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The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The past few years have been difficult for printing ink manufacturers and their customers, as key segments in the publication market have slumped. Industry leaders are cautiously optimistic that a turnaround may occur in the near future. Read More »
Packaging Ink Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The packaging ink market is constantly evolving and growing more sophisticated, and ink makers must work ever more closely with their customers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Troy Corporation announced that its Newark, NJ manufacturing facility has achieved ISO 14001 certification. According to the company, the awarding of this certification is a recognition of its environmentally conscious manufacturing practices.  … Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
During last year’s International Coatings Expo (ICE) held by the Federation of Societies of Coatings Technology (FSCT), the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) sponsored a symposium that focused on manufacturing principle… Read More »
Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As the economy continues to struggle, printing ink companies are looking toward their suppliers for support. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks announces the investment approval of its new 22,000 square foot, fully automated UV manufacturing facility in Plymouth, MN. This state of the art, facility will be up and running by January 2003, tying the manufacture of both water-ba… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Flint Ink Corporation and German ink manufacturer Gebrüder Schmidt GmbH announced the successful closing of their merger and acquisition, which was first presented April 9, 2002 at IPEX in Birmingham, U.K. Flint Ink’s European operations a… Read More »
Embracing Six Sigma
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Sun Chemical embarks on ambitious quality program. Read More »
Officials Debate Future of Gravure
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While some see a brighter future built on quality, others see solvent issues leading to further decline. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company announced that Lawter International, Inc., will be renamed Eastman Resins, Inc., effective July 1, 2002. Eastman acquired Lawter in June 1999.      Eastman Resins, Inc., will operate as a wholly-owned subsidi… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Flint Ink Corporation, the largest privately owned printing ink manufacturer in the world, has signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture printing ink in Beijing, China. The two-part agreement was completed on June 18, and will now be submitted… Read More »
Opportunities are Springing Up in Ink Jet Ink
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The digital ink marketplace, where at one stage traditional ink producers seemed destined to remain outsiders, now seems to be offering new opportunities for growth for ink companies. Read More »
RadTech 2002 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Forecast is for continued growth in radiation-curing market. Read More »
Ink Jet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Opportunities for the ink jet market are tremendous for printing ink manufacturers, who are utilizing their experience in UV, screen and conventional inks as they make inroads into the industrial ink jet market. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Klee Inc., the exclusive distributor of Printon ink jet refill kits in the U.S., announced the availability of new ink jet printer accessories for the U.S. consumer and SOHO markets. Supporting the four leaders in the ink jet printer market, the Prin… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Coates Screen has rounded out its display product offering with its new COR CoroFlute single-package UV ink system. COR has been formulated for printing onto Coroplast and other fluted, corona-treated polyolefin substrates.      Coro… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Zeres, Inc., Bowling Green, OH, a manufacturer of flexographic printing inks for both wide web and shipping container applications, has introduced a pH neutral water-based ink.      Spectrastat, new from Zeres, remains pH and viscosi… Read More »
The 2002 Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Resin suppliers are hopeful that the second half of 2002 will bring with it an increase in business. Read More »
European Pigment Makers Face Competition
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Although they believe the worst is over for the economy, European pigment manufacturers are concerned about the increase in imports. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The Packaging Ink Company, Pine Bluff, AR, has acquired the stock and business of American Inks and Coatings, Valley Forge, PA, effective April 16.      The new company, which will retain the name American Inks and Coatings, will co… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Shell Oil Company, a wholly-owned member of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Shell Oil will acquire Pennzoil-Quaker State at a price of $22 per sha… Read More »
SICPA Makes Gains in North American Packaging Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The company's commercial inks business unit is making strides since its 2000 acquisition of Kromacorp. Read More »
The Flexo Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The flexo market has experienced modest growth in 2001 as a result of new innovations and increased efficiency. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
SICPA North America Inc. has appointed JoEllen Lawler as director, human resources.      “One of our strategic objectives is to attract and retain the best people in the ink industry,” said Peter Mulheran, president, SICP… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks has introduced Uvokett Ebony, a new letterpress ink with extreme jetness which enables printers to print both text and solids with very high black density at high printing speeds.      “Previously, black inks we… Read More »
The U.S. Top 20
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While the slowdown in the U.S. economy kept sales flat at best for most companies, some ink manufacturers discovered opportunities to grow during 2001. Read More »
Services Help Ink Companies Make Gains In Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
In the current period of low growth in the printing products market in Europe, ink makers have been desperately seeking ways to stem falling prices and cling to their margins. For many, an effective means of persuading customers to stop pressing for lower prices is improving or extending services. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Paul Volpe, who served as technical coordinator for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) from 1976-95, died Feb. 9, 2002.      Prior to coming to NAPIM, Mr. Volpe enjoyed a full career at Sinclair and Valentin… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business and substantially all of the assets of Chemron Corporation, headquartered in Paso Robles, CA. Chemron formulates, produces and supplies specialty sur… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., Spring Lake Park, MN, a leading manufacturer of inks and DOD (Drop-On-Demand) ink jet printing equipment, announced the acquisition of The Leader Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial ink jet printing systems using… Read More »
European Ink Review
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
There are signs that the economic indicators may be turning around Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Imerys Pigments and Additives Group has announced that prices of its North American ground calcium carbonate (GCC) products will increase effective Feb. 1, 2002. The magnitude of the increase will vary by product, with increases ranging between 3 and… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The resins business line, a part of the coatings & colorants business unit of Degussa AG, Düsseldorf, has recently completed a restructuring of its organization with the formation of three product lines: advanced adhesives, precoated metal a… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) has introduced three new, copyrighted pressroom troubleshooting guides that put technical assistance right at your fingertips.      Sun Chemical’s new guides for paper packaging, energy curable inks and e… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Just over one year after its acquisition of Kromacorp International, manufacturer of specialty inks for gravure and flexo package printing applications, the SICPA Group announced today that, effective immediately, Kromacorp will be operating as SICPA… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Nazdar and ICG/Holliston have approved a comprehensive new warranty program that protects outdoor durability of ICG/Holliston’s Vinyl Banner Films when printed with Nazdar’s 3900 Series Flexible Banner UV Screen Ink.     … Read More »
The Gravure Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Printers, ink and equipment suppliers are working to make gravure a strong short-run alternative. It remains to be seen if gravure can overcome its image of being a high quality, large-run process and successfully reach out to the ever-increasing short-run marketplace. Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Ink companies are looking for greater productivity, more automation and improved diagnostics from their mills. Read More »
Published September 8, 2005
Together, Flint Ink and Flint Ink employees worldwide have donated more than $290,000 to Sept. 11 charities. The generous contribution is the result of “an immediate, heartfelt desire among Flint Ink employees to do something to help in the aft… Read More »
Published September 8, 2005
3M Commercial Graphics, the automotive divisions of 3M, and Sericol Inc., the world’s largest screen ink manufacturer, have announced a lifetime warranty that combines select 3M films with Sericol Duracal UV Screen Ink System.    &n… Read More »
Published September 8, 2005
BASF announced Dec. 10 that its North American Printing Systems Group formed a strategic alliance with xpedx, a division of International Paper Co., to nationally distribute BASF’s line of K+E Printing Inks, photopolymer printing plates and pla… Read More »
Published September 8, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company recently announced that it has delayed the planned spin-off of its specialty chemicals and plastics business due to adverse market conditions and the lack of near-term visibility.      The company currently… Read More »
Providing Security
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 8, 2005
Printing ink manufacturers continue to develop innovative new products to help in the battle to thwart counterfeiters and provide additional security. Read More »
The 2002 Offset Report
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 8, 2005
The offset market did not have a banner year in 2001, and industry insiders are cautious about what's coming in 2002. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Paul Wegmann Sr., vice president of international operations for INX International Ink Co., passed away on Oct. 24, 2001 at age 60.      Mr. Wegmann was a long-time employee of INX International Ink Co., joining the company through t… Read More »
NAPIM Manufacturing Seminar
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
NAPIM hosts first Manufacturing Seminar during the ICE Show. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
The U.S. economic downturn, combined with the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has made 2001 a difficult year for the ink industry. Read More »
German Ink Companies Look to the Future
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 6, 2005
The major German ink companies look to expand their horizons through increased efforts in exports. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Nanotechnology, the fast emerging science of manipulating individual atoms and molecules to build structures to complex, atomic specifications, will command a full session at the upcoming RadTech 2002 Conference.  “RadTech is a cutting edg… Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Clariant is offering an expanded “Product Finder” on the Internet. Under http://pa.clariant.com, visitors to the Pigments & Additives division’s homepage will have access to the company’s search engine.     … Read More »