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By Theresa Ruehle, H. Tom Mills, Sunil Jayasuriya, Paul Gloor, and Stephen A. Fischer, Johnson Polymer
Published October 14, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Gloss Dry-Back from Wet Trap Printing with Aqueous Coatings” is an abridged version of the first-place recipient of the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Lecture Series at NPIRI’s 46th An… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Lisa Hahn, founder and president of Flexo Tech, definitely earned this year’s award Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
In January 1997, Ink World published the first U.S. Ink Directory, the first and only such listing of U.S. ink manufacturers. Since then, we have annually updated our directory, keeping our readers up-to-date with the changes that are occurring withi… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced funding opportunities for ultraviolet and electron beam curing technologies used in the manufacturing industries. The release of this solicitation will coincide with… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
At Labelexpo ‘09 in Brussels, Siegwerk presented its brand new ink systems for label printing using LED-UV lamps. Along with other benefits, this pioneering technology offers significant energy savings (60 percent and more) and eliminates the n… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
The world of digital printing is shocked and saddened by the news that Bradley S. (Brad) Kisner, president of INX Digital International Co., passed away suddenly August 22, after suffering a heart attack while visiting family in Santa Cruz, CA. He wa… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
EFI has announced its next-generation digital label press, the Jetrion 4830 UV Inkjet System. With a wider web width and faster linear speeds, the new printer increases throughput by more than two times compared to the market leading Jetrion 4000. Po… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Superior Printing Ink has received certification by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) and their Bioderived Raw Material Content (BRC) Program for Biolocity. Superior’s Biolocity process series has been certified wit… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Sun Chemical demonstrated its commitment to delivering quality, service and innovation for the narrow web market at Label Expo Europe in Brussels. Visitors at the show learned about the fully upgraded line of core products within the Solaris system.… Read More »
Ink Industry Showcases New Products at Print 09
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Print ‘09, organized by The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), was held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 11-16. While attendance figures were not released as of press time, there was a feeling that the final figures would reflect the cur… Read More »
The Chinese Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Although the printing and ink markets in China felt the impact of the global recession on exports, there are signs that the economic recovery has begun. Read More »
Digital Printing of Textiles Makes Gains in Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Digital printing processes, mainly based on inkjet systems, are making inroads into the textile printing sector Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Improvements in Key Printing Industry Indicators Provide Some Hope in Face of Continuing Sales Declines Key printing industry indicators, including work-on-hand, business conditions and the NAPL Printing Business Index (PBI), increased in Septem… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ideas such as Six Sigma, Total Predictive Maintenance, 5S process improvement, Lean Manufacturing and gage repeatability and reproducibility, have all become keys to reducing costs and becoming more efficient Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Despite a sluggish start to the year the metallic and special effect ink market has experienced modest growth, with many companies optimistic that the coming year will bring increased growth and recovery. “The beginning of the year started slo… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The current slowdown in the western European economy is delaying technological changes in the region’s printing industry as printers cut back their investment in new equipment and processes. For ink makers, these reductions in capital expendit… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
During the past few years, there has been a major emphasis by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) to improve the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference. The reasons for all the… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Color is the main test of quality in printed products. With a vast array of equipment, software and technical support available to printers on color matters, it has never been easier for them to avoid mistakes with color. The objective behind color… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Industry’s First Sales Compensation Survey Report Released by SGIA The first comprehensive examination and analysis of compensation data for sales personnel in the U.S. and Canadian screen printing and graphic imaging industry has been com… Read More »
By B. Magny, S. Pelletier and G. Albrighton; G. Eiselu00e9, Cray Valley and SICPA
Published October 9, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Importance of Monomer Interfacial Tension for UV Curable Litho Inks Performance” was presented during the 2002 RadTech Technical Conference in Indianapolis, IN. ©2002, RadTech International North America, Inc.… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Smart labels and other similar ‘intelligent’ products using small chips or conductive polymer materials would appear to have little relevance to the general future of printing and inks. The majority of smart labels comprise electronic co… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Market Growth Forecast for UV/EB According to the RadTech biennial survey North American Market Update, suppliers of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology are optimistic about near term growth prospects. Pointing to the significan… Read More »
By Emmanuel D. Dimotakis, Michihiko Toya and Anthony Cieri, Sun Chemical
Published October 9, 2009
The DriLith W2 series of inks has received significant exposure in the printing industry, spurring inquiries from waterless printers around the world. Benchmarking of DriLith W2 inks has been carried out with both medium and high-end waterless print… Read More »
By Jack Kenny, Label and Narrow Web Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The first comprehensive Pantone color guide for flexographic printers in decades is coming off the presses at the Flexographic Trade School (FTS) in Charlotte, NC. The title is FTS Flexographic Color Application Guide in Popular PANTONE® Colors,… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Providing the best possible service to customers is an excellent recipe for success. For UVitec Printing Ink, Inc., a Lodi, NJ-based UV inks and coatings specialist, helping customers has been the key to the company’s success for more than two… Read More »
By Eric T. Everett, Q-Panel Lab Products
Published October 9, 2009
The popularity of personal computers and digital cameras has ushered in an exploding new market of digital images printed from consumer printers. There is an endless combination of ink jet inks and commercial photo papers currently available in the m… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
U.S. EPA's comprehensive study on solvent-based, water-based and UV inks on wide web flexo applications offers insights. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
For many years, ink jet has been looked at longingly by printing ink manufacturers, who saw it as the wave of the future and also an opportunity to improve profitability. However, the vast majority of the ink jet ink business is tied up in the SOHO m… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
In many industries, consumables are where the profits are for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The classic example of the past has been Gillette, which sold razors inexpensively and made its money off of razor blades. The technology of today… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Legendary industry leader regales attendees with story of his life, concerns about the future Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
NAPL Issues Printing Business Conditions Update The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) has issued its March Printing Business Conditions Report, with all indicators signaling that the recession is over for print. The report caut… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
In recent years, energy-cured inks have developed into a growing area of opportunity for ink manufacturers and converters. Printers are developing new applications for UV inks at a rapid rate. For many ink companies today, developing UV inks to gain… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) held its annual Flexo Forum in Washington, D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Hotel from May 5-8. Titled “Capitol Ideas,” this year’s Forum put an emphasis on flexo’s… Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
According to ancient mythology, the phoenix was a magical bird that would set itself afire at the end of its life cycle and then rise from the ashes of its deceased self. Though not quite as dramatic as that, Phoenix Inks shares a similar genesis. Mu… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
As we near the halfway point of 2002, the ink industry has been fairly flat. However, there have been some bright spots in the mainstream printing processes, particularly flexo and UV/EB, and it appears the economy may be changing slightly for the be… Read More »
Published October 8, 2009
PIA Foresees Rebound, Optimism in Print Sales According to Printing Industries of America (PIA), which represents more than 13,000 companies in the manufacturing sector, printers are beginning to experience a definite rebound for print sal… Read More »
By Alexandra Pekarovicova, James Atkinson, Jan Pekarovic and Viera Khunova
Published October 8, 2009
Editor’s Note: “New Generation of Inks for Rotogravure” was presented during the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s 45th Annual Technical Conference, Oct. 17-19, 2001 in Scottsdale, AZ. The environmental and health pr… Read More »
By Kent Shah, Color Converting Industries
Published October 8, 2009
There are a number of papers published which discuss the yellowing or pinking (discoloration) of white polyethylene films. However, there is no reference nor sufficient explanation on the role of printing ink in such discoloration. Research presented… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
Central Ink's Richard Breen has seen the ink industry and his company change dramatically Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
An industry that had disappointing results in 2001 finds itself facing ever-tougher competition from overseas suppliers and is also having a difficult time getting desperately needed price increases. As a result, pressure is building on crucial areas… Read More »
Published October 7, 2009
GAMIS Examines Package Printing The Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS) of Printing Industries of America (PIA), Inc. recently published the new industry awareness study, “Package Printing 2001-2005.” The study focused… Read More »
By Dr. Joy T. Kunjappu
Published October 7, 2009
Matter exists in various forms such as gas, liquid and solid. Arrangement of atoms in these forms gives them their characteristic physical properties like density, shape and color. If we subdivide the solid state into fine particles until we reach mo… Read More »
Published October 7, 2009
FTA Issues 2002 Business Forecast North America’s more than 6,000 flexographic printing establishments will produce in excess of $85 billion of printed work in 2002, according to estimates by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).… Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
The ink market in Mexico is poised for the start of growth, with recovery anticipated during second-quarter 2002, or during the third quarter at the latest, say several industry executives. The ink market performance should follow gross domestic pro… Read More »
Published October 7, 2009
NAPIM Study Reveals Printers Focused on Product Performance America’s printers want the ink they purchase from ink manufacturers to perform on press as well or better than advertised. That’s the key finding of a recent survey distrib… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
A look at what's new and what's in store in the waxes, solvents and additives markets Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Metallic inks help to draw the eye and grab attention, and companies are poised for growth in 2002 Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
The Metro New York Printing Ink Association hosts panel of ink industry leaders Read More »
By Robert J. Geiger and Charles A. Henderson, UCB Chemicals Corporation
Published October 7, 2009
Editor’s Note: “UV Flexographic Inks: Correlation Between Rheology and Press Performance” was presented at the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) 45th Annual Technical Conference in Scottsdale, AZ in Octobe… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Heading into the 45th Annual National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference, it would have been understandable if National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) officials were nervous about attendance… Read More »