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Ink Manufacturers Take to the Stage at drupa 2008
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 8, 2008
Global ink companies are preparing to showcase their new products and services to an estimated 400,000 attendees during drupa 2008. Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Pröll KG's core business lies in the development of custom chemical products for coating/decorating plastics and other materials, as well as innovative ink systems for IMD/FIM technology and screen and pad printing inks. A new range of produc… Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 7, 2008
Despite higher raw materials and operational costs that continue to impact the printing ink industry, many North American ink companies were able to show some growth during 2007. Read More »
Published March 12, 2008
Sun Chemical and its parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (DIC), have formed a joint venture with Nantong Shanjing, a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer based in Nantong of Jiangsu Province, China.       The joint v… Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
For flexo ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, as packaging continues to show growth and the interest in the environment draws attention to water-based and UV flexo inks. Read More »
The European Ink Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 10, 2008
European ink manufacturers are bracing for a challenging year, although there are opportunities for growth in some regions and markets. Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs, Inc. and Pritty Pearlescent Pigments of China have agreed to an exclusive distribution agreement for marketing Pritty’s broad range of Iridesium industrial and Nacreium weather resistant grade pearlescent effe… Read More »
Published January 31, 2008
Sun Chemical and its parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (DIC), have formed a joint venture with Nantong Shanjing, a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China.   The joint venture, Nantong DIC Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., expan… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
Sun Chemical has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China. This agreement allows Sun Chemical to market the Nantong Shanjing products for coat… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
By mutual agreement, effective Dec. 31, 2007, Silberline will no longer distribute Geometric Pigment, manufactured by Spectratek Technologies. Spectratek will continue to manufacture a family of two Geometric Pigment products which offer formulators… Read More »
Move Toward Eco-Friendly Products is Likely to Lead to Increased Costs
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 3, 2008
European ink manufacturers are seeing increasing interest in environmentally friendly products. However, the cost of renewable resources is rising, and it will likely lead to higher prices. Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 27, 2007
The metallic ink market is getting more and more competitive, driven by price, technology and innovation. Read More »
Published November 21, 2007
Sun Chemical has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China. This agreement allows Sun Chemical to market the Nantong Shanjing products for coat… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2007
In light of the major changes in the printing ink industry in recent years, 2006 was a time of relative stability as ink manufacturers continued to increase their efforts into growing markets and regions. Read More »
Published July 31, 2007
Visitors to XSYS Print Solutions' stand, 5B45, at this year's Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, September 26-29 should be ready for a "private view" of  what's best in the art of fine label and narrow-web print.   … Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
Sun Chemical has won two gold awards at the European Flexographic Trade Association (EFTA) annual print awards ceremony. The awards recognize the company’s outstanding performance as Supplier of the Year and its contribution to product developm… Read More »
Published June 20, 2007
ALTANA AG has signed a contract to acquire the worldwide effect pigments business of the British company Wolstenholme Group Ltd. In 2006, Wolstenholme achieved sales of approximately €29 million in this business area. The purchase price for th… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Sun Chemical has introduced Metal-Eco, the world’s first vegetable oil-based sheetfed offset metallic inks that are completely mineral oil-free.      Metal-Eco will give new focus to metallic printing, meet the most stringent… Read More »
CPMA Examines The Value of Color
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 6, 2007
CPMA's 2007 International Conference focused on the importance of color in the ink, coatings and cosmetics industries. Read More »
Published June 6, 2007
Cytec Launches Energy Curable Polyester Acrylate For Flexographic Inks Cytec Industries has launched Ebecryl 453 UV/EB curable resin for the production of flexographic inks designed for emerging applications in filmic packaging, folding cartons… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2007
Providing strong product development and expertise is helping resin manufacturers make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2007
Issues such as rising energy costs and environmental regulations are driving the market for UV/EB technologies. Read More »
Ink Companies are Being Called Upon To Help Drive Toward Carbon Labeling
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published April 4, 2007
The European printing industry and its suppliers are having to become much more active on the issue of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to public awareness about global warming. Read More »
Published March 30, 2007
Sun Chemical has introduced Metal-Eco, the world’s first vegetable oil-based sheetfed offset metallic inks that are completely mineral oil-free.     Metal-Eco will give new focus to metallic printing, meet the most stringent… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Wolstenholme International Inc. launched its new Unipak SuperCure metallic inks for UV offset and UV flexo printing. These technologically advanced metallic inks are manufactured with a superior selection of bronze and aluminum pigments as well as sp… Read More »
The Pigment Report
Published March 13, 2007
Although 2006 was a year of improvement, pigment manufacturers are coping with a wide variety of challenges, including raw material pricing and supply issues and overcapacity. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 13, 2007
Looking at Similarities Between The Ink and Pigment Industries Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Vehicles and varnishes play a critical role in ink, and terms such as 'guts' and 'heart of the ink' speak to their importance. Ink makers rely on their suppliers to help provide the critical characteristics that printers seek. 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 »
Published November 16, 2006
As part of a consistent strategic and operative alignment, the Division Effect Pigments (ECKART Group) of ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel, Germany, is concentrating on realizing synergy potentials and on improving the structures within the division. ECKART w… 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 »
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 Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2006
Led by crude oil, prices for key ink ingredients across the spectrum are rising dramatically, leading companies to wonder when, and if, prices will eventually stabilize. Read More »
Published August 3, 2006
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has acquired a majority share in the company MetalFX, creator of an innovative, versatile and cost-effective print concept that allows thousands of metallic effects to be produced accurately in one run on a five-color press.… Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 7, 2006
As inkjet printing continues its rapid growth, ink manufacturers are continually creating new technologies that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Will the commercial sheetfed market be the next major frontier for inkjet? 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 »
Despite Achieving Price Increases, Pigment Manufacturers Face Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 1, 2006
Despite improving economic conditions, pigment leaders have numerous concerns, including rising raw material costs and offshore competition. 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 »
The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 10, 2006
Mergers and acquisitions and higher raw material costs were the major news in 2005, as ink manufacturers raised prices and worked to improve their margins. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Pigment manufacturers are facing numerous challenges, including tighter margins, higher raw material and operating costs, overcapacity and offshore competition. How these challenges are met will determine which companies will ultimately succeed. Read More »
Published February 16, 2006
ECKART will increase its prices for aluminum pigments, PVD pigments, aluminum-based printing inks and also zinc pigments throughout the world from March 1, 2006. The increase for aluminum-based printing inks is 3 percent, whereas the increase for… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Sun Chemical has announced a licensing agreement for it to make and sell MetalFX inks, a technology that can be used to print up to 104 million metallic colors by overprinting process color inks over MetalFX Base silver ink, in North America.  … Read More »
Published January 16, 2006
Sun Chemical has announced a licensing agreement for it to make and sell MetalFX inks, a technology that can be used to print up to 104 million metallic colors. Sun Chemical will have five locations strategically located throughout the United Stat… 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 »
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
Wolstenholme International Inc., West Chicago, IL, announced that Tartan Color & Chemical, Inc. is exclusively representing the company’s metallic ink and pigment and carbon black dispersion products throughout Canada.     … Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Flint-Schmidt announced that the company has agreed to the sale of its metal decorating business to the senior management of the division, financed by an industrial investor group and Handelsbanken.      The new company will be led b… 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
INX International Ink Co. is now offering inks compatible with the MetalFX process.      MetalFX is an award-winning technology that has opened up a whole new color spectrum for printers and designers. Thousands of striking metallic… Read More »
CPMA 2005 Annual Conference is a Success
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Pigments provide the color we see in so many products, whether its paint, ink, cosmetics, plastics or so many other parts of our daily lives. Read More »