the position of West Coast regional sales manager. Ms. Dober will be responsible for sales in the industrial fluid, paint, coating, adhesive and wood preservative product industries in California, Washing… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Cytec Introduces Silicone-Free Slip Additive Cytec has introduced in Europe a new silicone-free slip additive designed to enhance the performance of UV-curable overprint varnishes (OPVs). The new additive, Ebecryl 341, targets the need in the graphi… Read More »
Published December 12, 2005
Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs, Inc. announced that Peter W. Stewart has been named vice president – specialty chemicals. Mr. Stewart most recently directed the amide and stearate businesses of Crompton Corporation. He also served as busines… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Raw material pricing pressures continue, while supply issues have stabilized. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Mergers and acquisitions, which have been scarce in recent years, dominated the news in 2005. Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Süd-Chemie AG, Munich, Germany reached an agreement Oct. 19 with Rockwood Specialties Group Inc., Princeton, NJ, to sell its Performance Additives Business Unit, which produces rheological additives for the paints and coatings industry. The sale… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Degussa’s Goldschmidt Chemical Corporation announced it has implemented double-digit percent price increases across all its business lines effective Oct. 1.      The increases apply to list and off-list prices for all products… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division announces a significant price increase of selected products effective Dec. 1, 2005.      The main drivers for this price increase are the continuously rising costs of raw materials,… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Münzing, Heilbronn, Germany, has announced that its Asian subsidiary, Münzing (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., has established an office facility in Shanghai, China.      “We are committed to the markets in Asia, and the office… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 16, 2005
Attendees gather in Las Vegas to examine 'Future Directions in Printing Ink' Read More »
Top International Companies
By Staff
Published November 16, 2005
The past year was one of tremendous changes, as major acquisitions such as the merger of Flint Ink and XSYS Print Solutions, Siegwerk Group's acquisition of SICPA Packaging Ink Division and Huber Group's acquisition of a majority share in Micro Inks dramatically reshaped the ink industry. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Clariant’s pigments and additives division, Sulzbach, Ts., Germany and Hangzhou Baihe Chemicals Co. Ltd, Zhejiang Province, China, have announced that a joint venture agreement has been signed for the production of high-performance organic pigm… Read More »
CPMA 2005 Annual Conference is a Success
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Pigments provide the color we see in so many products, whether its paint, ink, cosmetics, plastics or so many other parts of our daily lives. Read More »
Pigment Producers Look to Increase Prices, Improve Margins
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Pigment producers are, with mixed results, pressing for higher prices in Europe in the wake of increases in their raw material costs. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Inksolutions, LLC, Elk Grove Village, IL, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bria Graphics, Inc., Hawthorne, CA.      The two companies will form a new varnish company in Los Angeles to service the lithographic ink companies on… Read More »
The UV/EB Raw Materials Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Growth of radiation curing continues, but raw material price pressures and shortages remain major concerns. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
DuPont and Armtex, S.L., Barcelona, Spain, showcased DuPont Artistri digital printing for textiles in Spain at the Expomatex 2005 trade show. DuPont Artistri is a fully integrated, production-capable, digital printing solution for printed textiles, a… Read More »
The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published October 25, 2005
While most ink manufacturers saw sales growth in 2004, globalization, rising raw material costs and subsequent ink price increases were key topics in 2004. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Shamrock Technologies, Inc. has consolidated and expanded its corporate offices, laboratories and manufacturing facilities in the historic Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. Located at Foot of Pacific Street, the contact phone number is (973) 242-2999.… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
In a year dominated by rising raw material prices and an improving economy, many pigment manufacturers were able to get much-needed price increases. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Clariant has appointed John Clarke head of region for the pigments and additives division in North America.      Mr. Clarke joined Clariant in 1984 in Ireland and has since gained experience with several of the company’s divis… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Color Resolutions International, Fairfield, OH, will increase prices 6 percent on all inks and coatings, effective Jan. 15.      The increase is driven by rising costs for raw materials, transportation, packaging, energy, healthcare… Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Process improvement and greater efficiency, reliability and repeatability are among the qualities milling manufacturers are emphasizing. Read More »
Gravure Makes Gains in Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
New toluene ruling and investments are spurring growth in packaging and publication gravure. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Although there generally were signs of improvement in 2004, vehicle and varnish suppliers are watching raw material pricing and profitability closely in 2005. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Michelman, Inc. has hired Dr. Martin A. Cohen as its new global director of commercial technology.      Dr. Cohen comes to Michelman with nearly 30 years of coatings research experience from his former positions at E.I DuPont de Nem… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Surface Specialties UCB announced a price increase of 12 cents per pound for all Crylcoat polyester resins, Uvecoat UV curable resins and Additol additives master batches sold in North and South America for all orders shipped on or after Jan. 1, 2005… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Elementis Specialties has announced an average 5 percent price increase, effective Jan. 3, 2005, for its range of specialty additives for use in the coatings, inks, ceramics and water treatment (CICW) markets.        “Real… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Van Son Liquid Inks, a full subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son, is introducing two new inks, NK and AP, to its Aqua Base Plus flexo water-based ink series at Flexo 2005.      The NK formulation is suit… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Effective Dec. 1, the pigments and additives division of Clariant will increase the prices up to 20 percent for products in its pigment and additive product portfolio. The main reasons for the price increase are the rising costs for raw materials, en… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical demonstrated productivity and quality gains for the corrugated market provided by its Advantage and Everest Hi Tone ink systems showcased at the SuperCorr Expo 2004.      In addition, Sun Chemical and its partner, Inca… Read More »
Metallic and Special Effect Pigments and Inks
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 24, 2005
A renewed interest in eye-catching packaging has led to a positive year for the metallic ink market. Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
Increased raw material costs and supply issues are leading to serious concerns over pricing. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
While 2004 was generally a better year for ink manufacturers, raw material pricing and supply pressures remain a significant concern heading into 2005. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Eckart America L.P. has appointed Bruce S. Schimmel as director of sales – graphic arts. Mr. Schimmel will be responsible for sales, product management and customer service activities within the graphic arts division.      &ldquo… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Johnson Polymer, LLC announced a per pound price increase of  5 cents per pound for emulsions, 3 cents for solutions, 5 cents for additives, and 9 cents per pound for solid resins. These products are marketed under the trade name Joncryl. The pr… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sartomer Company has added Akzo Nobel’s complete line of monomers and oligomers to its product offering, further expanding Sartomer’s presence in functional additives for UV-cure applications.       According to a Sept… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
UCB announced Oct. 1 that it has signed an agreement to sell its Surface Specialties business to Cytec Industries Inc. for a total amount of R1.5 billion ($1.86 billion). The sale will be submitted for approval to the relevant competition authorities… Read More »