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Published July 16, 2008
Ashland Inc. and Hercules Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ashland would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hercules for $18.60 per share in cash and 0.093 of a share of Ashland common stock for each share of Her… Read More »
Published July 16, 2008
Faced with continued increases in raw materials and operating costs, Sun Chemical will increase prices by 12 percent for publication inks effective July 1, 2008.       “Crude oil prices have made an unprecedented rise ove… Read More »
Energy Efficiency, Sustainability are Key Topics at drupa 2008
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published July 1, 2008
With an eye toward the soaring cost of energy and the increasing interest in sustainability, exhibitors at drupa 2008 emphasized new technologies. Read More »
Published June 9, 2008
Elementis plc announced that it has agreed, through its wholly owned subsidiary Elementis Holdings Limited, to purchase Deuchem Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based company, for a cash consideration of £40.4 million. Deuchem had £37.9 million in sal… Read More »

Published June 9, 2008
NPIRI Elects Board of Directors for 2008-09 The National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) recently elected the following members to the Board of Directors: • Graham Battersby, representing Flint Group • Joe Cichon, INX Internati… Read More »
RadTech 2008 Showcases UV, EB Technologies
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2008
The UV and EB markets have enjoyed excellent growth in recent years Read More »
Published June 4, 2008
Rohm and Haas Offers New Dispersing Resins Rohm and Haas recently introduced two high-efficiency dispersing resin products for organic pigments in aqueous media. These new styrene, acrylic-based polymers, Morcryl 410 and Morcryl 460 Plus dispersin… Read More »
Published May 31, 2008
Faced with continued increases in raw materials and operating costs, Sun Chemical will increase prices by 12 percent for publication inks effective July 1, 2008.   “Crude oil prices have made an unprecedented rise over the last six mont… Read More »
Published May 30, 2008
A breakthrough in UV curing inks for sheetfed offset printing has been unveiled by Sun Chemical as part of its growing commitment to customers and the environment. Commercial production has started for a world-first ‘eco-friendly’ UV ink,… Read More »
Published May 20, 2008
The National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) recently elected the following members to the Board of Directors: • Graham Battersby, representing Flint Group • Joe Cichon, INX International Ink Co. • Rich Czarnecki, Superior… Read More »
Published May 9, 2008
BASF Corporation announced that it has extended Canadian distributorship of its full line of resins to Dempsey Corporation. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dempsey has distributed a wide range of products throughout Canada and the U.S. since 1954.… Read More »
Published May 9, 2008
BASF announced that it will increase resin prices an average of 6 to 8 percent across all market segments effective May 1, 2008, or as contracts allow. The price increase pertains to list and off-list pricing and includes, but is not limited to, the… Read More »
Published May 9, 2008
Cytec Industries Inc. has launched new web pages related to its activity in the paint and coatings and graphic arts and inks industries on www.cytec.com.      By significantly expanding the depth of content of its web pages about liq… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 8, 2008
Higher raw material prices, led by crude oil, continue to impact resin manufacturers, but the surge in new product development is helping to drive sales growth. Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 7, 2008
Despite higher raw materials and operational costs that continue to impact the printing ink industry, many North American ink companies were able to show some growth during 2007. Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2008
Rising energy costs and environmental regulations continue to drive the market for UV/EB technologies. Read More »
Published April 4, 2008
Tego Introduces Defoamer For Water-Based Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced Tego Foamex 843 for water-based inks and wood coating formulations. The use of Foamex 843 results in fast and complete foam knock-down, pre… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
Although pigment companies generally noted that 2007 was a relatively good year for the industry, there are also numerous concerns for the future, including raw material costs, the economy, the elimination of the VAT in China and environmental mandates. Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
For flexo ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, as packaging continues to show growth and the interest in the environment draws attention to water-based and UV flexo inks. Read More »
Published March 3, 2008
XSYS Print Solutions, a division of Flint Group, changed its name to Flint Group Narrow Web as of March 1, 2008. The name change is the last in a long series of re-branding exercises for the specialist narrow web ink maker, which started out as part… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 25, 2008
Panel of print leaders will be a highlight of upcoming convention, April 11-14 in Indian Wells, CA. Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Cray Valley announced an increase in prices of its hydrocarbon resins product line, retroactive to Dec. 1, 2007, or as existing contracts allow. The increase amounts to 5 cents per pound and applies to Wingtack and Norsolene resins sold throughout th… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Nazdar is the latest ink manufacturer to become a Xaar Approved Ink Partner and supports Xaar’s strategy to give end users the freedom to select from a wide range of approved inks.          “We are delight… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
PolyOne Corporation has reorganized its Polymer Coating Systems (PCS) into two business units.      The Wilflex inks and specialty colorants businesses and the BayOne equity investment will be combined into a new operating segment na… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 1, 2008
The role of vehicles and varnishes is a critical one, and suppliers are developing new technologies while also facing increasingly higher raw material costs. Read More »
Published January 11, 2008
Nazdar is the latest ink manufacturer to become a Xaar Approved Ink Partner and supports Xaar’s strategy to give end users the freedom to select from a wide range of approved inks. “We are delighted to be working with Nazdar,” said… Read More »
Published January 11, 2008
PolyOne Corporation has reorganized its Polymer Coating Systems (PCS) into two business units.     The Wilflex inks and specialty colorants businesses and the BayOne equity investment will be combined into a new operating segment name… Read More »
Move Toward Eco-Friendly Products is Likely to Lead to Increased Costs
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 3, 2008
European ink manufacturers are seeing increasing interest in environmentally friendly products. However, the cost of renewable resources is rising, and it will likely lead to higher prices. Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Waxes, solvents and additives manufacturers enjoyed growth overall, as new technologies continue to emerge. However, higher raw material costs remain a major concern. Read More »
Published November 27, 2007
Tego Offers Micronized Waxes for Printing Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced two new micronized waxes designed to improve scratch resistance and anti-blocking properties in printing inks and coatings. Vestowax X 41… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Sartomer Company named Chace Phillips the new plant manager of the company’s production site in Channelview, TX. Mr. Phillips is responsible for operations at the facility, which manufactures styrene maleic anhydride resins and polybutadiene re… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Cray Valley announced the opening of a 900-square-foot hydrocarbon resins lab at its existing Exton, PA facility. The new lab enables the company to increase product research, raw material evaluation and new product development.     … Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Wacker Polymers raised its prices worldwide for Pioloform, Polyviol, Vinnacoat, Vinnapas solid resins and Vinnol surface coating resins. The increase averages 10 percent, and, unless otherwise agreed, came into force on Nov, 1, 2007. This measure has… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Color Resolutions International (CRI) has announced that effective Nov. 1, 2007 prices on all packaging inks will be raised from 7 to 14 percent, depending on the color and resin technology.      CRI president and CEO George Sickinge… Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Driven by new technologies and applications, energy-curable inks and coatings continue to enjoy solid growth worldwide, with packaging and sheetfed being particularly strong areas. Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
Plasticolors, Inc. announced the appointment of Scott T. Becker to president of the company.      Mr. Becker held the position of COO at Plasticolors prior to the new appointment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from… Read More »
NPIRI Technical Conference Focuses on Inkmaker  Printer Relationship
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
The conference offered first-hand knowledge of the relationship between ink companies and printers. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
As the packaging market continues to expand globally, packaging ink manufacturers are enjoying growth, although higher raw material prices and consolidation remain concerns. Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
Publication printers and ink manufacturers are facing a wide variety of challenges, including a changing marketplace, higher costs and customer consolidation. Read More »
Instability of Raw Material Prices, Supply is a Major Concern for Ink Manufacturers
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2007
Although ink companies appear likely to be able to pass along higher prices to their customers, there remain serious concerns about supply and pricing. Read More »
Published September 25, 2007
Color Resolutions International (CRI) has announced that effective November 1, 2007 prices on all packaging inks will be raised from 7 to 14 percent, depending on the color and resin technology. CRI president and CEO George Sickinger indicated tha… Read More »
Published September 19, 2007
BASF Corporation has announced a new distributor network to support customers of its performance chemicals for coatings, plastics and specialties business in the U.S.      “We believe that we now have a structure in place to bett… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
In recent years, stable pigment prices have helped ink manufacturers weather surging crude oil prices. The elimination of the VAT refunds on pigments in China is changing all of that. Read More »
Ink and Pigment Manufacturers Weigh Their Options as REACH Nears
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 11, 2007
It is becoming evident that for certain ink makers and raw materials suppliers, the task may be more difficult and expensive than expected. There is even a danger that costs will be so high that certain ink materials may have to be taken off the market. Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
The global hydrocarbon resins business unit of TOTAL’s chemical branch will be marketed in the Americas under the Cray Valley name, effective July 1. Sartomer and Cray Valley, sister companies within TOTAL Chemicals, jointly announced the move… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
BASF today officially broke ground July 16 for its new resins plant in Wyandotte, MI, joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Wyandotte Mayor Jim DeSana and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company’s new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to co… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2007
In light of the major changes in the printing ink industry in recent years, 2006 was a time of relative stability as ink manufacturers continued to increase their efforts into growing markets and regions. Read More »
Published July 24, 2007
BASF officially broke ground July 16, 2007 for its new resins plant in Wyandotte, MI, joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Wyandotte Mayor Jim DeSana and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the… Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
D.B. Becker Co., Inc., Clinton, NJ, was named “Distributor of the Year” in North America by Tego Coating Additives & Specialty Resins, a division of Degussa. A growth of more than 30 percent that was achieved last year showed outstand… Read More »