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The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2007
Sheetfed ink manufacturers had a solid year in 2006, and see opportunities for growth in 2007. Read More »
Published December 15, 2006
Sun Chemical has developed an innovative range of brand-enhancing inks and lacquers, known as Tactile, that can be applied to packaging to give characteristics that add value through touch and feel. The principle behind the gravure option is a pro… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For the most part, ink manufacturers saw some sales growth in 2006, but consolidation, raw material prices and other concerns have industry officials cautiously optimistic about their business as they head into the new year. Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 7, 2006
Despite escalating raw material prices, there is still a growing demand for metallic inks and pigments. Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For manufacturers of waxes, solvents and additives, 2006 was a year of mixed results, as business picked up but raw material prices remain a concern. Read More »
Concerns Over Food Packaging are Leading Drive for Information
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published December 7, 2006
A health scare in Italy last year over traces of in infant milk products has focused unprecedented attention in Europe on the safety of food packaging inks. Read More »
Published December 1, 2006
The cost of oil and natural gas has continued to maintain historically high levels despite the recent softening of the crude prices. The continued effect on the prices of the chemical raw materials and pigments used to formulate flexo and gravure pac… Read More »
Published November 16, 2006
Applications in Intelligent Chromatics (AiC), a division of Sun Chemical, and NAMSA have announced a marketing agreement in which AiC will be the exclusive distributor of NAMSA’s Sterilization Indicating Inks.      Under this… Read More »
Published November 16, 2006
Siegwerk has sold its decorative business to EMB (European Master Batch), a subsidiary of Belgium’s Sioen Industries. The sale allows Siegwerk to focus even more closely on its core business areas.      The takeover shows the s… Read More »
Published November 14, 2006
INX International Ink Co. has earned the Orion Environmental Stewardship Award presented by Orion Energy Services, for new energy-efficient lighting at its Charlotte, NC, facility. The award recognizes significant reductions in power through usage… Read More »
2006 Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published November 9, 2006
The landscape of the international printing ink industry has changed greatly during the past year after the major acquisitions and consolidations that occurred in 2005. Read More »
NPIRI 2006 Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
NAPIM celebrates its 50th NPIRI Technical Conference with a program titled 'Looking Forward: Imagination, Communication, Accomplishment.' Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Driven by productivity and superior performance characteristics, energy curable inks and coatings continue to make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2006
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Graph Expo featured a wealth of products and services for the printing and graphic communications industry. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
For ink manufacturers, the energy curable market has been one of the brightest areas in recent years, and that trend continues today, particularly in web offset, flexo and inkjet.          There are many reasons fo… Read More »
Published October 16, 2006
Superior Printing Ink Co., Inc. has won 36 Gold Ink Awards in the 2006 competition. Winners of the prestigious Gold Ink Awards competed in a field of more than 1,500 entries from across the country, with judging held in 45 categories. A Gold, a Si… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Flint Group Printing Plates launched its new nyloflex infinity technology for manufacturing of seamless polymer sleeves. For the first time, this unique technology allows repro houses and printers to produce seamless polymer sleeves, in-house and jus… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
On Sept. 18, Superior Printing Ink. Co., Inc. moved its corporate headquarters from New York City to Teterboro, NJ.      “We have moved into new facilities that allow us to provide the same high level of service that our local… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
The packaging ink market continues to show growth, while ink price increases are helping to offset higher raw material costs. Read More »
The Specialty Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
Colorcon and Chromatic Technologies, Inc. specialize in unique applications that showcase the capabilities of ink manufacturers and printers. Read More »
UV Ink Sales Continue to Expand, Although Challenges Remain
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2006
Demand for UV ink is growing at two to three times the rate for conventional inks in some sectors of the European printing market. But some observers believe that if they could overcome technological difficulties, sales of UV inks in Europe could expand even faster. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
In recent years, ink manufacturers have done all they could to keep prices low as their raw material costs skyrocketed. However, the end result was dangerously low margins. Reluctantly, ink companies began raising their prices as best they could. &nb… Read More »
Published October 3, 2006
Siegwerk has sold its decorative business to EMB (European Master Batch), a subsidiary of Belgium’s Sioen Industries. The sale allows Siegwerk to focus even more closely on its core business areas. The takeover shows the strategy of Sioen In… Read More »
Published September 29, 2006
After 43 years with Superior Printing Ink, Co., Inc., Harvey R. Brice has retired as managing director of the privately owned lithographic printing ink company. While working for Superior, Mr. Brice was also very active in the graphic arts communi… Read More »
Published September 21, 2006
Applications in Intelligent Chromatics (AiC), a division of Sun Chemical, and NAMSA have announced a marketing agreement in which AiC will be the exclusive distributor of NAMSA’s Sterilization Indicating Inks. With its global sales network,… Read More »
Published September 18, 2006
On Sept. 18, Superior Printing Ink. Co., Inc. moved its corporate headquarters from New York City to Teterboro, NJ.     “We have moved into new facilities that allow us to provide the same high level of service that our local c… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Jetrion LLC launched a new digital UV inkjet press at Labelexpo this week. The new Jetrion 4000 Series Inkjet System delivers full-color labels in production volumes with quality comparable to flexography, and production costs significantly lower tha… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Cytec Launches Energy Curable Products Cytec Industries has launched four new energy curable products for the North American packaging industry. Viaflex 410 is a non-initiated letdown vehicle designed for use in UV/EB flexographic inks and coati… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Harper Corporation of America announced that Margaret Harper Kluttz has accepted the position of president effective July 1, 2006. A daughter of founders Ron and Katherine Harper, Ms. Kluttz has served the company in various positions during the past… Read More »
Published August 30, 2006
INX International Ink Co. has formed a strategic partnership with La Crosse Litho Supply, LLC, Pewaukee, WI, to distribute INX products throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Illinois. “We are always looking for ways to expand ou… Read More »
Published August 25, 2006
Handschy Industries' parent company, Field Container, L.P has signed an agreement to become part of a new company being created by affiliates of the Texas Pacific Group by combining with the consumer packaging business of Smurfit-Stone. The name of t… Read More »
Published August 19, 2006
Flint Group Printing Plates launched its new nyloflex infinity technology for manufacturing of seamless polymer sleeves. For the first time, this unique technology allows repro houses and printers to produce seamless polymer sleeves, in-house and jus… Read More »
Published August 16, 2006
Most ink manufacturers point with pride (and rightfully so) at ongoing efforts to not only meet, but exceed environmental regulations … to reduce or eliminate toxic substances … to develop low- or VOC-free inks and coatings, soy-based i… Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 9, 2006
As a result of their outstanding performance, high performance pigments are being used in many new applications, and remain a bright spot for pigment manufacturers. Read More »
Material Advances are Paving Way for Further Growth in Printed Electronics
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published August 9, 2006
Although the printed electronics market is taking off more gradually than initially thought, advancements in materials offer even greater possibilities. Read More »
Published August 4, 2006
After a two-year construction period, Flint Group Printing Plates put its new production plant for flexo plates into operation in Willstätt, Germany. For the inauguration of the new plant on July 28, 2006, Flint Group Printing Plates invited all… Read More »
Published August 1, 2006
Some of today’s most distinctive shrink sleeve packaging is printed with INX ShrinkPac gravure and flexo ShrinkPac inks — specially formulated for polystyrene, PVC and/or shrinkable polyeste, which offer exceptional film adhesion, high-sp… Read More »
Published July 26, 2006
XSYS Print Solutions, a part of the Flint Group, will reveal new dimensions to the label and narrow web packaging industry at Labelexpo Americas 2006 – exhibiting brand new products inspirational tools to guide converters, enabling them to reta… Read More »
Published July 12, 2006
Siegwerk Ink Packaging has appointed ASA Color & Chemical Industries Inc. as its new agent in the Philippines with immediate effect. ASA Color has had 29 years of experience, and this partnership is expected to strengthen Siegwerk’s positio… Read More »
Latin America Manages Growth Despite Obstacles
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published July 7, 2006
Ink manufacturers are optimistic, as economic expansion continues to spur growth in printing. Read More »
Ink and Equipment Manufacturers See Good Opportunities in Digital Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published July 7, 2006
Demand for digital printing continues to grow in Europe, and many ink manufacturers are expanding their digital ink portfolios. Read More »
Published July 7, 2006
Membrana Offers Radial Flow SuperPhobic Membrana now offers the SuperPhobic 2 x 6 Membrane Contactor, an all polyolefin degassing device that is resistant to many aggressive ink and coating solutions and various solvents.     … Read More »
Published June 12, 2006
WetFlex, a new printing process designed to improve print quality and efficiency for flexible packaging using a new generation energy curable ink technology developed and patented by Sun Chemical, has had its worldwide commercial launch in Girona, Sp… Read More »
Published June 6, 2006
The EFTA 2006 Print Awards proved to be another memorable night of success for Flint Group. The Best in Show award was given to D S Smith Sacks for its “Marmite Love Portions,” printed using Flint Group printing plates.    &nb… Read More »
e5 Attracts Record Number of Attendees, End-Users
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
The rapid growth of UV and EB are clearly illustrated by the record number of attendees, most notably end-users, who came to the show Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
Resin manufacturers have been facing the same pressures as the ink industry in the past few years, including higher raw material prices and tight competition. Read More »
Published May 18, 2006
Jetrion LLC, the wholly-owned industrial inkjet products and services subsidiary of Flint Group, launched operations in its new world headquarters in Ypsilanti, MI, which has more than three times the floor space of its previous site. Triple-digit gr… Read More »
RFID and Printed Electronics
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 18, 2006
Experts predict that RFID and printed electronics will grow into a $16 billion business within the next 10 years. What role will the ink industry have in that growth, and who is best positioned to take advantage of this opportunity? Read More »
Published May 16, 2006
The EFTA 2006 Print Awards proved to be another memorable night of success for Flint Group. The 'Best in Show' award was given to D S Smith Sacks for its "Marmite Love Portions," printed using Flint Group printing plates. The award… Read More »
Published April 25, 2006
At the recent e|5 show in Chicago, IL, Color Resolutions International (CRI), Ashland and Mark Andy announced an alliance for developing a turnkey system for food packaging. The system features CRI's ink formulations, Ashland's Drewrad 150… Read More »