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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 »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
This year's NPIRI Technical Conference blended technology and manufacturing perspectives. Read More »
UV/EB Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 24, 2005
With more printers converting conventional presses to combination presses, UV/EB printing continues to grow. Read More »
CVC
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The merger of BASF and ANI creates a powerful new force in the printing ink industry. Read More »
The 2004 International Report
By Staff
Published October 24, 2005
As our International Top Companies Report illustrates, the ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, U.K., Holland, India, Mexico, France and Brazil home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Lumina Russet and Copper special effect pigments from Engelhard Corp. enable designers to enhance their products’ shelf appeal by adding rich, earthy, metallic copper and russet effects to inks, coatings and plastics, according to the company.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Flint Ink has introduced its new Arrowbond Ultra ink, a high-performance laminating ink system for flexographic and gravure printing. The multifunctional ink system increases print efficiencies and reduces costs for packaging converters and printers… Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The publication ink market has made slight gains during the past year as advertising has picked up. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The packaging ink market continues to move forward, with new technologies and products leading the way for growth. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
EMD Chemicals Inc. has introduced Miraval, a new generation of brilliant glittering pigments. Miraval 5411 Magic White combines silver-white glitter with a colorful, rainbow-like highlight. This pigment is the first EMD pigment based on borosil… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
ANI Printing Inks and Acheson Colloids Company have announced a three-year partnership in which ANI will serve as the exclusive distributor of Acheson’s polymer thick film conductive inks for RFID (radio frequency identification devices) applic… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Wikoff Color Corp., Fort Mill, SC, has purchased the assets of Merit Ink & Coating Co., Alpharetta, GA. The transaction closed on July 28, 2004.      Merit Ink & Coating, a 50-employee company with sales in the eastern U.S.,… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Graphic Sciences, Inc. has announced achievement of ISO 9001:2000 certification for its primary manufacturing facility in Shreveport, LA. As a nationwide supplier of water-based flexographic inks and coatings, Graphic Sciences viewed this as a priori… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Jetrion LLC, a separate business unit of Flint Ink, and Mark Andy announced the signing of an exclusive agreement providing for the integration of Jetrion’s 3025 Inkjet System into Mark Andy cassettes, for inclusion in Mark Andy’s “… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 21, 2005
While pricing of key ingredients remains a concern, availability is becoming a serious issue for the ink industry, as the supply of key raw materials such as acrylic acid is not keeping up with demand. Read More »
European Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 21, 2005
Flexible Packaging Makes Gains in the European Market Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
The European Flexographic Technical Association (EFTA) has given MetalFX the gold award for Outstanding Technical Innovation at the EFTA Print Awards 2004. The company was also given the special glass vase for Achievement of the Year    &n… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
For the first time in North America, ANI will exhibit under the new company name and logo. Extensive information about the “new company” that is focusing all its efforts on inks for narrow web applications will be provided.   … Read More »
Color Matching and QC
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 21, 2005
More and more printers are utilizing color matching equipment and software prior to press. Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 21, 2005
Ink jet and flexible packaging are two of the strongest growth areas for ink manufacturers, and HPPs are an essential ingredient in many of the most successful applications. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
HarperScientific announced that industry veteran Tony Donato has accepted the position of technical sales manager.      “We are delighted to have a person of Tony’s caliber join our team,” said Jim Harper, HarperSci… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
BCM Inks USA, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of innovative flexographic ink and varnish technologies for high graphic printing on corrugated displays and packages, announced the appointment of Mike Hayden as national technical director. Mr. Hayden… Read More »
Suppliers Corner
Published October 10, 2005
Johnson Polymer Offers Two New Products for Formulating Printing Inks Johnson Polymer introduced two new products for formulating printing inks at the 49th Annual NPIRI Technical Conference. The first, Joncryl FLX 5000, is Johnson Polymer&rsquo… Read More »
For Ink Manufacturers, Flexible Packaging Offers Opportunities and Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Expansions in printing on flexible packaging, particularly plastic, are opening up new opportunities for ink makers but are also offering technological challenges. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
The expanding packaging market is providing ink companies with the opportunity to develop new technologies and differentiate their products and services. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
INX International Ink Co. has introduced INXFlex 2000 UV flexo inks, formulated to provide exceptional flow, color consistency and transfer properties on a wide range of substrates.      These advanced-generation inks help users mak… Read More »
Drupa 2004 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Drupa 2004 drew nearly 400,000 attendees and showcased new technologies. As the printing industry evolves, the ink industry continues to change with the times. Read More »
Latin American Ink Market Recovers
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 10, 2005
The overall Latin American ink market grew at least 3 percent in 2003, and indications are that 2004 will show even greater growth. Read More »
Ink Jet Inks are on the Rise
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
As digital technologies make further inroads into printing, ink manufacturers are becoming more involved in developing hardware and software systems to meet new requirements. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Flint Ink has introduced its Rub’nSmell scented inks, which will enhance the appeal of consumer brands. Rub’nSmell inks extend the enticing scents of products to consumers to drive brand sales at the point of purchase, where 70 percent of… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Stork Prints has appointed Wilfried Koopman as managing director, graphics of Stork Prints B.V. Mr. Koopman will be responsible for furthering the growth of the graphic business portfolio within the Stork Prints group. This covers the company’s… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
“Consistent Mixing and Dispersing: The Theory and Technology of Incorporating Powders into Liquids,” a two-day seminar presented by Lisa Hahn, Flexo Tech, Inc., and Peter Holman of Holman Engineering, Inc., will be held Aug. 10-11 in Chic… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
"Consolidation's Effects and Tomorrow's Roadmap," the theme of NAPIM's Annual Convention, offered attendees an effective look at where the industry may be heading in the coming years. 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 »
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
Central Chemical & Service (www.centchem.com), a longtime specialist in proofing and UV inks, has been actively expanding in recent months. This expansion has come to fruition recently, as the company introduced a new line of UV dispersions that… Read More »