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By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Even in these challenging times, the growth of flexography remains a positive trend. Anyone who walks into a grocery store will see numerous examples of flexographic packaging, ranging from labels, shrink sleeves and folding cartons tothe flexible pa… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
For some people, working in a small family-owned business is the ideal way to go. Other people like the challenges of being in a much larger organization. Dean Brewer, founder and chief formulator of R&L Ink of Georgia, Inc., tried both approach… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
We are all deeply interested in what the future holds. This year, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) is planning to give its members an idea of what is ahead for the ink industry during its 2003 Annual Convention, which wi… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Nanotechnology is already starting to have an impact on printing, particularly on the development of printing material Read More »
By Theresa Ruehle, H. Tom Mills, Sunil Jayasuriya, Paul Gloor, and Stephen A. Fischer, Johnson Polymer
Published October 14, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Gloss Dry-Back from Wet Trap Printing with Aqueous Coatings” is an abridged version of the first-place recipient of the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Lecture Series at NPIRI’s 46th An… Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 14, 2009
Growth in the Mexican market for all segments of printing inks should rise from an estimated value of $150 million in 2002 by about 3 percent in 2003 Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
The recently introduced EcoTech process color inks from INX International Ink Co. are again leading the way among “green” ink systems. They are now registered in the NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers) Bio-Derived R… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Sun Chemical demonstrated its commitment to delivering quality, service and innovation for the narrow web market at Label Expo Europe in Brussels. Visitors at the show learned about the fully upgraded line of core products within the Solaris system.… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Four of Flint Group’s most popular offset ink series earned bio-renewable content (BRC) certification by the ink industry’s only standard. K+E, Arrowstar and Starbase sheetfed series, as well as Arroweb heatset inks, were certified by the… Read More »
Ink Industry Showcases New Products at Print 09
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Print ‘09, organized by The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), was held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 11-16. While attendance figures were not released as of press time, there was a feeling that the final figures would reflect the cur… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
The global recession and volatile raw material prices are having a major impact on packaging ink manufacturers, but leading packaging ink companies are seeing some reasons for optimism for the coming year. Read More »
The Chinese Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Although the printing and ink markets in China felt the impact of the global recession on exports, there are signs that the economic recovery has begun. Read More »
By Rosalyn M. Waldo and David L. Schaich, UCB Chemicals Corporation
Published October 9, 2009
Acrylated epoxy oligomers are commonly used in UV lithographic inks. These oligomers can be modified to achieve a wide range of performance. In this paper, the performance of acrylated epoxies including Bisphenol-A epoxies, fatty acid modified Bisphe… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The current slowdown in the western European economy is delaying technological changes in the region’s printing industry as printers cut back their investment in new equipment and processes. For ink makers, these reductions in capital expendit… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
When it comes to the world of business, one never knows how a new company will be started. A person may set out to start their own business, or a few people from the same company may begin their own venture. Sometimes, people from different companies… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ink companies find much interest as they launch new products for the market. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Color is the main test of quality in printed products. With a vast array of equipment, software and technical support available to printers on color matters, it has never been easier for them to avoid mistakes with color. The objective behind color… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
There have been many recent announcements of new ink technologies that may revolutionize the printing industry. In some cases, these new inks find success in the market; some remain ideas on the drawing board. For the past two years, Midwest Ink Com… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Joseph DiChiarro Sr., INX International Ink Company’s vice president of operations for its newly-formed offset division,was recently honored by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) with its Pioneer Award for a career i… Read More »
By B. Magny, S. Pelletier and G. Albrighton; G. Eiselu00e9, Cray Valley and SICPA
Published October 9, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Importance of Monomer Interfacial Tension for UV Curable Litho Inks Performance” was presented during the 2002 RadTech Technical Conference in Indianapolis, IN. ©2002, RadTech International North America, Inc.… Read More »
By Emmanuel D. Dimotakis, Michihiko Toya and Anthony Cieri, Sun Chemical
Published October 9, 2009
The DriLith W2 series of inks has received significant exposure in the printing industry, spurring inquiries from waterless printers around the world. Benchmarking of DriLith W2 inks has been carried out with both medium and high-end waterless print… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Experts Forecast Future of Printing Industry A panel of printers, manufacturers and other industry experts, convened during the keynote session of the 10th Annual GATF/NAPL Sheetfed Pressroom Conference in Chicago in June. They shared their vi… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Any ink maker can tell you how a certain test is performed. Testing for color? Use a spectrophotometer. Testing for viscosity? Use a viscometer. And so on. Every ink maker also knows why these tests are performed. If an ink doesn’t perform the… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
I.T. Strategies Reports Minimal Impact of Ink Jet Expected for Next Five Years According to I.T. Strategies, Boston, MA, the impact of ink jet technology on general commercial printing products will be minimal over the next five years because in… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Leonard Walle, director of new business development at Flint Ink, has been in the ink industry for more than 30 years. As a result of his hard work and industry experience he was recently honored by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufactur… Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Contributing Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ink officials look for growth in 2002 as markets are expected to track local GDP. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
In recent years, energy-cured inks have developed into a growing area of opportunity for ink manufacturers and converters. Printers are developing new applications for UV inks at a rapid rate. For many ink companies today, developing UV inks to gain… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
As we near the halfway point of 2002, the ink industry has been fairly flat. However, there have been some bright spots in the mainstream printing processes, particularly flexo and UV/EB, and it appears the economy may be changing slightly for the be… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
Starting a company in an industry as competitive as printing ink is a daunting venture. It takes a combination of good ideas, hard work and service to thrive in the marketplace. In 1991, Jack Hurst, founder of Hurst Printing Inks, set out to create… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
Central Ink's Richard Breen has seen the ink industry and his company change dramatically Read More »
Published October 7, 2009
GAMIS Examines Package Printing The Graphic Arts Marketing Information Service (GAMIS) of Printing Industries of America (PIA), Inc. recently published the new industry awareness study, “Package Printing 2001-2005.” The study focused… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 7, 2009
European ink companies are increasingly using their web sites to reach a global audience. Read More »
By Mark D. Latunski, Flint Ink
Published October 7, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Optimizing UV Coatings for Heatset Web Offset Printing” was first presented at the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) 45th Annual Technical Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, in October 2001. The pre… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Developing products are key to creating new markets and spurring growth Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
The ink market in Mexico is poised for the start of growth, with recovery anticipated during second-quarter 2002, or during the third quarter at the latest, say several industry executives. The ink market performance should follow gross domestic pro… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
For any manufacturer, having experience in your customers’ field can make a major impact. In the ink industry, having people with backgrounds in printing provides an extra edge for both the ink company and its customers. Mallard Ink Company, a… Read More »
By David Wang, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
More than 17,000 attendees visit show Read More »
By David Wang, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
UV light cured ink (UV ink) is widely used in offset and flexographic printing throughout the world. The growth rate for UV ink is more than 10 percent per year and is surpassing the growing rate of general inks. In China, UV ink products are typica… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
When it comes to ink, service is critical to printers. There are certainly other key aspects, including high quality, consistency, color strength and price, that are important factors, but service can make or break a printer’s ability to succes… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 5, 2009
There are very few companies that don’t need to evolve over time to survive in their fields. As new technologies emerge, companies have to meet new challenges in order to thrive. Either these companies adapt, or they became increasingly margina… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2009
At a time when large corporations dominate certain segments of the printing ink industry, it can be a challenge for new ink companies to find a niche in which to thrive. Barney Lenhart, owner and president of JK&M Ink, decided a few years ago to… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 2, 2009
Increasingly, there is a trend toward cooperation throughout the printing supply chain Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2009
Offset ink manufacturers use a wide array of testing equipment to check the physical properties of their products. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 2, 2009
Metallic and special effect pigments have never been more popular in Europe. Read More »
Published October 2, 2009
PIA Joins Alliance to Curb Energy Crisis The power crunch hitting California has been making national headlines of late, but has yet to strike home in many parts of the country. In spite of this, printers across the U.S. are high on the list of… Read More »
By Jenn Hess, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 2, 2009
NAPIM honors 31-year industry veteran for his dedication to the business and efforts outside of the ink lab. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 2, 2009
UV inks are maintaining their fast growth rate in Europe, although the rate of the increase varies between printing sectors and between countries. Read More »
Published September 22, 2009
K+E, Arrowstar, Starbase and Arroweb ink series earn bio-renewable content (BRC) certification Read More »
Published September 11, 2009
Innovative products, services will be showcased Read More »
Published September 9, 2009
ImTech has introduced the Mark605 to meet the expanding needs of OEM’s for faster, cleaner, low maintenance, high speed, high performance print delivery. The Mark605 is designed to fully integrate with custom applications.     … Read More »