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The Sheetfed Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink manufacturers saw some improvement in the sheetfed market, as packaging in particular showed growth, but increasing costs are creating serious concerns. Read More »
Rising Raw Material Costs Drive Ink Price Increases
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink makers are stepping up their drive to persuade customers to accept higher selling prices to offset hikes in raw material costs. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sartomer increased the prices of its acrylate and methacrylate monomers and oligomers effective Dec. 1, or as contracts allow. Increases will vary by product, and will range from 5 to 8 percent.      According to Paul Elias, Sartome… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments group has announced price increases of 5 to 10 percent on pigments and pigment preparations. The increases apply to products sold to the ink, plastics, coatings and some specialty markets on a global basis.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
The European Commission approved the proposed acquisition of BASF Printing Systems and ANI Printing Inks by the European private equity firm CVC on Oct. 29. The investigation has shown that the proposed transactions, which will involve the combinatio… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical announced price increases of 3 to 7 percent on all packaging inks and coatings, that were effective Oct. 1, according to Richard Pettifor, Sun Chemical corporate vice president and president, North American packaging inks. These increase… 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
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 »
CVC
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The merger of BASF and ANI creates a powerful new force in the printing ink industry. Read More »
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 »
Published October 24, 2005
Sartomer Company announces that Kevin W. Rice, Christopher M. Stretch and Stephane Thion have been promoted to new sales positions, and that Michael J. McQuade has joined the company as a technical sales representative for the mid-central region. &… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Cognis Corporation’s graphic arts business announced that it will increase the price of its Photomer energy curing products. To help minimize the impact on customers, Cognis is announcing the increase in two stages for both list and off-list pr… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Johnson Polymer, LLC announced a price increase of 5 cents per pound for emulsions and solutions, and 9 cents per pound for solid resins. These products are marketed under the trade name Joncryl.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Surface Specialties, Inc. announces price increases in certain radiation curable products sold in North and Latin America effective Aug. 15, 2004, or as contracts allow.      Epoxy acrylates will increase by 15 percent, while amino a… 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 »
European Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 21, 2005
Flexible Packaging Makes Gains in the European Market Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Sartomer Company has promoted Matt Monroe to plant manager of its Grand Junction, CO plant, which manufactures many of the company’s specialty chemicals for elastomers, coatings, inks, adhesives and electronics applications.    &nbs… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Sartomer Company has promoted Thierry Razat to business manager, hydrocarbon resins.      In his new position, Mr. Razat is responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities for Sartomer’s Norsolene hydrocarbon resi… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Don Brookfield Sr., founder of Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, Inc., Middleboro, MA, passed away May 24 away after an extended illness.      A graduate of MIT, Mr. Brookfield first came across viscometers when he and his father… 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
Sartomer Company announced that it has increased the list prices of its Norsolene hydrocarbon resins by $.03 per pound due to the rapidly rising costs of raw materials  and energy.      Sartomer’s Norsolene hydrocarbon res… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Apollo Management, L.P., a private investment firm that recently announced an agreement to acquire Eastman Chemical’s CASPI line, including Eastman Resins, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Borden Chemical, Inc., a… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Sartomer Company increased the list and off-list prices of its hydrocarbon resins as of Oct. 1, 2005. The company’s Wingtack hydrocarbon resins increased by 8 cents per pound. Sartomer’s Norsolene resins increased by 5 cents per pound.… 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
Johnson Polymer, LLC announced a price increase of up to 3 cents per pound for emulsions and an average of 4 cents per pound for hard resins. These products are marketed under the trade name JONCRYL. The price change was effective May 15, 2004 in the… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Apollo Management, L.P., a private investment firm, and Eastman Chemical Company announced June 1 they have signed an agreement for Apollo to acquire certain businesses and product lines in Eastman’s coatings, adhesives, specialty polymers and… Read More »
Drupa 2004 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Drupa 2004 drew nearly 400,000 attendees and showcased new technologies. As the printing industry evolves, the ink industry continues to change with the times. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
While 2004 brings renewed optimism, increasing raw material costs and continued economic challenges remain concerns for resin manufacturers. 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 »
The Asian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
2003 brought more growth to the Asia Pacific region, and ink companies continue to expand their operations into the area. Read More »
Published October 3, 2005
The acquisition of U.S.-based Flint Ink Corporation by German-based XSYS Print Solutions was completed Sept. 30, 2005. The transaction closed following the August approval of the acquisition and subsequent merger by regulatory authorities in Europe a… 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
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
In a move designed to refocus its efforts in the sheetfed varnish market, Eastman Resins is moving the production of Lawter Graphic Arts Technologies’ sheetfed varnishes to its LaVergne, TN plant. The company will continue to manufacture resins… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the economy improves, vehicle and varnish manufacturers are hopeful that the printing ink industry will see improvement. However, rising crude oil prices are a serious concern. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Sartomer Company has added Lipscomb Chemical Company, Inc., Long Beach, CA to its network of agents. As of fourth quarter 2003, Lipscomb holds exclusive sales rights in Arizona, California and Nevada for Sartomer’s Poly bd, Krasol and SMA resin… Read More »
New Leaders in the Ink Industry
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
New executives from inside and outside the industry are having an impact on the ink business. 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 »
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 »
Despite Modifications, REACH Remains a Concern
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Under pressure from industry and politicians, the European Commission has watered down its proposals for a new regulatory framework on chemicals and their downstream uses. However, industry leaders feel it needs to do more. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
NeoResins Inc. (www.neoresins.com), a leading provider of waterborne resin technologies for application in water-based coatings, printing inks and adhesives, has expanded Fitz Chem Corporation’s Midwest territory of  Illinois, Indiana, Wis… Read More »