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Published March 12, 2008
The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, which outlines the details of a prospective merger of the two organizations.    &nb… Read More »
Published March 12, 2008
Siegwerk has established a Center of Competence for Flexible Packaging in Shanghai. “This concentration of know-how is part of Siegwerk’s Asia strategy,” CEO Herbert Forker said. “It enables us to significantly support all act… Read More »
Published March 12, 2008
Flint Group announced the formation of the new global business unit Flint Group Flexographic Products. It combines Flint Group Printing Plates activities with the rotec sleeve business, which was included in the acquisition of Day International in 20… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 12, 2008
In reviewing the 100th anniversary year for Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co. Ltd., two landmark events stand out among a lengthy list of accomplishments that took place in 2007, according to Fusao Ito, president of the Toyo Ink Group in America.  &nbs… 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 »
The European Ink Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 10, 2008
European ink manufacturers are bracing for a challenging year, although there are opportunities for growth in some regions and markets. Read More »
Published March 3, 2008
With its impact in the printing industry growing steadily, the Print Suppliers Group (PSG) has announced the addition of three new members. Reflecting the increasing need for modest-sized ink suppliers to combine their sourcing power, the growth of P… Read More »
Published February 27, 2008
EFI announced the commercial release of its new 3M Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 2800 UV for use with EFI’s VUTEk™ QS2000 and QS3200 superwide printers and a wide range of opaque, clear and translucent 3M media.   “The release of thi… 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
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. closed the acquisition of Penreco, a Texas general partnership, on Jan. 3, 2008 for approximately $267 million in cash, excluding customary post-closing purchase price adjustments.      Penre… Read More »
Published February 11, 2008
Sensient Technologies Corporation reported that diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2007 rose 18.2 percent to 39 cents, compared to 33 cents in last year's fourth quarter. Diluted earnings per share for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2… Read More »
Published February 8, 2008
Flint Group announced the formation of the new global business unit Flint Group Flexographic Products. It combines the Flint Group Printing Plates activities with the rotec sleeve business, which was included in the Flint Group acquisition of Day Int… Read More »
Published February 6, 2008
Siegwerk has established a Center of Competence for Flexible Packaging in Shanghai. “This concentration of know-how is part of Siegwerk’s Asia strategy," CEO Herbert Forker said. “It enables us to significantly support all acti… Read More »
Published February 5, 2008
The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, which outlines the details of a prospective merger of the two organizations. The agreement desc… Read More »
The UV Inkjet Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 4, 2008
Digital technologies continue to make gains in printing, and UV inkjet is particularly well positioned to increase its share of this growing market. 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 »
The Milling Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published February 1, 2008
Milling equipment manufacturers are seeing particular interest in process improvements and new technologies, including nanotechnology. Read More »
Published January 31, 2008
In reviewing the 100th anniversary year for Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co. Ltd., two landmark events stand out among a lengthy list of accomplishments that took place in 2007, according to Fusao Ito, president of the Toyo Ink Group in America. "T… Read More »
Published January 24, 2008
For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007, EFI  reported revenues of $152 million, down approximately 1 percent when compared to  fourth quarter 2006 revenue of $153.4 million.  For the year ended Dec. 31, 2007, revenues were $620.6 million… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
EFI has completed a strategic investment in Raster Printers. Founded in 2004, Raster Printers offers a line of environmentally-friendly UV wide format printers marketed under the brand name Daytona.      “Raster Printers, under… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
HP announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire NUR Macroprinters Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial wide-format digital inkjet printers.      Based in Lod, Israel, NUR is a leading supplier of UV-curable and solven… Read More »
Published January 11, 2008
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. closed the acquisition of Penreco, a Texas general partnership for approximately $267 million in cash, excluding customary post-closing purchase price adjustments. Penreco was owned by ConocoPhillips Compa… Read More »
The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 3, 2008
Despite concerns over raw material costs and consolidation among customers, ink manufacturers believe there are opportunities ahead for the sheetfed market. 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 »
Published December 12, 2007
HP announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire NUR Macroprinters Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial wide-format digital inkjet printers. Based in Lod, Israel, NUR is a leading supplier of UV-curable and solvent inkjet printers f… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
With technical sessions including Green Chemistry, Renewable Resources, Impact of REACH, Nanomaterials, Kinetics, Electronics Chemistry, Graphic Arts, Wood Coatings, High Performance Coatings and more, RadTech, the Association for Ultraviolet (UV) an… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
X-Rite, Inc. has completed the purchase of Pantone, Inc. for a purchase price of $180 million.  The transaction was funded exclusively with cash, financed through new borrowings.      Pantone, Inc., headquartered in Carlstadt, N… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
EFI’s breakthrough superwide format products garnered two key awards at SGIA, held in Orlando, FL. The revolutionary new VUTEk QS3200r and eco-friendly VUTEk 3360 with BioVu Inks earned recognition during the exposition.     &nb… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
Ink solutions that help screen and digital printers run more efficiently and improve quality were on display at Sun Chemical’s booth at SGIA 2007.       Sun Chemical’s product portfolio of inks, coatings and equipme… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
INX International Ink Co. announced that it is partnering with Gould Paper (Canada), Ltd. to distribute ink and coating products throughout western Canada via Gould outlets in Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.       &ld… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
EFI announced its results for the third quarter of 2007. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007, the company reported revenues of $158.3 million, up approximately 15 percent when compared to third quarter 2006 revenue of $138.2 million. For the nine mo… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
For most ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, although there remains much uncertainty regarding raw material costs and consolidation among printers. Meanwhile, a number of new leaders took the helm during the year. 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 »
Consolidation is Impacting the European Publication Printing Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Europe’s publication printing sector seems to be entering a new phase of restructuring after the decision by Canada’s Quebecor World Inc. in November to divest all of its European printing operations.   &nbs… Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 27, 2007
The metallic ink market is getting more and more competitive, driven by price, technology and innovation. Read More »
Published November 27, 2007
EFI has completed a strategic investment in San Jose, CA, based Raster Printers. Raster Printers, founded in 2004, offers a line of environmentally-friendly UV wide format printers marketed under the brand name Daytona. "Raster Printers, un… Read More »
Published November 7, 2007
EFI’s breakthrough superwide format products garnered two key awards at SGIA, held in Orlando, FL. The revolutionary new VUTEk QS3200r and eco-friendly VUTEk 3360 with BioVu Inks earned recognition during the exposition.   “The launc… 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 »
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 »
Environmental Issues are Impacting the Flexible Packaging Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Flexible packaging has been one of the fastest growing printing sectors in Europe, but for ink producers, it is becoming one of the most challenging. Read More »
Published October 31, 2007
EFI announced its results for the third quarter of 2007. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007, the company reported revenues of $158.3 million, up approximately 15 percent when compared to third quarter 2006 revenue of $138.2 million. For the nine mo… Read More »
Published October 31, 2007
During the recent LabelExpo in Brussels, Flint Group Printing Plates presented the 2007 award to Polish distributor Scorpio Sp. z o. o., honored for its continued success throughout 2006. Dr. Thomas Telser, President of Flint Group Printing Plates, p… Read More »
Published October 25, 2007
Ink solutions that help screen and digital printers run more efficiently and improve quality are on display at Sun Chemical’s booth at SGIA 2007.   Sun Chemical’s product portfolio of inks, coatings, and equipment found at SGIA bo… Read More »
Published October 25, 2007
DuPont Digital Printing has announced that, effective early 2008, DuPont Artistri digital ink technology, previously available only as part of the DuPont Artistri digital textile printing system, will be available broadly through select OEM partners… Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
Harper Asia Pacific, Co., Ltd., the Asian licensed affiliate of Harper Corporation of America, announced an expansion to the capabilities of its service team in India.      Tarun Kumar Raval, a printing technologist, has joined the g… Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
EFI has sold its first Jetrion 4000 UV Inkjet System to True Label, Inc., a label innovator and current Jetrion 3025 customer. True Label signed the contract for the machine last month and recently installed the press in its Toledo, OH facility. &n… Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
X-Rite, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Pantone, Inc. for $180 million. The deal is expected to close in the fall of 2007.      Pantone, Inc., headquartered in Carlstadt, NJ, is an authority on color inspirat… Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
Faced with continued increases in raw materials and operating costs, Sun Chemical has announced North American price increases up to 11 percent for commercial, publication and news inks, effective Oct. 1, 2007.      “We have se… Read More »
Published October 11, 2007
Flint Group has announced the following price increases on inks in North America, effective Oct.1, 2007. The increases come as a result of a continuing and unprecedented rise in raw material, transportation and energy costs. • Publication gravu… Read More »