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Health Care Costs and the Ink Industry
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Ink manufacturers large and small alike are facing dramatic insurance increases, which are impacting their health care offerings and the bottom line. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Lyondell Chemical Company and Millennium Chemicals Inc. announced March 29 that their boards of directors have approved, and the companies have executed, a definitive agreement for a stock-for-stock business combination of the companies. As a result,… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Noveon International, Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.84 billion. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close within three mont… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Leading ink jet innovator Xaar is launching Fast Dry Coding & Marking Ink, designed specifically for use with the XJ128 printhead for coding and marking applications.      Developed in conjunction with leading ink manufacturer Su… Read More »
The Gravure Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 10, 2005
As technological advances continue to be made in the gravure packaging market, gravure is now able to compete with flexo. Read More »
BCF Declares Ink Industry is Facing a Crisis
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
The European ink sector is beginning to revolt against the way printers have shifted a sizeable proportion of their cost reductions to ink producers without adequate compensation. 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 4, 2005
Engelhard Corporation has formed an alliance with Prizmalite Industries Inc. to develop and market new effect and functional materials for a range of applications, including paints and coatings, plastics, printing inks, cosmetics and personal care pr… Read More »
Published October 4, 2005
When Indianapolis-based Fortune Diversified Industries (FDI) acquired Nor-Cote International Inc., a Crawfordsville, IN-based UV screen ink specialist in July, FDI looked to bring in a knowledgeable ink person as CEO of its new wholly owned subsidiar… Read More »
Van Son, Regional Ink Companies Join Forces
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 4, 2005
Van Son Holland Ink and more than a dozen regional ink manufacturers are working together to distribute Van Son�s new VS5 ink to the large sheetfed market. 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 »
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
Communicating in the flexible packaging industry can sometimes be challenging due to the technical nature of the industry and the expanding terminology being generated by the industry’s rapid growth and advancement. The Flexible Packaging Assoc… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
The Gravure Association of America, Inc. (GAA) and the Gravure Education Foundation (GEF) have released a new textbook, Gravure Process & Technology, second edition.      Gravure Process & Technology, second edition is the on… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
With its newly developed ink series ZWPT 76 for paper and tissue, the Siegwerk Group has introduced a product that meets the high demands of the printers as well as the consumers. The new water-based ink series for flexographic printing is characteri… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Jetrion LLC has launched new low-temperature UV ink jet inks for drop-on-demand (DOD) applications. The new inks were designed to offer important performance and production benefits to ink jet printer manufacturers and to commercial printers and conv… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks has introduced UvoNova, a high-performance UV curable letterpress ink created using the latest resin technology that offers excellent adhesion, curing and print quality on a variety of popular narrow web substrates including coated an… Read More »
The European Ink Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
While there are signs of an economic upturn in the printing industry, ink manufacturers remain wary. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers Talk about Pigment Purchasing
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 19, 2005
When the subject of pigments comes up, the talk usually centers on price. Yet in speaking with ink industry executives, particularly leaders at smaller niche companies, properties and consistent quality are also of great importance. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 13, 2005
Prices and worldwide overcapacity remain major concerns, but pigment manufacturers are somewhat optimistic about the prospects for 2004. 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 »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As 2004 opens, mill manufacturers are waiting to see if the economic recovery in the U.S. will lead to greater capital expenditures. 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 »
Published September 12, 2005
At the Heimtextil trade fair, BASF Aktien-gesellschaft will present new concepts and products for digital textile printing, including Helizarin EVO P 100 pigmented inks.      Helizarin EVO P 100 is the rapidest pigment ink jet ink ye… Read More »
The Offset Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Valued for its near-photographic quality, stochastic screening is becoming more widely used throughout the industry. 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 »
Siegwerk Group Strengthens Its Global Presence
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The acquisition of CCI increases Siegwerk's position in the global packaging ink market. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Nazdar (www.nazdar.com) has received ISO 9001:2000 registration for its quality management system.      “ISO 9001:2000 registration sends a clear and unmistakable signal to our customers and competitors that Nazdar continues t… 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 »
The Year In Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
After another challenging year, ink executives are cautiously optimistic as they look ahead to 2004 Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Fuji Hunt Photographic Chemicals, Inc., Allendale, NJ, a supplier of products for the photographic, graphic arts and specialty chemical industries, and Cork Industries, Folcroft, PA, a manufacturer of water-based, ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Jetrion, LLC (www.jetrion.com), a new global ink jet product, service and integration company powered by Flint Ink, has expanded its customer service capabilities by introducing a nationwide, 24-hour, technical-support program. The enhanced program s… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
INX International Ink Co. (www.inxinternational.com) has introduced a new paste-ink dispensing system for customers – a self-contained, advanced technology system that eliminates costly traditional-system pumps, complex installation and huge sp… Read More »
The UV Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The market for UV inks is expected to continue its strong growth as new technologies are developed. Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
The films business of ExxonMobil Chemical recently completed an expansion of its oriented polypropylene (OPP) film manufacturing plant in Shawnee, OK.      The installation of a specialty 6.6-meter orienter line gives ExxonMobil Che… Read More »
The Specialty Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
RFID and smart label technology is fueling demand for conductive inks. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the packaging industry continues to evolve, ink companies are working overtime to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Recognizing the market demand for consistent, high quality products delivered to suit specific needs, Akzo Nobel Inks (www.aninks.com) has invested in new fully automated UV manufacturing facilities in Minnesota, California and Pennsylvania. These fa… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Xaar plc and Sericol Imaging have launched a new high-performance pigment-based UV ink – the Xaar 770. The ink has been specially developed to work with Xaar’s XJ126 printheads for wide format graphics and scanning applications.  &n… Read More »
Printers Slowly Look Toward Ink Dispensing Systems
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
While some printers look at ink management as a bit of a luxury, others are adapting new approaches to dispensing ink. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Environmental Inks and Coatings Corporation (EIC), Morganton, NC (www.envinks.com), has signed an agreement to acquire Arcar Graphics, a subsidiary of Flint Ink North America Corporation. The transaction is expected to close the end of August 2003.… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
SICPA North America, Inc.’s (www.sicpa.com) Prescott, Ontario packaging inks manufacturing facility has been audited and registered in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2000. According to the company, benefits to customers include:… Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Despite higher costs, improved properties are driving growth for high performance pigments in a variety of printing markets, including packaging, outdoor signage and non-impact printing. Read More »
European Printing Market Continues to Struggle
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Ink makers went into 2003 knowing it would be a hard year. With printing still in the doldrums, they realize it is going to be tougher than they envisaged. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Latran Technologies has appointed Peter Daciuk as area sales manager for the northeast region. Mr. Daciuk, former channel manager at Ricoh, will manage a sales region that covers New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Eastern C… Read More »
The Ink Jet Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Of all the segments for ink jet technologies, the wide format market offers the greatest opportunity for growth for ink manufacturers looking for areas to develop and market new ink jet inks. Read More »
Working to Modify REACH Proposals
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
European ink and chemical manufacturers are adding their input into the European Commission's REACH legislation. Read More »