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Published October 25, 2005
MD-Both Industries announced that John Erbeck has been named MD-Both Industries’ Sales Manager of the Year for 2004. Mr. Erbeck received the award in recognition and appreciation of his tremendous contributions, hard work, enthusiasm and outsta… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Ciba Specialty Chemicals is complementing its range of pigments through the acquisition of the high-reflectance aluminum Metasheen line from Wolstenholme International Limited, Blackburn, UK. The transaction includes the respective manufacturing faci… 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 »
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 »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Although there generally were signs of improvement in 2004, vehicle and varnish suppliers are watching raw material pricing and profitability closely in 2005. Read More »
The Sheetfed Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink manufacturers saw some improvement in the sheetfed market, as packaging in particular showed growth, but increasing costs are creating serious concerns. Read More »
Rising Raw Material Costs Drive Ink Price Increases
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink makers are stepping up their drive to persuade customers to accept higher selling prices to offset hikes in raw material costs. 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 »
Published October 24, 2005
Wolstenholme International Inc. is committed to being a long-term supplier of high quality carbon black dispersions and providing high levels of service and support for its customers.  However, in order to do that, company officials say they can… 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
Sartomer Company today announced that the British Standards Institute, Reston, VA, has recommended its Chatom, AL plant for ISO 9001:2000 registration.      The Chatom plant is Sartomer’s seventh facility to be ISO registered… 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 10, 2005
Having introduced MetalFX technology together with a complete range of MetalFX base silver inks to North America 12 months ago, MD-Both Industries, West Chicago, IL has announced that it is an approved supplier and distributor of MetalFX Technologies… 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 »
Published October 10, 2005
Anthony J. Ameo Jr. has been named president of Eckart America L.P., a leading provider of metallic and pearlescent special effect pigments, powders, pastes, dispersions and printing inks.      Mr. Ameo will be responsible for the ov… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Nazdar has signed an agreement to distribute the Matan Spark1612 and Matan Spring12 thermal printers.      “As digital printing technology continues to develop, Nazdar Digital is expanding its product offerings to reflect the… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Sun Chemical announced at Drupa that its Coates Screen business unit is working closely with QinetiQ, one of Europe’s largest science and technology solutions companies, on the development of RFID systems such as low-cost, high volume RFID secu… Read More »
The European Pigment Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
European pigment manufacturers are developing new product and software innovations to meet the increasing demand for color. 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 »
Published September 19, 2005
Eckart America L.P. has developed a unique new non-leafing silver ink specially formulated for the patented MetalFX printing process. Eckart is now introducing its MetalStar MFX 06 9000 standard base offset silver, a new sheetfed ink that offers uniq… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Altana Chemie AG, the specialty chemicals division of Altana AG, has signed an agreement to acquire Eckart GmbH & Co. KG, Furth, Germany for €630 million ($765 million).      Eckart, an international specialty chemicals grou… Read More »
Major Acquisitions are Transforming The European Printing Ink Industry
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
The European printing ink sector has been going through yet another bout of consolidation Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Jetrion LLC has launched new low-temperature UV ink jet inks for drop-on-demand (DOD) applications. The new inks were designed to offer important performance and production benefits to ink jet printer manufacturers and to commercial printers and conv… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 13, 2005
Prices and worldwide overcapacity remain major concerns, but pigment manufacturers are somewhat optimistic about the prospects for 2004. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Eckart GmbH & Co. KG has announced it has a worldwide ‘Strategic Partner’ alliance with MetalFX Technology Ltd., Leeds, England, the developer of the innovative MFX metallic color system.      Eckart became the first… Read More »
The Flexo Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Valued as an economical process, flexo continues to dominate the packaging industry, while making inroads into new applications. Read More »
The Year In Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
After another challenging year, ink executives are cautiously optimistic as they look ahead to 2004 Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
The Sartomer Company (www.sartomer.com) announced that its Stratford, CT plant has achieved ISO 9001:2000 registration. The Stratford plant is Sartomer’s fifth facility to become ISO registered, and the second to meet the newer ISO 9001:2000 st… Read More »
Pigment Producers Rely on Innovation, Cooperation to Move Forward
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
European producers are having to step up their technological efforts to ensure they hang on to key specialty segments. Read More »
The Gravure Update
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Despite a tough economic year, the gravure market has managed some growth, with better things expected for the future. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eckart America L.P. and its printer of advertising inserts, Great Lakes Lithograph of Cleveland, OH, have been awarded a “Print Excellence Award” from the Printing Industries Association, Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO).… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
2002 was essentially a flat year for pigment companies, but global politics, raw material supply and cost uncertainties, increasing competition and pricing pressures are among the concerns that are facing pigment manufacturers in 2003. Read More »
The Flexo Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The outlook for the flexo ink market continues to look strong as flexo makes further inroads in the packaging industry and new applications are being developed. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Chris Ravenscroft has assumed the position of president of MD-Both Industries, a North American provider of metallic inks, bronze and aluminum pigments and carbon black dispersions. In addition to overseeing  MD-Both Industries, Mr. Ravenscroft… 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 »
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 »
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 »
Published September 9, 2005
John Carey, former owner of Ets. Carey, which later became Radium Bronze, a metallic pigment and metallic inks manufacturer, passed away on March 27, 2002. Mr. Carey was well respected in the printing and ink industies. He is survived by his wife Lis… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks has relaunched Lithocure 200, a dedicated UV offset ink for narrow web applications, which has been reformulated with further improvements in press performance and adhesion characteristics.      The improved Lithocur… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
MD-Both Industries announced that Egloff, Inc. has been chosen as MD-Both’s Agent of the Year, Graphic Arts for 2001. Cincinnati, OH-based Egloff, Inc. was awarded the honor in recognition and appreciation of their hard work, enthusiasm, persis… 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 »
Published September 9, 2005
In August 2001, Color Mate, Inc., Gastonia, NC announced the opening of its second location in Mt. Holly, NC. Color Mate was established in 1990 and has been producing aqueous black dispersions for the textile, printing ink and paper industries. The… 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 »