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The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The ink industry showed some growth in 2002, but uncertainty over the economy and raw materials remains a concern for 2003. Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Increased attendance indicates that program improvements over the years have made the NPIRI Technical Conference a much more essential program, and this year�s conference offered more value to its attendees. Read More »
UV/EB Update
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Despite the economic downturn, the radiation-curing industry continues to flourish, and many new opportunities for UV and EB are being developed. Read More »
International Top Companies
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As our Annual International Top Companies Report illustrates, the printing ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, U.K., Sweden, Holland, India, Belgium, Brazil and France home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Richard A. Mix,Jr. joined the 26-member professional staff of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA’s) as technical director.      His responsibilities include reaching out to FTA members to begin establishing new relati… 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 »
Direct Mail is Facing New Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
At a time when advertising expenditures in Europe have been slipping with little sign yet of an upturn, the direct marketing sector is doing relatively well. Read More »
By John Braddock, Akzo Nobel Resins
Published September 9, 2005
UV/EB Corner, a new feature created in conjunction with RadTech and written by its members, highlights what’s new and exciting in the field of graphic arts. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
INX International Ink Co., the third-largest producer of ink in North America and Nazdar, the leading manufacturer of screen printing inks in North America, have formed an alliance to co-develop products and services for the roll label market.  … Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As printing ink manufacturers are challenged to offer newer color choices and higher performance options, they are turning to high performance and special effect pigments to meet this need. 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
UVitec Printing Ink, Inc., Lodi, NJ, has introduced the 87 series of UV flexographic inks that was developed using a proprietary process that results in the inks having outstanding press performance and cured film properties. The quality of the 87 se… 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
Lisa Hahn, president of Flexo Tech, Inc., competed in the NASTAR National Championships in Park City, UT on March 29-30, 2002, finishing 15th in her age category.      NASTAR is a public race program held at more than 100 ski resorts d… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The reengineering of INX International has transformed the company from a decentralized geographical oriented company to a centralized company based upon product lines.      “In 2001, our standardization and centralization initia… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Alden and Ott Printing Inks L.P., Arlington Heights, IL, has opened its newest facility, located in Gastonia, NC. The new plant will manufacture and distribute all of the company’s offset and flexo printing ink product lines.    &nb… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) unveiled WetFlex EC, a new flexographic printing process that utilizes UniQure inks, Sun Chemical’s innovative line of wet-trapping UV and EB inks for the flexographic printing process.      “This u… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
US Ink, a division of Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ, announced that John C. Corcoran has been promoted to the position of vice president, sales. Mr. Corcoran, who had been national accounts manager for the division, will continue to report… 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 »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Despite some hopeful signs, ink industry leaders are waiting to see if 2002 will be an improvement over 2001. 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 »
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 Asian Ink Market
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The economic slump has taken its toll, but with markets such as China's expanding at an amazing rate, the future of the ink industry in Asia is a bright one indeed. 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 »
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
Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) has purchased of a Barco Gigasetter – the largest-format imagesetter available and the only one for packaging applications on the West Coast – to be installed at Sun Graphics’ operations in Concord, CA.  … Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks has introduced Foilbond TC ThruCure Adhesive, developed for a variety of substrates.      Foilbond TC is put down onto the substrate using flexo; the substrate, with this UV curable adhesive, is nipped with the foil… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
With very few exceptions, 2001 was a difficult year for pigment suppliers to the ink industry, as the slumping U.S. economy and increasing pressure on prices made 2001 a year that major pigment producers hope never to repeat. 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
Tom Thackeray, production manager of Willamette Industries, Richwood, KY, has been named chairman of the Flexographic Technical Association’s FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) Committee. Mr. Thackeray recentl… 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
In response to its growth in sales in the Chicago area, Wikoff Color Corporation, Fort Mill, SC, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Wauconda, IL.      Previously, Wikoff Color rented a smaller plant in Wauconda, which is just… 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 »
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 »
Published September 8, 2005
BCM Inks USA, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of flexographic inks and varnishes and distributor of digital inks for high graphic and process printing on corrugated containers and displays, announced the appointment of Brad Troutman as southeast regi… Read More »
Published September 8, 2005
Color Resolutions International LLC, Cincinnati, OH, regretfully announced the death of Janis Fathbruckner, customer service team leader with the company, who passed away in late October following emergency surgery. Mrs. Fathbruckner originally joine… Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Flint Ink has made two new executive appointments within its news ink operations. Roy Beagle, a Flint Ink veteran of four decades, will fill the company’s new, worldwide news ink position, serving as vice president, global news ink. James Bitte… 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
Akzo Nobel Inks Corp. has introduced new UV rotary screen one-part metallic inks. Metalglow S screen metallic inks are a one-part UV screen metallic system which exhibits excellent performance on a variety of synthetic substrates, coated and uncoated… Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Intercolor Ltd. announced the introduction of Uvaflex Y7, a free radical UV curing flexographic ink for flexible packaging and an extension of the company’s successful Uvaflex range of UV flexo inks. Initial customer trials have met with consid… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Blend of new features, old favorites make for a valuable time for attendees. Read More »
Making a Difference at EIC
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Ed Redman made a decision to stay in North Carolina and develop his own ink company, and the results have been exceptional. Read More »
Print 01 Overshadowed by Tragedy, Economy
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Even before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Print 01 was a disappointment for most ink companies. Read More »
The UV Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Hybrid inks, a combination of UV and conventional ink, has become an increasingly popular product for the printing industry. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Zeres, Inc., a leading manufacturer of flexographic printing inks for both wide web and shipping container applications, has appointed Tom Wilkinson as its new national sales manager.      Mr. Wilkinson, a 20-year veteran of the paper… Read More »