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Published November 18, 2005
Effective Nov. 1, 2005, or as contract terms allow, the Epoxy Products and Intermediates business of Dow Chemical Company increased prices for all grades of epoxy resins sold in North America by $0.05 per pound.      Dow said the in… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Cytec Surface Specialties Inc., a subsidiary of Cytec Industries Inc., announced price increases of between $0.08 and $0.23 per pound for its radiation curable product lines in North America, Mexico and Latin America effective Oct. 15, 2005.  &… 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
The Huber Group has agreed to form an alliance with Micro Inks Ltd. The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2006. Once this transaction is completed, the Huber Group will have consolidated annual sales of $900 million. The Huber Group… 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 »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical has announced price increases and surcharges averaging 6 to 9 percent on all inks and coatings, which started June 1. These increases will be applied to all inks and coatings sold in the U.S. and Canada.      In additio… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Higher raw material costs, short supply of some key ingredients and tighter margins continue to be serious issues for ink and resin manufacturers alike. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sartomer Company will increase the list and off-list prices of its Norsolene hydrocarbon resins by 6 cents per pound as of May 1. This increase is due to the continuing rising costs of raw materials and energy, as well as increasing costs associated… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Effective immediately, CCP’s Coatings Resins Group implemented a 2005 volume sales control program for all acrylic-containing coatings resins.  According to Dan Kile, vice president of polymers for CCP, the action is necessitated by the… 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
Surface Specialties, Inc. announced that three of its North America production sites have achieved all-time safety records. Two plants have achieved “zero” lost-time incidents for more than 11 consecutive years, while a third has just rec… Read More »
Challenges, Opportunities Abound for European Ink Manufacturers
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
As the European economy picks up in 2005, there are opportunities for ink manufacturers who are looking for ways to improve their margins amid the raw material price increases. 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
Noveon will implement price increases for resins and polymers in North America, effective Jan. 17. Products affected include those used in paint and coatings; specialty paper and adhesives; electronics; inks; overprint varnishes and coatings; and tex… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Surface Specialties, Inc. announced price increases of between 15 cents to 25 cents per pound for all its UV/EB curable monomers, oligomers and photoinitiators in North America, Mexico and Latin America, effective Feb. 1, 2005 or as contracts allow.… 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 »
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
Sartomer Company promoted Jim Horgan to vice president of technology, effective Jan. 1. Mr. Horgan will be responsible for Sartomer’s technology group, including product and process development, applications and technical service groups. He wil… 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
 Sartomer Company will increase the price of its Poly bd hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene resins as of March 1, 2005 (April 1, 2005 for contract customers) in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.      Poly bd R45HTLO will… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
The acquisition of BASF Printing Systems by funds of the European private equity firm CVC Capital Partners (CVC) was closed Nov. 30. The sale covers all facilities and activities of the business, including the production of alkali blue at BASF Corpor… Read More »
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 »