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The 2004 International Report
By Staff
Published October 24, 2005
As our International Top Companies Report illustrates, the ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, U.K., Holland, India, Mexico, France and Brazil home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Tego Coating and Ink Additives has introduces Tego Foamex 855, an emulsion of a polyether siloxane copolymer containing fumed silica, for use in waterborne printing ink and architectural coating applications in the 30 percent to 60 percent PVC… Read More »
EuPIA Takes the European Stage
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The new European Printing Ink Association is working to serve the industry. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
ANI Printing Inks and Acheson Colloids Company have announced a three-year partnership in which ANI will serve as the exclusive distributor of Acheson’s polymer thick film conductive inks for RFID (radio frequency identification devices) applic… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical Corporation announced that Dr. Cynthia Arnold was named chief technology officer. Dr. Arnold assumes the role from Dr. David Hill, to whom she reports.      Dr. Hill, a member of Sun Chemical’s senior leadership t… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 21, 2005
While pricing of key ingredients remains a concern, availability is becoming a serious issue for the ink industry, as the supply of key raw materials such as acrylic acid is not keeping up with demand. Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Ciba Specialty Chemicals recently opened its new Imaging & Inks Technical Center designed to support customers of its broad range of products in this market, including pigments, photoinitiators, acrylic resins, UV absorbers and light stabilizers.… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
DuPont has added two new distributors for DuPont Specialty Colorants and Additives business – part of DuPont Coatings & Color Technologies – in the U.S.      Lipscomb Chemical, Long Beach, CA, will conduct operations… Read More »
For Ink Manufacturers, Flexible Packaging Offers Opportunities and Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Expansions in printing on flexible packaging, particularly plastic, are opening up new opportunities for ink makers but are also offering technological challenges. Read More »
The Publication Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Faced with escalating raw material and operational costs and demand for new technologies, ink industry leaders are seeking much-needed price increases. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Elementis Specialties, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has entered into an agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol Limited to acquire, on a debt-free and cash-free basis, the entire issued share capital of Sasol Servo B.V. for a purchase… Read More »
The European Pigment Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
European pigment manufacturers are developing new product and software innovations to meet the increasing demand for color. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
“Consistent Mixing and Dispersing: The Theory and Technology of Incorporating Powders into Liquids,” a two-day seminar presented by Lisa Hahn, Flexo Tech, Inc., and Peter Holman of Holman Engineering, Inc., will be held Aug. 10-11 in Chic… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Noveon International, Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.84 billion. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close within three mont… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Eastman Resins, Inc., Eastman Chemical Company’s resins business, will no longer sell Hydro-Rez acrylic emulsions, effective May 1.      Specific products affected are:      In the Americas: Hydro-Rez 3100, 3… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
"Consolidation's Effects and Tomorrow's Roadmap," the theme of NAPIM's Annual Convention, offered attendees an effective look at where the industry may be heading in the coming years. Read More »
Published October 4, 2005
Ultra Additives has announced that Ron Matthews and Michael Laing have joined the company as regional sales managers.      Mr. Matthews has assumed responsibility for marketing and sales promotion of the company’s PCA&I pro… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 30, 2005
The UV/EB cure market has fared well in 2003, and as the technology becomes more widely used in new markets, the potential for growth in 2004 is promising. Read More »
The 2004 U.S Top 20
By Staff
Published September 30, 2005
While some ink manufacturers found 2003 to be another challenging year, some ink companies were able to generate strong growth. Meanwhile, the economic gains made in the fourth quarter of 2003 have ink companies optimistic about 2004. Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 19, 2005
As the price of oil derivatives and other key raw materials continues to increase and availability of some products remain a concern, ink manufacturers anticipate further challenges in the coming year. Read More »
Major Acquisitions are Transforming The European Printing Ink Industry
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
The European printing ink sector has been going through yet another bout of consolidation Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Pan Technology, Inc. has appointed Robert Whiteley executive vice president and general manager. Mr. Whiteley will be responsible for sales, marketing, R&D and technical service for Pan Technology’s comprehensive line of products to the pri… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Effective February 2004, Micro Powders, Inc. appointed Van Horn, Metz & Co., Inc., Conshohocken, PA to distribute their product line of high-performance wax additives in the Mid-Eastern states. This territory includes eastern Pennsylvania, southe… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Lubrizol has completed its acquisition of the additives business of Avecia, headquartered in Blackley, U.K., comprising pigment dispersants marketed under the brand names Solsperse, Solplus and Solthix.      In 2003, Avecia Additives… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Flint Ink has launched a highly concentrated color technology for water inks called X-Treme Dispersions. The new colorants increase the color strength of water ink systems by 20 percent without compromising the runnability of the ink.   … Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
DuPont has named Douglas Smith market segment manager for its custom liquid colorants and fine particle dispersions business. The business provides customers with a range of individualized services from initial development through ongoing manufacture… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
John Frijns has been appointed as managing director of EFKA Additives based in the Netherlands, effective Jan. 1. He takes over this role from Wolfgang Habel, who is retiring after having led the company for 20 years.      Mr. Frijns… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Effective Jan. 1, Micro Powders, Inc. appoints Palmer Holland, Inc., North Olmstead, OH to represent its product line of high-performance wax additives in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, southern Indiana, West Virginia and western NY.… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
DuPont has formed a new business unit to offer custom formulated liquid colorants and fine particle dispersions to manufacturers in the plastics industry. The offering will provide customers with a range of individualized services from initial develo… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Effective Jan. 1, Johnson Polymer is implementing a price increase of $0.02 to $0.04 per pound on emulsions, resin solutions, additives and waxes; $0.04 per pound on polyurethane dispersions and urethane-acrylic hybrids; and $0.04 - $0.06 per pound o… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
FedChem LLC is the first U. S. manufacturer of aluminum organic chemicals to qualify for registration to the ISO 9001:2000 With Design standard.  The company’s Bethlehem, PA facility develops and manufactures aluminum organic chemicals for… Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Most companies found that 2003 was a slight improvement over 2002. Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Huber Engineered Materials, Atlanta, GA, a business unit of J.M. Huber Corporation, announced that Jim Velordi has been named global sales director for its industrial business unit.      Mr. Velordi’s task is to create high-imp… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Ultra Additives, Paterson, NJ, has expanded its international team. Curtis Downs, vice president, international business, is heading the team. Mr. Downs has been with Ultra for eight years, the first six as international sales manager for Europ… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
As of July 1, three business units (BU) of Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division (www.clariant.com) have new leadership: Plastic Industries, Printing Industries and Specialized Industries. Together with Coating Industries, the four BUs a… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
The E.T. Horn Company, La Mirada, CA, has entered into an exclusive agreement with King Industries (www.kingindustries.com) to represent its line of products throughout the western U.S. King manufactures a broad range of additives used in the formula… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
GraphLine Inc. and Tokyo Printing Ink Corporation have announced a strategic distribution agreement whereby GraphLine will sell, service and support Tokyo Printing Ink’s full line of Zipset printing ink, varnishes and additives throughout the U… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Dock Resins (www.dockresins), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lubrizol Corporation, has officially changed its name to Lubrizol Dock Resins.              Purchased by Lubrizol in 2002, Lubrizol Dock Resi… Read More »
Working to Modify REACH Proposals
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
European ink and chemical manufacturers are adding their input into the European Commission's REACH legislation. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Ultra Additives, Paterson, NJ, has expanded its international team. Curtis Down, vice president, international business, is heading the team. Mr. Downs has been with Ultra for eight years, the first six as international sales manager for Europe… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sartomer Company, Exton, PA, has expanded its Asian market leadership by appointing Steve Edwards business and marketing development manager for the Asia-Pacific region.      Mr. Edwards assumes the business and marketing responsibi… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sun Chemical and Coates USA (www.sunchemical.com) introduced a variety of new ink lines during the recent CMM International in Chicago, IL.      Sun Chemical developed Spectrum gravure inks and Fidelity flexo inks to meet the n… Read More »
Ink Jet Inks Make Gains in Textiles
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Traditionally, textile printing has been the realm of screen printing, but ink Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
OM Group announced a 5 percent to 10 percent price increase for driers and additives to inks and paints, effective April 15. The increase comes in response to increased raw materials and energy costs, according to the company.… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Elementis Specialties Inc. announced a 6 percent price increase for all rheologicals, colorants, performance additives and polymers, effective May 1, 2003. According to the company, these price increases are a direct result of the increase in bus… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Michelman, Inc. announced several organizational changes. John Michelman will become chairman of the board and Steve Shifman will be the new president of Michelman, Inc. Dr. Michelman, who has been with the company for 38 years, will manage strategic… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Rohm and Haas has announced a list and off list price increase, effective April 1, or as contracts allow, for all of their acrylic copolymer emulsions, vinyl acetate containing polymers, solution polymers, stryene containing polymers and additives so… Read More »
The U.S. Top 20
By Staff
Published September 9, 2005
In spite of the continued economic challenges they are facing, some ink companies were able to find opportunities for growth in 2003. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Michelman, Inc. has named Marty Riehemann vice president – performance additives group. Mr. Riehemann has been with the company for 13 years, and has held the positions of technical sales representative, North American sales manager and global… Read More »