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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 »
Published June 28, 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 »
Published June 8, 2007
Sartomer Company announced plans to open a new 356-square-meter (3,832-square- foot) technical center and office space in Yokohama, Japan, in December 2007. The facility will house Sartomer Japan, which opened in 2005 and is part of the Asian operati… Read More »
Published June 6, 2007
Cytec Launches Energy Curable Polyester Acrylate For Flexographic Inks Cytec Industries has launched Ebecryl 453 UV/EB curable resin for the production of flexographic inks designed for emerging applications in filmic packaging, folding cartons… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published 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… Read More »
European Pigment Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 6, 2007
Chinese pigment producers, gains in pigment dispersants and REACH are among the key issues facing European pigment manufacturers. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2007
Providing strong product development and expertise is helping resin manufacturers make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Published April 4, 2007
Cognis Expands Versamid PUR Resins Cognis has expanded its range of Versamid PUR resins with new products in the Versamid PUR 1000, 1100 and 7000 series. These resins, used in for flexible packaging lamination applications, combine excellent pe… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2007
Issues such as rising energy costs and environmental regulations are driving the market for UV/EB technologies. Read More »
Ink Companies are Being Called Upon To Help Drive Toward Carbon Labeling
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published April 4, 2007
The European printing industry and its suppliers are having to become much more active on the issue of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to public awareness about global warming. Read More »
The North American Top 20
By Staff
Published April 4, 2007
North American ink manufacturers generally reported improved results in 2006, as key printing markets enjoyed growth and raw material prices showed signs of stabilizing. Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
To strengthen its Asian presence, the Wacker Group has opened a new technical center in Singapore. The facility will serve as a regional Center of Excellence for construction polymers, silicone emulsions, silicone resins and antifoam agents, the main… Read More »
Published March 13, 2007
Tego Dispers 685 For Rad-Cure Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced Tego Dispers 685, a new wetting and dispersing additive designed for preparing pigment concentrates for radiation curable industrial coatings and print… Read More »
The European Ink Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 13, 2007
Sales of printing inks rose throughout Europe in 2006, but raw materials, REACH and the overall outlook for print media remain serious concerns. Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Sartomer Company named Dr. Luigi Colantuoni president, replacing Nicholas Trainer, who retired after 37 years with the company.       Dr. Colantuoni will report to Hugues Woestelandt, chief executive officer of Total Specialty C… Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Parelec Inc., a global leader in inks for fully additive printing of electronic circuits, has announced four key appointments. The company has hired a marketing manager, two chemists and a technology specialist.      “Interest… Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
TAG Polymers, an Austin, TX-based fluoropolymer processing business announced the completion of a technology upgrade of its manufacturing facility located in San Marcos, TX. The company which processes and manufactures fluoropolymer resins or micropo… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Vehicles and varnishes play a critical role in ink, and terms such as 'guts' and 'heart of the ink' speak to their importance. Ink makers rely on their suppliers to help provide the critical characteristics that printers seek. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers are Finding Opportunities in the Textile Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Digital technologies and new environmental standards are providing ink companies with new possibilities in the textile segment. Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
Sartomer Company is lifting sales control on its Wingtack resins product line. The sales control was declared in May due to worldwide events affecting the availability of C5 resin-making streams.         “We have also… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
The global markets for the raw materials required to manufacture printing inks have for quite some time been dominated not only by continuously rising prices but also by a growing shortage of these resources.      Despite stagnating… Read More »
Toyo Ink Celebrates 100 Years, Looks Ahead to the Future
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2007
As Toyo Ink commemorates its 100th anniversary, the company continues to build on its core business and branch out into a wide range of related fields. Read More »
Published December 13, 2006
Arez announced that it has reached agreement with ResInvest to invest significant capital in Arez to expedite the growth of its resin business. ResInvest is part of the HCS group, based in Königstein, Germany.      “This a… Read More »
Published December 13, 2006
Siegwerk is announcing price increases of 3.5 percent for all packaging inks and coatings sold throughout the NAFTA region effective Jan. 1, 2007.      This increase comes in response to the continuing raw material increases experien… Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For manufacturers of waxes, solvents and additives, 2006 was a year of mixed results, as business picked up but raw material prices remain a concern. Read More »
Published November 28, 2006
The global markets for the raw materials required to manufacture printing inks have for quite some time been dominated not only by continuously rising prices but also by a growing shortage of these resources. Despite stagnating or even temporaril… Read More »
Published November 16, 2006
Cytec Industries Inc. announced the manufacturing start-up for select MACRYNAL high solids acrylic polyols and VIACRYL water-based acrylics at the company’s Langley, SC production facility. The capital investment made at the Langley plant shoul… Read More »
2006 Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published November 9, 2006
The landscape of the international printing ink industry has changed greatly during the past year after the major acquisitions and consolidations that occurred in 2005. Read More »
NPIRI 2006 Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
NAPIM celebrates its 50th NPIRI Technical Conference with a program titled 'Looking Forward: Imagination, Communication, Accomplishment.' Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Driven by productivity and superior performance characteristics, energy curable inks and coatings continue to make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2006
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Graph Expo featured a wealth of products and services for the printing and graphic communications industry. Read More »
Published November 3, 2006
Arez announced that it has reached agreement with ResInvest to invest significant capital in Arez to expedite the growth of its resin business. ResInvest is part of the HCS group, based in Königstein, Germany. "This agreement will enabl… Read More »
Published October 30, 2006
Siegwerk is announcing price increases of 3.5 percent for all packaging inks and coatings sold throughout the NAFTA region effective Jan. 1, 2007. This increase comes in response to the continuing raw material increases experienced throughout all… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals is renaming its full range of polymer dispersions in Europe and redispersible powders globally under the new brand name, Axilat.      “With our recent purchase of the polymer dispersions business from… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Resinall Europe, BVBA and Megara Resins, SA announced the establishment of a manufacturing and sales agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Megara will manufacture modified rosin resins for Resinall’s exclusive sale and distribution into… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Sartomer Company announced that J.H. Calo Company, Westbury, NY, has been named the newest distributor of its Wingtack resin line. Sartomer acquired the tackifying resin line from Goodyear in 2005.       J.H. Calo will be respo… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Cytec Industries Inc. announced that it is increasing prices in North and South America of its Cymel, Aerotex, Melurac and Cyrez amino resins, and of its Alvonol phenolic resins. The increases took effect on Sept. 15, 2006.      … Read More »