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Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 6, 2006
When it comes to vehicles and varnishes, ink manufacturers are looking for innovation at an affordable price. Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 6, 2006
With the ink industry showing some growth in 2005, mill manufacturers have seen some improvement in terms of capital expenditures. Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
As of Jan. 1, 2006 Eckart will increase prices for bronze powder, pastes and pellets by 8.5 percent worldwide. The increase for bronze-based offset printing inks will be 4 percent and 3 percent for bronze-based gravure and flexo inks. Price increases… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Cytec Introduces Silicone-Free Slip Additive Cytec has introduced in Europe a new silicone-free slip additive designed to enhance the performance of UV-curable overprint varnishes (OPVs). The new additive, Ebecryl 341, targets the need in the graphi… Read More »
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By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 13, 2006
Holding NPIRI's introductory and advanced courses at Fox Valley is providing attendees with hands-on printing experience. Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published January 13, 2006
The market for UV inkjet is continuing to expand, and ink manufacturers are finding new opportunities for growth. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 13, 2006
Sheetfed printers are facing numerous challenges, and ink manufacturers are working to help their customers thrive in the changing marketplace. Read More »
Published January 10, 2006
Superior Printing Ink Co., Inc. cut the ribbon Jan. 6 on its automated varnish manufacturing plant, a 12,000 square foot addition to the company’s 35,000 square foot, ISO 9001:2000-registered central manufacturing facility (CMF) in Hamden, Conn… Read More »
Published January 9, 2006
“Flint Group” has been selected as the new name for the holding company created by the merger in late 2005 of European-based XSYS Print Solutions and American-owned Flint Ink Corporation. “Flint Group is a strong new leader in al… Read More »
Metallic and Special Effect Inks
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Although price increases continue to affect the metallic and special effect ink market, suppliers focus on innovation to drive growth. Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
XSYS Print Solutions played host to a comprehensive seminar addressing the growing market of UV flexo for shrink applications. This one-day seminar, “Market Expansion Through Shrink Conversion,” held in Plymouth, MN on Aug. 16, covered al… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Sun Chemical has introduced its SolarCat cationic UV flexo ink system, a breakthrough in UV ink technology which the company reported has dramatically improved efficiency and production speeds of up to 250 meters/minute, at least two times faster cur… Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 16, 2005
UV and EB cured inks offers printers high quality and fast turn-around. 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
XSYS Print Solutions and Microtrace LLC announced a partnership to deliver a traceable, anti-counterfeit ink technology to the narrow web tag and label industry. Microtaggant Security Inks allow any printer to easily apply the anti-counterfeit techno… Read More »
The Canadian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
The Canadian ink industry remains quite vibrant, even though consolidation, currency rates and costs have impacted business. Read More »
The Ink Jet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
As new applications continue to emerge, ink jet ink manufacturers are developing new inks and complete systems that are creating further opportunities. Read More »
Siegwerk Plans Acquisition of SICPA
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Once approved, Siegwerk will be the fifth-largest international ink manufacturer, with more than $940 million in annual sales. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical is enhancing its UK and European position as a major supplier of publication gravure inks with a significant investment in a new manufacturing facility at Rochdale, Lancashire.      The new facility will see the phased r… Read More »
Latin America Struggles to Hold Market Gains
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 25, 2005
As regional growth slows to 4.2 percent and raw material costs rise, ink executives anticipate mixed results for the coming year. 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
Flint Ink North America has announced price increases for a variety of ink products. The increases come in response to the rising costs of raw materials, transportation, energy and environmental compliance.      Prices for all heatse… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Examines Raw Materials, Pricing
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers' recent annual convention focused on profitability and raw material prices and availability. Read More »
The UV/EB Raw Materials Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Growth of radiation curing continues, but raw material price pressures and shortages remain major concerns. Read More »
The Gravure Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
The growth of flexible packaging has been a bright spot for gravure printers and ink manufacturers, as technological advances are improving turnaround and lowering costs. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
In keeping with its dedication to flexo education, Harper Corporation of America is marking the completion of the first year of its “Basics of Flexo” class.      “We initiated this class at Central Piedmont Communit… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical will use CMM 2005 to showcase innovative inks and a new color management system designed to improve pressroom productivity and produce outstanding packaging that builds brand equity. Sun Chemical will be emphasizing its ability to provid… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
INX International Ink Co. will be highlighting its INXFlex 2000 UV flexo inks and SpH stable inks at the CMM (Converting Machinery/ Materials) International Conference and Exposition 2005.      INXFlex UV inks are formulated to provi… Read More »
Technological Improvements are Creating Opportunities for UV and EB
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Demand for radiation-curing inks and coatings is increasing relatively quickly in Europe, although there are challenges to be overcome. 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
Professionals interested in gaining deeper insight into the methods required to achieve improved batch-to-batch uniformity or dispersion stability should attend the two-day seminar “Consistent Mixing and Dispersing: The Theory and Technology of… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Environmental Inks and Coatings (EIC) has introduced Aqua Tattoo water-based inks for temporary novelty tattoos.      Aqua Tattoo formulas are classified by a certified toxicologist as not being toxic or a skin irritant as def… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
ANI Printing Inks has introduced Hydrofilm ACE to the North American market. Hydrofilm ACE has been designed as a universal water-based flexo ink for printing film substrates on narrow web presses. Hydrofilm ACE has been specifically designed with th… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical underscored its commitment to the principal growth markets in Eastern Europe by announcing its decision to build an advanced printing ink production facility in the vicinity of Moscow.      The new Moscow production unit… Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
The flexo ink market continues to grow, with solvent-based and UV flexo inks having particularly strong results in recent years. 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
Lansco Colors, Montvale, NJ, has acquired International Color & Chemical (ICC), South San Francisco, CA, for an undisclosed sum of money.      Lansco Colors is a 75-year-old privately-held company with a broad range of organic an… Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Process improvement and greater efficiency, reliability and repeatability are among the qualities milling manufacturers are emphasizing. Read More »
Color Resolutions International
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
The decision by executives to acquire the division from Borden in 2001 was a daring one. Now, with three years of success and their new plant in place, CRI's leaders continue to move forward. Read More »
Gravure Makes Gains in Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
New toluene ruling and investments are spurring growth in packaging and publication gravure. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Van Son Liquid Inks, a full subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son, is introducing two new inks, NK and AP, to its Aqua Base Plus flexo water-based ink series at Flexo 2005.      The NK formulation is suit… Read More »
UV Ink Jet Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 25, 2005
There has been significant interest in UV ink jet printing, with the recent introduction of hybrid UV-curable chemistries and its ability to adhere to a wide variety of substrates. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Citing continued rapid increases in the cost of raw materials coupled with tight supplies of strategic ingredients, INX International Ink Co. announced a price increase of 5 percent to 10 percent (depending on product line), to take effect Dec. 1, 20… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical demonstrated productivity and quality gains for the corrugated market provided by its Advantage and Everest Hi Tone ink systems showcased at the SuperCorr Expo 2004.      In addition, Sun Chemical and its partner, Inca… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Paul Schroeder, president and CEO of Environmental Inks and Coatings Corporation (EIC), Morganton NC and Damian Smyth, sales and marketing manager of Macro (Inks) Australia Pty. Ltd., announced that Ultra VS Flexo Shrink Inks are available exclusivel… Read More »
Metallic and Special Effect Pigments and Inks
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 24, 2005
A renewed interest in eye-catching packaging has led to a positive year for the metallic ink market. 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
Screen ink specialist Marabu, based near Stuttgart, Germany, has entered into a global ink partnership with UV flexo-letterpress ink specialist Paragon Inks, Edinburgh, UK. To meet the increasing demands for compatible ink systems in combination pres… Read More »